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Could Tai Chi Ease Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors?

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

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, Breast Cancer, Metastatic, Drowsiness, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Hypersomnia, Breast Cancer - Palliative

Health Tip: Sleep is Important for Memory

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

-- 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, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Health Tip: Better Sleep, a Better Life

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Night Terrors, Drowsiness, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder, Jet Lag, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity

Posted 10 Mar 2017 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

Related support groups: Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Drowsiness, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Diagnosis and Investigation, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

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

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Melatonin, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Bio-Melatonin, Melatonin Time Release, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Jet Lag, VesPro Melatonin, Calcium Carbonate/melatonin/pyridoxine, Health Aid Melatonin, SGard

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

Related support groups: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Ambien, Trazodone, Fatigue, Zolpidem, Sleep Apnea, Ambien CR, Dysthymia, Drowsiness, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Intermezzo, Oleptro, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Edluar, Desyrel

Is Need for More Sleep a Sign of Pending Dementia?

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Seniors who begin sleeping more than nine hours a night may face a higher risk of dementia down the road, a new study suggests. The researchers estimated that the risk of dementia grew by almost 2.5 times for those who found themselves recently needing extra sleep. The chances of dementia rose sixfold for people without a high school degree who suddenly needed to sleep nine hours or more, the study contended. The study authors said this finding hinted that education might somehow offer a bit of protection from dementia. People with dementia often suffer from disrupted sleep, "but we don't know much about whether these changes come first," said study co-author Matthew Pase. He's a neurology fellow at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dementia "is by no means a certain fate" in those who find themselves sleeping longer as they age, Pase said. The new ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Diagnosis and Investigation, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Drug-Induced Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia

Health Tip: Short on Sleep?

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- It may be tough to find enough hours to get everything checked off of your daily to-do list. But giving up sleep to get more done may do more harm than good. The National Sleep Foundation explains how insufficient sleep affects you: Reduces cognitive function, making it more difficult to remember, focus, learn new things, solve problems and make decisions. Increases body's reaction to stress. Brings on feelings of irritability and moodiness. Reduces reaction time, affecting school or work performance and raising your risk of a car accident. Increases risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Makes you more susceptible to illness. Read more

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

Health Tip: For Better Sleep, Watch What You Eat

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Diet plays a significant role in your health, including how well you sleep. The National Sleep Foundation explains: Eating too much saturated fat and too little fiber can affect how well you sleep. Consuming too much sugar can make it more likely that you'll wake up in the middle of the night. Avoiding food and drinks that are spicy, greasy, sugary or alcoholic can reduce your risk of sleep-interrupting heartburn. Getting more B vitamin-rich foods, such as dairy, eggs, meat, poultry and fish, can regulate melatonin and help stabilize your sleep. Read more

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

Stress Busters

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sleep experts estimate that up to 50 percent of all insomnia is caused by stress. If stress wakes you up in the middle of the night, here's what you can do to put yourself back to sleep: 1. If you haven't already, set an alarm for when you need to wake up, and then turn the clock around so you're not watching the minutes tick by. 2. Notice any anxiety you might be feeling in your chest and see if you can gradually let that go with each "out" breath. Really imagine your stress leaving your body with every "out" breath. 3. After you begin to calm down, try meditating by counting every "in" breath and every "out" breath: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and so forth. If you lose count simply come back to 1 again. 4. If it's relatively quiet, try meditating on the sounds you are hearing inside and outside the room. When your mind wanders bring it back to focusing on the sounds. 5. If that doesn't work you ... Read more

Related support groups: Xanax, Sleep Disorders, Klonopin, Insomnia, Clonazepam, Ativan, Valium, Fatigue, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, Diazepam, Temazepam, Librium, Restoril, Xanax XR, Sleep Apnea, Oxazepam, Halcion, Serax, Triazolam

Sleep: The Great Motivator

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – If you really want to follow through on your New Year's resolutions, make sure you get enough sleep. That's the advice of Michigan sleep specialist Dr. Cathy Goldstein. Adequate sleep is a key component when trying to achieve goals – whether it's healthier eating, more exercise, quitting smoking, improving relationships or getting ahead at work, she said. "We definitely take sleep as a luxury; it's not," said Goldstein, an assistant professor of neurology in the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Centers. People who don't get enough sleep are more likely to make poor food choices and to eat more, Goldstein said in a university news release. They're also less likely to feel motivated to exercise or stick to their no-smoking plan; more likely to be in a bad mood; and they're probably less productive at work, she said. Goldstein advised getting seven to eight ... Read more

Related support groups: Xanax, Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Klonopin, Insomnia, Clonazepam, Ativan, Valium, Fatigue, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, Smoking, Diazepam, Smoking Cessation, Temazepam, Librium, Restoril, Xanax XR, Sleep Apnea, Oxazepam

The ABCs of Good Zzzzzs

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – In case you don't know what makes for healthy sleep habits, a U.S.-based expert panel has defined them for you in a new report. The key indicators include: sleeping at least 85 percent of the total time spent in bed; falling asleep within 30 minutes or less; waking up no more than once a night; and being awake for 20 minutes or less after initially falling asleep. The National Sleep Foundation report also outlined research needed to identify and describe more indicators of good sleep quality among people of all ages. "The National Sleep Foundation's guidelines on sleep duration, and now quality, make sense of it all – providing consumers with the resources needed to understand their sleep," said co-author Max Hirshkowitz in a foundation news release. He is chairman of the sleep foundation. Foundation researchers said that 27 percent of people take longer than ... Read more

Related support groups: Xanax, Sleep Disorders, Klonopin, Insomnia, Clonazepam, Ativan, Valium, Fatigue, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, Diazepam, Temazepam, Nightmares, Librium, Restoril, Xanax XR, Sleep Apnea, Oxazepam, Halcion, Serax

Health Tip: Make Sleep a Priority

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Are you sabotaging your own attempts to get more shuteye? The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Identify and correct any unhealthy sleep habits. Instead of checking your smartphone just before bed, do something relaxing, such as meditating. Prepare your bed well before bedtime. Wash and change bedsheets regularly. Read more

Related support groups: Xanax, Sleep Disorders, Klonopin, Insomnia, Clonazepam, Ativan, Ambien, Valium, Fatigue, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, BuSpar, Diazepam, Benadryl, Hydroxyzine, Zolpidem, Buspirone, Melatonin, Temazepam, Nightmares

Health Tip: Cutting Out Caffeine?

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're not getting enough sleep, you're not alone. But you don't need to turn to caffeine to help you feel less groggy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Before bed avoid alcohol, which can affect sleep. Set a sleep schedule, waking and going to sleep at the same time each day. Skip the snooze button. Set the alarm for the time you truly need to wake up. Open the curtains to let in natural sunlight as soon as you wake. Get daily exercise. Eat a nutritious, balanced breakfast. Read more

Related support groups: Xanax, Sleep Disorders, Klonopin, Insomnia, Clonazepam, Ativan, Ambien, Valium, Fatigue, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, BuSpar, Diazepam, Benadryl, Hydroxyzine, Zolpidem, Buspirone, Melatonin, Temazepam, Diphenhydramine

Health Tip: Fighting Fatigue

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If rather than sleeping you're working into the wee hours, you may be doing yourself more harm than good According to the National Sleep Foundation, here's how missing sleep impacts performance: Lower ability to retain and recall information. Difficulty learning new information. Less creativity. Less ability to handle stress. Increased moodiness and irritability. Impaired reaction time, judgment, thinking and coordination. Poorer physical appearance. Increased appetite, which can lead to weight gain. Poorer heart health and immune system function. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

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