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Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask

Posted 1 day 22 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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While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger

Posted 14 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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Poor Sleep May Not Add to Cholesterol Problems, Study Finds

Posted 3 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – Sleepless nights don't appear to be linked to an increase in cholesterol levels, a new study indicates. The exception seems to be people who take sleeping pills to treat insomnia, the researchers said. There has been speculation about a possible link between insomnia and heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol, because sleep apnea – another type of sleep disorder – has been linked to heart disease. From the large U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the researchers behind the new study reviewed data on more than 19,000 people. They looked at information from 2005 to 2008. In people over age 20, the researchers found 11 percent had elevated levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. Twenty-two percent had low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol. Just over 16 percent had high levels of triglycerides, another unhealthy blood fat, the study ... Read more

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Sufficient Sleep, Exercise Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 – People who regularly exercise and get a full night's sleep may have a relatively lower risk of suffering a stroke, a large study suggests. Researchers found that among almost 300,000 U.S. adults, those who routinely slept seven to eight hours a night were 25 percent less likely to have a stroke, compared to people who got either less or more sleep. The highest stroke risk was seen among "long sleepers," who spent at least eight hours in bed each night. But short sleepers – those who slept less than seven hours each night – also showed an elevated risk. However, the findings don't prove that sufficient sleep can actually prevent strokes, only that there's a link between getting the right amount of sleep and stroke risk. Still, the researchers said the findings do highlight the potential importance of sleep in stroke risk – something that has not gotten much ... Read more

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A Third of U.S. Adults Don't Get Regular, Refreshing Sleep: CDC

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 – One of every three Americans doesn't get enough sleep on a regular basis, a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. About 35 percent of U.S. adults are sleeping less than seven hours a night, increasing their risk of a wide variety of health problems, CDC researchers reported on Feb. 18 in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night has been associated with increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress and death, the study authors said. "People have to recognize that sleep is just as important as what they're eating and how much they're exercising," said Dr. Shalini Paruthi, co-director of the Sleep Medicine and Research Center at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. "It's one of the pillars of good health." ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights May Fuel Daytime Facebook Binges: Study

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – Lack of sleep may be the reason you spend so much time on Facebook during the day, new research suggest. The study authors tracked 76 university undergrads for seven days and found that too little sleep was linked to more frequent online activities such as browsing Facebook. "When you get less sleep, you're more prone to distraction," lead researcher Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, said in a university news release. "If you're being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It's lightweight, it's easy and you're tired." "There have been lots of studies on how information technology affects sleep. We did the opposite: We looked at how sleep duration influences IT usage," Mark said. The study found a direct link between long-term lack of sleep, a decline in mood and increased Facebook browsing. It also found ... Read more

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Short Flashes of Light May Treat Jet Lag

Posted 9 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Researchers are working on a faster light-based therapy to prevent jet lag. Currently, light-based jet lag prevention involves exposure to bright lights for hours at a time during the day to help the body clock adjust to a new time zone in small steps before going on a trip, the researchers explained. But, exposure to short flashes of light – similar to camera flashes – while people are sleeping appears to be a fast and efficient way of preventing jet lag, the Stanford University researchers found. "This could be a new way of adjusting much more quickly to time changes than other methods in use today," study senior author Jamie Zeitzer, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., said in a university news release. Conducting light therapy at night tricks the body clock into adjusting to a different wake/sleep ... Read more

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Texting After Dark May Harm Teens' Sleep, Grades

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – Instant messaging can be a source of emotional support for teens and help them collaborate on school projects, but new research shows that texting after the lights go out takes a toll on students' sleep quality and academic performance. "We need to be aware that teenagers are using electronic devices excessively and have a unique physiology," study author Xue Ming, a professor of neuroscience and neurology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said in a university news release. "They tend to go to sleep late and get up late. When we go against that natural rhythm, students become less efficient." During the study, researchers examined the link between instant messaging (such as texting) and academic and sleeping troubles among young people. "During the last few years I have noticed an increased use of smartphones by my patients with sleep problems," Ming said. "I ... Read more

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Catch-Up Sleep May Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Risk Tied to Sleep Loss: Study

