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Sleepy Drivers Involved in 100,000 Crashes a Year

Posted 10 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 – Driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known hazards, but few people think twice about getting behind the wheel when feeling drowsy, a sleep expert warns. "Drivers can reduce the danger by being aware of risk factors and taking precautions," said Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, who directs the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in ...

Injured Parent Can Mean Sleepless Nights for Kids

Posted 15 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Children face an increased risk for sleep problems if a parent suffers a serious injury, especially if the parent has a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reveals. Researchers used U.S. Military Health System records to identify more than 485,000 children of more than 272,000 parents who were seriously injured in combat or daily life. ...

Sunday Is 'Fall Back' Time for Your Clock -- Sleep Experts Offer Tips

Posted 15 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – The hour you "lost" with daylight savings time in the spring you "gain back" on Sunday, when clocks are set an hour back. And every time shift takes a subtle toll on the human mind and body, experts say. Still, "for most people, it is easier to stay up an hour later than to go to bed an hour earlier," said Dr. Steven Feinsilver, who directs sleep medicine at Lenox Hill ...

Here's Something to Sleep On

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – Seems that you can get too much – as well as too little – of a good thing when it comes to sleep. In what's billed as the world's largest sleep study, too little or too much sleep can impair your brain, researchers report. The study included more than 40,000 people worldwide who completed an online survey and a series of tests of mental abilities such as reasoning, ...

Drowsy Driving as Risky as Drunk Driving

Posted 9 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – Getting too little sleep at night? If so, your odds for a car crash are rising, new research suggests. Crash risk is highest if you get fewer than four hours of shuteye a night, scientists found. That's like driving with a blood alcohol concentration roughly 1.5 times the legal limit, the researchers explained. But even those who sleep fewer than seven hours a night are ...

Regular Bedtime Might Be Key to Better Health

Posted 21 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – As important as getting close to eight hours of sleep a night is, new research suggests that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is just as critical for your health. The study of more than 1,900 older adults found that those who didn't keep to a regular bedtime and wake time weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure and a higher risk ...

Parents Blame Smartphones, Tablets for Teens' Sleep Troubles

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show. Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a national poll of more than 1,000 parents with at least one child between 13 and 18 years old. "This poll suggests that sleep problems are common among teens and parents believe late-night use of ...

1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long Term

Posted 10 Sep 2018 by

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – When older people use drugs like Valium or Xanax to calm anxiety or help them sleep, they run a high risk of becoming drug-dependent, new research suggests. In the study of almost 600 adults averaging 78 years of age, about one in four who were prescribed these types of benzodiazepine sedatives ended up using them for at least a year. That's despite warnings against ...

For a Healthier Heart, Stick to 6 to 8 Hours of Sleep

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – When it comes to sleep, people seem to have different needs. But how much sleep is best for your heart? A new analysis of 11 studies that included a total of more than 1 million adults without heart disease suggests the sweet spot is six to eight hours a night. The studies were published within the past five years. The researchers compared adults who slept between six ...

Sleep Deprivation May Play Role in 'Global Loneliness Epidemic'

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Sleep problems can play havoc with your social life, a new study suggests. A series of experiments revealed sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less eager to engage with others. That, in turn, makes others less likely to want to socialize with the sleep-deprived, researchers said. The researchers also found that well-rested people feel lonely after spending just a ...

Better Sleep During Pregnancy May Cut Odds of Preemie Birth

Posted 3 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 – People often urge moms-to-be to get plenty of sleep before the baby comes. Now, researchers report that good sleep during pregnancy might also lower the risk of premature delivery. The review of published studies provides important information for pregnant women and their doctors, said lead researcher Jane Warland, an associate professor at the University of South ...

Dim the Lights to Help Your Child Fall Asleep

Posted 29 Jul 2018 by

SUNDAY, July 29, 2018 – Exposure to bright light in the hour before bedtime can make it difficult for kids to fall asleep, family health experts warn. As day changes to night, the body increases production of a sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin. But exposure to artificial light from light bulbs or electronic devices can disrupt melatonin production, according to a news release from the ...

Families Need Summertime Sleep Schedules

Posted 26 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – For many families, summer means longer days, less routine and more time outside. That's not all good news, one expert says, because it could jumble a family's sleeping habits. Even without the rigorous and often hectic school-year schedule, it's important to ensure that everyone gets enough sleep, according to Dr. Cheryl Tierney, chief of behavior and developmental ...

Parents' Shift Work Can Be Good -- or Bad -- for Kids

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – Many parents no longer work traditional "9-to-5" jobs. And their nonstandard shifts do affect their child's behavior, new research suggests. The impact varies according to age, gender and which parent works when, according to researchers from the University of Washington. Millions of Americans work evening or night shifts, most commonly in health care, law enforcement and ...

Sound Advice for a Sound Sleep

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – Insomnia affects up to 15 percent of Americans, but sleeping pills aren't the only – or the best – answer. A good sleep routine, exercise and mindfulness are all options to get the restorative sleep you need. Set up a daily sleep pattern by going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. Yes, even on the weekends. Keep your bedroom ...

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