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Constant Traffic Noise May Boost Depression Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – People who live with constant road noise may face a higher risk of developing depression, researchers say. The risk was about 25 percent higher for people living in areas with a lot of traffic, compared to those living in areas with little road noise. However, the risk was largely confined to those who were poor, unemployed, had limited education, smoked or had insomnia, the German study authors found. "Although we can't say for sure, it has been thought that noise causes stress and annoyance," said lead researcher Ester Orban, of the Center for Urban Epidemiology at University Hospital Essen. "If this noise persists over a long time and is constant and loud, it may contribute to depression," she said. Orban cautioned that these findings only show that road noise is associated with depression, not that it causes depression. "Road noise seems to play a role, ... Read more

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Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Children with the skin condition eczema often have trouble sleeping. Now, a new study suggests that over-the-counter melatonin might boost their shuteye. Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is characterized by an itchy, red rash. It affects as many as 30 percent of all kids, more than half of whom experience sleep difficulties, the researchers said. These sleep problems can be difficult to treat in these children, said Dr. Yung-Sen Chang, an attending physician in pediatrics at Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch in Taiwan. Antihistamines can stop working after a few days, and tranquilizers have potentially serious side effects, Chang said. But supplementation with melatonin, his study found, "is safe and effective for helping children with atopic dermatitis fall asleep faster." The link between the skin condition and insufficient sleep "has an impact on ... Read more

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ADHD Medications Linked to Sleep Problems in Kids

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – The stimulant medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can keep some kids awake at night, a new research review confirms. The analysis, published online Nov. 23 in Pediatrics, found that children given stimulant medications for ADHD sometimes developed problems falling asleep and staying asleep. The medications – which include drugs like Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall – already list sleep problems as a potential side effect. But studies on the question have actually had conflicting findings, said Katherine Kidwell, a researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who led the new analysis. Plus, it's common for kids with ADHD to have sleep problems, whether they're on medication or not. And some researchers have argued that medication may actually improve sleep, by easing ADHD symptoms in general, Kidwell said. To get a ... Read more

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How to Keep Your Baby's Slumber Safe

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SATURDAY, Nov. 14, 2015 – There are a number of things you should do to keep your baby safe while sleeping, an expert says. Always place the baby on his or her back to sleep, including naps, and always on a flat, firm surface, said Dr. Mary Jones, child advocacy director for the Loyola University Health System pediatric team. Babies should always sleep in their own bed, whether it is in the parents' room or a separate room, she said. Never have a baby sleep in the same bed as other people. It's also important to prevent the baby from getting too hot while sleeping. Use a blanket sleeper or a second layer of clothing instead of a blanket, Jones suggested. Parents should also keep the baby's crib free of toys, blankets, positioners and bumpers. "Despite the progress we've made, some surveys show as many as half of parents do not put infants to sleep on their backs," Jones said in a ... Read more

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Sleepwalkers Feel No Pain When Injured: Study

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – Some sleepwalkers don't feel pain when they suffer an injury – even a severe one – during a sleepwalking episode, a new study finds. But sleepwalkers are at increased risk for headaches and migraines when they're awake, the researchers added. The researchers assessed 100 sleepwalkers and a control group of 100 people with normal sleep habits, and found that the sleepwalkers were nearly four times more likely to suffer headaches and 10 times more likely to suffer migraines. Among the 47 who had suffered at least one injury during sleepwalking, 79 percent said they did not feel pain at the time and remained asleep despite the injury, according to the study in the November issue of the journal Sleep. "Our most surprising result was the lack of pain perception during the sleepwalking episodes," principal investigator Regis Lopez, a psychiatrist and sleep medicine ... Read more

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Poor Sleep Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Lack of sleep may be a gateway to kidney disease, at least for women, a new study suggests. Researchers from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital evaluated the sleep habits of thousands of women and found too little shuteye was tied to a more rapid decline in kidney function. Women who slept five hours or less a night had a 65 percent greater risk of rapid decline in kidney function, compared with women sleeping seven to eight hours a night, the investigators discovered. "This is concerning because as a general population the amount of sleep we are getting has decreased over the last 20 years," said lead researcher Dr. Ciaran McMullan, an instructor in medicine. Americans used to sleep an average of eight hours a night, but now it's about 6.5 hours and decreasing, he said. It's not known whether sleeping longer improves kidney function or reverses damage ... Read more

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Sleep Patterns May Affect a Woman's Diabetes Risk

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 – Women who experience a big increase in hours of sleep each night may face an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The study found that women who added more than two hours of shuteye a night showed a 15 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers also suggested that women who regularly slept six hours or less a night might have higher odds of developing type 2 diabetes. But after adjusting the data for other factors such as obesity, this link was not considered statistically significant, the researchers said. Women who were chronically short on sleep who then tried to catch up were the ones who fared the worst in the study. In fact, the researchers found that short sleepers who added two hours of sleep a night actually increased their odds of diabetes by 21 percent. "Increasing sleep duration after previous years of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kick Bad Sleep Habits

