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Brain Relies on Two Timekeepers for Sleep

Posted 17 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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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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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

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Early Bedtime for Preschoolers, Healthier Weight Later?

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

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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Childhood Sleep Guidelines Vary by Age

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Don't Blame Kids' Behavior on Full Moon

Posted 12 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Many parents swear their children's behavior changes when the moon is full, but new research suggests otherwise. "Our study provides compelling evidence that the moon does not seem to influence people's behavior," said Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, from the Eastern Ontario Research Institute, in Canada. To investigate possible effects of lunar cycles on human behavior, the researchers focused on those most vulnerable to changes in behavior and sleep habits: children. In all, the study involved more than 5,800 kids from five continents. "We considered that performing this research on children would be particularly more relevant because they are more amenable to behavior changes than adults and their sleep needs are greater than adults," said Chaput. The children were from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The researchers considered their age, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Nightmares, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Night Terrors, Executive Function Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Bright light can interrupt sleep quickly, so many people use a sleep mask. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to choose the right one: Consider whether you need a sleep mask that provides total blackout, or one that provides darker conditions in a room that's already fairly dark. Look for a mask that fits across the bridge of the nose. Invest in a quality mask with a nose flap to help block more light and provide a better fit. Opt for a mask with cavities that alleviate pressure around your eyes. Find the right fabric that feels comfortable, is easy to wash and doesn't trigger allergies. Read more

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Desperate for Shut-Eye?

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – People with long-term sleep troubles should turn to a form of psychotherapy to reboot normal sleeping patterns before trying sleeping pills, the American College of Physicians recommends. Specifically, people with chronic insomnia should try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the experts said. This treatment combines talk therapy, behavioral interventions and education. If CBT doesn't work, patients and their doctors should then decide together whether to add drug therapy, the new guidelines said. "We know chronic insomnia is a real problem that patients present within our [doctors'] offices," said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). "We want to get away from the overtendency to prescribe sleep medications, and clearly CBT can be a very nice tool in the toolkit." Up to 10 percent of adults are affected by insomnia, defined as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Many parents wonder what to do when their children wake up screaming after a nightmare. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Quickly go to your child's room and offer reassurance that you are there for protection. Talk to your child about what happened during the dream, but explain that dreams are not real. Leave a light on in your child's room if it provides comfort, but help your child get back to sleep. If possible, eliminate anything in the room that your child finds frightening, such as something that casts a shadow. Read more

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Good Sleep Habits Ready Kids for School Success

Posted 15 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – Children who have good sleep habits by age 5 do better at school, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed the sleep behavior of nearly 2,900 children in Australia from birth until they were 6 or 7. They found that one-third had mounting sleep problems in their first five years that put them at added risk for attention disorders and emotional and behavioral problems in school. "We now know 70 per cent of children are regulating their own sleep by five years, but for the remaining third it may be detrimental to them developmentally over time," researcher Kate Williams said in a Queensland University of Technology news release. Williams is on the faculty in its School of Early Childhood. "The overwhelming finding is it's vital to get children's sleep behaviors right by the time they turn five," she added. The study was published recently in the British Journal of ... Read more

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

Help Your Kids Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 20, 2015 – Changes in routine can shortchange children's sleep during the holidays, so a sleep medicine expert offers some advice for parents. Keep your youngsters' sleep times consistent, said Jodi Mindell, a clinical psychologist at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. "As much as possible, be sure to stick to your child's usual sleep schedule – both bedtime and nap times," she said in a university news release. "Of course, there will be exceptions, such as for family holiday gatherings, but try not to make the exception more than one or two nights in a row. If there are too many days of being off schedule, you can expect meltdowns," Mindell added. It's also important to maintain normal bedtime routines. "If every night is usually a bath and a story in bed, then do a bath and a story in bed, even on holiday nights," Mindell said. "Skimping on the bedtime routine ... Read more

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Help Your Child Get a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – School-age children need adequate sleep for peak performance. "Children and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development," said Dr. Clay Stallworth, a pediatrician with Georgia Regents University Health System in Augusta. "A child's body and brain are busy during slumber preparing for another day of tasks and growth, so it's essential that children get the proper amount of sleep," he said in a university news release. School-age children should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. One way to help kids get enough sleep is to set a regular bedtime schedule and stick with it, even on weekends. It's also important to create a 15- to 30-minute bedtime routine to help children get ready for sleep. This might include taking a bath, dressing for bed, brushing teeth, ... Read more

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Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort. It's important to note, however, that while the study found an association between a lack of quality sleep and increased pain sensitivity, it wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship. The study, led by Borge Sivertsen, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen, involved more than 10,000 adults. The study participants all underwent a standard test of pain sensitivity by dunking their hands in a bath of cold water for 106 seconds. The volunteers were also asked about their sleep quality. ... Read more

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