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Nightmares Common Among U.S. Troops, But Seldom Reported

Posted 15 hours ago by

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Many U.S. military personnel are plagued by nightmares that put them at increased risk for mental health and sleep disorders, but few let doctors know, a new study shows. The study included 493 active duty personnel who were referred to doctors for evaluation of sleep disorders. About 3 out of 4 had been deployed. Thirty-one percent had clinically significant ...

Sleepy U.S. Teens Are Running on Empty

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday. Nearly 58 percent of middle school students in nine states and almost 73 percent of high school students across the country don't get the recommended amount of nightly shuteye, according to a report from the U.S. ...

All That Smartphone Time May Be Making Teens Unhappy

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Teens who are glued to their smartphones and other devices are unhappier than those who spend less time on digital media, new research finds. The study can't prove cause-and-effect, so it's not clear if teens are made unhappy by spending a long time on their devices, or whether less happy teens are simply drawn to using them more. But whatever the relationship, "the key ...

Health Tip: Taking Fewer Naps

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by

-- Has your doctor suggested taking fewer naps? Or are you ready to wean a child from napping? The National Sleep Foundation suggests how: Don't expect to accomplish the deed overnight. Napping isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. An occasional nap is to be expected. Turn nap time into quiet time. Allow for a period of calm, such as by reading or listening to quiet music. If necessary, move ...

Life's Hassles May Give You Nightmares … Literally

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – If you're having bad dreams, feelings of frustration with your life may be triggering them. That's the finding of researchers whose assessment of 310 people found that frustrations and emotions associated with certain psychological needs affected their dreams. People whose needs for independence, relatedness and feeling competent that weren't being met felt more ...

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

Posted 24 Nov 2017 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 ...

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 ...

Could You Be Overdoing It With Sleeping Pills?

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – More Americans are having trouble getting a good night's sleep, a national health survey found. And the number of people who use prescription sleeping pills in the quest for shuteye continues to increase – currently about 4 percent of Americans, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But are they safe? And are they even effective? Results ...

Asthma Drug, Montelukast, Tied to Nightmares, Depression

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. But experts aren't yet ready to pull the plug on this class of medication. "In our study, we give prescribing physicians the advice to be alert for signs and symptoms for ...

A Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' Grades

Posted 15 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 – Kids in violent neighborhoods often do worse in school. Now, a new study helps explain why. U.S. researchers found that exposure to violent crime changed kids' sleep patterns, which increased their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. "Both sleep and cortisol are connected to the ability to learn and perform academic tasks," said study lead author Jenni Heissel, of ...

Health Tip: Help Kids Sleep Better

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by

-- Getting children to go to sleep and stay asleep may be a true challenge for parents. The National Sleep Foundation says these factors may prevent kids from getting a good night's rest: Bed-wetting, which may affect kids until age 5, and sometimes older. Parents should stay calm and offer praise and rewards (such as stickers) for making it through the night dry. Nightmares, which are partly a ...

Health Tip: If Lifestyle Interferes With Sleep

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by

-- Your evening routine may be affecting how easily you fall asleep and stay asleep. The National Sleep Foundation says problematic habits include: Eating a late dinner, especially a heavy one. Doing so can trigger heartburn, which may affect sleep. Watching TV in bed, as the device's blue light may interfere with your body's melatonin production. Going to bed with a smartphone. Checking email ...

How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel

Posted 21 May 2017 by

SATURDAY, May 20, 2017 – At least one in five fatal motor vehicle accidents involves drowsy driving, U.S. traffic safety experts say. So it's vital that you recognize when you're sleepy behind the wheel. "The statistics are pretty jarring. Compared to drivers who report typically getting seven or more hours of sleep nightly, those who typically sleep only four to five hours per night are 5.4 ...

Health Tip: Better Sleep, a Better Life

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by

-- 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.

Health Tip: Is Your Child Sleeping Enough?

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by

-- Parents often wonder if children are getting enough sleep. A simple way to gauge the issue is to watch your child's behavior. The National Sleep Foundation says warning signs of insufficient sleep include: Difficulty waking your child, and struggling to get moving within 15 minutes. Sleeping at least two hours more each night during school breaks than during the school week. Falling asleep at ...

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