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

-- If you can't sleep, a few bad habits could be the issue. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these sleep-stealing practices: Having caffeine within six hours of bed. Drinking alcohol before bed, which makes your sleep lighter. Having a large meal or snack just before bed. Getting insufficient exercise. Keeping fit boosts energy and generally helps you fall asleep faster and more soundly. Having a TV, smartphone or computer in the bedroom. Sleeping in late during weekends. Read more

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Tribal Study Finds Short Sleep Not Just Curse of Modern Living

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – Fast-paced urban lifestyles may not be to blame for the lack of sleep that plagues many people today, a new study shows. Researchers tracked the sleep habits of three traditional hunter-gatherer groups in Bolivia, Namibia and Tanzania, and found their sleep timing and duration to be similar to those of more "modern" people. The finding "has important implications for the idea that we need to take sleeping pills because sleep has been reduced from its 'natural level' by the widespread use of electricity, TV, the Internet and so on," researcher Jerome Siegel of the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a news release from the journal Current Biology. His team published its findings in the Oct. 15 issue of the journal. In the study, Siegel's team followed the sleep habits of 94 people from three hunter-gatherer tribes across different parts of the world: ... Read more

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Help Your Child Get a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – School-age children need adequate sleep for peak performance. "Children and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development," said Dr. Clay Stallworth, a pediatrician with Georgia Regents University Health System in Augusta. "A child's body and brain are busy during slumber preparing for another day of tasks and growth, so it's essential that children get the proper amount of sleep," he said in a university news release. School-age children should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. One way to help kids get enough sleep is to set a regular bedtime schedule and stick with it, even on weekends. It's also important to create a 15- to 30-minute bedtime routine to help children get ready for sleep. This might include taking a bath, dressing for bed, brushing teeth, ... Read more

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Bedtime Texting May Be Hazardous to Teens' Health

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – Many American teens text in bed, leading to lost sleep, daytime drowsiness and poorer school performance, a new study says. Researchers from New Jersey looked at nearly 3,200 middle and high school students in the state. They found that nearly 62 percent of the kids used their smartphones in some capacity after bedtime; nearly 57 percent texted, tweeted or messaged in bed; and nearly 21 percent awoke to texts. "Our study confirms that many teenagers are texting late at night when they should be sleeping. This behavior is more common among older teenagers, especially those in high school, and among girls," said study co-author Vincent DeBari. He is director of research at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, in South Orange. "One of the most worrisome aspects of our findings is that in addition to affecting the quality and amount of ... Read more

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For Teens, Late Bedtime May Lead to Weight Gain

Posted 2 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Teens may have a new reason to take their parents' advice and go to bed early. Staying up late on weeknights may increase a teen's risk of becoming overweight over time, a new study says. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 3,300 American teens and found that each extra hour of late bedtime was associated with a more than two-point increase in body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. The link between late bedtimes and BMI increase was not significantly affected by total sleep time, amount of exercise, or time spent in front of computers or televisions, the investigators found. "The results are important because they highlight adolescent bedtimes, not just total sleep time, as a potential target for weight management concurrently and in the transition to adulthood," first author Lauren Asarnow, a ... Read more

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Less Sleep May Mean Less Sex After Menopause

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Too little sleep may lead to too little intimacy for postmenopausal women, a new study finds. The study included nearly 94,000 women who were asked about their sleep habits during the previous four weeks. They were also asked about their sexual activity during the past year, and their levels of sexual satisfaction. The women were all between the ages of 50 and 79, the researchers said. Thirty percent of women had high insomnia levels, the study found. These women were less sexually active than those without sleep problems, the researchers said. The investigators also found that getting less than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night was associated with less sexual activity and sexual satisfaction. Although the current study found an association between a lack of sleep and sexual activity and satisfaction, it didn't prove a cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choosing the Right Bedtime Snack

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

-- It's not easy to fall asleep with a growling belly, so satisfying bedtime hunger becomes important. The National Sleep Foundation suggests these snacks: A handful of almonds with either half a banana or a handful of cherries, which contain the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Whole-grain crakcers and peanut butter, which contain complex carbohydrates and tryptophan, a sleep-promoting amino acid. Warm milk, which contains calcium, magnesium and tryptophan. A mug of decaffeinated herbal tea, but without ginseng, which can act as a stimulant. A small bowl of whole-grain cereal or warm oatmeal with milk. These contain magnesium, carbohydrates, calcium and melatonin. Half of a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, a great source of tryptophan. Read more

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Natural Surroundings May Promote Sound Sleep

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by

SUNDAY, Sept. 20, 2015 – Getting close to nature might improve the quality of your sleep, new research suggests. Seniors and men sleep more soundly if they have access to natural surroundings, such as beaches or parks, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Preventive Medicine. "It's hard to overestimate the importance of high-quality sleep," study author Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois. "Studies show that inadequate sleep is associated with declines in mental and physical health, reduced cognitive function and increased obesity," she said in a university news release. "This new study shows that exposure to a natural environment may help people get the sleep they need." More than 255,000 adults from across the United States were surveyed about their quality of sleep in the previous ... Read more

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