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Shhhh! Patients Are Sleeping

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – In hospitals around the world, noise complaints are booming. But some medical centers are trying to stem the 'round-the-clock' racket. Medical equipment, air circulation machinery, announcements and staff pages create a cacophony of sounds 24/7 that can stress patients, staff and visitors alike, said Ilene Busch-Vishniac, a consultant on noise control. Besides sleep disruptions, high noise levels in hospitals can change patients' heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These, in turn, boost stress levels and may slow healing, said Busch-Vishniac, of BeoGrin Consulting in Baltimore. Excessive noise can also interfere with communication between hospital staff and patients, she added. Equipment alarms are a major source of hospital noise. While some of these alarms alert staff to changes in a patient's medical condition, others sound when medication or ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Are Women Naturally Fitter Than Men?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – When it comes to getting and staying fit, women may have an aerobic edge over men, new research suggests. In a small new study, investigators compared oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction in 18 young men and women while they worked out on a treadmill. Oxygen uptake is an important measure of aerobic fitness. Women consistently processed oxygen about 30 percent faster than men, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. "The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men's bodies are more naturally athletic," study author Thomas Beltrame said in a university news release. Another researcher put it this way. "We found that women's muscles extract oxygen from the blood faster, which, scientifically speaking, indicates a superior aerobic system," said Richard Hughson. He is a professor with the faculty of applied ... Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Muscle Pain

Later School Start Times Do Help Kids Feel Rested: Study

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Later school start times could help teens get the amount of sleep they need, according to a new study. The finding contradicts the common belief that teens will simply go to bed later if they can sleep later in the morning. In fact, the study found that even those who did stay up a bit later got more sleep than teens who had to get up for early morning classes. When high schools started classes at 8:30 a.m. or later, teens were more likely to get the recommended amount of sleep. The findings showed that they spent an average of 46 more minutes in bed than did teens whose schools started classes between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Data on the students' sleep habits came from daily online recordings made by 413 teens during a school year (September through May) and the summer months of June through August. "Teens starting school at 8:30 a.m. or later were the only group ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Health Tip: Help Prevent Snoring

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Snoring is not only an annoyance, but also a potential health concern. Chronic snoring may be associated with sleep apnea, which can lead to sleep deprivation and potential heart issues. The National Sleep Foundation says certain exercises may strengthen muscles surrounding the airways and help prevent snoring: Push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and slide the tongue backward. Repeat 20 times. Suck your tongue upward so that the entire tongue lies against the roof of your mouth. Repeat 20 times. Force the back of your tongue downward against the floor of your mouth while keeping the tip of your tongue in contact with your bottom front teeth. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

What You Don't Know About Drug Interactions Could Hurt You

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Many older Americans take multiple medications – but only about one-third ever discuss possible interactions between drugs, a new poll finds. This could endanger their health, researchers said. "Interactions between drugs, and other substances, can put older people at a real risk of everything from low blood sugar to kidney damage and accidents caused by sleepiness," said Dr. Preeti Malani, who directed the nationwide poll. "At the very least, a drug interaction could keep their medicine from absorbing properly," said Malani, a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School. The poll was conducted by the university's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. It was sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, the university's academic medical center. Malani's team questioned nearly 1,700 adults ages 50 to 80. About 1 in 3 who take at least one ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Sedation

Health Tip: Prevent Drowsy Driving

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- One in 25 U.S. drivers reports having fallen asleep while driving during the past month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The first step to prevention is recognizing the symptoms of driving drowsy, the agency says, offering this list of warning signs: Yawning or blinking a lot. Having difficulty remembering the past few miles driven. Missing your exit. Drifting from your lane. Hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Seeking Better Sleep? Here's One Simple Step to Help

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Getting a better night's shut-eye may be as easy as cracking open a bedroom window or door, a small new study suggests. Dutch researchers used high-tech methods to track the nighttime movements of 17 healthy volunteers over five nights. Some of the participants slept with a bedroom door or window open, allowing for better ventilation in the room, while others did not. The result: The better-ventilated rooms had lower levels of carbon dioxide in the air (humans breathe out CO2 naturally) and that seemed tied to better sleep, according to a team led by environmental researcher Asit Kumar Mishra, of Eindhoven University of Technology. "Lower carbon dioxide levels [in the bedroom] implied better sleep depth, sleep efficiency, and lesser number of awakenings," Mishra's team reported Nov. 22 in the journal Indoor Air. One U.S. sleep expert said the nighttime ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Fatigue

Health Tip: Is Stress Interfering With Your Child's Sleep?

