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Health Tip: Sleepiness on the Job

Posted 7 days ago 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

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Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Sleep disorders during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study finds. The California research looked at 2,265 pregnant women who were diagnosed with a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. They were compared to a control group of pregnant women without a sleep disorder diagnosis but with similar maternal risk factors for preterm birth, such as a previous preterm birth, smoking during pregnancy, or high blood pressure. The rate of preterm birth was 14.6 percent among women with sleep disorders and 10.9 percent among the control group. Preterm birth is defined as delivery before 37 weeks' gestation. The risk of delivery before 34 weeks' gestation was more than double among women with sleep apnea and nearly double among those with insomnia, according to the study. It was published Aug. 8 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. ... Read more

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Videotaping Sleepers Raises CPAP Use

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – A video may be worth a thousand words for someone with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea patients are more likely to use their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines after they see a video of themselves fighting to breathe at night, a new study says. People with sleep apnea have pauses in breathing while they sleep. Left untreated, the disorder can lead to serious health problems such as depression, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also leads to daytime sleepiness that increases the risk of car crashes and other accidents. "People who watched themselves gasping and struggling to breathe with sleep apnea used their CPAP machines three hours more per night than those who saw no video, and nearly two and a half hours more than those who watched a video of another patient with sleep apnea," said study leader Mark Aloia, a sleep expert at National Jewish ... Read more

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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Health initiatives typically center on diet and fitness. But the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society state that getting enough sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. Your health can truly suffer if you're constantly shortchanging yourself on sleep. Heart disease, diabetes and obesity as well as the risk of accidents like car crashes top the list. More than the embarrassment of falling asleep at an important meeting, sleep deprivation can result in cognitive impairment – your judgment just isn't as sharp as it should be. Missing out on needed sleep leads to higher levels of stress hormones and the hormones that regulate hunger. That can lead to the possibility of overeating and gaining weight. Poor sleep also been associated with increases in the inflammatory markers often seen with autoimmune diseases. Over a ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Insulin Resistance, Sleep Apnea, Pre-Diabetes, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

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

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Sound Sleep May Help You Junk the Junk Food

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Get a good night's sleep and junk food may have less appeal at the end of a tough day. That's the suggestion of a study published online recently in the Journal of Applied Psychology. "We found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their negative feelings from the workplace to the dinner table," said study co-author Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang, of Michigan State University. That means they eat more than usual and opt for more junk food instead of healthy food, said Chang, an associate professor of psychology. "However, another key finding showed how sleep helped people deal with their stressful eating after work," Chang noted. "When workers slept better the night before, they tended to eat better when they experienced stress the next day." The findings stem from two studies involving a total of 235 men and women in China. Participants in one ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

CPAP Mask Not a Prescription for Heart Troubles

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Using a breathing device to treat sleep apnea may help you get a good night's rest, but it might not lower your risk of dying from a stroke or heart condition, a new analysis suggests. Looking at data from 10 clinical trials, researchers found that apnea patients' risk of cardiovascular-related death remained the same whether or not they used a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Until now, accepted medical practice has assumed that because sleep apnea can promote high blood pressure, inflammation and thicker blood, treating it should reduce a person's risk of fatal heart problems, the researchers explained in background notes. "There are an awful lot of people who are prescribing CPAP and a lot of patients using CPAP with the impression it's improving their outcome," said Dr. Alfred Bove. He is a professor emeritus at Temple University's Lewis ... Read more

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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, Sleep Apnea, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Health Tip: Yoga Before Bed

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Yoga, practiced just before bed, may help you wind down and prepare for sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests these poses may help before bed: Cat/cow pose, done on the hands and knees and alternating between arching your back and letting it sink while raising your chest. Chair pose, performed in a position that resembles sitting in a chair. Reclining hand to big toe pose, done stretched out on the floor with a yoga strap around the sole of one foot. Stretch a leg straight up, pressing your heel upward while you hold the yoga strap. Alternate legs. Corpse pose, performed by lying flat on your back, legs and arms extended and palms facing up. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Read more

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

Sleep Problems: An Early Warning Sign of Alzheimer's?

