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Health Tip: How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

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-- The amount of sleep a child needs varies at different ages, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. While different kids of the same age may require different amounts, there are science-based guidelines of suggested sleep amounts for each age, the academy says. Here are the guidelines: Infants: (4 to 12 months): 12 to 16 hours per day/night. Toddlers: (1 to 2 years) 11 to 14 hours. ...

Disrupted Sleep Plagues Hospital Patients, But New Program Might Help

Posted 5 days ago by

FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 – Anyone who has cared for a hospitalized loved one knows that frequent nighttime sleep interruptions – caused by noise or nursing checks – are a big concern. But in a new study, a Chicago hospital adopted sleep-friendly measures for patients that led to fewer nighttime awakenings without compromising care. Nighttime room entries dropped by 44 percent after researchers ...

Why Your Heart Needs a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 8 days ago by

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 – Six hours: That's the minimum amount of sleep per night you need to help your heart stay healthy, new research suggests. The study found that chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries – a condition known as atherosclerosis, which increases the odds of heart attack and stroke. There are many ways to fight heart ...

Sleep Patterns May Offer Clues to Alzheimer's

Posted 13 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 – Poor sleep is common among Alzheimer's patients, and researchers say they're beginning to understand why. Scientists studied 119 people aged 60 and older. Eighty percent had no thinking or memory problems, while the rest had only mild problems. The researchers found that participants with less slow-wave sleep – deep sleep that's needed to preserve memories and to wake ...

Catching Up on News About Catch-Up Sleep

Posted 19 days ago by

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 – Missing out on needed sleep can bring a host of health woes, including diabetes because a lack of sleep affects insulin levels. It also leaves you less alert and less able to focus. And get only four or five hours of sleep a night, and problems can develop even if your sleep loss is short-term. A number of studies have been done to evaluate the benefits of "catch-up" sleep ...

Good Sleep Helps Kids Become Slimmer, Healthier Teens: Study

Posted 29 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 – Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 2,200 kids in 20 U.S. cities. One-third of them had consistent, age-appropriate bedtimes between ages 5 and 9, according to their mothers. Compared to that group, those who had no bedtime routine at age 9 got less ...

Kicking, Punching: Who's at Risk for a Violent Sleep Disorder?

Posted 27 Dec 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 – You've probably seen movies where a veteran returns home from the horrors of war and wakes in the middle of the night yelling, punching or flailing so much that they harm themselves or a sleep partner. This isn't just Hollywood drama. New research has identified who's most at risk for this troubling sleep condition. It's called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior ...

Sleepless Night Could Make Morning Pastries Tougher to Resist

Posted 17 Dec 2018 by

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 – There's a reason that glazed donut might seem even more enticing if you're sleep-deprived: A new study suggests that even one night of lost slumber increases the desirability of junk foods. But the culprit doesn't appear to be an increase in ghrelin – the so-called "hunger hormone" – which has been implicated in prior research focusing on sleep deprivation and poor food ...

Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids Pay Off

Posted 14 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 – Good sleep routines can help children get the rest they need, researchers say. For the new report, investigators reviewed 44 studies from 16 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. The studies included a total nearly 300,000 children, aged 4 months to 18 years. "Good sleep hygiene gives children the best chances of getting adequate, healthy sleep every day. And ...

More Sleep in Seattle: Later Start to School Brings Kids Better Grades

Posted 12 Dec 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 – Would delaying the start of school help sleep-deprived teens get more of the shut-eye they need? Yes, suggests a Seattle experiment that assessed how adolescent sleep habits changed after the opening school bell shifted from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The result: high school students ended up clocking an extra 34 minutes of sleep per night, on average. Better yet, that was ...

Sleep, Don't Cram, Before Finals for Better Grades

Posted 10 Dec 2018 by

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – It's a college tradition to pull "all-nighters" during final exams. But students may get better grades if they simply go to bed early, two new studies suggest. Researchers found that students who met an "8-hour sleep challenge" during finals week did better on their exams than those who slept less. The results prove that the college ritual of "cramming" is not necessary ...

Health Tip: Improve Your Sleep Habits

Posted 7 Dec 2018 by

-- Sleep is a complex biological process that helps you process new information, stay healthy and feel rested, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Not getting enough sleep can trigger illness, poor performance in daily activities, memory loss and other health concerns, the agency adds. Here are suggestions for getting enough quality sleep: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every ...

After a Spouse's Death, Sleep Woes Up Health Risks

Posted 27 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – The death of a spouse can understandably bring sleepless nights. Now, research suggests those sleep troubles raise the odds of immune system dysfunction – which in turn can trigger chronic inflammation. For the surviving spouse, that could mean an increased risk for heart disease and cancer, though the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link. "We think these ...

A Slam Dunk: Late-Night Tweets Harm NBA Players' Performance

Posted 19 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 – Late-night tweeting leads to poorer next-day performance by professional basketball players, according to a new study that highlights how social media can affect sleep. For the study, researchers examined statistics for games played between 2009 and 2016 by 112 National Basketball Association players who were verified Twitter users. After sending tweets during typical ...

Sleepy Drivers Involved in 100,000 Crashes a Year

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 – Driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known hazards, but few people think twice about getting behind the wheel when feeling drowsy, a sleep expert warns. "Drivers can reduce the danger by being aware of risk factors and taking precautions," said Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, who directs the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in ...

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