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Health Tip: Sleep's Effects on Diabetes

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Lack of sleep is an often overlooked risk factor for type 2 diabetes, the National Sleep Foundation says. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to less insulin production and increased production of stress hormones, the foundation says. Over time, too much glucose stays in the bloodstream and increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Getting insufficient sleep can also increase your ...

Sleepy Drivers May Be Causing More Crashes Than Thought

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Driver fatigue causes many more car accidents in the United States than previously estimated, a new report suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of several months' worth of video recordings taken of nearly 3,600 Americans while they were driving. During that time, participating drivers were involved in 700 accidents. All participants' vehicles had been outfitted ...

Health Tip: Sleep Better

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Poor sleep increases your risk of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Poor sleep also has been linked to memory problems and increased risk of falls, the agency adds. You should aim for at least seven hours of quality sleep each night. The institute offers these suggestions for ...

Health Tip: Manage Non-24 Sleep Wake Disorder

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many people, the far majority of them blind, have non-24 Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24), which affects the circadian rhythm. This means their bodies don't properly prepare for sleep while it's dark outside and for wakefulness while it's light out. As a result, many people with the disorder cite ongoing fatigue. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these potential remedies: Eat a diet that ...

A Sleepy Child Is More Likely to Pile on Pounds

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – Poor sleep may make your children more than just grumpy, a new study suggests. Kids who don't get enough sleep are more likely to be obese later on, researchers report. And that might even boost their odds for cancer decades later. The study of 120 U.S. children, average age 8, linked poor sleep quality to higher body mass index (BMI), an estimate of body fat based on ...

Sleepy U.S. Teens Are Running on Empty

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday. Nearly 58 percent of middle school students in nine states and almost 73 percent of high school students across the country don't get the recommended amount of nightly shuteye, according to a report from the U.S. ...

Americans Finally Getting a Little More Sleep

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Are bleary-eyed Americans getting a break at last? New research suggests that people are sleeping a few more minutes each night than they used to. "Over 14 years [2003 to 2016], Americans were getting 17 minutes more sleep every night, or a full four days more sleep per year," said study lead researcher Dr. Mathias Basner. He's associate professor at the University of ...

Americans Finally Getting a Little More Sleep

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Are bleary-eyed Americans getting a break at last? New research suggests that people are sleeping a few more minutes each night than they used to. "Over 14 years [2003 to 2016], Americans were getting 17 minutes more sleep every night, or a full four days more sleep per year," said study lead researcher Dr. Mathias Basner. He's associate professor at the University of ...

All That Smartphone Time May Be Making Teens Unhappy

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Teens who are glued to their smartphones and other devices are unhappier than those who spend less time on digital media, new research finds. The study can't prove cause-and-effect, so it's not clear if teens are made unhappy by spending a long time on their devices, or whether less happy teens are simply drawn to using them more. But whatever the relationship, "the key ...

Health Tip: If You Feel Fatigued

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- It's normal to feel tired every now and then. But when fatigue becomes chronic, it may be time to visit your doctor. Possible causes for fatigue include certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, some medications or recovery after major surgery. The U.S. National Institute on Aging says you can help beat fatigue by: Exercising regularly. Avoiding naps of more than 30 minutes. Quitting ...

Health Tip: Taking Fewer Naps

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Has your doctor suggested taking fewer naps? Or are you ready to wean a child from napping? The National Sleep Foundation suggests how: Don't expect to accomplish the deed overnight. Napping isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. An occasional nap is to be expected. Turn nap time into quiet time. Allow for a period of calm, such as by reading or listening to quiet music. If necessary, move ...

Health Tip: No Screens Before Going to Bed

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Using a TV, computer or smartphone just before bed is a bad idea. These and similar gadgets emit blue light, which can harm sleep quality, the National Sleep Foundation says. Studies show blue light delays release of sleep-inducingmelatonin and resets the body's internal clock to a later time. This can leave parents with children who have given themselves "a mini case of jet lag," the ...

Amber-Tinted Glasses Might Get You More Sleep

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – For the tech-obsessed who use their smartphones, laptops and tablets right before bedtime, a small new study suggests that inexpensive amber-tinted glasses might guarantee sound slumber. The glasses block the blue-wavelength light emitted from many hi-tech devices. That light suppresses the brain's production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles. ...

Reduce Stress and Eat Healthy to Fight Infection

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 – A hectic holiday pace not only tires you out, it makes it easier to pick up an infection. Reducing stress, getting enough sleep and healthy eating are among the things you can do to stay healthy if you're traveling over the holidays, one expert suggests. Stress levels can rise at this time of year, so it's important to acknowledge and manage your anxiety, said Dr. James ...

Health Tip: All-Nighters Are Unhealthy

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- All-nighters are a favorite pastime for many college kids who cram for exams at the last minute. But the resulting lack of sleep is anything but healthy, the National Sleep Foundation says. The foundation says doing an all-nighter may: Make you forgetful. Lead to weight gain. Affect your mood. Affect your circadian rhythm, the 24-hour internal clock that helps regulate alertness, blood ...

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