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Even young children have stress. If it's bad enough, it may interfere with your youngster's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these warning signs of stress-induced loss of sleep in children: Decreased appetite. Headache. Bedwetting. Stomach upset or pain. Inability to relax. Aggressiveness or stubbornness. Inability to control emotions. Unwillingness to participate in family or school activities. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Night Terrors

Sunrise, Sunset: Ancient Rhythms Still Dictate Human Life

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Humankind long ago conquered the darkness with the invention of artificial light. But new research shows that, by and large, the sun's daily cycle still dictates people's activity. Finnish researchers say most people still schedule their daily routines around the natural ebb and flow of daylight. The team, led by Daniel Monsivais of the Aalto University School of Science, tracked the daily habits of roughly one million cellphone users in southern Europe over the course of a year. This enabled the investigators to infer when most people were awake or asleep. The goal was to see which had more of a gravitational pull on people's behavior: their internal biological clock or the desire to embrace societal rhythms, such as work and leisure schedules. "How does the daily rhythm of humans pan out under the simultaneous ticking of these two clocks?" Monsivais wondered. ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Everything You Need to Know About Exercise and Hydration

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Working up a good sweat when you exercise lets you know you're working hard, but it's also a sign that you're losing water – water that needs to be replaced. Water not only regulates your body temperature, it also helps lubricate joints and transport nutrients. If you're not properly hydrated, you won't be able to perform at your peak. You could even experience fatigue, cramps and more. And thirst is actually a sign that you're already getting dehydrated. You want to prep before you take your first workout step. In fact, no matter what time you exercise, it's important to hydrate throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to drink 2 cups of water in the hours before exercise, and then another cup 20 minutes in advance. During exercise, drink up to one cup every 20 minutes or so. When working out for over an hour, you may need a sports drink. After the ... Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Dehydration

Cancer Survivors Can Develop PTSD, Too

Posted 20 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – People usually imagine post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as happening to war veterans or assault victims. But new research shows the trauma of a cancer scare often leaves survivors with the condition. Many may not want to admit how they feel, the study's lead author said. "Many cancer patients believe they need to adopt a 'warrior mentality,' and remain positive and optimistic from diagnosis through treatment to stand a better chance of beating their cancer," explained Caryn Mei Hsien Chan of the National University of Malaysia. "To these patients, seeking help for the emotional issues they face is akin to admitting weakness," she said. In their study, Chan and her colleagues tracked outcomes for 469 adults with different types of cancer. The research showed that nearly 22 percent had symptoms of PTSD six months after their cancer diagnosis. And about 6 ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – The diagnosis and treatment of two conditions – chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness – could improve thanks to the discovery of distinct brain chemistry signatures in people with these disorders, researchers say. The illnesses share symptoms such as pain, fatigue, thinking problems and exhaustion after exercise. They're often misdiagnosed as depression or other mental health problems, according to the study team from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The investigators found brain changes, specifically in levels of miRNAs – which turn protein production on or off – in people with one of the disorders who were given a spinal tap 24 hours after they exercised for 25 minutes. "We clearly see three different patterns in the brain's production of these molecules in the [chronic fatigue syndrome] group and the two [Gulf War illness] ... Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Diagnosis and Investigation, Gulf War Syndrome

Health Tip: Stress Can Impact Sleep

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Too much stress may make it difficult to fall asleep or stay that way. The National Sleep Foundation says your body may be offering clues that there's too much stress in your life. Among them: Your mind continues to race after your head hits the pillow. You have muscle tension and pain. Your heart races. If insomnia is chronic, it may increase your chances of developing stress-related headaches. The foundation suggests developing a relaxing pre-sleep ritual. Examples include drinking a calming tea, taking a warm bath or practicing breathing exercises or yoga. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Middle-Aged and Impaired? More Common Than You Might Think

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – As early as middle age, many Americans have problems with dressing, grocery shopping and otherwise caring for themselves – and for some, it leads to a progressive decline, a new study finds. The study, of nearly 6,900 middle-aged adults, found that roughly 1 in 5 developed a "functional impairment" before age 65. That meant they had difficulty with routine self-care or daily tasks such as bathing themselves and making meals. Though those types of disabilities are common among elderly people, the new findings show that middle-aged people often have similar issues – and they do not always recover. That had been a big question going into the study, according to lead researcher Dr. Rebecca Brown: "Is functional impairment in middle age a temporary phenomenon, or does it have consequences later?" Brown is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of ... Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Prevention of Falls

Here's Why You 'Space Out' After Too Little Sleep

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Ever notice that too little sleep at night can cause you to "space out" the next day? New research suggests that a lack of sleep hampers communication between brain cells, causing temporary mental errors that affect memory and visual perception. That can lead to problems ranging from minor ones such as forgetting your keys when you leave the house, to more serious consequences such as lack of awareness while driving. "We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons [brain cells] of the ability to function properly. This leads to [mental] lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us," said study senior author Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv University in Israel. Fried added that severe fatigue "exerts a similar influence on the brain to drinking too much. Yet no ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

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