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Health Tip: Considering a Sleep Study?

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by

-- 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 2 days 13 hours ago by

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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Early Bedtime for Preschoolers, Healthier Weight Later?

Posted 9 days ago by

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 – Sending preschoolers off to bed early may bring them an unexpected benefit: less chance of obesity when they are teens. So suggests research that compared preschoolers who went to bed at 8 p.m. with same-age kids who had later bedtimes. A team at the Ohio State University College of Public Health found that a bedtime just one hour later seemed to double the likelihood that young children will be obese teens. "For parents, this reinforces the importance of establishing a bedtime routine," said the study's lead author, Sarah Anderson, an associate professor of epidemiology. "It's something concrete that families can do to lower their child's risk." She added that the earlier bedtime is also likely to benefit youngsters' social and emotional development as well as their brain development. The study reviewed data on nearly 1,000 children who were part of a study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise for Better Sleep

Posted 18 days ago by

-- Exercising during the day can lead to better sleep at night. The National Sleep Foundation offers suggestions that can help you sleep better: Engaging in cardiovascular exercise, such as walking or biking, for about 10 minutes per day can help promote sleep. Getting regular exercise can help lower the risk of conditions such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome. Exercising can help you sleep longer and improve the quality of sleep, helping you feel more rested. Exercising outdoors exposes you to natural daylight, which helps promote sleep. Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Health Tip: Sleep Soundly Away From Home

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by

-- It may be difficult to get a good night's sleep when you're away from home. The National Sleep Foundation has suggestions to help make it easier: Pack your own pillow. Bring a white noise machine and a pair of ear plugs that block noise of at least 65 decibels. Invest in a sleep mask to make sure bright light doesn't keep you awake. Maintain the same bed and wake schedule as you do at home. Don't overeat or drink too much alcohol. Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Jet Lag

Sufficient Sleep May Help Protect Men Against Diabetes: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Too much or too little sleep may raise the risk of diabetes in men, but not women, a study by European researchers suggests. "Even when you are healthy, sleeping too much or too little can have detrimental effects on your health. This research shows how important sleep is to a key aspect of health – glucose [sugar] metabolism," said senior study author Femke Rutters. She's with the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The study involved nearly 800 healthy adults in 14 European countries. Compared to men who slept about seven hours a night, the men who slept the most or the least were more likely to have an impaired ability to break down sugar and to have higher blood sugar levels, the research found. This put them at increased risk for diabetes, the investigators said. But compared to women who slept an average amount, the women who slept the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Meditation Can Help You Relax

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by

-- Meditation can be a relaxing ritual that helps ease your mind and body. The Mayo Clinic offers these guidelines: Concentrate on breathing deeply and slowly. Stay focused on relaxing every area of your body. Repeat a mantra, or simply pray. Meditate as you walk, focusing on each slow step, rather than on a destination. Read something that's personally meaningful. Or listen to soothing music. Focus gratitude, compassion and love on a particular person, pet or object. Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia

Sleep Loses Out for Many Hooked on Video Games

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Are video games like "Bloodborne," "Fallout" and "Call of Duty" worth losing sleep over? For plenty of gamers, the answer is yes. A new study of almost 1,000 gamers finds many will sacrifice sleep to continue playing, suggesting video games are addictive for some people, the researchers said. "Our data shows that video gaming is quite an important factor that frequently leads to missed sleep for 67 percent of gamers," said study lead author Brandy Roane, director of the Sleep Research Lab at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. "Additionally, the reasons provided by gamers for their choice to delay their bedtime strongly supports the inclusion of video gaming as an addictive behavior," Roane said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release. Researchers analyzed online survey results from 963 gamers in the United States, average age 29, ... Read more

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Caffeine's Jolt Can Sometimes Be Short-Lived

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 – Caffeine no longer improves alertness or mental performance after a few nights of sleep restriction, according to a new U.S. military study. "These results are important, because caffeine is a stimulant widely used to counteract performance decline following periods of restricted sleep," said lead author Tracy Jill Doty. She is a research scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md. "The data from this study suggests that the same effective daily dose of caffeine is not sufficient to prevent performance decline over multiple days of restricted sleep," Doty said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release. The study included 48 healthy volunteers whose sleep was limited to five hours a night for five nights. The participants took either 200 milligrams of caffeine or an inactive placebo twice a day. (An average cup of ... Read more

