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Health Tip: Don't Take Stress to Bed

Posted 17 hours ago by

-- Stress can worsen sleep, and lack of sleep can worsen stress. These can lead to dental health issues, heart problems and depression, so keep stress at bay before bed. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Use aromatherapy to help you relax. Rub on lavender-scented lotion or use lavender essential oil. Listen to soothing, relaxing classical music, or some nature sounds. If you can't slow your thoughts, write them down in a journal to get them out of your head. Practice yoga to clear and calm your mind. Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Oral and Dental Conditions, Dysthymia

Does Dirty Air Keep You Awake?

Posted 1 day 18 hours ago by

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Air pollution may harm your sleep, researchers say. "Prior studies have shown that air pollution impacts heart health and affects breathing and lung function, but less is known about whether air pollution affects sleep," said lead author Dr. Martha Billings. "We thought an effect was likely, given that air pollution causes upper airway irritation, swelling and congestion, and may also affect the central nervous system and brain areas that control breathing patterns and sleep," added Billings, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington. She and her colleagues looked at more than 1,800 people, average age 68, in six U.S. cities. They wanted to see if the two most common air pollutants – traffic-related pollutant gas (NO2) and fine-particle pollution – affected sleep efficiency. Sleep efficiency is a measure of the percentage of time in bed ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Cough, Fatigue, Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, Respiratory Tract Disease, Reversible Airways Disease

How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel

Posted 2 days 20 hours ago by

SATURDAY, May 20, 2017 – At least one in five fatal motor vehicle accidents involves drowsy driving, U.S. traffic safety experts say. So it's vital that you recognize when you're sleepy behind the wheel. "The statistics are pretty jarring. Compared to drivers who report typically getting seven or more hours of sleep nightly, those who typically sleep only four to five hours per night are 5.4 times more likely to be involved in a crash," said Benjamin McManus, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Drowsy driving can be considered a form of distracted driving. Like in distracted drivers, [mental] resources are directed away from the task of driving in drowsy drivers," McManus said in a university news release. Signs of sleepiness while driving include increased blinking; longer blink duration; slower eye movement; swerving; slowed reaction time; and poor ... Read more

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

Shift Work May Put Damper on a Man's Sex Life

Posted 9 days ago by

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – Male shift workers listen up: Two new studies link sleep disorders common in these men to urinary problems and erectile dysfunction. And a third report links the repercussions of shift work to lower-quality semen, which could make it harder for men to father children. The research doesn't prove that shift work and its accompanying sleep issues cause these problems. However, "men who work shifts, particularly night shifts, should be aware they may be at risk for many health issues, and should be sure to seek care from a physician to help prevent and treat these conditions," said Dr. Alex Pastuszak, co-author of the three studies. Pastuszak is an assistant professor with the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. For the studies, researchers sought to better understand the role of "shift work," which requires workers to be on the ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Erectile Dysfunction, Sleep Apnea, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Oligospermia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Primary Nocturnal Enuresis, Nocturnal Polyuria

Could Tai Chi Ease Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors?

Posted 12 days ago by

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – For breast cancer survivors who struggle with sleep, a new study suggests that tai chi might calm their restless nights. Researchers found this slow-moving form of meditation was as good as talk therapy and more effective than medication in treating insomnia and reducing the risk for sleep loss-related health issues, including depression, fatigue and a weakened immune system. "Breast cancer survivors often don't just come to physicians with insomnia. They have insomnia, fatigue and depression," said study leader Dr. Michael Irwin. He directs UCLA's Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, in Los Angeles. "And this intervention, tai chi, impacted all those outcomes in a similar way, with benefits that were as robust as the gold standard treatment for insomnia [talk therapy]," Irwin added in a UCLA news ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Breast Cancer, Drowsiness, Breast Cancer, Metastatic, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Hypersomnia, Breast Cancer - Palliative

Health Tip: Sleep is Important for Memory

Posted 12 days ago by

-- Want to give your memory a boost? Start by getting enough sleep, which gives your brain time to recharge. Here's how sleep helps improve memory, courtesy of the National Sleep Foundation: Sleep helps your body retain what you've learned. Sleep fosters new neuron connections that transform your daily experiences into long-term memories. Sleep helps you stay focused while you're studying unfamiliar material. Read more

