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Skimp on Sleep and You Just May Wind Up Sick

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – Ever noticed that when you try to "do it all," the one thing you can count on is getting sick? Now, a new study suggests why: if you don't get enough sleep, your immune system seems to suffer. The finding comes from a study of 11 pairs of twin adults. Each pair of twins had significantly different sleeping routines. The researchers found that the twin who regularly slept less also turned out to be the one with the less potent immune system. "This is the first study to show suppressed immune gene expression in chronic sleep deprivation," said study lead author Dr. Nathaniel Watson. He's a professor of neurology at the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center in Seattle. That, added Watson, could explain why prior research has shown that "if you expose a sleep-deprived person to a rhinovirus they are more likely to get the common cold than a person who has ... Read more

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Health Tip: For Better Sleep, Watch What You Eat

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Diet plays a significant role in your health, including how well you sleep. The National Sleep Foundation explains: Eating too much saturated fat and too little fiber can affect how well you sleep. Consuming too much sugar can make it more likely that you'll wake up in the middle of the night. Avoiding food and drinks that are spicy, greasy, sugary or alcoholic can reduce your risk of sleep-interrupting heartburn. Getting more B vitamin-rich foods, such as dairy, eggs, meat, poultry and fish, can regulate melatonin and help stabilize your sleep. Read more

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

Stress Busters

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Sleep experts estimate that up to 50 percent of all insomnia is caused by stress. If stress wakes you up in the middle of the night, here's what you can do to put yourself back to sleep: 1. If you haven't already, set an alarm for when you need to wake up, and then turn the clock around so you're not watching the minutes tick by. 2. Notice any anxiety you might be feeling in your chest and see if you can gradually let that go with each "out" breath. Really imagine your stress leaving your body with every "out" breath. 3. After you begin to calm down, try meditating by counting every "in" breath and every "out" breath: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and so forth. If you lose count simply come back to 1 again. 4. If it's relatively quiet, try meditating on the sounds you are hearing inside and outside the room. When your mind wanders bring it back to focusing on the sounds. 5. If that doesn't work you ... Read more

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Sleep: The Great Motivator

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – If you really want to follow through on your New Year's resolutions, make sure you get enough sleep. That's the advice of Michigan sleep specialist Dr. Cathy Goldstein. Adequate sleep is a key component when trying to achieve goals – whether it's healthier eating, more exercise, quitting smoking, improving relationships or getting ahead at work, she said. "We definitely take sleep as a luxury; it's not," said Goldstein, an assistant professor of neurology in the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Centers. People who don't get enough sleep are more likely to make poor food choices and to eat more, Goldstein said in a university news release. They're also less likely to feel motivated to exercise or stick to their no-smoking plan; more likely to be in a bad mood; and they're probably less productive at work, she said. Goldstein advised getting seven to eight ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Linked to Asthma Later in Life

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Insomnia may increase adults' risk of asthma, a new study suggests. People with chronic sleep struggles were three times more likely to develop asthma than those without insomnia, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found. "Insomnia, defined as having difficulties initiating or maintaining sleep, or having poor sleep quality, is common among asthma patients, but whether insomnia patients have a higher risk of developing asthma at a later stage has not been thoroughly investigated," said study co-author Linn Beate Strand. The study included data from nearly 18,000 people, aged 20 to 65, in Norway. The researchers found that people who said they had difficulty falling asleep "often" or "almost every night" had a 65 percent and 108 percent increased risk, respectively, of developing asthma over 11 years. People who said they woke too ... Read more

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Better Sleep Could Mean Better Sex for Older Women

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A more satisfying sex life may be only a good night's sleep away for women over 50, new research finds. Researchers led by Dr. Juliana Kling of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., tracked data from nearly 94,000 women aged 50 to 79. The investigators found that 31 percent had insomnia, and a little more than half (56 percent) said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their sex life. But too little sleep – fewer than seven to eight hours a night – was linked with a lower likelihood of sexual satisfaction, the findings showed. "This is a very important study since it examines a question which has tremendous potential impact on women's lives," said Dr. Jill Rabin, who reviewed the findings. She's co-chief of the Women's Health Program at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Age played a key role in outcomes. For example, the study found that older ... 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: Don't Be a Night Owl