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Doctors' Group Backs Later School Start Times

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 – To help ease sleep deprivation among teens, the American Medical Association recommends that middle and high school classes should not start until 8:30 a.m. The new policy, adopted at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago this week, also states that doctors need to educate parents, teachers, school officials and others about the importance of sleep for teens' physical and mental health. "Sleep deprivation is a growing public health issue affecting our nation's adolescents, putting them at risk for mental, physical and emotional distress and disorders," AMA board member Dr. William Kobler said in an association news release. "Scientific evidence strongly suggests that allowing adolescents more time for sleep at the appropriate hours results in improvements in health, academic performance, behavior, and general well-being," ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Sleep Apnea Tied to Complications After Angioplasty

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Sleep apnea may increase the risk of serious complications in people who have undergone angioplasty to clear blocked heart arteries, researchers say. In angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), blocked heart arteries are re-opened using a thin catheter inserted through the groin or wrist. The new study included 241 patients who underwent angioplasty. Their average age was 64 years, and the patients were followed for about six years. Of those patients, slightly more than half had sleep-disordered breathing, which includes sleep apnea and snoring. Sleep apnea is a common and chronic condition, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). In sleep apnea, breathing stops or becomes shallow during sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, the NHLBI says. Sleep-disordered breathing was ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, High Risk Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty

Health Tip: Keep Bedtime Back Pain at Bay

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by

-- Back pain is a common reason for poor sleep. So taking steps to alleviate or prevent pain can help you sleep better. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help alleviate back pain. If you're a stomach sleeper, place a pillow under your belly. If you're a side sleeper, use a pillow between your knees. Invest in a new mattress. Choose one that's firm or medium-firm for more support. Or plant a sheet of beneath your existing mattress. Get out of bed slowly and gently. Instead of sitting straight up, roll onto your side, push up with your hands and swing your legs over the side. Exercise regularly, making sure to perform strengthening exercises that focus on your back and core. Read more

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Childhood Sleep Guidelines Vary by Age

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – A good night's sleep makes for perkier, better-behaved children. But how much sleep is enough? The following age-based recommendations can help answer that question. The guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine are supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They suggest the following amounts of sleep for good health: Infants 4 months to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours, including naps. Children 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours, including naps. Children 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours, including naps. Children 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours. Teens 13 to 18 years: 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours. "Adequate sleep duration for age on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health," the American Academy of Pediatrics ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Nightmares, Night Terrors, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated

Sound Sleep Elusive for Many Kids With ADHD

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 – A new study supports a claim parents have long made about children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder – kids with ADHD don't sleep as well as other kids. "Children with ADHD have huge sleep problems," said study leader Anne Virring Sorensen, a researcher at Aarhus University in Risskov, Denmark. "We verified [their sleep problems] by polysomnography, which hadn't been done before," she said. Polysomnography is a sleep study. It evaluates brain waves, breathing and other parameters to check sleep quality. The researchers also looked at how quickly the children fell asleep at night and during the day. In the United States, about 6 million children have ADHD, a neurodevelopmental disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms vary, but can include lack of focus, impulsivity and hyperactivity, with difficulty in ... Read more

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Shift Workers at Greater Risk of Heart Ills, Study Says

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Sleep deprivation and an abnormal sleep cycle may increase the risk of heart disease, especially for shift workers, a small study suggests. "In humans, as in all mammals, almost all physiological and behavioral processes, in particular the sleep-wake cycle, follow a circadian rhythm that is regulated by an internal clock located in the brain," said study lead author Dr. Daniela Grimaldi. "When our sleep-wake and feeding cycles are not in tune with the rhythms dictated by our internal clock, circadian misalignment occurs," added Grimaldi, a research assistant professor at Northwestern University in Chicago. The study results suggest that shift workers "who are chronically exposed to circadian misalignment, might not fully benefit from the restorative cardiovascular effects of nighttime sleep following a shift-work rotation," she added. The study included 26 ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

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