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Study Sees Link Between Insomnia, Asthma

Posted 1 day 2 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Insomnia is common in adults with asthma and tied to worse asthma control and other health problems, a new study finds. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that 37 percent of adults with asthma also had significant insomnia. Those with insomnia had worse lung function. They also weighed more. And they tended to have lower incomes than those without insomnia, the study found. Insomnia was also linked to a reduced asthma-specific quality of life. People with asthma and trouble sleeping had more depression and anxiety symptoms, the study found. They also needed more asthma-related health care in the past year. The study was published in the journal Chest. Although the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers suggested that their findings show that insomnia affects people with asthma. They also said that evaluation and ... Read more

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Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests. And getting behind the wheel after only four to five hours of shut-eye quadruples that risk. That's comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration considered legally drunk, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety researchers warned. "This is the first study to actually quantify the relationship between lack of sleep and the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash," said report author Brian Tefft, who added that the risk of sleep-impaired driving has long been "underestimated and underappreciated." The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes the problem and will soon issue a national strategy to combat drowsy driving, said Bryan Thomas, the federal agency's communications director. "Not ... Read more

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Web-Based Help for Insomnia Shows Promise

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – People find help for all sorts of maladies online. Now, insomnia might be one of them. A web-based interactive program may help chronically sleepless individuals get needed shuteye without taking medication or spending time on a therapist's couch, a new study suggests. The six-week program uses cognitive behavior therapy techniques – a standard treatment for insomnia – to help reset sleep patterns, the researchers said. People who participated in the program "experienced significant and clinically meaningful improvements in their sleep, compared to those who were given online patient education," said lead researcher Lee Ritterband. Moreover, the results are "similar to outcomes reported in trials that included face-to-face cognitive behavior therapy," said Ritterband. He is a professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine's department of ... Read more

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Smartphones May Hinder a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – If you're in need of a good night's sleep, it might be wise to give your smartphone a rest from time to time. New research suggests that the light from smartphones, especially before bedtime, may affect how long and well you sleep. During the month-long study, participants used their cellphones an average of 38 hours – nearly 4 minutes each hour. And the more screen-time people spent with their phones, the poorer and shorter their sleep, particularly if they used their smartphones near bedtime, the researchers said. "A substantial amount of our time is spent engaging with smartphones," said study senior researcher Dr. Gregory Marcus. "These may have important health effects, including influencing fundamental needs, such as our ability to acquire and maintain a good night's sleep," added Marcus. He is director of clinical research in the division of cardiology ... Read more

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Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Sleeping too little or too much can affect a man's ability to impregnate his partner, new research suggests. The "sweet spot" appears to be 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, said study author Lauren Wise, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Among the 790 couples the researchers followed, "we found both short and long sleep duration – less than 6 hours or 9 or more per night – were associated with a reduced probability of pregnancy," Wise said. Using 8 hours of sleep as the reference point, men who slept less than 6 or more than 9 hours a night "had a 42 percent reduced probability of conception in any given month," she added. The main explanation is most likely hormonal, Wise said. Fertility experts know that testosterone is crucial for reproduction and the majority of daily testosterone release in men occurs during sleep, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Making the Transition to Sleep

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It can be difficult to wind down from a busy day and prepare for sleep, as your body looks for cues that it's time to wind down. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Before bed, dim the lights. This will help your body release more of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Step away from smartphones, tablets and other electronics that can emit bright light. Finish all stimulating activities well before bedtime. Drop the thermostat to 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit at bedtime, which should help prepare you for sleep. Read more

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The Phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Imagine you wake up, see a stranger running toward you with a knife and your legs won't move so there's no escape. Terrifying episodes like these are known as sleep paralysis. They're not dangerous, it's just your brain telling your body it's still in dreamland, according to Texas A&M University researchers. When you're in the stage of sleep where vivid dreams occur (known as REM sleep), your arms and legs are temporarily paralyzed so you can't act out your dreams. If you wake up during this REM stage, you feel unable to move and may even hallucinate, the researchers said. "When people have a nightmare, they sleep, have a dream and then wake up. When they're experiencing sleep paralysis, they may have a dream when they are already awake," said Dr. Steven Bender, director of Texas A&M University's Center for Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine. "Sleep paralysis is a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Find a Fun Alarm Clock

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning, a fun alarm clock that eases the transition into your day may help. Try these suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation: Look for an alarm clock that's functional, not just pretty. Make sure the buttons are easy to find when you're groggy first thing in the morning. Skip alarm clocks that emit bright blue light that can interfere with sleep. Opt for one that uses softer amber, orange or red to help you sleep more soundly. Choose an alarm clock that wakes you with a sound that you enjoy, whether that's the news, your favorite music or nature sounds. Consider one that gradually increases the volume to gently rouse you. Look for fun features that make sure you won't oversleep. Some alarm clocks have a light that turns on slowly at the time you should wake. Others vibrate the bed to help wake you. Read more