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You know it's not healthy to get too little sleep. But going to bed earlier is no cinch. The National Sleep Foundation offers this advice: Establish the same desired bedtime each night, even on weekends. Make all electronics off-limits for 30 minutes before that time. Trim back by 15 minutes at a time if you're pushing bedtime back significantly. Exercise each day, but do so at least four hours before bed. Consider some light yoga or stretching. Avoid food, drinks, medication or tobacco products that contain caffeine, alcohol or nicotine, which can keep you awake. Prepare for sleep an hour before your desired bedtime. That means washing your face, brushing your teeth, reading or listening to music. Follow this same routine each night. Set an alarm for when it's time to start your bedtime routine and turn off any electronics. Read more

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Jury Still Out on Whether to Screen All Adults for Sleep Apnea

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – It's not yet clear if there's any benefit to screening adults for sleep apnea when they don't have signs or symptoms of the condition, according to a U.S. government advisory panel of health experts. This is the first time that the panel, known as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), "has reviewed the evidence on screening for obstructive sleep apnea," panelist Dr. Alex Krist said in a news release from the group. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing many times during sleep due to temporary collapses of the airway, resulting in reduced airflow. "Obstructive sleep apnea represents a major health concern; it affects 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population and is associated with heart disease, diabetes, reduced quality of life and increased risk of death," Krist said. "Primary care doctors want to know if screening is ... 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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Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Because of stringent tonsillectomy guidelines, some kids who could benefit from tonsil removal surgery aren't getting it, two new reviews suggest. To qualify for the surgery, a child must have many recurring throat infections within a short span of time or severe sleep disturbances, said Dr. Sivakumar Chinnadurai, a co-author of the reviews. An evaluation of current medical evidence suggests more kids would receive significant short-term improvement in their daily life if the guidelines were relaxed, said Chinnadurai, a pediatric otolaryngologist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Children experienced nearly half as many sore throats when they underwent a tonsillectomy, even if they didn't meet the guidelines, Chinnadurai and his colleagues found. The kids also missed fewer days of school and were less likely to need medical care. However, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Cutting Out Caffeine?

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're not getting enough sleep, you're not alone. But you don't need to turn to caffeine to help you feel less groggy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Before bed avoid alcohol, which can affect sleep. Set a sleep schedule, waking and going to sleep at the same time each day. Skip the snooze button. Set the alarm for the time you truly need to wake up. Open the curtains to let in natural sunlight as soon as you wake. Get daily exercise. Eat a nutritious, balanced breakfast. Read more

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Coping With Sleep Loss During Pregnancy

Posted 4 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – It's safe to assume many new parents aren't sleeping as much as they'd like, but many pregnant women also suffer from insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to insomnia. Pregnant women may also have trouble sleeping due to heartburn, having to use the bathroom more frequently or worries about giving birth, the group explained. There are ways mothers-to-be can help ensure they get a good night's sleep. The foundation provides the following tips: Calm jittery nerves: It's natural to be nervous about delivery or how life might change once a new baby arrives. Tossing and turning all night, however, won't help. Women who are anxious about childbirth should try taking a relaxing bath or ask their partner for a massage before bedtime. Talking about your worries or keeping a journal could also help. Also, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

Health Tip: Fighting Fatigue

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If rather than sleeping you're working into the wee hours, you may be doing yourself more harm than good According to the National Sleep Foundation, here's how missing sleep impacts performance: Lower ability to retain and recall information. Difficulty learning new information. Less creativity. Less ability to handle stress. Increased moodiness and irritability. Impaired reaction time, judgment, thinking and coordination. Poorer physical appearance. Increased appetite, which can lead to weight gain. Poorer heart health and immune system function. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Drowsiness, Sleep Apnea, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

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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