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Need More Zzzzz's?

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

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 8 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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

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Health Tip: Promote Peace in a Shared Bedroom

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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

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Poor Sleep in Preschool Years Could Mean Behavior Troubles Later

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Preschoolers who get too little sleep may be more likely to have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions and processing information later in childhood, a new study suggests. By age 7, these sleepless kids had markedly decreased mental and emotional functioning, said study lead researcher Dr. Elsie Taveras. The children exhibited "poorer ability to pay attention, poorer emotional control, poorer executive function in general, and more behavioral problems," said Taveras, chief of general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. "If you think about it, these are the basic functions of a child's life. It really has implications on their ability to perform at school and home, and in relationships with their peers," Taveras added. The researchers drew these conclusions from data gathered as part of Project Viva, a long-term ... Read more

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Your DNA May Determine How You Handle the Time Change

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 11, 2017 – Some people have more trouble adjusting to daylight saving time than others and genes may be the reason why, says an expert on sleep/wake patterns. The time change occurs 2 a.m. Sunday morning when clocks "spring ahead" one hour. "It is likely that advancing our clocks in the spring would more affect owls, those individuals who tend to stay awake later at night and consequently wake up later in the morning," said Dr. Joseph Takahashi. "Less affected are the larks, those individuals who tend to wake up early and go to sleep earlier," he added. Takahashi is chairman of neuroscience at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "Since being an owl or a lark is in large part genetically influenced, the best way to deal with daylight saving time is to be self-aware of your chronotype (early versus late awakening and sleeping) and to realize that advancing your ... Read more

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Health Tip: Too Much Sugar May Impact Sleep

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Shedding extra sugar from your diet may help you get a more restful night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation advises: Too much sugar may raise your risk of waking during the night. Your energy may crash well after a high-sugar treat, prompting you to feel drowsy during the day. Avoid refined sugars found in many cereals, juices, desserts, white bread, sodas and white pasta. Read more

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

Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Yet more evidence of a link between poor sleep and excess weight: A new study finds that people who are genetically prone to obesity are more likely to be overweight if they have unusual sleep habits. "These data show that in people with high genetic risk for obesity, sleeping for too short or too long a time, napping during the day, and shift work appears to have a fairly substantial adverse influence on body weight," said researcher Dr. Jason Gill of the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Gill, who is with the university's Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, and colleagues looked at statistics on nearly 120,000 people in the United Kingdom. The investigators said they found that sleeping fewer than 7 hours a night or more than 9 hours a night boosts the risk of obesity among those who are especially prone to it because of their genes. Among those ... Read more

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How to Keep a Spring in Your Step With Daylight Saving Time

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Clocks will spring ahead one hour with the time change on Sunday morning, but medical experts have plenty of advice on how to weather that lost hour of sleep. "'Gaining' an hour in the fall is much easier for our bodies than 'losing' an hour in the spring," said Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, medical director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Starting a few days before the time change, people can prepare themselves by going to bed 15 or 20 minutes earlier each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. But it can still be hard to adjust to the switch afterwards, sleep specialists said. "In fact, it may take some people up to a week to get used to the new time change," Rudraraju said. "Though it may be tempting to stay up an extra hour, one of the best ways to fight the effects of daylight saving ... Read more

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More Sleep Time, Less Play Time in America's Bedrooms

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – "Not tonight" seems to be an increasingly familiar refrain in America's bedrooms, according to a new study that found people are having less sex than they previously did. Researchers surveyed more than 26,000 Americans, and found that adults had sex about nine fewer times a year in 2010-2014 than in 1995-1999. For married couples, the survey had even more potentially discouraging news – people who were married or lived together had sex 16 fewer times a year in 2010-2014 than in 2000-2004. "These data show a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex," said study author Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. "In the 1990s, married people had sex more times per year than never-married people, but by the mid-2000s that reversed, with the never-married having more sex," she said in a university news release. ... Read more

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After All

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – A small-scale clinical trial has cast doubt upon the potential usefulness of an anti-inflammatory drug to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Doctors had hoped that anakinra (Kineret) – a medication for rheumatoid arthritis – also could be used to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. But after a month of daily anakinra injections, a group of 25 women reported chronic fatigue symptoms as severe as those experienced by a control group receiving placebo shots, researchers reported. "In this carefully and well-controlled study, we were unable to show a beneficial effect," said senior researcher Dr. Jos Van der Meer. "Of course, this is a disappointment," added Van der Meer, chair of internal medicine at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands. Anakinra treats rheumatoid arthritis by blocking interleukin-1, a biochemical produced by the ... Read more

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Do 'Early Birds' Get the Healthier Worm?

