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Homeless, And Often Sleepless Too

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – Homeless people are especially likely to suffer from insomnia, fatigue and lack of sleep, a new French study shows. "We believe that improving sleep deserves more attention in this vulnerable group," wrote the study authors, led by Dr. Damien Leger of the Paris Descartes University and the Public Assistance Hospital of Paris. For the study, the researchers reviewed responses to a survey taken by almost 3,500 homeless people in France. The participants' average age was almost 40. Most were men. They all lived on the street or in shelters and other places that serve the homeless. The researchers compared the responses of the homeless to a sample of French adults who were not homeless. Overall, the homeless reported sleeping less (6 hours, 31 minutes) than the general population (7 hours, 9 minutes). And 8 percent of the homeless said they hadn't managed to get ... Read more

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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

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Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Watching violent movies before bed might drag some dark images into your dreams, giving you nightmares, a new study suggests. The study found that those who viewed violent media before bed were 13 times more likely to have violent dreams that night compared to people who didn't watch violence before bed. "That's a big effect," said study co-author Brad Bushman. He's a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University. The findings, reported in the journal Dreaming, might not sound surprising to anyone who's sat through a late-night horror flick. But when it comes to media violence, research has focused on how it might affect our waking lives – not our dreams, Bushman said. At the same time, he acknowledged that the findings don't prove violent TV shows, movies or video games cause bad dreams. People whose dreams tend toward violence may be ... Read more

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Health Tip: Making the Transition to Sleep

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It can be difficult to wind down from a busy day and prepare for sleep, as your body looks for cues that it's time to wind down. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Before bed, dim the lights. This will help your body release more of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Step away from smartphones, tablets and other electronics that can emit bright light. Finish all stimulating activities well before bedtime. Drop the thermostat to 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit at bedtime, which should help prepare you for sleep. Read more

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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, Nightmares, Narcolepsy, Night Terrors, Drowsiness, Sleep Paralysis, Hypersomnia

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

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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

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

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

Related support groups: Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Weight Loss, Nightmares, Night Terrors

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

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

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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