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Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

Posted 6 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Sleeping too little or too much can affect a man's ability to impregnate his partner, new research suggests. The "sweet spot" appears to be 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, said study author Lauren Wise, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Among the 790 couples the researchers followed, "we found both short and long sleep duration – less than 6 hours or 9 or more per night – were associated with a reduced probability of pregnancy," Wise said. Using 8 hours of sleep as the reference point, men who slept less than 6 or more than 9 hours a night "had a 42 percent reduced probability of conception in any given month," she added. The main explanation is most likely hormonal, Wise said. Fertility experts know that testosterone is crucial for reproduction and the majority of daily testosterone release in men occurs during sleep, ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Female Infertility, Sleep Apnea, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Oligospermia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Health Tip: Making the Transition to Sleep

Posted 19 days ago by

-- It can be difficult to wind down from a busy day and prepare for sleep, as your body looks for cues that it's time to wind down. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Before bed, dim the lights. This will help your body release more of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Step away from smartphones, tablets and other electronics that can emit bright light. Finish all stimulating activities well before bedtime. Drop the thermostat to 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit at bedtime, which should help prepare you for sleep. Read more

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Fitful Sleep May Take Toll on Older Women's Hearts

Posted 19 days ago by

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – The sleep woes that many women suffer during menopause may be more than a nuisance: New research suggests a link between lost sleep and an increase in risk factors for heart disease and stroke. When loss of sleep was measured both objectively and subjectively, the researchers found it correlated with a higher risk of plaque buildup in blood vessels and a thickening of artery walls. "Our results indicate that short or poor sleep is associated with some increased risk for cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke," said lead researcher Rebecca Thurston, director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. The increased risk, she said, "is probably somewhere around small to moderate, not large." Thurston couldn't explain the link, and added that the study did not prove that sleep troubles cause heart risks to rise. ... Read more

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New Clues to Sleeping Sickness

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Parasites that cause sleeping sickness can be found on the skin of people with no symptoms of the disease, a new study finds. Sleeping sickness affects 4,000 to 8,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa each year. People are generally infected by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which transmits the parasites. Symptoms include fever, headaches, joint pain and itching. The disease can be fatal if the parasites reach the central nervous system, according to the World Health Organization. The new discovery suggests a need to revise the current screening method, which involves checking for the parasites in blood. It also raises the possibility that sleeping sickness could be eliminated in West Africa, according to the researchers. "In recent centuries, sleeping sickness has almost been eradicated in West Africa on two occasions," said study author Brice Rotureau, of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid These 5 Pre-Bedtime Don'ts

Posted 2 Oct 2016 by

-- Your habits just before you slip into bed could be sabotaging your night of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says do NOT: Take any over-the-counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine, found in common cold medicines, which can keep you awake. Opt for a nighttime formula that may help you feel drowsy. Text, watch TV or spend time on the computer shortly before bed. Take a hot shower or bath just before bed. It's best to do so about an hour before you plan to sleep, as that gives your body temperature time to drop again. Indulge in a greasy, fattening, salty bedtime snack, which can be stimulating and trigger nightmares. Drink caffeine beyond the morning, as it can stay in your system for as long as 12 hours. Read more

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High Blood Pressure Might Affect Some Kids' Thinking Ability

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – High blood pressure may affect the brains of some children and teens, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the cognitive (thinking) abilities of 150 youngsters. The kids were between the ages of 10 and 18 years. Half of the kids were newly diagnosed with high blood pressure, while the other half had normal blood pressure. The researchers compared the groups and found that children with high blood pressure scored lower on tests of visual and verbal memory, processing speed and verbal skills than those without high blood pressure. But while the children with high blood pressure (hypertension) had lower scores on the tests, the differences were small. And the investigators emphasized that all of the children's scores fell within normal ranges. No children were found to be obviously impaired in thinking or memory, the researchers said. The study also found ... Read more

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How Much Video Gaming Is Too Much for Kids?

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Playing video games might improve a child's motor skills, reaction time and even academic performance, but new research shows that too much gaming can be linked to social and behavioral problems. Spanish investigators found that any skill enhancements linked to gaming among those aged 7 to 11 started to max out after about eight hours of gaming a week. And those who played nine hours or more a week were more likely to have social and behavioral problems. The bottom-line: "One to nine hours per week seems to be safe, but playing more than nine hours – one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekend days – may be not recommended for children 7 to 11 years old," said study author Dr. Jesus Pujol. But the study "does not permit [us] to directly establish whether the observed effects are a cause or consequence of gaming," Pujol stressed. "That is, children with ... Read more

