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Health Tip: Early to Bed Before Back to School

Posted 2 days 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- The first days back to school are a tough transition for many kids and parents. Making sure they are well rested before the first day can help. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Returning to the normal school-year sleep and wake schedule about two weeks before the start of school. Back up bedtime by about 15 minutes each night and wake time about 15 minutes each morning. Maintaining the same sleep schedule throughout the school year, even on weekends. Promoting quiet time for relaxing, including books, soft music and a bath or shower before bed. Limiting screen time, heavy meals and caffeine before bed. Making sure your child's bedroom is cool, quiet, dark and free from distractions. Following these rules yourself to set a good example. Read more

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Health Tip: Squash Stress Before Bed

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Stress can keep you awake at night, even if you feel tired. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice yoga, meditation or deep breathing before bed, to help you feel more relaxed. Avoid TV or computers before bed, These devices can stimulate your brain and make it more difficult to fall asleep. Enjoy a soothing mug of chamomile tea. Take a shower or bath. Perform leg exercises, such as squats, to promote blood flow to the legs. Count sheep or breathe deeply. Or imagine yourself already asleep. Earlier in the day, make time to exercise. If there's something you're worried about it, think through it during the day. Read more

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Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 – It's time to start getting children and teens into their school-year sleep routine, an expert says. School-aged children need nine to 12 hours of sleep a night, according to sleep specialist Dr. Susan Manganaro. And teens need eight to 10 hours. "It may take a few weeks for your child to get adjusted to an earlier bedtime," said Manganaro, an assistant professor of pediatric neurology at Stony Brook University Children's Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y. Two to three weeks before school begins, she suggests moving bedtime back by 15 minutes each night and waking your child 15 minutes earlier each morning until the desired waking time is reached. "It is important to remember that sleep promotes well-being and counteracts childhood obesity. Sleep (is) essential during these school-aged years to ensure attentiveness and concentration during learning," Manganaro said in ... Read more

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Sleep Is Key to College Success

Posted 7 days ago 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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Don't Lose Sleep Over Screentime at Night

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Daytime exposure to bright light may reduce the sleep-disrupting effects of blue light from smartphones and tablet computers, a new study suggests. Previous research has shown that evening use of devices that emit blue light interferes with sleep. In the new study, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden assessed how evening use of a tablet computer affected 14 young people who had been exposed to bright light during the day. "Our main finding was that following daytime bright light exposure, evening use of a self-luminous tablet for two hours did not affect sleep in young healthy students," study first author Frida Rangtell said in a university news release. She is a doctoral student in neuroscience at Uppsala. Senior author Christian Benedict, an associate professor of neuroscience, said the results suggest that daytime exposure to bright light through ... Read more

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Brain Relies on Two Timekeepers for Sleep

Posted 12 days ago 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 14 days ago 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 15 days ago 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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Drowsy Driving Causes 1 in 5 Fatal Crashes: Report

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – Nearly 84 million sleep-deprived Americans take to the roads every day. And, drowsy driving was a factor in crashes that claimed about 5,000 lives last year, a new report shows. Traffic deaths rose almost 8 percent in the United States in 2015. Drowsy driving is estimated to cause up to 20 percent of all road fatalities, but the extent of the problem is not fully known, according to experts. The threat posed by tired drivers prompted the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand its definition of impaired driving to include not only drunk, drugged and distracted, but also drowsy driving. The annual cost to society of fatigue-related crashes that cause injury or death is $109 billion, not including property damage, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report. But there are challenges associated both with measuring ... Read more

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Study Links Sleep Problems to Stroke Risk, Recovery

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Too little or too much sleep may be a risk factor for stroke and might hinder recovery, new research suggests. The review of 29 previously published studies found that sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea are related to stroke risk and recovery. "Sleep disturbances are more prevalent in stroke patients, even more than in the general population," said lead researcher Dr. Dirk Hermann. He's a professor of neurology at University Hospital Essen in Germany. For example, evidence has existed for a number of years that sleep apnea, a sleep-related breathing disorder that is common in elderly patients and especially so in those who've had a stroke, is a risk factor for stroke, he said. Some studies show that sleep apnea was present before the stroke and may have contributed to the risk. Further, patients with more severe sleep apnea may have more severe ... 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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Could Slight Brain Zap During Sleep Boost Memory?

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Stimulating a targeted area of the brain with small doses of weak electricity while you sleep may enhance your ability to remember what you learned the night before, new research finds. The new procedure is called transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). "We work with the brain, that's really unique about what we do. We listen in to brain activity and can boost what the brain already wants to do," said the study's senior author, Flavio Frohlich. He's an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Neuroscience Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. While you sleep your brain is not idle, but is actively storing things you learned during the day for later use. Stimulating the brain enhances what the brain is already doing naturally, Frohlich said. During sleep, electrical brain activity oscillates, and can be seen as waves on an ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Diagnosis and Investigation, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Head Imaging, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder, Jet Lag

Menopause Hastens Aging, Studies Suggest

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – Menopause, and the insomnia that often goes along with it, can speed aging in women, two new studies suggest. "For decades, scientists have disagreed over whether menopause causes aging or aging causes menopause," said Steve Horvath, senior author of both papers. "It's like the chicken or the egg: which came first? Our study is the first to demonstrate that menopause makes you age faster," said Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his colleagues said they found that menopause boosts cellular aging by an average of 6 percent. "That doesn't sound like much, but it adds up over a woman's life span," Horvath added in a UCLA news release. For example, a woman who began early menopause at age 42 would be a full year older biologically at age 50 than a woman ... 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

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Fatigue, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Night Terrors, Drowsiness, Sleep Paralysis, Cataplexy, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

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