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Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS

Posted 14 days ago by

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 – Risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to change with the age of the infant, researchers say. They found that younger babies are more likely to die when they're sharing beds, while older babies face a higher risk of sudden death when there are objects in the crib with them, such as pillows and toys. "This study is the first to show that the risks during sleep may be different for infants of different ages," said lead author Dr. Rachel Moon, associate chief of Children's National Medical Center's division of general pediatrics and community health, in Washington, D.C. "Parents of infants under 4 months of age should be aware that bed-sharing is a huge risk factor." Parents should also be careful to make sure their infants sleep without objects around them, she said. "Parents often forget that as the infant gets older and nothing bad has ... Read more

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Parents' Sleep May Affect Child's Risk of Obesity: Study

Posted 11 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 – The amount of sleep parents get may affect whether their children get enough sleep to protect them from becoming overweight or obese, according to a new study. "We viewed how long parents slept and how long children slept as part of a household routine and found that they really did go together," study author Barbara Fiese, director of the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana, said in an university news release. Researchers assessed the weight of 337 preschool children and their parents, as well as factors that could protect against overweight and obesity. The protective factors assessed in parents included adequate sleep (more than seven hours a night) and family mealtime routine. The factors assessed in children included adequate sleep (10 or more hours a night), family mealtime routine, not having a television in the bedroom, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Can't Sleep?

Posted 8 Jun 2014 by

-- Most everyone has occasional trouble falling asleep and sleeping through the night. But certain things can worsen the problem. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute mentions these risk factors for insomnia: Being under heavy stress. Being depressed or going through an emotionally troubling experience, such as a divorce or death of a loved one. Working unusual shifts that change frequently. Traveling across time zones. Getting insufficient exercise. Read more

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More Americans Kept Awake by Fido, Fluffy

Posted 5 Jun 2014 by

THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 – Dogs whimpering that they need to "go outside," cats with medical needs, even pets that snore – it's all adding up to sleepless nights for many Americans, a new report finds. Overall, the percentage of people reporting sleep-time trouble with their pets rose from 1 percent in 2002 to 10 percent by 2013, according to a small study by Mayo Clinic researchers in Phoenix. "While the majority of patients did not view their pets intolerably disturbing their sleep, a higher percentage of patients experienced irritation [and] this may be related to the larger number of households with multiple pets," study lead author Dr. Lois Krahn, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist, said in a clinic news release. "One patient owned a parrot who consistently squawked at 6 a.m.," Krahn noted. "He must have thought he was a rooster." The study, slated for presentation at this week's annual ... Read more

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New Campaign Seeks to Help Sleep-Deprived Americans

Posted 25 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 – Everyone knows that to be healthy you should eat right and exercise. But now a new campaign is adding one more thing to that list: get a good night's sleep every night. "The urgency of our message cannot be overstated: Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, and the pursuit of healthy sleep should be one of our top priorities," Dr. Safwan Badr, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), said in an academy news release. "Sufficient sleep is one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle – as important as good nutrition and regular exercise. There's no avoiding it or catching up: You must sleep well to be well," Badr added. The importance of sleep is the central message of the "Sleep Well, Be Well" campaign. The campaign is part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a partnership between the AASM, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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More Evidence Ties Poor Sleep to Obesity in Kids

Posted 19 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – Young children who get too little sleep are more likely than others to be obese by age 7, according to a new study. Previous research has suggested insufficient sleep before age 4 raised the risk of obesity. But the new study, published online May 19 in Pediatrics, observed the link from infancy to mid-childhood. "Insufficient sleep is an independent and strong risk factor for childhood obesity and the accumulation of total fat and abdominal fat," said study researcher Dr. Elsie Taveras, chief of general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. "The main strength of this study is we looked at sleep at multiple periods," she added. Excess body fat in childhood sets the stage for serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Taveras and her team studied more than 1,000 children. Curtailed sleep was defined as fewer than 12 ... Read more

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Health Tip: How Many Zzzz's Do You Need?

Posted 8 May 2014 by

-- Sufficient sleep is essential to help you feel sharp, focused and well. So, are you getting enough? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines by age: Newborns need 16 hours to 18 hours of sleep each day. Children in preschool need 11 hours to 12 hours of sleep per day. School-aged children should get a minimum of 10 hours of sleep per day. Teens should get a minimum of nine hours of sleep each day. Adults, including seniors, need seven hours to eight hours of sleep daily. Read more

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Many Parents Not Following Safe Sleeping Practices for Babies

Posted 6 May 2014 by

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 – As many as half of infants in some parts of the United States aren't being put to sleep on their backs, new research finds, even though it would reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Overall, two-thirds of infants born at term sleep on their backs, and the rate is lower among babies who were born prematurely, found researchers who looked at data on nearly 400,000 infants. "Given that supine [on the back] sleep positioning significantly reduces an infant's risk for SIDS, it is worrisome that only two-thirds of full-term infants born in the U.S. are being placed back-to-sleep," study author Dr. Sunah Hwang said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. "More concerning is that adherence to safe sleep positioning is even lower for preterm infants who are at even greater risk for SIDS compared to term infants," added Hwang, a neonatologist ... Read more

