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Here's Something to Sleep On

Posted 5 days ago by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – Seems that you can get too much – as well as too little – of a good thing when it comes to sleep. In what's billed as the world's largest sleep study, too little or too much sleep can impair your brain, researchers report. The study included more than 40,000 people worldwide who completed an online survey and a series of tests of mental abilities such as reasoning, ...

Drowsy Driving as Risky as Drunk Driving

Posted 7 days ago by

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – Getting too little sleep at night? If so, your odds for a car crash are rising, new research suggests. Crash risk is highest if you get fewer than four hours of shuteye a night, scientists found. That's like driving with a blood alcohol concentration roughly 1.5 times the legal limit, the researchers explained. But even those who sleep fewer than seven hours a night are ...

Health Tip: Help Your Child Deal With Night Terrors

Posted 18 days ago by

-- If your child has night terrors, it may help to put your child on a stricter sleep schedule, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Night terrors are often triggered on by inadequate sleep. Stress can also contribute to the frequency of waking at night, the group says. It suggests how to help your child: Assure your child that you are there to protect him or her. Encourage your child to ...

Health Tip: Let Kids Play

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by

-- Regular exercise has plenty of benefits for kids, too, the American Heart Association says. Here's the AHA's list of how physical activity specifically helps children: It helps improve a child's sleep patterns. It helps boost your child's mood and energy. It helps the child unwind from the stresses of the day. It helps improve concentration while doing homework. Playing with peers is a great ...

Regular Bedtime Might Be Key to Better Health

Posted 21 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – As important as getting close to eight hours of sleep a night is, new research suggests that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is just as critical for your health. The study of more than 1,900 older adults found that those who didn't keep to a regular bedtime and wake time weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure and a higher risk ...

Parents Blame Smartphones, Tablets for Teens' Sleep Troubles

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show. Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a national poll of more than 1,000 parents with at least one child between 13 and 18 years old. "This poll suggests that sleep problems are common among teens and parents believe late-night use of ...

Do You Know Your 'Body Time'?

Posted 11 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 – No matter what your watch says, your body may be on a whole other schedule. Now, scientists say they've created a blood test that pinpoints the timing of your own internal clock. The TimeSignature test evaluates dozens of genes to reveal an individual's "circadian rhythm" – the crests and troughs that occur throughout the day as your body and brain cycle between ...

1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long Term

Posted 10 Sep 2018 by

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – When older people use drugs like Valium or Xanax to calm anxiety or help them sleep, they run a high risk of becoming drug-dependent, new research suggests. In the study of almost 600 adults averaging 78 years of age, about one in four who were prescribed these types of benzodiazepine sedatives ended up using them for at least a year. That's despite warnings against ...

Sleep Apnea Often Missed in Black Americans

Posted 7 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 – Sleep apnea is common – but rarely diagnosed – among black Americans, researchers say. The new study included 852 black men and women, average age 63, in Jackson, Miss., who were participants in the Jackson Heart Sleep Study. The investigators found that 24 percent of the study participants had moderate or severe sleep apnea, but only 5 percent had been diagnosed by a ...

For a Healthier Heart, Stick to 6 to 8 Hours of Sleep

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – When it comes to sleep, people seem to have different needs. But how much sleep is best for your heart? A new analysis of 11 studies that included a total of more than 1 million adults without heart disease suggests the sweet spot is six to eight hours a night. The studies were published within the past five years. The researchers compared adults who slept between six ...

Here's How Sleepless Nights Can Trigger Weight Gain

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – One sleepless night might tip the body's metabolism toward storing fat while depleting muscle, new research suggests. Many studies have linked poor sleep – whether from insomnia or working the night shift – to weight gain and health conditions like type 2 diabetes. But that type of research leaves open the question of whether sleep loss itself is to blame. A growing ...

Sleep Deprivation May Play Role in 'Global Loneliness Epidemic'

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Sleep problems can play havoc with your social life, a new study suggests. A series of experiments revealed sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less eager to engage with others. That, in turn, makes others less likely to want to socialize with the sleep-deprived, researchers said. The researchers also found that well-rested people feel lonely after spending just a ...

Dim the Lights to Help Your Child Fall Asleep

Posted 29 Jul 2018 by

SUNDAY, July 29, 2018 – Exposure to bright light in the hour before bedtime can make it difficult for kids to fall asleep, family health experts warn. As day changes to night, the body increases production of a sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin. But exposure to artificial light from light bulbs or electronic devices can disrupt melatonin production, according to a news release from the ...

Want Good Sleep for Baby? Food May Be Key

Posted 9 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – If there's one thing frazzled new parents crave, it's that their baby sleeps well. Now, research suggests that the odds for good infant slumber rise when solid foods are introduced relatively early. The British findings contradict some long-held guidelines on infant feeding, however, and were met with mixed reviews by experts in the United States. Dr. Michael Grosso ...

Families Need Summertime Sleep Schedules

Posted 26 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – For many families, summer means longer days, less routine and more time outside. That's not all good news, one expert says, because it could jumble a family's sleeping habits. Even without the rigorous and often hectic school-year schedule, it's important to ensure that everyone gets enough sleep, according to Dr. Cheryl Tierney, chief of behavior and developmental ...

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