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Could You Be Overdoing It With Sleeping Pills?

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

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 of studies done on the health hazards of sleeping pills vary widely, from one that found barely any elevated risk to another that found the risk of death for users is three times higher than it is for people who don't take them. Research published in the American Journal of Public Health confirms that fatal overdoses are a concern. There are also possible side effects and dependency problems to consider. Plus, according to Consumer Reports, over the long term, sleeping pills might not even bring ... Read more

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Asthma Drug, Montelukast, Tied to Nightmares, Depression

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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 allergic granulomatous angiitis [a rare complication associated with the drug] and for severe neuropsychiatric symptoms," said study lead author Dr. Meindina Haarman. "The doctor still decides whether or not to treat the patients with montelukast," said Haarman, from University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. Dr. Matthew Lorber is a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He cautioned against discontinuing the medication in children with asthma, a lung disease that ... Read more

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A Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' Grades

Posted 15 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy in Evanston, Ill. "Our study identifies a pathway by which violent crime may get under the skin to affect academic performance." Previous research has found a link between violent crimes and performance on tests, but it wasn't clear why crime affects academic achievement, Heissel said in a university news release. For the study, she and her colleagues tracked sleep patterns and stress hormones of 82 students, ages 11 to 18, who ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Nightmares, Agitation, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia

Health Tip: Help Kids Sleep Better

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 result of toddlers' developing imaginations. Parents should avoid talking directly about a nightmare, which may make things worse. Instead, offer soothing reassurance to help your child fall back to sleep. Caffeine, which can keep kids awake or wake them up. So make sure your kids don't have caffeinated drinks at dinner. Use of smartphones, tablets or computers, which can interfere with sleep. So don't let children keep these devices in their rooms, and turn them off well before bed. Read more

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Health Tip: If Lifestyle Interferes With Sleep

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 or social media can make you feel stressed when you're trying to wind down. Eating a sugary bedtime snack. Coming down from a sugar high may wake you in the middle of the night. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel

Posted 21 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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 times more likely to be involved in a crash," said Benjamin McManus, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Drowsy driving can be considered a form of distracted driving. Like in distracted drivers, [mental] resources are directed away from the task of driving in drowsy drivers," McManus said in a university news release. Signs of sleepiness while driving include increased blinking; longer blink duration; slower eye movement; swerving; slowed reaction time; and poor ... Read more

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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

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Health Tip: Is Your Child Sleeping Enough?

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 school and during brief car trips. Irritability, hyperactivity or other unusual behaviors. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares

Need More Zzzzz's?

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say. The first is to have regular bed and wake times, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sleep doctors Dr. Daniel Barone and Dr. Andrew Westwood. The doctors suggested going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning, even on weekends and vacation days. That's because changes between workdays and days off may impair your sleep and how you feel during the daytime. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening, they advised. Instead of coffee, tea, cola and chocolate, choose water, seltzer, unsweetened decaffeinated herbal tea and other caffeine-free beverages. It's also important to eat a healthy diet and be physically active. "Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Whether it's a child, a strange noise plain or insomnia that wakes you up at night, it can be difficult to get back to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises. Don't look at the clock, which may worsen your anxiety. Turn it away from you and close your eyes. Think about the good things that happened to you that day. This helps calm your mind. If you still can't sleep after 20 minutes, go to another room and do something relaxing. Skip the TV and phone, and listen to music or read a book. Read more

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

Poor Sleep in Preschool Years Could Mean Behavior Troubles Later

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Preschoolers who get too little sleep may be more likely to have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions and processing information later in childhood, a new study suggests. By age 7, these sleepless kids had markedly decreased mental and emotional functioning, said study lead researcher Dr. Elsie Taveras. The children exhibited "poorer ability to pay attention, poorer emotional control, poorer executive function in general, and more behavioral problems," said Taveras, chief of general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. "If you think about it, these are the basic functions of a child's life. It really has implications on their ability to perform at school and home, and in relationships with their peers," Taveras added. The researchers drew these conclusions from data gathered as part of Project Viva, a long-term ... Read more

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

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, Nightmares, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Narcolepsy, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Diagnosis and Investigation, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, 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

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The ABCs of Good Zzzzzs

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – In case you don't know what makes for healthy sleep habits, a U.S.-based expert panel has defined them for you in a new report. The key indicators include: sleeping at least 85 percent of the total time spent in bed; falling asleep within 30 minutes or less; waking up no more than once a night; and being awake for 20 minutes or less after initially falling asleep. The National Sleep Foundation report also outlined research needed to identify and describe more indicators of good sleep quality among people of all ages. "The National Sleep Foundation's guidelines on sleep duration, and now quality, make sense of it all – providing consumers with the resources needed to understand their sleep," said co-author Max Hirshkowitz in a foundation news release. He is chairman of the sleep foundation. Foundation researchers said that 27 percent of people take longer than ... Read more

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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

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