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Health Tip: Avoid These Things Before Bedtime

Posted 12 days ago by

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

Posted 15 days ago by

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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Health Tip: Coping With Disaster

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

-- Dealing with a disaster can be emotionally overwhelming, and everyone responds somewhat differently. The American Psychological Association says possible responses to disaster include: Emotional reactions, including moodiness, irritability and unpredictable behavior. Physical changes, including disturbed sleeping and eating patterns. Acute sensitivity to environmental factors, such as a siren or the smell of something burning. Strained personal relationships. Physical symptoms of stress, such as chest pain, headache or nausea. Read more

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Naps May Boost Worker Productivity

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by

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

-- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Health Tip: Older Children Need a Bedtime Routine, Too

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by

-- Older children need a consistent bedtime and wind-down routine as much as infants and toddlers do. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises: School-aged children should take a few minutes every night to tidy up the bedroom before bed. Middle school-aged children may have a less strict bedtime routine on the weekends, but wake time should not vary by much. Bedtime routines should be flexible, but impose limits on bedtime delays. Gradually give your child more independence over the bedtime routine as the child grows older. Read more

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'Talk Therapy' May Help Persistent Sleeplessness

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – Non-drug therapy can help adults who lie awake in bed most nights, a review of research finds. Instead of popping a sleeping pill, someone with insomnia might benefit from techniques associated with "cognitive behavior therapy," researchers said after reviewing 20 prior studies. Cognitive behavior therapy is a type of talk therapy where the goal is to help people change their thought patterns and learn better responses to situations. Individuals who engaged in the sleep-enhancing practices fell asleep 20 minutes sooner, on average, and slept 30 minutes more each night, the investigators said. "Effects appeared to continue over time and to result in an improvement in symptoms and general well-being," said review lead author Dr. James Trauer, a sleep physician with the Melbourne Sleep Disorders Center in Australia. Up to 15 percent of adults worldwide regularly ... Read more

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Poor Sleep? Eating Less at Night May Make Next Day Easier

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – Concentration and attention problems caused by sleep deprivation might be eased by eating less late at night, according to a new study. The research included 44 volunteers, aged 21 to 50. For three days, they were given unlimited access to food and drink during the day. But they were only allowed to sleep four hours a night. "Adults consume approximately 500 additional calories during late-night hours when they are sleep-restricted," senior author David Dinges, director of the unit for experimental psychiatry and chief of the division of sleep and chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. On the fourth night, about half of the participants continued to have unlimited access to food and drink. The other half were restricted to water from 10 p.m. until they went to sleep at 4 a.m. At 2 a.m. on each of the ... Read more

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