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Shhhh! Patients Are Sleeping

Posted 7 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – In hospitals around the world, noise complaints are booming. But some medical centers are trying to stem the 'round-the-clock' racket. Medical equipment, air circulation machinery, announcements and staff pages create a cacophony of sounds 24/7 that can stress patients, staff and visitors alike, said Ilene Busch-Vishniac, a consultant on noise control. Besides sleep disruptions, high noise levels in hospitals can change patients' heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These, in turn, boost stress levels and may slow healing, said Busch-Vishniac, of BeoGrin Consulting in Baltimore. Excessive noise can also interfere with communication between hospital staff and patients, she added. Equipment alarms are a major source of hospital noise. While some of these alarms alert staff to changes in a patient's medical condition, others sound when medication or ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Fatigue

Later School Start Times Do Help Kids Feel Rested: Study

Posted 8 days ago by

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Later school start times could help teens get the amount of sleep they need, according to a new study. The finding contradicts the common belief that teens will simply go to bed later if they can sleep later in the morning. In fact, the study found that even those who did stay up a bit later got more sleep than teens who had to get up for early morning classes. When high schools started classes at 8:30 a.m. or later, teens were more likely to get the recommended amount of sleep. The findings showed that they spent an average of 46 more minutes in bed than did teens whose schools started classes between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Data on the students' sleep habits came from daily online recordings made by 413 teens during a school year (September through May) and the summer months of June through August. "Teens starting school at 8:30 a.m. or later were the only group ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Health Tip: Help Prevent Snoring

Posted 12 days ago by

-- Snoring is not only an annoyance, but also a potential health concern. Chronic snoring may be associated with sleep apnea, which can lead to sleep deprivation and potential heart issues. The National Sleep Foundation says certain exercises may strengthen muscles surrounding the airways and help prevent snoring: Push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and slide the tongue backward. Repeat 20 times. Suck your tongue upward so that the entire tongue lies against the roof of your mouth. Repeat 20 times. Force the back of your tongue downward against the floor of your mouth while keeping the tip of your tongue in contact with your bottom front teeth. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

Health Tip: Prevent Drowsy Driving

Posted 15 days ago by

-- One in 25 U.S. drivers reports having fallen asleep while driving during the past month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The first step to prevention is recognizing the symptoms of driving drowsy, the agency says, offering this list of warning signs: Yawning or blinking a lot. Having difficulty remembering the past few miles driven. Missing your exit. Drifting from your lane. Hitting a rumble strip on the side of the road. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Health Tip: Is Stress Interfering With Your Child's Sleep?

Posted 19 days ago by

-- Even young children have stress. If it's bad enough, it may interfere with your youngster's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these warning signs of stress-induced loss of sleep in children: Decreased appetite. Headache. Bedwetting. Stomach upset or pain. Inability to relax. Aggressiveness or stubbornness. Inability to control emotions. Unwillingness to participate in family or school activities. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Night Terrors

Sunrise, Sunset: Ancient Rhythms Still Dictate Human Life

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Humankind long ago conquered the darkness with the invention of artificial light. But new research shows that, by and large, the sun's daily cycle still dictates people's activity. Finnish researchers say most people still schedule their daily routines around the natural ebb and flow of daylight. The team, led by Daniel Monsivais of the Aalto University School of Science, tracked the daily habits of roughly one million cellphone users in southern Europe over the course of a year. This enabled the investigators to infer when most people were awake or asleep. The goal was to see which had more of a gravitational pull on people's behavior: their internal biological clock or the desire to embrace societal rhythms, such as work and leisure schedules. "How does the daily rhythm of humans pan out under the simultaneous ticking of these two clocks?" Monsivais wondered. ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Stress Can Impact Sleep

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by

-- Too much stress may make it difficult to fall asleep or stay that way. The National Sleep Foundation says your body may be offering clues that there's too much stress in your life. Among them: Your mind continues to race after your head hits the pillow. You have muscle tension and pain. Your heart races. If insomnia is chronic, it may increase your chances of developing stress-related headaches. The foundation suggests developing a relaxing pre-sleep ritual. Examples include drinking a calming tea, taking a warm bath or practicing breathing exercises or yoga. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Fatigue

Here's Why You 'Space Out' After Too Little Sleep

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Ever notice that too little sleep at night can cause you to "space out" the next day? New research suggests that a lack of sleep hampers communication between brain cells, causing temporary mental errors that affect memory and visual perception. That can lead to problems ranging from minor ones such as forgetting your keys when you leave the house, to more serious consequences such as lack of awareness while driving. "We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons [brain cells] of the ability to function properly. This leads to [mental] lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us," said study senior author Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv University in Israel. Fried added that severe fatigue "exerts a similar influence on the brain to drinking too much. Yet no ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Travel With a Blanket