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Though prior research warns that sleep deprivation may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests that "catch-up" sleep might reverse that risk – at least in the short-term. Short-changing sleep during the week only to sleep in for long periods on the weekend is a common pattern in the United States, according to the study authors. And, previous research has suggested that getting just four or five hours of sleep a night can boost type 2 diabetes risk by nearly 20 percent. But the new study hints that that risk might be reversed with just two days of extra sleep. "I have to say that this is a small, very short-term controlled study involving only healthy men," said study lead author Josiane Broussard, an assistant research professor with the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at the University of Colorado in Boulder. "In real life, you'd be ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleep Well on Vacation

Posted 5 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While vacation is supposed to be a time to rest up, busy schedules and being away from home can interfere with sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Avoid making significant changes to your sleep schedule, such as staying up late. Don't eat a large, heavy dinner. If you opt for a late dinner, eat a larger lunch and keep dinner light. Avoid drinking too much alcohol. If you do drink, have just one or two, and enjoy them well before bedtime. Make your bed away from home more comfortable. Pack some ear plugs, a sleep mask and something from home, such as lavender spray or a white noise machine. Read more

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Need to Boost Your Memory? Then Get Your Zzzz's

Posted 1 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 – A good night's sleep can help you remember new faces and names, researchers report. The researchers showed 20 photos of faces with matching names to 14 volunteers in their 20s. Twelve hours later, participants were shown the photos again and asked if the faces and names matched. The test was done twice – once after the participants had slept for up to eight hours and once with a period of regular day activities in between. After sleeping, the participants correctly matched 12 percent more of the faces and names. How long or how deeply volunteers slept did not influence their ability to match faces and names. But, more research is needed to find out if these factors are important, according to the authors of the study published recently in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. "We know that many different kinds of memories are improved with sleep. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sounds May Help You Fall Asleep

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- When you want a bit of help to nod off, some soft background noise may be just what you need. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Try white noise, which combines different sounds at different frequencies. You can use a white noise app on your smart phone or buy a white noise machine (sometimes called a sound conditioner). Consider the soothing sounds of nature, from raindrops to rolling ocean waves. Avoid sounds that may be jarring. Turn on soft music, particularly light jazz, classical, Gregorian chants or folk music. Avoid loud music or with lyrics that may distract you. If you find human voices soothing, try apps that play a soothing voice repeating nonsensical phrases. Read more

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Night-Shift Workers May Be Prone to Car Crashes

Posted 22 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 – In a study of 16 night-shift workers, more than one-third were involved in near crashes while participating in a test drive after work, researchers report. The same drivers experienced zero near-crashes after sleeping sufficient amounts the night before the same test drive, according to the study, published online Dec. 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "What is unique about this study is that it (was) done in daytime" and there was a "stupendously increased risk of these near-crash events," said study author Dr. Charles Czeisler, chief of the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "It reveals just how dangerous it is to drive home after working all night," added Czeisler, also a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "It also shows that these very same people, if ... Read more

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Caffeine at Night May Disrupt the Body's Internal Clock

Posted 16 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 – A small and preliminary study suggests that caffeine does more than serve as an eye-opener: When consumed a few hours before bed, the most widely consumed psychoactive drug in the world seems to disrupt the body's internal clock. And this could cause jet lag-style sluggishness during daylight hours, the study authors suggest. The research doesn't say anything about how coffee consumption in the morning or throughout the day may affect the body's internal clock. And the findings need to be confirmed. Still, it seems likely that coffee at night "isn't just keeping you awake," said study co-author and sleep researcher Kenneth Wright Jr., a professor with the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "It's also pushing your [internal] clock later so you want to go to sleep later." At issue: The body's circadian clock, which ... Read more

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Gut Microbes Tied to Jet Lag, Shift-Work Weight Gain

Posted 16 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 – Disruptions in the human circadian clock can throw off microbes in the gut, potentially boosting the risk of obesity, a new study suggests. The results may help explain why shift workers and people who get jet lag by traveling frequently often pack on extra pounds. "These surprising findings may enable us to devise preventive treatments for these people to lower their risk for these complications," senior study author Eran Elinav, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said in a news release from the journal Cell. In the new research, Elinav and colleagues analyzed the microbes in the feces of humans and mice, and discovered that gut microbes follow a rhythmic pattern throughout the day. The cycle depends on eating habits and the circadian cycle of the human or mouse. The microbes were disrupted when the mice were exposed to an abnormal eating ... Read more

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