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Mouse Study Suggests Brain Circuit Involved in Sleep-Wake Cycle

Posted 5 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 5, 2016 – Scientists say they've identified a brain circuit in mice that plays a key role in the sleep-wake cycle. The circuit is a key component of the brain's reward system, according to researchers from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The investigators saw that as the mice ramped down for sleep, activity in this brain circuit decreased. The researchers also saw that activating this circuit could rouse the animals from sleep. These findings could potentially lead to new treatments for sleep problems, the researchers said. "This has potential huge clinical relevance," senior author Luis de Lecea, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, said in a university news release. "Insomnia, a multibillion-dollar market for pharmaceutical companies, has traditionally been treated with drugs such as benzodiazepines that nonspecifically shut down the entire brain," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Chatting Before Bed Can Help You Sleep

Posted 2 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A little bedtime conversation can be just the time couples need to catch up and have some quiet time together, but make sure it's not wrecking your sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Avoiding all technology, including TVs, smartphones and tablets, in the bedroom. It can wake you up and distract your valuable quiet time together. Talking about the events of your day or other lighthearted topics. Avoid emotional conversations that will just get you worked up. Putting off disagreements until the next day if you do start arguing about something. It's no good to discuss when you're tired, so agree to bring it up again at a better time. Don't worry if you don't feel like talking. Sometimes just lying quietly next to each other and cuddling provides just the sense of safety you need to get to sleep. Read more

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Don't Lose Sleep Over Screentime at Night

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Daytime exposure to bright light may reduce the sleep-disrupting effects of blue light from smartphones and tablet computers, a new study suggests. Previous research has shown that evening use of devices that emit blue light interferes with sleep. In the new study, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden assessed how evening use of a tablet computer affected 14 young people who had been exposed to bright light during the day. "Our main finding was that following daytime bright light exposure, evening use of a self-luminous tablet for two hours did not affect sleep in young healthy students," study first author Frida Rangtell said in a university news release. She is a doctoral student in neuroscience at Uppsala. Senior author Christian Benedict, an associate professor of neuroscience, said the results suggest that daytime exposure to bright light through ... Read more

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Brain Relies on Two Timekeepers for Sleep

Posted 12 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – Both an internal "clock" and an internal "hourglass" affect how different parts of your brain respond to sleep deprivation, a new study shows. The Belgian researchers said these findings could eventually aid in the understanding of sleep disorders, and help folks who work night shifts or those with jet lag. The study involved 33 healthy young people who volunteered to stay awake for 42 hours and have their mental sharpness tracked along the way. Sleep scientists from the University of Liege used MRI scans to chart the volunteers' brain activity as they performed tests of attention and reaction time. Not surprisingly, their performances dulled as their sleep deprivation worsened. But the brain scans revealed a complicated interaction between two basic biological processes: the body's central "circadian rhythm," which pushes people to be awake and active during ... Read more

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5 Tips to Help Teens Get Needed School-Year Zzzzzs

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – When a new school year begins, many teens have a hard time readjusting their sleeping habits. But there are a number ways to prepare, according to Michael Scullin. He's an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and director of Baylor's Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. Get a head start on resuming a normal sleep schedule. "If you go to bed after midnight on Sunday before class starts, it's going to be a tough Monday. It's very hard to shift your schedule overnight, so parents need to start imposing that a few days early," Scullin said in a university news release. Avoid bright lights in the evening. "Phones, tablets, laptops, television... It's hard to get those completely out of the post-dinner schedule, but you don't want to be crawling into bed with the phone. And if there are bright lights ... Read more

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Health Tip: When it Takes Too Long to Fall Asleep

Posted 9 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's common to occasionally toss and turn while trying to fall asleep, but for some people, it's a nightly battle. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Slowly and gradually change your bedtime, backing it up by 15 minutes each night until you reach the time you want. In the morning, expose yourself to bright artificial light or natural sunlight. At night, as you get ready for bed, keep the lights dim. Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, and steer clear of caffeine and alcohol a few hours before bed. Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. Stay consistent with sleep and wake times, even on weekends. Talk to your doctor about melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Read more

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Health Tip: Meditating at Bedtime

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A busy mind can keep you from a good night's sleep. And a relaxing meditation ritual may be just what you need to wind down. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Consider mindfulness meditation, in which you focus solely on nearby sounds and sensations. Try concentration meditation, in which you focus on one thing. You can choose an object such as a candle flame while repeating a simple mantra. Perform guided meditation, in which your thoughts follow the guidance of an instructor. You may be asked to focus on relaxing muscles throughout your body, or imagining a peaceful, relaxing scene. Read more

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