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Health Tip: When Is the Right Time for a Nap?

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-- Naps are essential for a growing baby, and they offer a needed break for busy parents. But when is the right time to let baby nap, so it doesn't interfere with bedtime? The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Put your baby down when sleepy, but not so exhausted that it's difficult to fall asleep. Look for signs of sleepiness, such as rubbing the eyes, a glazed expression or drifting off. Get baby in bed within 30 minutes. Create a nap schedule. Set the schedule based on your child's sleepy signs. Create a similar soothing routine for naps just as you do for bedtime. That may mean a book, soothing music or white noise to help baby wind down. Figure out what works for your baby. If a long, late nap affects bedtime sleep, cut it short or start the nap earlier. But try to be flexible and go with what baby needs. Read more

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Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression

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MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 – REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and "restless" REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their risk for chronic depression or anxiety. "Previous studies have pointed to REM sleep as the most likely candidate involved in the regulation of emotions," said study lead author Rick Wassing. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sleep and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. Wassing noted, for example, that while REM is underway, key arousal hormones such as serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine are inactive. This, he added, may indicate that it is during good REM sleep ... Read more

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Texting After Dark May Harm Teens' Sleep, Grades

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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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Too Much, Too Little Sleep During Pregnancy May Prompt Weight Gain

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THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Sleeping too few or too many hours a night may lead to excessive weight gain during pregnancy, a new study suggests. "We know that poor sleep in pregnancy has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes," wrote researcher Dr. Francesca Facco, who's with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "Our findings provide a potential mechanism [weight gain] for poor sleep in pregnancy and adverse outcomes," she said in a news release from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Previous research has suggested that poor sleep is associated with weight gain and obesity in women who are not pregnant. The authors of this new study wanted to examine a possible link between sleep and weight gain during pregnancy. The study included 751 pregnant women whose sleep was monitored for seven straight days. About two-thirds of the women slept between seven ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Use Smartphone in the Bedroom

Posted 12 days ago by

--If you keep a smartphone on your nightstand and take a peek just before bed, you may be jeopardizing your sleep. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions: Fight the urge to check your smartphone at bedtime. It can lead to stress and getting too energized just before bed. Keep the phone away from your bed while you sleep, either in another room or at least in a place where you can't reach it from bed. The light, buzzing and beeping can distract you. Set a "technology curfew" at least an hour before bedtime. Get an actual alarm clock so you don't have to use your phone. Read more

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Sleepless Nights Might Raise Women's Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Women who have chronic sleep problems may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Harvard researchers report. Problems such as trouble falling or staying asleep, getting less than six hours of sleep, frequent snoring, sleep apnea or rotating shift work appear to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, the researchers said. They found that women who reported trouble falling or staying asleep all or most of the time had 45 percent greater odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Women who had four sleep problems had more than four times the odds of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers said. "Women with sleeping difficulty, especially when also having other conditions, should be aware of potential higher risk of diabetes," said lead researcher Dr. Yanping Li, a research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "Doctors ... Read more

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Too Much Social Media Could Mess Up Your Sleep, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Young adults who spend too much time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may pay the price in poor sleep, new research suggests. "This is one of the first pieces of evidence that social media use really can impact your sleep," lead author Jessica Levenson, a postdoctoral researcher in psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said in a university news release. Her team tracked the social media use and sleep troubles of nearly 1,800 Americans aged 19 to 32. On average, participants said they spent 61 minutes a day on social media and visited social media sites 30 times a week. Nearly 30 percent of the participants also said they suffered sleep disturbances. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, Levenson's team found that people who spent the most time on social media each day were twice as likely to have sleep problems as those ... Read more

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Health Tip: Wake Up More Refreshed

Posted 20 Jan 2016 by

-- Having trouble waking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? An irregular schedule, holidays, vacations and more can make it tough to get up with the alarm. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Go to bed earlier. Adjust bedtime by 15-minute increments each night until you're at the time you want. As bedtime nears, turn off bright overhead lights and avoid TVs, computers and smart phones. As soon as you wake up, open the curtains to let in sunlight. If it's still dark, turn on lights to help your body wake. Don't let yourself sleep in too late on weekends. If you want to indulge a bit, make wake time an hour later than usual. 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

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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For Seniors, Poor Sleep May Mean Higher Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 15 Jan 2016 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Poor sleep may raise seniors' risk of hardening of the brain arteries, and possibly contribute to the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers examined the autopsied brains of 315 people, average age 90, who had undergone at least one full week of sleep quality assessment before their death. Twenty-nine percent of them had suffered a stroke, and 61 percent had moderate-to-severe damage to blood vessels in the brain. Those with the highest levels of sleep fragmentation – repeated awakenings or arousals – were 27 percent more likely to have hardening of the brain arteries. Among study participants, sleep was disrupted an average of nearly seven times an hour. For each additional two arousals during one hour of sleep, there was a 30 percent greater likelihood of having visible signs of oxygen deprivation in the brain, the study authors said. ... Read more

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Single Parents Struggle Most to Get a Good Night's Sleep: Study

Posted 6 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 – Single parents – moms in particular – operate on fewer hours of sleep and have poorer sleep quality than adults in other types of families. That's the central finding of a U.S. government report, released Wednesday, on the sleep habits of Americans by gender and family type. It's the first time that the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has assessed adults' sleep habits by their family situation, meaning whether they live in a single- or two-parent home, or in a household without children. "Sleep is another domain in which single-parent families are disadvantaged," the report concluded. While many studies look at health-related outcomes of children in single-parent families, "generally less attention has been paid to the health of single parents themselves," said Colleen Nugent, an NCHS health scientist and lead author of the report. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleep Well on Vacation

Posted 5 Jan 2016 by

-- 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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Health Tip: Keep Kids' Sleep Schedules Consistent

Posted 1 Jan 2016 by

-- Special occasions are an exciting time for children, and it can be tempting to let them stay up late. But that can lead to grumpy kids and unhappy parents. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Kids may not be able to handle staying up significantly past the usual bedtime. If it's important that children attend a family gathering, ask the host if it's OK to bump up the start time a bit to accommodate younger family members. If traveling away from home, bring a blanket, pillow or stuffed animal that will help your child sleep. Set the stage for bed by allowing time to dim the lights, read a book, quiet down and relax. Read more

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

Posted 1 Jan 2016 by

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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Drowsy Drivers Pose Risks to Others, Themselves

Posted 31 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 – Hitting the road for a New Year's gathering? Crossing the highway rumble strip is a sign that you're too sleepy to drive, researchers report. Sleepiness affects your ability to make decisions, and ignoring a rumble strip could make you prone to a deadly crash, they added. "Pulling over and taking a 15-20 minute nap or drinking a double shot of coffee have been found to be the most effective ways of increasing driver alertness and reducing sleepiness," study author Chris Watling, of Queensland University of Technology's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety-Queensland in Australia, said in a university news release. Researchers from Queensland, the Stress Research Institute of Stockholm University and the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute observed 36 people during a 90-minute simulated driving session. "What we found was the first rumble strip ... Read more

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