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Helmets Not Helpful for Babies With 'Flat Head' Syndrome: Study

Posted 2 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 – Some babies develop a flat area on their head from lying in the same position for long periods of time, but special helmets are ineffective in treating the condition, a new study finds. About one in five babies aged younger than 6 months has this problem, experts say. It has become more common in the wake of campaigns urging parents to place babies on their backs when they sleep, to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The use of these expensive helmets to treat flattened heads is controversial and there has been little research into their use, the study authors noted. The new study was published May 1 in the online edition of BMJ. Researchers in the Netherlands looked at 84 babies who had moderate to severe flattening of the head. Starting when they were 6 months old, half of the babies wore a custom-made, rigid, closely fitting helmet for 23 ... Read more

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Too Much or Too Little Sleep Tied to Memory Problems in Older Women

Posted 1 May 2014 by

THURSDAY, May 1, 2014 – Seniors who slept too little or too much during midlife or after are at increased risk for memory problems, as are those whose sleep habits changed over time, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 15,000 women, 70 and older, who took part in a large study of health professionals. The women were depression- and stroke-free when they underwent their initial assessment. Participants who slept five hours or less, or nine hours or more a day – either in midlife or later life – had worse memory than those who slept seven hours a day. The difference in memory was equivalent to nearly two extra years of age, the researchers said. Women whose amount of sleep changed by more than two hours a night over time had poorer memory than those who had no sleep changes, according to the study published May 1 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. ... Read more

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Too Little Sleep May Add to Teen Health Problems

Posted 21 Apr 2014 by

MONDAY, April 21, 2014 – Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds. The study of 250 high school students found they slept an average of six hours a night, far less than the recommended amount – about nine hours. Kids who skimp on sleep are more likely to report feeling hopeless, as well as smoke, drink alcohol and use marijuana, according to background information in the report, published online April 21 in Pediatrics. "Many teenagers, especially blacks, do not get enough sleep, which may contribute to their risk for poor health," said lead researcher Karen Matthews, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "Inadequate sleep can result in academic underachievement, health-damaging behaviors and negative mood," she said. ... Read more

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Poor Sleep Tied to Mental Decline in Older Men

Posted 4 Apr 2014 by

FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 – Poor sleep is tied to a higher risk of mental decline in older men, according to a new study. It included more than 2,800 men, average age 76, in six locations across the United States. Sleep data was collected from the men through a wrist device for an average of five nights, and participants underwent tests to assess their attention and executive function. Executive function includes planning, making decisions, correcting errors, troubleshooting and abstract thinking. The researchers found that higher levels of poor sleep quality were associated with a 40 percent to 50 percent increased risk of significant decrease in executive function, similar in degree to the effect of a five-year increase in age. Length of sleep did not affect the men's mental skills, according to the study published in the April issue of Sleep. "It was the quality of sleep that predicted ... Read more

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Lack of Sleep Compounds Health Problems for Obese Teens: Study

Posted 6 Mar 2014 by

THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 – Obese teens who get too little sleep are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, a small study suggests. Researchers assessed the health, physical activity levels and sleeping habits of 37 obese American youngsters, aged 11 to 17. Among the study participants, only one-third met the minimum recommendations of being physically active at least one hour per day. Most slept about seven hours a night, typically waking up at least once. Only five got the minimum recommended 8.5 hours of sleep each night. Too little sleep was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, independent of other risk factors, such as lack of physical activity and high levels of body fat, according to the University of Michigan Health System and Baylor University researchers. The findings, published March 6 in The Journal of Pediatrics, suggest that sleep ... Read more

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Poor Sleep in Gulf War Vets May Be Tied to Brain Changes

Posted 28 Feb 2014 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 – There may be a link between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter in the brains of Gulf War veterans, a new study suggests. Using MRI scans and a sleep quality assessment, researchers found that sleep disturbances among 144 Gulf War vets were associated with less gray matter in the frontal lobe – the part of the brain involved in working memory and higher-level thinking. The findings were published Feb. 28 in the journal Sleep. Although the study does not prove that one causes the other, the researchers suggested their findings could shed light on the association between poor sleep quality and problems with psychosocial, physical and occupational functioning. "Previous imaging studies have suggested that sleep disturbances may be associated with structural brain changes in certain regions of the frontal lobe," study lead author Linda Chao said in a news ... Read more

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Restless Sleep Linked to Widespread Pain in Older Adults

Posted 13 Feb 2014 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2014 – Waking up and not feeling rested isn't just annoying. Researchers say that "non-restorative sleep" is the biggest risk factor for the development of widespread pain in older adults. Widespread pain that affects different parts of the body – the main characteristic of fibromyalgia – affects 15 percent of women and 10 percent of men over age 50, according to previous studies. To identify the triggers of such widespread pain, British researchers compiled demographic data as well as information on the pain and physical and mental health of more than 4,300 adults older than 50. About 2,700 had some pain at the study's start, but none had widespread pain. The results, published Feb. 13 in Arthritis & Rheumatology, show that restless sleep as well as anxiety, memory problems and poor health play a role in the development of this type of pain. Three years after the ... Read more

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