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Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask

Posted 20 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Bright light can interrupt sleep quickly, so many people use a sleep mask. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to choose the right one: Consider whether you need a sleep mask that provides total blackout, or one that provides darker conditions in a room that's already fairly dark. Look for a mask that fits across the bridge of the nose. Invest in a quality mask with a nose flap to help block more light and provide a better fit. Opt for a mask with cavities that alleviate pressure around your eyes. Find the right fabric that feels comfortable, is easy to wash and doesn't trigger allergies. Read more

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Desperate for Shut-Eye?

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – People with long-term sleep troubles should turn to a form of psychotherapy to reboot normal sleeping patterns before trying sleeping pills, the American College of Physicians recommends. Specifically, people with chronic insomnia should try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the experts said. This treatment combines talk therapy, behavioral interventions and education. If CBT doesn't work, patients and their doctors should then decide together whether to add drug therapy, the new guidelines said. "We know chronic insomnia is a real problem that patients present within our [doctors'] offices," said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). "We want to get away from the overtendency to prescribe sleep medications, and clearly CBT can be a very nice tool in the toolkit." Up to 10 percent of adults are affected by insomnia, defined as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleepless on Sunday

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you're tossing and turning on Sunday night in anticipation of the week ahead, you're not alone. Experts say it's when the fewest people get a good night's rest. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions for improving your Sunday night respite: Go to bed at the same time on weekends as during the week, which will help your body get used to the schedule. Wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. Indulge in a short afternoon nap if you need it. Make Sunday night a fun night with an activity you look forward to, such as a special dinner. Prepare for Sunday night sleep throughout the day, getting exercise early in the day and cutting out caffeine and nicotine at least six hours before bed. Start turning down the lights as soon as dusk sets in. Before bed, take a warm bath, have a mug of warm tea and read a good book to promote relaxation. Read more

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Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury struggle with sleep problems they may not be aware of, Swiss researchers report. These patients also can suffer daytime sleepiness for as long as 18 months after their injury, the small study found. And these sleep problems may adversely affect daytime performance at work or school, the researchers said. "Sleep-wake disorders are highly prevalent after traumatic brain injury of any severity but are difficult to diagnose because many affected patients are unaware of their disorder," said lead researcher Dr. Lukas Imbach. It's not known why sleep problems in traumatic brain injury patients are underestimated, he said. Every year in the United States, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, and evidence suggests that number is rising worldwide, the researchers said. Sleep problems are known to be ... Read more

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While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – When you sleep in a new place, a part of your brain remains alert for potential threats, a new study finds. The findings might help explain why many people sleep poorly on their first night in a hotel, a sleep laboratory or other new location. "In Japan they say, 'if you change your pillow, you can't sleep,' " study corresponding author Yuka Sasaki, research associate professor of cognitive linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University in Rhode Island, said in a university news release. "You don't sleep very well in a new place. We all know about it." The researchers measured brain activity in 35 people over two nights of slumber in a sleep lab, a week apart. Among all the participants on the first night, one particular network in the brain's left hemisphere showed greater activity than in the right hemisphere during a deep sleep phase called ... Read more

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Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Many parents wonder what to do when their children wake up screaming after a nightmare. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Quickly go to your child's room and offer reassurance that you are there for protection. Talk to your child about what happened during the dream, but explain that dreams are not real. Leave a light on in your child's room if it provides comfort, but help your child get back to sleep. If possible, eliminate anything in the room that your child finds frightening, such as something that casts a shadow. Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Your Beauty Sleep

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Beauty sleep is real. When you're rested, you usually look and feel better. The National Sleep Foundation says good sleep: Gives your body a chance to release growth hormone, which helps restore damage done during everyday activities. Allows your body to send more fluids where needed. Helps prevent release of stress hormones. Helps lower your risk of depression. Read more

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Mom Was Right: A Good Night's Sleep Helps Keep You Healthy

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – In news that's sure to have mothers everywhere saying, "I told you so," scientists have confirmed that a good night's sleep may keep colds and other infections at bay. The odds that someone who sleeps five or fewer hours a night had caught a cold in the past month were 28 percent higher than for folks who regularly get more shuteye, the study found. And for other infections – including flu, ear infections and pneumonia – short sleepers had more than 80 percent higher odds of having an infection in the past month compared to those sleeping seven or eight hours, the study said. "People who sleep five or fewer hours on average are at substantially increased risk for both colds whether head or chest or other infections, compared to people who sleep seven to eight hours on average," said study researcher Aric Prather. He's an assistant professor of psychology at ... Read more

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Better Sleep May Boost Young Students' Grades

