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Health Tip: Make Sleep a Priority

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago 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

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Health Tip: 5 Things to Help You Sleep Soundly

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If your room is too bright, noisy or full of activity when you travel, any of these could prevent you from getting needed rest. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Buy an eye mask that fits well, feels comfortable and helps block out light. Look for one with molded eye cups if the mask rubs against your eyes. Get a small, travel-sized pillow. Many travel pillows are shaped to fit around your neck. Bring your own warm, soft blanket. Buy a pair of ear plugs. They're available in a range of features, from the basics to those that play white noise and adjust pressure in your ears. Get some lavender-scented hand cream. The relaxing scent may help you sleep. Read more

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Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Getting too little sleep alters the balance of bacteria in the gut, a change that's linked to certain metabolic conditions, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research shows. For the study, European researchers limited the sleep of nine healthy men who were a normal weight to examine how sleep loss affects the number of types of bacteria in the gut. For two days in a row, the men slept only four hours a night. The study showed the diversity of gut bacteria didn't change but sleep loss did alter the balance of the existing groups of bacteria. The study results were published recently in the journal Molecular Metabolism. These changes parallel some of the differences seen when obese people have been compared with normal-weight people in other studies, senior study author Dr. Jonathan Cedernaes, said in a journal news release. He's with Uppsala University in ... Read more

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Web-Based Help for Insomnia Shows Promise

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – People find help for all sorts of maladies online. Now, insomnia might be one of them. A web-based interactive program may help chronically sleepless individuals get needed shuteye without taking medication or spending time on a therapist's couch, a new study suggests. The six-week program uses cognitive behavior therapy techniques – a standard treatment for insomnia – to help reset sleep patterns, the researchers said. People who participated in the program "experienced significant and clinically meaningful improvements in their sleep, compared to those who were given online patient education," said lead researcher Lee Ritterband. Moreover, the results are "similar to outcomes reported in trials that included face-to-face cognitive behavior therapy," said Ritterband. He is a professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine's department of ... Read more

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Lack of Sleep Takes Big Bite Out of World Economies

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Too little shut-eye can have far-reaching effects – even financial ones, a new report says. Reduced productivity and an increased risk of death linked to lack of sleep among U.S. workers cost the nation's economy as much as $411 billion a year. That's more than 2 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), the report revealed. Lack of sleep leads to the loss of about 1.2 million working days a year in the United States. Sleep deprivation-related productivity losses are caused by employees missing work or working at less than ideal levels, said the study authors from the RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization. Compared to someone who sleeps an average of seven to nine hours a night, the risk of death is 13 percent higher for those who sleep less than six hours a night, and 7 percent higher for those who sleep six to seven hours a night, the ... Read more

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Sugary, Caffeinated Drinks Could Cost You Sleep

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – People who get little sleep are likely to drink significantly more sugar-sweetened and caffeinated beverages, a new study finds. The findings suggest that improving sleep could help reduce people's sugar intake, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. They analyzed data from nearly 19,000 American adults. Those who regularly slept five or fewer hours a night drank 21 percent more sugar-sweetened, caffeinated beverages like soda and energy drinks than those who slept seven to eight hours a night. People who regularly slept six hours a night consumed 11 percent more of the drinks than those who got more sleep. Researchers said they didn't know whether sugary drinks cause people to sleep less, or whether sleep deprivation leads them to consume more sugar and caffeine to stay awake. Previous studies suggest both could be true. ... Read more

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Smartphones May Hinder a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – If you're in need of a good night's sleep, it might be wise to give your smartphone a rest from time to time. New research suggests that the light from smartphones, especially before bedtime, may affect how long and well you sleep. During the month-long study, participants used their cellphones an average of 38 hours – nearly 4 minutes each hour. And the more screen-time people spent with their phones, the poorer and shorter their sleep, particularly if they used their smartphones near bedtime, the researchers said. "A substantial amount of our time is spent engaging with smartphones," said study senior researcher Dr. Gregory Marcus. "These may have important health effects, including influencing fundamental needs, such as our ability to acquire and maintain a good night's sleep," added Marcus. He is director of clinical research in the division of cardiology ... Read more

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Health Tip: Making the Transition to Sleep

