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Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kids

Posted 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children's bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sleep. The effect was most pronounced for kids just entering puberty, with nighttime melatonin levels suppressed by up to 37 percent in some cases, the investigators found. With a recent study suggesting that 96 percent of teens use at least one high-tech device in the hour before bedtime, the researchers have a suggestion for parents. "The message is that we really have to be careful about protecting our especially young teens from light at night, which means parents need to get all screens out of the bedroom, because ultimately they can be quite damaging to a child's capacity to get enough sleep," said study co-author Mary Carskadon. She is a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Can't Sleep?

Posted 1 day 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- If you're struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, keeping a sleep diary can help you figure out why. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests what to include: The time at which you go to bed each night. The time you wake up each morning, and when you get out of bed. If and when you nap. If and when you exercise. Consumption of any alcohol or caffeine. Read more

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Doctor Offers Back-to-School Health Tips

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 16, 2015 – With the arrival of the new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, a pediatrician advises. "As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children. Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children," Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release. He outlined a number of ways to help children stay healthy during the school year. One important consideration is making sure they get enough sleep. "We often allow later bedtimes during summer months, usually compensating with later sleeping each morning, but adequate rest cannot be overemphasized once school begins. Bedtime routines are very important, especially with earlier ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid These Things Before Bedtime

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're not getting enough sleep, it could be due to your activities before you hit the hay. The National Sleep Foundation warns against: Taking medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a stimulant. If you need relief from cold or allergy symptoms, opt for an antihistamine designed for night-time use. Don't watch TV, work at a computer or use a tablet or smartphone. Light from these screens can over-stimulate your brain. Opt for a book or music instead. Don't take a hot bath just before bed. Bathe at least an hour before so your body has time to cool off before sleep. Don't go to sleep with a full belly, especially if it's loaded with foods high in fat and salt. Don't drink beverages that contain caffeine after the morning. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours. Read more

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Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Improving sleep quality might help ease pain among those with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. That's because disruptions in sleep are associated with changes in how the body processes and feels pain, the researchers said. More than half of all people with osteoarthritis have pain during the night. This may lead to broken sleep and frequent shifts between sleep stages. Previous studies have suggested that disrupted sleep can help predict the severity of pain, the scientists explained. The team of researchers, from the University of Alabama and the University of Florida, were led by Megan Petrov, an assistant professor at Arizona State University in Phoenix. The team investigated whether or not poor-quality sleep was linked to greater sensitivity and reduced tolerance for pain among those with chronic pain. In conducting the study, the researchers examined ... Read more

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Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Past studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can improve sleep. But, many of those studies didn't include people with psychiatric and medical conditions. For the new study, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago looked at 37 previous studies. The research included nearly 2,200 people and looked at cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in people who had depression, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder and/or with medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and ... Read more

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Naps May Boost Worker Productivity

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – Taking a nap while on the job might help workers be more productive, new research suggests. A University of Michigan study found power naps or extended breaks during the day could ease frustration, help offset impulsive behavior and increase workplace safety. "Our results suggest that napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who may be required to remain awake for long periods of time by enhancing the ability to persevere through difficult or frustrating tasks," study author Jennifer Goldschmied, a doctoral student in the department of psychology, said in a university news release. A growing number of people do not get a full night's sleep, which can take a toll on their energy level, attention span and memory, the researchers noted. To examine how a short nap affected people's emotions, the team gave 40 people between the ages of 18 and 50 a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Curb Sleep Talking

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Talking in your sleep may not be dangerous or require treatment, but it can keep your partner awake. If you talk during sleep, the National Sleep Foundation offers these ideas to help curb your chatter: Treat any underlying health conditions, such as stress or anxiety, or a sleep disorder. Adhere to a consistent sleep and wake schedule. Avoid large meals or large amounts of alcohol before bed. Read more

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Sleep Problems May Contribute to Health Disparities in America

Posted 25 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 – Undiagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, are common among older U.S. adults, especially among certain minority groups, a new study finds. The researchers – who looked at 2,230 men and women aged 54 to 93 – say troubled sleep may play a role in health disparities in America. Black, Chinese and Hispanic Americans were more likely than whites to have sleep problems, including nighttime breathing disruptions characteristic of sleep apnea, the study found. "As sleep apnea has been implicated as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and mortality, our findings highlight the need to consider undiagnosed sleep apnea in middle-aged and older adults, with potential value in developing strategies to screen and improve recognition in groups such as in Chinese and Hispanic populations," the study's senior author, Dr. Susan Redline, said in ... Read more