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Early birds may have a leg up over night owls when it comes to health and weight, new research suggests. Investigators in Finland found that morning people tend to eat better and earlier in the day than late-to-bed types. The result: a higher risk of obesity for the night owls, said study lead author Mirkka Maukonen, of the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki. "We found that night owls had postponed timing of food intake, and less favorable eating patterns with higher intakes of sucrose, fat and saturated fat in the evening hours than early birds," said Maukonen, a doctoral candidate in the department of public health solutions. Sucrose is a type of sugar. Registered dietitian Lona Sandon, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, wasn't surprised by the findings. She said physiology and biology likely play a role. "Past ... Read more

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

Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Whether from the disease itself or the treatment, cancer can be exhausting, but a new review says there are ways to beat back cancer-related fatigue. The review included a look at 113 past studies that included more than 11,000 adult cancer patients. The researchers found that exercise and/or behavioral and educational therapy seemed to be more effective than prescription drugs for dealing with fatigue. "Exercise and psychological treatment, and the combination of these two interventions, work the best for treating cancer-related fatigue – better than any pharmaceuticals we have tested," noted study lead author Karen Mustian. She's an associate professor with the University of Rochester Medical Center's Wilmot Cancer Institute in Rochester, N.Y. The upshot, said Mustian, is that doctors should consider exercise and psychological interventions as the ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Cancer, Fatigue, Psychiatric Disorders

How Much Melatonin Is Really in That Supplement?

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – If you take melatonin supplements to help you nod off, take note: Many brands are inaccurately labeled, containing much less – or much more – of the sleep hormone than indicated, a new study reports. What's more, a laboratory analysis found that eight of 31 melatonin supplements contained significant quantities of the drug serotonin, which is used to treat neurological disorders, the researchers said. "There does exist a safety concern," said study co-author Praveen Saxena of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He directs of the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation at the university. Scientists who analyzed the sleep-hormone supplements purchased in Canada said more than 70 percent were misleadingly labeled. That is, the contents didn't fall within 10 percent of the breakdown claimed on the label. Melatonin content varied from as ... Read more

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Gene Therapy: A Breakthrough for Sickle Cell Anemia?

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – Researchers are reporting early success using gene therapy to treat, or even potentially cure, sickle cell anemia. The findings come from just one patient, a teenage boy in France. But more than 15 months after receiving the treatment, he remained free of symptoms and his usual medications. That's a big change from his situation before the gene therapy, according to his doctors at Necker Children's Hospital in Paris. For years, the boy had been suffering bouts of severe pain, as well as other sickle cell complications that affected his lungs, bones and spleen. Medical experts stressed, however, that much more research lies ahead before gene therapy can become an option for sickle cell anemia. It's not clear how long the benefits will last, they said. And the approach obviously has to be tested in more patients. "This is not right around the corner," said Dr. ... Read more

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What Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study Says

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – When it comes to sleeping pill prescriptions, doctors often stick to the same old routine, a new study suggests. "Our results illuminate the notion that just as everyone else, many physicians are creatures of habit who tend to rely on cognitive shortcuts in their decision-making," said study first author Andrew Beam. He's a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School's department of biomedical informatics in Boston. "Doctors are not always as rational as we'd like to believe," Beam added in a Harvard news release. People with insomnia have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The condition is believed to affect up to 40 percent of Americans, but is underdiagnosed and poorly treated, the researchers said. Hoping to better understand what guides doctors' prescribing practices, Beam and his colleagues analyzed the medical records, including clinical ... Read more

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