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AHA: CPAP Machines May Bring Better Sleep, Plus a Healthier Heart

Posted 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research. The study, published June 22 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart failure and sleep apnea, a condition that goes beyond ...

Health Tip: Suggestions For a Better Night's Sleep

Posted 4 days ago 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 ...

Sleepless Nights Haunt 1 in 4 Americans

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Good sleep is hard to come by for the 25 percent of Americans who experience a period of severe insomnia each year, new research suggests. There was some good news, though: Most who suffer a bout of "acute,"' new-onset insomnia will recover and go on to gain restful slumber, the study found. Tracking more than 1,400 adults nationwide for a year, researchers found that ...

Snorers, Could CPAP Help Your Sex Life, Too?

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Women with sleep apnea might experience a boost in their sex life if they regularly use a CPAP machine, a new study shows. Researchers found that women who used the device nightly reported a significant improvement in their sexual satisfaction after a year of treatment. The same benefit was not seen in men, however. Still, "this [study] provides further evidence that if ...

Medical Marijuana May Not Help Your Sleep Apnea: Experts

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – Medical marijuana shouldn't be used to treat sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a new position statement. The group warned that the drug and its synthetic extracts haven't been shown to be safe, effective or well-tolerated by patients with this condition. "Until we have further evidence on the efficacy of medical cannabis for the treatment of ...

Even When You Think You're Not Sleepy, Your Car Crash Risk Rises

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – You might be a drowsy driver without knowing it, and new research finds that can make you more dangerous on the road. People who suffer from chronic sleep apnea are more likely to crash, the study showed: For those with severe apnea, the increased risk hit 123 percent, while those with mild to moderate sleep apnea saw their risk go up by 13 percent. And you don't have ...

Health Tip: Understanding Testosterone Treatment

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The hormone testosterone is responsible for male characteristics such as facial and body hair, muscle development, regulating sex drive, sperm production and bone health. Low testosterone can result in loss of hair and muscle, mood changes, less energy and smaller testes, the Endocrine Society says. If your doctor detects low testosterone, he or she may prescribe hormone replacement therapy. ...

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 ...

Health Tip: Sleep Better

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Poor sleep increases your risk of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Poor sleep also has been linked to memory problems and increased risk of falls, the agency adds. You should aim for at least seven hours of quality sleep each night. The institute offers these suggestions for ...

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 ...

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 ...

People With Epilepsy May Gain From Common Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted 3 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Dec. 2, 2017 – It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) involves wearing an airflow mask over the nose or mouth each night, to help keep the back of the throat open for better breathing. Many people with epilepsy often have sleep apnea, ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Snoring

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Snoring is not only an annoyance, but also a potential health concern. Chronic snoring may be associated with sleep apnea, which can lead to sleep deprivation and potential heart issues. The National Sleep Foundation says certain exercises may strengthen muscles surrounding the airways and help prevent snoring: Push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and slide the tongue ...

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