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For Teens, Late Bedtime May Lead to Weight Gain

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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

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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 6 days ago 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

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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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Caffeine at Night May Disrupt the Body's Internal Clock

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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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Long Shifts Linked to Increased Injury Risk for EMS Workers

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TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 – Emergency services employees (EMS) who work extended shifts are 60 percent more likely to suffer injury and illness than those who work 12 hours or less, a new observational study shows. And the longer the extended shift, the greater the risk, the researchers found. Working in emergency services requires that people be physically strong and able to move patients yet remain clear-headed while providing medical care in stressful and sometimes chaotic situations. Despite such demanding job requirements, these clinicians often have to work up to 24 hours a shift. And that could increase their risk for injuries or take a toll on the quality of care they provide to patients, the researchers said. To investigate how long hours could affect EMS workers, the researchers analyzed 1 million shift schedules completed by 4,000 employees over the course of three years. They ... Read more

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Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests. British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore how 24/7 social media participation might affect their emotional health. "Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this," said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. "It is important that we understand how social media use relates to these." The findings are scheduled for presentation Friday in Manchester, England, at a British Psychological Society meeting. However, until the data and conclusions are published in a ... Read more

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Long Nursing Shifts Linked to Job Dissatisfaction

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Long work shifts for nurses may lead to job dissatisfaction and a risk of burnout, a new study finds. Compared with shifts that were 8 hours or less, shifts that last 12 hours or more were linked with a 40 percent higher level of job discontentment and a 31 percent higher risk of planning to quit, the study found. "Current literature tends to report that 12-hour shifts represent a way to retain nurses in hospital clinical practice because it is believed to be the preferred shift length and that nurses are more satisfied with their jobs: our results suggest the opposite," study author Chiara Dall'Ora, from the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, and her colleagues wrote. "Therefore, our findings pose substantial questions for managers, most notably because job satisfaction is a consistent and robust predictor of remaining in a job," the study ... Read more

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Too Much, Too Little Sleep May Harm the Heart

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Otherwise healthy people who have poor sleep habits may be putting themselves at risk for early signs of heart disease, a new study suggests. Folks who get too much or too little sleep – or not enough quality rest – are more likely to suffer from stiffened arteries and calcium deposits on the walls of their major arteries, said study lead author Dr. Chan-Won Kim. "Coronary calcium develops way before heart attack symptoms occur, and a greater amount of calcium in the coronary arteries predicts future development of heart disease," said Kim, a clinical associate professor in the Center for Cohort Studies at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. The sweet spot appears to be about seven hours of sleep, the researchers reported. People who got more or less sleep tended to have increased signs of potential future heart problems. Earlier studies have ... Read more

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When Clock Springs Forward, Teen Brain May Fall Behind

Posted 8 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – Teens lose much-needed sleep after the time change in spring, raising concerns about their driving safety, a new study shows. This loss of sleep was associated with increased daytime sleepiness, lapses of attention and longer reaction times, according to the findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "For many years now, sleep researchers have been concerned about sleep deprivation in adolescents. This study unveils a potential additional factor that may further restrict their sleep in the early spring," principal investigator Dr. Ana Krieger said in a journal news release. She is medical director of the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Researchers assessed sleep in 35 high school students, average age 16.5 years, on weeknights after the change to daylight savings time in March. The teens slept ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Hurt Kids' Grades

Posted 8 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – When children have sleep troubles due to breathing problems – such as sleep apnea – they may struggle in school, new research suggests. "Sleep apnea may not be directly causing academic problems," said study lead author Barbara Galland, a research associate professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. "Instead, sleep apnea may interfere with getting a good night's sleep, which may, in turn, contribute to children having a hard time paying attention and being less ready to learn and perform academically during the day," she said. Sleep apnea is a type of sleep-disordered breathing, or irregular breathing while asleep. A person with sleep apnea frequently stops breathing for short periods of time, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. This new study looked at the results of more than a dozen individual studies. Although it ... Read more

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Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kids

Posted 3 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children's bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sleep. The effect was most pronounced for kids just entering puberty, with nighttime melatonin levels suppressed by up to 37 percent in some cases, the investigators found. With a recent study suggesting that 96 percent of teens use at least one high-tech device in the hour before bedtime, the researchers have a suggestion for parents. "The message is that we really have to be careful about protecting our especially young teens from light at night, which means parents need to get all screens out of the bedroom, because ultimately they can be quite damaging to a child's capacity to get enough sleep," said study co-author Mary Carskadon. She is a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Can't Sleep?

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by

-- If you're struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, keeping a sleep diary can help you figure out why. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests what to include: The time at which you go to bed each night. The time you wake up each morning, and when you get out of bed. If and when you nap. If and when you exercise. Consumption of any alcohol or caffeine. Read more

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A Tired Surgeon Still a Good Surgeon, Study Finds

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Don't panic if your doctor worked into the wee hours of the night before he operates on you, new research suggests. The risk of death, hospital readmission or complications following surgery was no more likely if the surgeon pulled a midnight shift before a daytime operation, the Canadian study showed. "I believe what we are seeing in our study reflects self-regulation – that surgeons plan around their schedules based on their individual ability to tolerate sleep deprivation," said senior study author Dr. Nancy Baxter, surgery division chief at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Given our findings, they seem to be doing a good job of it." The study was published online Aug. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Baxter's team looked at results for almost 39,000 patients undergoing one of 12 daytime surgeries, including gallbladder removal and ... Read more

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Doctor Offers Back-to-School Health Tips

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by

SUNDAY, Aug. 16, 2015 – With the arrival of the new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, a pediatrician advises. "As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children. Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children," Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release. He outlined a number of ways to help children stay healthy during the school year. One important consideration is making sure they get enough sleep. "We often allow later bedtimes during summer months, usually compensating with later sleeping each morning, but adequate rest cannot be overemphasized once school begins. Bedtime routines are very important, especially with earlier ... Read more

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