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It can be difficult to wind down from a busy day and prepare for sleep, as your body looks for cues that it's time to wind down. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Before bed, dim the lights. This will help your body release more of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Step away from smartphones, tablets and other electronics that can emit bright light. Finish all stimulating activities well before bedtime. Drop the thermostat to 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit at bedtime, which should help prepare you for sleep. Read more

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Sleep Is Key to College Success

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – It can be hard for college students to get enough sleep, and that can affect their physical and mental well-being, a sleep expert says. "A bad night's sleep or chronically not getting enough sleep can affect every aspect of our lives," said Dr. Aneesa Das, assistant director of the sleep medicine program at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. "It can affect how we perform in school, our immunity and our emotions. When we're tired, we're more prone to infections, more likely to get into arguments and less likely to participate in activities we enjoy," she said in a university news release. One important tip is to keep up with schoolwork so you don't have to pull all-nighters. "When you are sleep-deprived, you don't think as clearly. Staying up all night to study can backfire and affect performance on exams. If you can't avoid an all-nighter, do it ... Read more

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Brain Relies on Two Timekeepers for Sleep

Posted 12 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – Both an internal "clock" and an internal "hourglass" affect how different parts of your brain respond to sleep deprivation, a new study shows. The Belgian researchers said these findings could eventually aid in the understanding of sleep disorders, and help folks who work night shifts or those with jet lag. The study involved 33 healthy young people who volunteered to stay awake for 42 hours and have their mental sharpness tracked along the way. Sleep scientists from the University of Liege used MRI scans to chart the volunteers' brain activity as they performed tests of attention and reaction time. Not surprisingly, their performances dulled as their sleep deprivation worsened. But the brain scans revealed a complicated interaction between two basic biological processes: the body's central "circadian rhythm," which pushes people to be awake and active during ... Read more

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5 Tips to Help Teens Get Needed School-Year Zzzzzs

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – When a new school year begins, many teens have a hard time readjusting their sleeping habits. But there are a number ways to prepare, according to Michael Scullin. He's an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and director of Baylor's Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. Get a head start on resuming a normal sleep schedule. "If you go to bed after midnight on Sunday before class starts, it's going to be a tough Monday. It's very hard to shift your schedule overnight, so parents need to start imposing that a few days early," Scullin said in a university news release. Avoid bright lights in the evening. "Phones, tablets, laptops, television... It's hard to get those completely out of the post-dinner schedule, but you don't want to be crawling into bed with the phone. And if there are bright lights ... Read more

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Health Tip: When it Takes Too Long to Fall Asleep

Posted 9 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's common to occasionally toss and turn while trying to fall asleep, but for some people, it's a nightly battle. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Slowly and gradually change your bedtime, backing it up by 15 minutes each night until you reach the time you want. In the morning, expose yourself to bright artificial light or natural sunlight. At night, as you get ready for bed, keep the lights dim. Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, and steer clear of caffeine and alcohol a few hours before bed. Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. Stay consistent with sleep and wake times, even on weekends. Talk to your doctor about melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Read more

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Health Tip: Meditating at Bedtime

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A busy mind can keep you from a good night's sleep. And a relaxing meditation ritual may be just what you need to wind down. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Consider mindfulness meditation, in which you focus solely on nearby sounds and sensations. Try concentration meditation, in which you focus on one thing. You can choose an object such as a candle flame while repeating a simple mantra. Perform guided meditation, in which your thoughts follow the guidance of an instructor. You may be asked to focus on relaxing muscles throughout your body, or imagining a peaceful, relaxing scene. Read more

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Health Tip: Considering a Sleep Study?

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you can't find a way to get to sleep, a sleep study may help you figure out what's behind your insomnia. The National Sleep Foundation says a sleep study may help if: Your doctor can't figure out what's causing your sleep problems. You've tried treatments for sleep issues without success. You have significant daytime drowsiness or chronic snoring. You wake up often throughout the night, or have trouble falling asleep. Read more

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Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds. And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the highest rates, the researchers said. The research involved more than 9.7 million veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration system between 2000 and 2010. The majority (93 percent) of these military service members were men. Slightly more than 750,000 were diagnosed with at least one sleep disorder, the study authors said. Over the course of 11 years, the investigators found that the rate of sleep disorders rose from less than 1 percent to nearly 6 percent. Sleep disorders were most common among veterans who had experienced combat and those with PTSD. "Veterans with PTSD had a very high sleep disorder prevalence of 16 percent, the highest among the ... Read more

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