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The Phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Imagine you wake up, see a stranger running toward you with a knife and your legs won't move so there's no escape. Terrifying episodes like these are known as sleep paralysis. They're not dangerous, it's just your brain telling your body it's still in dreamland, according to Texas A&M University researchers. When you're in the stage of sleep where vivid dreams occur (known as REM sleep), your arms and legs are temporarily paralyzed so you can't act out your dreams. If you wake up during this REM stage, you feel unable to move and may even hallucinate, the researchers said. "When people have a nightmare, they sleep, have a dream and then wake up. When they're experiencing sleep paralysis, they may have a dream when they are already awake," said Dr. Steven Bender, director of Texas A&M University's Center for Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine. "Sleep paralysis is a ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Nightmares, Narcolepsy, Night Terrors, Sleep Paralysis, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia

Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – A strong and loving bond with parents may help protect kids' health for decades, a new study suggests. A well-off home also benefits their long-term health, but only if children also have a warm and healthy relationship with their parents, the Baylor University study found. "Previous research has associated high socioeconomic status with better childhood nutrition, sleep, neighborhood quality and opportunities for exercise and development of social skills. But good parent-child bonds may be necessary to enforce eating, sleep and activity routines," researcher Matthew Andersson said in a university news release. Andersson is an assistant professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, in Houston. In 1995, he asked more than 2,700 adults between the ages of 25 and 75 how their parents had treated them during childhood. Roughly a decade later, ... Read more

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

Sleep Troubles, Heart Troubles?

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Sleep disorders – including too little or too much sleep – may contribute to heart disease risk factors, the American Heart Association said in its first statement on the risks of sleep problems. But, the heart group stopped short of recommending a certain amount of sleep per night. "We know that short sleep, usually defined as under seven hours per night, overly long sleep, usually defined as more than nine hours per night, and sleep disorders may increase some cardiovascular risk factors, but we don't know if improving sleep quality reduces those risk factors," Marie-Pierre St-Onge said in a news release from the heart association. St-Onge is an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City. At the request of the heart association, St-Onge and her colleagues reviewed research into sleep and heart health. Much of the ... Read more

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Study Sees Link Between Long Naps, Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – Could long afternoon naps raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? It's possible but not yet proven, according to new research out of Japan. The study found that, compared with short naps or no napping at all, the risk for the blood sugar disease may be 45 percent higher if your naps last an hour or more. But if you nap less than an hour, the risk disappears, the researchers suggested. Dr. Joel Zonszein is director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He said the possible connection between long daytime naps and a risk for type 2 diabetes is interesting. But, added Zonszein, who had no part in the study, "People need to be aware that this study, and these findings, are just associations or markers of lifestyles rather that the cause of diabetes." The results of the study were to be presented Wednesday at the ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue

Health Tip: Relax With Music Before Bed

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by

-- A relaxing lullaby may be just what you need to help you get a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Calm, soothing music should help both your mind and body relax. For best results, opt for favorite songs with a rhythm of 60 beats to 80 beats per minute. Consider jazz, classical, folk and other easy-listening music. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue

Why Some Women Find Good Sleep Tough to Get

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Some women have trouble staying asleep, and a new small study may shed light on why. Women's internal, or circadian, body clocks run at a faster pace than men's, according to the research. It's as if women operate in a different "internal time zone," said study lead author Dr. Diane Boivin, professor of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. "They go to bed at a later biological time because their clock is shifted earlier, eastward," Boivin said. Boivin also directs the Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms at Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal, a McGill affiliate. The way women sleep throughout the 24-hour circadian day also outpaces men, the study showed. Boivin said these two findings explain why women's sleep-wake cycle runs about two hours ahead of men. Women are more likely than men to report insomnia at least a few ... Read more

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For Those With Sleep Apnea, Maybe It's Time for a Driving Test

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – Erratic driving may be a problem for people with sleep apnea. People with the sleep disorder were more likely to fail simulated driving tests than people without the disorder (a "control" group). Lane deviation, in particular, was a serious problem for those who failed the tests, a new study found. "Worse lane position deviation is a marker of poor driving performance and this is significantly worse in [sleep apnea] patients who fail the simulator as compared to controls," wrote Dr. Akshay Dwarakanath and colleagues at St. James' University Hospital in Leeds, England. Sleep apnea is characterized by periods of disrupted breathing throughout the night. This can lead to daytime sleepiness. The study included 129 adults with untreated sleep apnea and 79 adults without the disorder. All completed a questionnaire about their driving and were tested on a driving ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Find a Fun Alarm Clock

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by

-- If you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning, a fun alarm clock that eases the transition into your day may help. Try these suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation: Look for an alarm clock that's functional, not just pretty. Make sure the buttons are easy to find when you're groggy first thing in the morning. Skip alarm clocks that emit bright blue light that can interfere with sleep. Opt for one that uses softer amber, orange or red to help you sleep more soundly. Choose an alarm clock that wakes you with a sound that you enjoy, whether that's the news, your favorite music or nature sounds. Consider one that gradually increases the volume to gently rouse you. Look for fun features that make sure you won't oversleep. Some alarm clocks have a light that turns on slowly at the time you should wake. Others vibrate the bed to help wake you. Read more

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