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Parents' Shift Work Can Be Good -- or Bad -- for Kids

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – Many parents no longer work traditional "9-to-5" jobs. And their nonstandard shifts do affect their child's behavior, new research suggests. The impact varies according to age, gender and which parent works when, according to researchers from the University of Washington. Millions of Americans work evening or night shifts, most commonly in health care, law enforcement and ...

Health Tip: Suggestions For a Better Night's Sleep

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Not getting enough sleep? It's probably hurting your health. The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke suggests how to improve your sleep: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. But don't exercise just before bedtime. Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. Set a relaxing routine before ...

Who Lives Longer -- Night Owls or Early Birds?

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 – "Night owls" might pay a price when it comes to their health and longevity, a new study reports. Folks who stay up late and struggle to wake in the morning have a 10 percent higher risk of dying sooner than so-called "morning larks" who are early to bed and early to rise, said lead researcher Kristin Knutson. She's an associate professor of neurology at Northwestern ...

Health Tip: Speak With Your Doctor if You Aren't Sleeping Well

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- If you aren't getting enough sleep, you'll probably feel very tired during the day. And you may not feel alert and refreshed when you wake up. While everyone has a sleepless night now and then, chronic lack of sleep can lead to a host of medical problems and should be discussed with your doctor, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says. Here is the agency's list of issues you should ...

Health Tip: When Noise Interrupts Sleep

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Even when you are asleep, your brain continues to hear and process sound, the National Sleep Foundation says. Noise can wake you, shift you between different stages of sleep and even cause a change in your heart rate and blood pressure. It's more likely that noise will affect sleep during sleep's earlier stages. And it has been shown that people are more likely to awaken if a sound is an ...

Americans Finally Getting a Little More Sleep

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Are bleary-eyed Americans getting a break at last? New research suggests that people are sleeping a few more minutes each night than they used to. "Over 14 years [2003 to 2016], Americans were getting 17 minutes more sleep every night, or a full four days more sleep per year," said study lead researcher Dr. Mathias Basner. He's associate professor at the University of ...

Americans Finally Getting a Little More Sleep

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Are bleary-eyed Americans getting a break at last? New research suggests that people are sleeping a few more minutes each night than they used to. "Over 14 years [2003 to 2016], Americans were getting 17 minutes more sleep every night, or a full four days more sleep per year," said study lead researcher Dr. Mathias Basner. He's associate professor at the University of ...

Health Tip: Taking Fewer Naps

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Working Night Shift May Raise Women's Odds for Cancer

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 – Women who pull the night shift regularly might be at greater risk for a number of cancers, new research suggests. "Our study indicates that night-shift work serves as a risk factor for common cancers in women," said study author Xuelei Ma. He is an oncologist in the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center at West China Medical Center of Sichuan University, ...

Amber-Tinted Glasses Might Get You More Sleep

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – For the tech-obsessed who use their smartphones, laptops and tablets right before bedtime, a small new study suggests that inexpensive amber-tinted glasses might guarantee sound slumber. The glasses block the blue-wavelength light emitted from many hi-tech devices. That light suppresses the brain's production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles. ...

Health Tip: All-Nighters Are Unhealthy

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- All-nighters are a favorite pastime for many college kids who cram for exams at the last minute. But the resulting lack of sleep is anything but healthy, the National Sleep Foundation says. The foundation says doing an all-nighter may: Make you forgetful. Lead to weight gain. Affect your mood. Affect your circadian rhythm, the 24-hour internal clock that helps regulate alertness, blood ...

Sunrise, Sunset: Ancient Rhythms Still Dictate Human Life

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Humankind long ago conquered the darkness with the invention of artificial light. But new research shows that, by and large, the sun's daily cycle still dictates people's activity. Finnish researchers say most people still schedule their daily routines around the natural ebb and flow of daylight. The team, led by Daniel Monsivais of the Aalto University School of ...

Here's Why You 'Space Out' After Too Little Sleep

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Ever notice that too little sleep at night can cause you to "space out" the next day? New research suggests that a lack of sleep hampers communication between brain cells, causing temporary mental errors that affect memory and visual perception. That can lead to problems ranging from minor ones such as forgetting your keys when you leave the house, to more serious ...

Working Night Shifts May Widen Your Waistline

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Workers who regularly pull overnight shifts may be more prone to pack on the pounds, a new analysis suggests. The finding involved an in-depth look at 28 studies conducted between 1999 and 2016. All the investigations explored the health impact of shift work, in which employees are regularly asked to either alternate between daytime and overnight schedules or to ...

Could You Be Overdoing It With Sleeping Pills?

Posted 4 Oct 2017 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 ...

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