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Trouble getting enough sleep may be linked to a bigger risk of Alzheimer's disease for some people, new research suggests. The results of the small study hint that people with a higher-than-normal risk of Alzheimer's disease who had worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more markers for Alzheimer's disease in their spinal fluid than those who didn't have sleep issues. The markers found by researchers included signs of the proteins amyloid and tau, and brain cell damage and inflammation, all linked to potential Alzheimer's. Amyloid is a protein that folds and forms plaques. Tau is a protein that forms tangles. Plaques and tangles are found in the brains of those with Alzheimer's disease and are considered a hallmark of the disease. "This study and others in the field suggest that sleep may be a modifiable risk factor for ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Alzheimer's Disease, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Diagnosis and Investigation

Warming Climate, More Sleepless Nights?

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – The rising nighttime temperatures that come with climate change could mean poorer sleep for millions, a new study suggests. Americans' reported nights of insufficient sleep more than double as nighttime temperatures rise during summer months, an analysis of federal health data and weather records concludes. And people will have even more trouble getting rest in years to come due to climate change, predicts study lead author Nick Obradovich. He's a postdoctoral fellow with Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. "Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of unusually warm nighttime temperatures," Obradovich said. "If you look at the climate model output for temperatures in 2050 and 2099, we project there will be an increase in insufficient sleep as a result of that increase in temperature going forward." Americans will experience 9 million more ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers

Posted 24 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 – Getting less than six hours of sleep a night may double the odds of dying from heart disease or stroke for people who already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests. Known as metabolic syndrome, this cluster of risk factors can include high blood pressure, high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity, high levels of blood fats known as triglycerides and low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol. Someone with at least three of these conditions has metabolic syndrome. "It is possible that improving sleep in people with metabolic syndrome may lead to a better prognosis, which means not worsening into cardiovascular disease or stroke that could ultimately lead to early death," said study lead researcher Julio Fernandez-Mendoza. He is a sleep psychologist at the Sleep Research and Treatment Center at Penn State's ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Sleep Apnea, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Ischemic Heart Disease

Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – People with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, especially if the oxygen level in their blood drops below normal, Canadian researchers report. Sleep apnea, which obstructs breathing, causes people to wake many times during the night to start breathing again. It's possible, researchers said, that disrupted sleep along with a drop in the level of oxygen in the blood might lead to atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation causes a rapid and irregular heartbeat. This can lead to stroke and heart problems. "Patients who are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea should undergo testing, particularly if they have other cardiac risk factors," said study senior researcher Dr. Richard Leung, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. "Therapy should be strongly considered for patients who have ... Read more

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Docs May Not Spot Sleep Apnea, Insomnia in Blacks

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Most black people in the United States who struggle with sleep apnea or insomnia don't get their sleep disorder diagnosed, a new analysis suggests. "African Americans experience a disproportionate burden of numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, all of which have been shown to be associated with sleep [problems]," said study author Dayna Johnson, a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. "It seems plausible that sleep apnea and insomnia are important risk factors contributing to these health disparities," she added. But what isn't yet clear from this study is why so few black people are getting diagnosed with these sleep disorders. The study looked at sleep status among 825 black men and women. All were participants in a larger study on heart health funded by ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Mothers-to-be with sleep apnea may have a higher risk of pregnancy complications, longer hospital stays and admission to the ICU than those without the sleep disorder, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million U.S. women found sleep apnea linked to significantly higher odds for problems such as heart failure, hysterectomy, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. The findings may come as a surprise even to physicians, said study lead author Dr. Ghada Bourjeily. "When people think of obstructive sleep apnea, they usually think of older men," said Bourjeily, an associate professor of medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I. It's true that men are more likely to develop the condition, but the physiological changes of pregnancy may also trigger sleep apnea, the researchers said in background notes. However, it often goes undiagnosed. People with ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Sleep Apnea, Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Pulmonary Edema, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

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