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Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Road

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than 400 people will die and another 48,400 will be injured seriously enough to require medicalattentionin car crashes duringany holiday weekend, the U.S. National Safety Council estimates. Here's what the council suggests you can do to minimize your chances of risk: Always wear your seatbelt. Use proper car seats for children that are appropriate for their height, weight and age. Don't drink alcohol and drive. Get enough sleep and take periodic breaks to avoid fatigue. Don't use a cell phone while driving, either to text or make a call. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

Health Tip: Better Sleep, a Better Life

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sleep quality affects the quality of your life, both physically and emotionally. The National Sleep Foundation says getting enough quality sleep helps you: Improve your ability to learn and focus. Feel happier and less cranky. Improve productivity. Feel less hungry. Improve your risk of infection and chronic illness. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Night Terrors, Hypersomnia, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Jet Lag, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity

Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Yet more evidence of a link between poor sleep and excess weight: A new study finds that people who are genetically prone to obesity are more likely to be overweight if they have unusual sleep habits. "These data show that in people with high genetic risk for obesity, sleeping for too short or too long a time, napping during the day, and shift work appears to have a fairly substantial adverse influence on body weight," said researcher Dr. Jason Gill of the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Gill, who is with the university's Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, and colleagues looked at statistics on nearly 120,000 people in the United Kingdom. The investigators said they found that sleeping fewer than 7 hours a night or more than 9 hours a night boosts the risk of obesity among those who are especially prone to it because of their genes. Among those ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Hypersomnia, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Diagnosis and Investigation, Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

Health Tip: Short on Sleep?

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- It may be tough to find enough hours to get everything checked off of your daily to-do list. But giving up sleep to get more done may do more harm than good. The National Sleep Foundation explains how insufficient sleep affects you: Reduces cognitive function, making it more difficult to remember, focus, learn new things, solve problems and make decisions. Increases body's reaction to stress. Brings on feelings of irritability and moodiness. Reduces reaction time, affecting school or work performance and raising your risk of a car accident. Increases risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Makes you more susceptible to illness. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Hypersomnia, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Jet Lag, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

FDA Approves Xyrem (sodium oxybate) Oral Solution Generic with a REMS Program

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

January 18, 2017 – The FDA has approved the first generic version of Xyrem (sodium oxybate) Oral Solution, to treat cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy, which is a potentially debilitating disease. Cataplexy is a primary symptom of narcolepsy where patients suddenly lose muscle tone, including voluntary muscle control, while awake. Muscle weakness or paralysis associated with cataplexy may cause a person to collapse. Approximately 70 percent of people with narcolepsy have cataplexy. Sodium oxybate is the only medication approved to treat cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy. The use of Xyrem has been associated with serious side effects including seizures, trouble breathing, changes in alertness, coma, and death. Additionally, the active ingredient in Xyrem (and in the newly approved generic) is sodium oxybate. Sodium oxybate is the sodium salt of ... Read more

Related support groups: Narcolepsy, Xyrem, Cataplexy, Sodium Oxybate

Health Tip: Make Sleep a Priority

Posted 17 Jan 2017 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

Related support groups: Xanax, Sleep Disorders, Klonopin, Insomnia, Clonazepam, Ativan, Ambien, Valium, Fatigue, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, BuSpar, Diazepam, Benadryl, Narcolepsy, Hydroxyzine, Zolpidem, Buspirone, Melatonin, Nightmares

Health Tip: Cutting Out Caffeine?

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're not getting enough sleep, you're not alone. But you don't need to turn to caffeine to help you feel less groggy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Before bed avoid alcohol, which can affect sleep. Set a sleep schedule, waking and going to sleep at the same time each day. Skip the snooze button. Set the alarm for the time you truly need to wake up. Open the curtains to let in natural sunlight as soon as you wake. Get daily exercise. Eat a nutritious, balanced breakfast. Read more

Related support groups: Xanax, Sleep Disorders, Klonopin, Insomnia, Clonazepam, Ativan, Ambien, Valium, Fatigue, Lorazepam, Alprazolam, BuSpar, Diazepam, Benadryl, Narcolepsy, Hydroxyzine, Zolpidem, Buspirone, Melatonin, Temazepam

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

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Night Terrors, Hypersomnia, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

Health Tip: Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Insufficient sleep is a big problem in today's hustle-and-bustle world, even for children. Here are red flags of too little sleep, courtesy of the National Sleep Foundation: Dragging oneself more than 15 minutes after waking up. Sleeping at least two hours extra on weekends and holidays than on weekdays. Falling asleep in the car or during activities where you should be staying awake. Acting grumpy, irritable or hyperactive. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

The Phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Imagine you wake up, see a stranger running toward you with a knife and your legs won't move so there's no escape. Terrifying episodes like these are known as sleep paralysis. They're not dangerous, it's just your brain telling your body it's still in dreamland, according to Texas A&M University researchers. When you're in the stage of sleep where vivid dreams occur (known as REM sleep), your arms and legs are temporarily paralyzed so you can't act out your dreams. If you wake up during this REM stage, you feel unable to move and may even hallucinate, the researchers said. "When people have a nightmare, they sleep, have a dream and then wake up. When they're experiencing sleep paralysis, they may have a dream when they are already awake," said Dr. Steven Bender, director of Texas A&M University's Center for Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine. "Sleep paralysis is a ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Nightmares, Drowsiness, Night Terrors, Sleep Paralysis, Hypersomnia

Health Tip: Find a Fun Alarm Clock

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning, a fun alarm clock that eases the transition into your day may help. Try these suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation: Look for an alarm clock that's functional, not just pretty. Make sure the buttons are easy to find when you're groggy first thing in the morning. Skip alarm clocks that emit bright blue light that can interfere with sleep. Opt for one that uses softer amber, orange or red to help you sleep more soundly. Choose an alarm clock that wakes you with a sound that you enjoy, whether that's the news, your favorite music or nature sounds. Consider one that gradually increases the volume to gently rouse you. Look for fun features that make sure you won't oversleep. Some alarm clocks have a light that turns on slowly at the time you should wake. Others vibrate the bed to help wake you. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Hypersomnia, Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, Jet Lag, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

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

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Cataplexy, Night Terrors, Sleep Paralysis, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Hypersomnia, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, Jet Lag, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Drowsy Driving Causes 1 in 5 Fatal Crashes: Report

Posted 8 Aug 2016 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

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

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

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Narcolepsy, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Drowsiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Cataplexy, Night Terrors, Sleep Paralysis, Hypersomnia, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

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

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