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Another Study Finds Later School Bell Brings Sleep Bonus for Teens

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – Singapore's teens are the world's best on an international test of academic performance, but they pay for it with their sleep. Most get well below the recommended eight to 10 hours of shut-eye on school nights. But a new study finds that delaying the morning school bell would help. Studies in Western nations have found that later school start times improve students' ...

Who Lives Longer -- Night Owls or Early Birds?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 – "Night owls" might pay a price when it comes to their health and longevity, a new study reports. Folks who stay up late and struggle to wake in the morning have a 10 percent higher risk of dying sooner than so-called "morning larks" who are early to bed and early to rise, said lead researcher Kristin Knutson. She's an associate professor of neurology at Northwestern ...

Health Tip: Speak With Your Doctor if You Aren't Sleeping Well

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you aren't getting enough sleep, you'll probably feel very tired during the day. And you may not feel alert and refreshed when you wake up. While everyone has a sleepless night now and then, chronic lack of sleep can lead to a host of medical problems and should be discussed with your doctor, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says. Here is the agency's list of issues you should ...

Sleepless Nights Show Ties To Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 – Even one night of lost sleep may cause the brain to fill with protein chunks that have long been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study warns. People deprived of sleep for one night experience an immediate and significant increase in beta amyloid, a substance that clumps together between neurons to form plaques that hamper the brain's ability to ...

Health Tip: Find the Best Places to Nap

Posted 23 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- While napping can't replace a good night's sleep, it can offer a quick recharge in the midst of a busy day. The National Sleep Foundation says a nap shouldn't be longer than 30 minutes, to prevent a groggy feeling when you wake up. So where can you sneak in a few minutes of shuteye? The NSF offers these potential hideaways: At home – Consider black-out shades and a white noise machine so ...

Nightmares Common Among U.S. Troops, But Seldom Reported

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Many U.S. military personnel are plagued by nightmares that put them at increased risk for mental health and sleep disorders, but few let doctors know, a new study shows. The study included 493 active duty personnel who were referred to doctors for evaluation of sleep disorders. About 3 out of 4 had been deployed. Thirty-one percent had clinically significant ...

Health Tip: Risk Factors For Insomnia

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Insomnia – the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep – affects more women than men, and older people more than younger ones. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says people at increased risk for insomnia include those who: Are stressed. Are depressed or have emotional health issues, such as those going through divorce or the death of a spouse. Have lower incomes. Work at ...

Poor Sleep May Heighten Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Older adults who are sleepy during the day might have harmful plaque building in their brain that is a sign of impending Alzheimer's disease, researchers report. A hallmark of Alzheimer's is the accumulation of a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid. It's believed that one benefit of sleep is to clear beta-amyloid, and poor sleep might allow it to build up, the ...

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's Effects on Diabetes

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Lack of sleep is an often overlooked risk factor for type 2 diabetes, the National Sleep Foundation says. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to less insulin production and increased production of stress hormones, the foundation says. Over time, too much glucose stays in the bloodstream and increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Getting insufficient sleep can also increase your ...

Sleepy Drivers May Be Causing More Crashes Than Thought

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Driver fatigue causes many more car accidents in the United States than previously estimated, a new report suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of several months' worth of video recordings taken of nearly 3,600 Americans while they were driving. During that time, participating drivers were involved in 700 accidents. All participants' vehicles had been outfitted ...

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 ...

Health Tip: Manage Non-24 Sleep Wake Disorder

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many people, the far majority of them blind, have non-24 Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24), which affects the circadian rhythm. This means their bodies don't properly prepare for sleep while it's dark outside and for wakefulness while it's light out. As a result, many people with the disorder cite ongoing fatigue. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these potential remedies: Eat a diet that ...

A Sleepy Child Is More Likely to Pile on Pounds

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – Poor sleep may make your children more than just grumpy, a new study suggests. Kids who don't get enough sleep are more likely to be obese later on, researchers report. And that might even boost their odds for cancer decades later. The study of 120 U.S. children, average age 8, linked poor sleep quality to higher body mass index (BMI), an estimate of body fat based on ...

Sleepy U.S. Teens Are Running on Empty

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday. Nearly 58 percent of middle school students in nine states and almost 73 percent of high school students across the country don't get the recommended amount of nightly shuteye, according to a report from the U.S. ...

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