Posted 8 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 – Improving elementary school students' sleep habits might give their grades a boost, new research suggests. The study included 74 children in Montreal, aged 7 to 11, who were enrolled in a six-week school program to improve their sleep habits. An average increase of about 18 minutes of sleep each night led to significant improvements in report card grades, especially in English and math, according to the study published recently in the journal Sleep Medicine. The findings show that small, cumulative increases in children's sleep may lead to better marks at school, lead researcher Reut Gruber, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, said in a university news release. The researchers said parents should ensure children get enough sleep every night and that schools need to find ways to include sleep education programs in their health curriculum. More ... Read more

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Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – Sleep-deprived high school students are more likely to sustain injuries – often due to risky behaviors – than those who are well rested, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In a study of more than 50,000 students, researchers found that those teens who got seven hours of sleep or less on school nights were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seatbelt, riding with a drinking driver, and drinking and driving. "The failure of most high school students to get sufficient sleep may put them at increased risk for unintentional injuries," said lead researcher Anne Wheaton, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also found that teens who slept 10 or more hours a night were also prone to injuries and risky behaviors, compared with students who slept nine hours. "We have known all along that ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Linked to Brain Changes in Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Insomnia is linked with abnormalities in the brain's white matter – the tissues that form connections and carry information between different parts of the brain, a small Chinese study suggests. The researchers said these disruptions occur in areas of the brain involved in the regulation of sleep and wakefulness as well as cognitive function. The researchers explained that white matter tracts are bundles made up of long fibers of nerve cells that connect one part of the brain to another. "If white matter tracts are impaired, communication between brain regions is disrupted," said researcher Shumei Li. She's from the department of Medical Imaging at Guangdong No. 2 Provincial People's Hospital, Guangzhou, China. Although the study found an association between white tract matter abnormalities and insomnia, it wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect. People with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Evaluating Bedroom Lighting

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The lighting in your bedroom is crucial to helping you get much-needed sleep. The National Sleep Foundation advises: Opt for a small book light instead of a bedside lamp or overhead light if you want to read while your partner sleeps. Use a bulb in your bedside lamp that is no more than 60 watts. It's bright enough to allow reading without making the room too bright. Use a bulb that filters out blue light, which can interfere with your body's sleep rhythms. Use a lamp shade that covers the entire bulb. Turn off the light when you're ready to sleep, rather than falling asleep with the light on. Read more

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Health Tip: Setting Yourself Up for Better Sleep

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Allowing your mind and body to relax before bed helps prepare you for a better night's sleep. The Harvard Medical School advises: Avoid any sleep-disrupting things, such as alcohol, caffeine or nicotine. Make sure dinner is light and early. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but cut back before bed. Design a bedroom that is cool, dark and quiet. Create a nightly bedtime routine that is soothing and relaxing (no work, no screens). Don't go to bed until you are truly tired. If you wake in the middle of the night, turn your clock around so you can't see it. If you can't fall asleep, get up after about 20 minutes and do something relaxing. Get the most out of your morning by going outside for exposure to natural light and exercise. If you take a nap (though it's better not to), make sure it's not too close to bedtime. Set consistent times for bed and waking. Read more

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Daytime Sleepiness, Long Naps Linked to Heart Risks: Study

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – While getting enough sleep is key to health, a new study suggests that long daytime naps may not be doing your heart any favors. The researchers found that long naps and excessive daytime sleepiness were associated with an increased risk for a combination of health problems that are collectively known as metabolic syndrome. And that can boost the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome includes conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and excess fat around the waist. The investigators analyzed the findings of 21 studies that included a total of more than 307,000 people. The research showed that people who napped for less than 40 minutes were not at increased risk for metabolic syndrome. In fact, those who napped less than 30 minutes had a slight decrease in risk. But there was a sharp rise in risk among those ... Read more

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Crash Risk Soars When Truck Drivers Don't Treat Sleep Apnea: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – Truck drivers with sleep apnea who don't regularly follow their treatment program are much more likely to crash, a new study finds. "The most surprising result of our study is the strength and robustness of the increase in the crash risk for drivers with sleep apnea who fail to adhere to mandated treatment with positive airway pressure therapy [CPAP]," said study author Stephen Burks. He's principal investigator of the Truckers & Turnover Project at the University of Minnesota. The research included more than 1,600 U.S. truck drivers with obstructive sleep apnea and a control group with an equal number of drivers without the condition. Those with sleep apnea were prescribed CPAP, a treatment that keeps the airways open during sleep. The drivers with sleep apnea were given a CPAP machine that could be used both at home and in their truck's sleeper compartment. ... Read more

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