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FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with international partners, moved this week against more than 1,050 websites that sell potentially dangerous counterfeit medicines and medical devices, the agency said Thursday. Illegal medicines and medical devices were seized worldwide, and warnings were sent to the operators of offending websites, the FDA said in a news release. "Our efforts to protect the health of American patients by preventing the online sale of potentially dangerous illegal medical products will not cease," said George Karavetsos, director of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations. Counterfeit prescription drugs that claim to be generic versions of brand-name drugs that are sold illegally on the websites include generic Nolvadex, generic Meridia, generic Valium, generic Truvada and generic Advair Diskus, according to the FDA. Mail ... Read more

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Menopausal Women's Sleep May Suffer at Different Times of the Month

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 – As women begin menopause, hormone fluctuations increase the risk of sleep problems during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, according to a small new study. Researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of 20 women in the earliest stage of menopause (perimenopause), including 11 who had difficulty sleeping at least three times a week for at least a month. The investigators found that women have more sleep disturbances just prior to menstruation than after menstruation, according to the study published June 16 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The days before they got their periods was when their progesterone levels were higher, the researchers said. "Measures of electrical brain activity found that the hormone progesterone influences sleep, even at this late reproductive stage in perimenopausal women," researcher Fiona Baker, of the Center ... Read more

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Most Physical Activity Helps You Sleep Better

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Certain types of physical activity help you sleep better, while others might leave you tossing and turning, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from a survey of more than 429,000 American adults. They found that activities such as walking, bicycling, running, weight lifting, aerobics/calisthenics, gardening, yoga/Pilates and golfing were all linked to better odds of a good night's slumber. But, people who got physical activity from household chores and child care had a greater risk of poor sleep, according to the study. Results of the study were presented this week at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in Seattle. Findings presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The results of this study were surprising, according to study leader Michael Grandner, ... Read more

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Poor Sleep, Snoring Before Diagnosis Tied to Trouble for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Breast cancer patients who had poor sleep and frequent snoring before their cancer diagnosis appear to have lower survival rates, a new study finds. The study, which was not designed to prove cause-and-effect, included more than 18,000 cancer patients whose progress was tracked in the Women's Health Initiative study. All of the women provided information about a number of aspects of their sleep prior to their cancer diagnosis, including the amount of sleep they got, whether or not they snored, and any history of insomnia. Researchers led by Amanda Phipps, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, found that women who slept 6 hours or less per night and were frequent snorers had more than twice the odds of a poor prognosis compared to women with neither of those factors. A similar finding was seen for women with lung ... Read more

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Car Crash Risk Doubles for New Users of Sleeping Pills, Study Finds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Sedative sleeping pills such as Ambien can nearly double the risk for car accidents among new users compared with nonusers, new research suggests. University of Washington researchers found an increased risk for crashes for people taking Restoril (temazepam), Desyrel (trazodone) or Ambien (zolpidem). That risk continued for up to a year among regular users, according to the study. "Risks associated with sleeping pills have been known for some time, though this study shows some compelling real-world consequences," said Michael Grandner, an instructor in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who had no involvement with the study. Doctors, pharmacists and patients should discuss this potential risk when selecting a sleep medication, the researchers said. Concerns about Ambien have increased in recent years. To cut down on hazards linked to ... Read more

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Babies Who 'Resettle' on Their Own Get Better Sleep

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Infants who "resettle" after waking up are more likely to sleep through the night, a new study suggests. British researchers made overnight infrared video recordings of just over 100 infants when they were 5 weeks and 3 months old. This is the time when parents begin to hope their baby will sleep more and cry less at night, the researchers noted. On average, the infants' length of sleep increased from just over two hours at five weeks to 3.5 hours at three months. Only 10 percent of the infants slept continuously for 5 or more hours at five weeks, compared to 45 percent at three months. At both ages, about one-fourth of the infants awoke and resettled themselves at least once during the night. Resettling means they went back to sleep without their parents' help. Sixty-seven percent of infants who resettled themselves at five weeks slept continuously for at ... Read more

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