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

-- Whether you are in a car, plane or train, maintaining the right body temperature can help you get needed rest. So don't forget to include a blanket on your list of essentials to pack, the National Sleep Foundation says. Maintaining the right body temperature will help you fall asleep and stay asleep, the organization says. The blanket should be large enough to cover your feet, but small enough to fit in a bag. The fabric should feel cozy and be easy to wash. And use the same blanket each time. The familiarity of the same blanket should condition you to fall asleep faster. Read more

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

Helping Children Cope When a Mass Tragedy Strikes

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – Mass slayings, like the church shooting in Texas Sunday that left at least 26 dead, are hard enough for adults to comprehend. For children, these tragedies can make the world seem like a terrifying place. In the wake of such bloodshed, a New Jersey family physician offers guidance to parents trying to help children manage their fears. Start by shielding your kids from the news reports, suggested Dr. Jennifer Caudle, an associate professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. "Children may become upset by news coverage," Caudle said. So monitor and limit what they see, hear or read. This may reduce their anxiety and help them deal with these unsettling events, she explained. The Sutherland Springs, Texas, massacre was just the latest in a series of recent mass killings in the United States. In New York City on Halloween, a terrorist ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Nightmares, Night Terrors

Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – As if severe hot flashes alone weren't enough of a problem for menopausal women, a new study finds these symptoms may also be tied to a greater risk for sleep apnea and related heart issues. The study included nearly 1,700 middle-aged women, about 25 percent of whom were at intermediate or high risk for obstructive sleep apnea – for instance, they generally were older, had higher levels of body fat and had high blood pressure. Compared with women who had mild or no hot flashes, those who reported severe hot flashes were nearly twice as likely to have obstructive sleep apnea, the researchers found. In sleep apnea, pauses in breathing or shallow breathing prevent a person from getting a good night's sleep. Sleep apnea has been linked to a significantly increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and early death, the study authors ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Hot Flashes, Menopausal Disorders, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Vaginal Dryness

Health Tip: Talk To Your Kids About a Tragedy

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by

-- With graphic images of terrorist acts and mass shootings all over the news, it's difficult to keep your children from seeing and hearing about these events. The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should explain these tragedies to children in ways they can understand and cope with. Explain in an age-appropriate way that you are here to protect and support them. Ask them what they've already heard, and ask if they have any questions. At the same time, avoid exposing your children directly to graphic images and descriptions that appear on TV or on social media. Some children may find it difficult to cope, and may fear for their lives and the lives of those they love. The academy says parents should watch for these warning signs of coping issues: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or having nightmares. Physical signs, such as feeling tired, having a headache or ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Agitation, Agitated State

When It Comes to Obesity, Genes Just Partly to Blame

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – If you have trouble keeping slim, don't put all the blame on your DNA. People carrying so-called "obesity" genes tend to gain more weight if they don't work out or don't get enough sleep, said Timothy Frayling, a professor with the University of Exeter Medical School in England. "You can't change your genes – but they only explain part of your weight," Frayling said. This means that even people genetically inclined to pile on pounds can curb it by eating right and exercising. Frayling and his fellow researchers tracked physical activity and sleep patterns for about 85,000 people in England, aged 40 to 70. The participants wore accelerometers that allowed researchers to estimate their amount of exercise and quality of sleep. The team also computed a genetic risk score for each person based on 76 common variants known to be associated with increased risk for ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Obesity, Insomnia, Diagnosis and Investigation

Smartphones, Tablets Sabotaging Teens' Sleep

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Teens sleep less than they used to, sacrificing shuteye to spend more time on their phones and tablets. Experts say teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night to be engaged and productive during the day. Anything less can cause daytime sleepiness and interfere with school or daily activities. Faced with an array of tempting distractions, how much sleep are today's teens actually getting? To find out, researchers analyzed a pair of long-term, national surveys of more than 360,000 eighth- through 12th-graders. One survey asked eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders how often they got at least seven hours of shuteye. The other asked high school students how long they slept on a typical school night. In 2015, 4 out of 10 teens slept less than seven hours a night. That's up 58 percent since 1991 and 17 percent more than in 2009 when smartphone use became more ... Read more

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

Talk Therapy May Help Menopause Woes

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Talk therapy may help relieve menopause-related sleep problems and depression, a new study suggests. Insomnia – an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep – and depression are common in menopausal women. "Given the high prevalence rates of insomnia and depressive symptoms in midlife women, we felt there was a need for more research to be done on the effectiveness of possible alternatives for treating these symptoms," study author Sara Nowakowski said in a news release from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Nowakowski is a clinical psychologist with the University of Texas Medical Branch. Cognitive behavioral therapy – which attempts to change negative thoughts and behaviors – is one of those potential alternative treatments. For the study, Nowakowski and her colleagues assessed the effectiveness of four cognitive behavioral therapy sessions ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Hot Flashes, Menopausal Disorders, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Dysthymia, Perimenopausal Symptoms

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