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

Taking the Stairs a Better Pick-Me-Up Than Coffee

Posted 28 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 – You'll feel more energized if you do some easy stair walking rather than drinking caffeine, a new study recommends. The study included college women who said they were chronically sleep deprived, meaning they got less than 6.5 hours of sleep a night. On separate days, they consumed capsules with 50 milligrams of caffeine (roughly the amount in a can of soda) or a placebo, or spent 10 minutes walking up and down stairs (about 30 floors in total) at an easy pace. "We found, in both the caffeine and the placebo conditions, that there was not much change in how they felt. But with exercise they did feel more energetic and vigorous," said study co-author Patrick O'Connor, a professor at the University of Georgia's Department of Kinesiology. The exercise boost was immediate but short-lived, he said in a university news release. The researchers wanted to focus on an ... Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Health Tip: Better Sleep, a Better Life

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by

-- Sleep quality affects the quality of your life, both physically and emotionally. The National Sleep Foundation says getting enough quality sleep helps you: Improve your ability to learn and focus. Feel happier and less cranky. Improve productivity. Feel less hungry. Improve your risk of infection and chronic illness. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Drowsiness, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Night Terrors, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Jet Lag, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Health Tip: Transitioning Toddlers to One Nap

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by

-- Toddlers often shift from two daily naps to one sometime between their first and second birthday. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions to help ease the transition: Look for signs that your toddler is ready to lose a daily nap, including difficulty falling asleep or waking early from a nap. Your child's afternoon nap also may get later and later, ultimately affecting bedtime. Push back the morning nap by about 15 minutes each day until your baby doesn't nap until midday. Be patient and don't rush the process. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Health Tip: Is Your Child Sleeping Enough?

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by

-- Parents often wonder if children are getting enough sleep. A simple way to gauge the issue is to watch your child's behavior. The National Sleep Foundation says warning signs of insufficient sleep include: Difficulty waking your child, and struggling to get moving within 15 minutes. Sleeping at least two hours more each night during school breaks than during the school week. Falling asleep at school and during brief car trips. Irritability, hyperactivity or other unusual behaviors. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares

Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 – Most people see their sleep habits shift as they age, but a new review suggests that some seniors lose the ability to get deep, restorative rest. And that can come with health consequences, said review author Bryce Mander, a sleep researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Sleep "fragmentation" has been linked to a number of medical conditions, including depression and dementia, Mander said. People with fragmented sleep wake up multiple times during the night, and miss out on the deep stages of sleep. It is true that medical conditions, or the treatments for them, can cause sleep problems, according to Mander. But poor sleep can also contribute to disease, he added. Take dementia, for example. Research suggests there is a "bi-directional" link between sleep disruptions and the dementia process, said Joe Winer, another Berkeley researcher who worked ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Dementia, Dysthymia, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

Guys, a Good Night's Sleep Might Save Your Life

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Adequate sleep isn't a luxury; it's essential. And for men, it might even mean the difference between life and death, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that men younger than 65 who slept just three to five hours a night were 55 percent more likely to develop fatal prostate cancer than those who got the recommended seven hours of shuteye nightly. And, six hours of sleep a night was linked to a 29 percent higher risk of prostate cancer death compared to seven hours. "If confirmed in other studies, these findings would contribute to evidence suggesting the importance of obtaining adequate sleep for better health," said lead study author Susan Gapstur, vice president of epidemiology at the American Cancer Society. However, more research is needed to better understand the biologic mechanisms, said Gapstur. For now, she considers the study "intriguing" ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Prostate Cancer

Need More Zzzzz's?

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say. The first is to have regular bed and wake times, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sleep doctors Dr. Daniel Barone and Dr. Andrew Westwood. The doctors suggested going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning, even on weekends and vacation days. That's because changes between workdays and days off may impair your sleep and how you feel during the daytime. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening, they advised. Instead of coffee, tea, cola and chocolate, choose water, seltzer, unsweetened decaffeinated herbal tea and other caffeine-free beverages. It's also important to eat a healthy diet and be physically active. "Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by

-- Whether it's a child, a strange noise plain or insomnia that wakes you up at night, it can be difficult to get back to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises. Don't look at the clock, which may worsen your anxiety. Turn it away from you and close your eyes. Think about the good things that happened to you that day. This helps calm your mind. If you still can't sleep after 20 minutes, go to another room and do something relaxing. Skip the TV and phone, and listen to music or read a book. Read more

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

Health Tip: Promote Peace in a Shared Bedroom

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by

-- Kids who share a bedroom may bicker and fight, but parents can help promote a more peaceful co-existence. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Structure each child's bedtime routine so it's not disruptive for the other. If an older child will share a room with a baby, wait until the infant is a few months old to bring them together. This is likely to be less disruptive for the older child. Explain to the older child that a younger child may wake during the night. Play white noise in the bedroom to dull distracting sounds. Allow for separation when needed, such as when one child is sick. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

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