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Sunrise, Sunset: Ancient Rhythms Still Dictate Human Life

Posted 20 hours ago 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 Science, tracked the daily habits of roughly one million cellphone users in southern Europe over the course of a year. This enabled the investigators to infer when most people were awake or asleep. The goal was to see which had more of a gravitational pull on people's behavior: their internal biological clock or the desire to embrace societal rhythms, such as work and leisure schedules. "How does the daily rhythm of humans pan out under the simultaneous ticking of these two clocks?" Monsivais wondered. ... Read more

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

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

Posted 15 days ago 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 consequences such as lack of awareness while driving. "We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons [brain cells] of the ability to function properly. This leads to [mental] lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us," said study senior author Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv University in Israel. Fried added that severe fatigue "exerts a similar influence on the brain to drinking too much. Yet no ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

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 exclusively work overnight hours. An estimated 700 million men and women around the world now follow that work pattern, representing about 20 percent of the global workforce, the researchers said. And while the numbers varied by study, the new analysis determined that, on average, routinely working a night shift seems to boost the risk for becoming obese or overweight by 29 percent. Although the review could not prove cause-and-effect, nutrition experts expressed little surprise at the finding. Connie ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Ischemic Stroke, Insulin Resistance, Sleep Apnea, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Metabolic Disorder Including Congenital

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 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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Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Road

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than 400 people will die and another 48,400 will be injured seriously enough to require medicalattentionin car crashes duringany holiday weekend, the U.S. National Safety Council estimates. Here's what the council suggests you can do to minimize your chances of risk: Always wear your seatbelt. Use proper car seats for children that are appropriate for their height, weight and age. Don't drink alcohol and drive. Get enough sleep and take periodic breaks to avoid fatigue. Don't use a cell phone while driving, either to text or make a call. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Narcolepsy, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

It's Time to Kick Fido Out -- of Bed, That Is

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – It's time to reclaim your bed and send your pets packing – at least at night. Your sleep may be more compromised if your dog is in your bed, though this is not the case if Fido is simply in your bedroom, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic. "The question is, where do the animals sleep, and does it affect the human?" explained study author Dr. Lois Krahn of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. "I found there are all sorts of different patterns. Most people are pretty loyal and accept their pet. They don't want to complain about their pet bothering them at night. And, my belief is, more people have more than one pet and that just multiplies the possibility for there being a problem," said Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist. The small study focused on 40 pet owners with a single dog in their bedroom. The researchers evaluated the amount of sleep and wake times ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Health Tip: Sleepiness on the Job

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- About 13 percent of all accidents that happen at the workplace are related to being sleepy on the job, the National Safety Council says. Some 97 percent of workers have at least one risk factor for workplace fatigue and four of 10 workers simply don't get enough sleep, according to the council. The council says here's what you can do to avoid becoming another statistic: Get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Get tested for sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea. If you work nights, stick to the same sleep schedule even on your days off. If you sleep during the day, use blackout curtains to keep the bedroom dark. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

Noise Pollution a Problem in Black Urban Neighborhoods

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – Noise pollution levels are highest in black neighborhoods in segregated cities in the United States, a new study shows. Researchers looked at 13 years of information gathered from across the United States. They found as percentages of Asian, black or Hispanic residents rose, so did noise levels during both day and night. Neighborhoods with at least 75 percent black residents had median night-time noise levels 4 decibels higher than neighborhoods with no black residents. The study also found that neighborhoods with high levels of poverty and low levels of education had high levels of noise. "We've known that poor communities and communities of color are likely more exposed to toxic landfills and air pollution, but until now we really have not heard much about noise pollution," said study author Joan Casey. She's a postdoctoral scholar at the University of ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Talking in Your Sleep

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Talking in one's sleep is common. But the National Sleep Foundation says it may not be anything to worry about, except when it is attributed to or results in: Using alcohol or drugs. Feeling stressed, depressed or anxious. Getting insufficient sleep. Waking up feeling tired or overwhelmed. Talk with your doctor if you're concerned about talking in your sleep. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Alcoholism, Hangover, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Can Poor Sleep Boost Odds for Alzheimer's?

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – Breathing problems during sleep may signal an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, a trio of studies suggests. And, the researchers added, treating conditions like sleep apnea and hypopnea (shallow breathing) might lower the risk of dementia, or at least slow its progression. "What's exciting about these three studies is that they are looking at biological changes in the brain that may underlie a relationship between sleep problems and Alzheimer's disease," said Keith Fargo. He is director of scientific programs and outreach at the Alzheimer's Association. Fargo cautioned, however, that these studies only show an association between sleep problems and Alzheimer's disease, and not a cause-and-effect link. But it's possible that the development of the amyloid plaque that is a tell-tale sign of Alzheimer's is causing sleep problems, he noted. People with sleep ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Sleep Apnea, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

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

Did Grandpa's Insomnia Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Trouble sleeping is a common complaint among older folks, but what if their insomnia traces back to when Grandma and Grandpa were in charge of keeping the cave safe at night? A new study of modern hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania who still live in groups found that age-related differences in sleep patterns ensure that at least one person is awake throughout the night. That would have offered the ancient ancestors of humans protection against predators lurking in the dark, the researchers suggested. "The idea that there's a benefit to living with grandparents has been around for a while, but this study extends that idea to vigilance during nighttime sleep," study co-author David Samson said in a Duke University news release. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University at the time of the study. He's now an assistant professor of anthropology at the ... Read more

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How Poor Sleep Might Raise Odds for Alzheimer's

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Researchers may have pinpointed the reason why poor sleep has been linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease. The new study found that just one night of sleep disruption led to an increase in a protein called amyloid beta, while a week of sleep disturbance led to increased levels of a protein called tau. Both proteins are connected with Alzheimer's disease. "We showed that poor sleep is associated with higher levels of two Alzheimer's-associated proteins," said senior author Dr. David Holtzman. He is a professor and head of the department of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. "We think that perhaps chronic poor sleep during middle age may increase the risk of Alzheimer's later in life," Holtzman explained in a university news release. More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, the study authors said. And previous ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Diagnosis and Investigation, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Jet Lag

Living With Purpose May Help Seniors Sleep Soundly

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study. People tend to have more trouble sleeping as they age, the researchers added. "Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that is facing more insomnia," said study senior author Jason Ong. He's an associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The study included more than 800 people between the ages of 60 and 100 who did not have dementia. Those who said their lives had meaning were 63 percent less likely to have sleep apnea and 52 percent less likely ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Restless Legs Syndrome, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Sleep problems may provide early clues about worsening suicidal thoughts in at-risk young adults as well as a potential way to intervene, a new study suggests. "Suicide is the tragic outcome of psychiatric illness interacting with multiple biological, psychological and social risk factors," said lead author Rebecca Bernert. She is a suicidologist and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences from Stanford University Medical School. "Sleep disturbances stand apart from other risk factors because they are visible as a warning sign, yet non-stigmatizing and highly treatable. This is why we believe they may represent an important treatment target in suicide prevention," she said in a university news release. How could sleep potentially prevent a suicide? "Sleep is a barometer of our well-being, and directly impacts how we feel the next day. We ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Drowsiness, Severe Mood Dysregulation, Hypersomnia, Cyclothymic Disorder

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