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Postpartum Depression Affects New Dads, Too

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Men can also suffer from postpartum depression after their baby is born. "Dads want to be part of the newborn experience, but often they feel like they're on the 'outside,' " said Dr. Yaprak Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "Moms may not always realize they're excluding dad from caring for the baby, and they may fail to realize that he wants time with the little one, too," said Harrison. Research has shown that up to 1 in 10 men struggles with this psychiatric condition after childbirth, which is usually associated with new mothers, Harrison and her colleagues noted in a medical center news release. New dads, like new moms, can experience mood-altering hormonal changes, the researchers explained. Some of the symptoms they exhibit can be similar, too, such as extreme fatigue and changes in eating or sleep habits. ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Postpartum Depression, Delivery, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Neurotic Depression, Depressive Psychosis, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Health Tip: Make Sleep a Priority

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Are you sabotaging your own attempts to get more shuteye? The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Identify and correct any unhealthy sleep habits. Instead of checking your smartphone just before bed, do something relaxing, such as meditating. Prepare your bed well before bedtime. Wash and change bedsheets regularly. Read more

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Health Tip: Cutting Out Caffeine?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you're not getting enough sleep, you're not alone. But you don't need to turn to caffeine to help you feel less groggy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Before bed avoid alcohol, which can affect sleep. Set a sleep schedule, waking and going to sleep at the same time each day. Skip the snooze button. Set the alarm for the time you truly need to wake up. Open the curtains to let in natural sunlight as soon as you wake. Get daily exercise. Eat a nutritious, balanced breakfast. Read more

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Hour-Long Nap May Boost Brain Function in Older Adults

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Napping for an hour in the afternoon may provide a mental boost for older adults, a new study suggests. This extra daytime sleep was linked to improved memory and ability to think clearly among the Chinese study participants, the researchers said. The study included information from nearly 3,000 adults aged 65 and older. The investigators looked at the participants' nighttime sleep habits and whether or not they took a nap in the afternoon to determine if this extra rest during the day had any effects on their brain function. Nearly 60 percent of the people regularly napped after lunch. The duration of these naps ranged from about 30 minutes to more than 90 minutes. Most of the participants slept for about an hour, the study found. The researchers – led by Junxin Li of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia – asked the participants to undergo several ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Mild Cognitive Impairment

Coping With Sleep Loss During Pregnancy

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – It's safe to assume many new parents aren't sleeping as much as they'd like, but many pregnant women also suffer from insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to insomnia. Pregnant women may also have trouble sleeping due to heartburn, having to use the bathroom more frequently or worries about giving birth, the group explained. There are ways mothers-to-be can help ensure they get a good night's sleep. The foundation provides the following tips: Calm jittery nerves: It's natural to be nervous about delivery or how life might change once a new baby arrives. Tossing and turning all night, however, won't help. Women who are anxious about childbirth should try taking a relaxing bath or ask their partner for a massage before bedtime. Talking about your worries or keeping a journal could also help. Also, ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

Immune System Reboots During Sleep

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – Researchers say they've gained new insight into how the immune system restores itself during sleep. Blood samples were taken from 14 healthy young men, average age 25, when they slept through the night and again when they stayed awake all night. The samples were analyzed for levels of T-cells, which are white blood cells that are the foundation of the immune system. When the participants got a full night's sleep, levels of all types of T-cells fell within three hours of falling asleep. But T-cell levels stayed high when the volunteers stayed awake all night. It's not clear where T-cells went when they left the bloodstream during sleep. But, previous research suggests they may accumulate in lymph nodes, according to the authors of the study published recently in the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. The rapid ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Immunosuppression, Immunodeficiency, Diagnosis and Investigation

Health Tip: 5 Things to Help You Sleep Soundly

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If your room is too bright, noisy or full of activity when you travel, any of these could prevent you from getting needed rest. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Buy an eye mask that fits well, feels comfortable and helps block out light. Look for one with molded eye cups if the mask rubs against your eyes. Get a small, travel-sized pillow. Many travel pillows are shaped to fit around your neck. Bring your own warm, soft blanket. Buy a pair of ear plugs. They're available in a range of features, from the basics to those that play white noise and adjust pressure in your ears. Get some lavender-scented hand cream. The relaxing scent may help you sleep. Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Jet Lag

Health Tip: Fighting Fatigue

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If rather than sleeping you're working into the wee hours, you may be doing yourself more harm than good According to the National Sleep Foundation, here's how missing sleep impacts performance: Lower ability to retain and recall information. Difficulty learning new information. Less creativity. Less ability to handle stress. Increased moodiness and irritability. Impaired reaction time, judgment, thinking and coordination. Poorer physical appearance. Increased appetite, which can lead to weight gain. Poorer heart health and immune system function. Read more

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

Homeless, And Often Sleepless Too

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – Homeless people are especially likely to suffer from insomnia, fatigue and lack of sleep, a new French study shows. "We believe that improving sleep deserves more attention in this vulnerable group," wrote the study authors, led by Dr. Damien Leger of the Paris Descartes University and the Public Assistance Hospital of Paris. For the study, the researchers reviewed responses to a survey taken by almost 3,500 homeless people in France. The participants' average age was almost 40. Most were men. They all lived on the street or in shelters and other places that serve the homeless. The researchers compared the responses of the homeless to a sample of French adults who were not homeless. Overall, the homeless reported sleeping less (6 hours, 31 minutes) than the general population (7 hours, 9 minutes). And 8 percent of the homeless said they hadn't managed to get ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Struggling in the Morning?

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you're groggy in the morning despite getting enough rest, you may have to change your sleep habits. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Gradually move your bedtime back by 15 minutes each night until you reach a desired time. Set an alarm to remind you when it's time to go to bed. In the late evening, avoid bright light. That means no TV, no cell phone, tablet and other screens. Turn off bright lights, and keep the room dim to prep your body for bed. As soon as you wake, open the blinds to let in natural sunlight. If it's still dark, turn on the lights. Avoid the urge to sleep later on weekends. If you do want to sleep later, keep it to no more than an hour. Read more

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Better Sleep May Signal Recovery From Brain Injury

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – Recovery from traumatic brain injury appears to go hand-in-hand with improvement of related sleep problems, a new study finds. "These results suggest that monitoring a person's sleep-wake cycle may be a useful tool for assessing their recovery after traumatic brain injury," said study author Nadia Gosselin. She's an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Montreal. "We found that when someone sustained a brain injury and had not recovered a certain level of consciousness to keep them awake and aware of their surroundings, they were not able to generate a good sleep-wake cycle. But as they recovered, their quality of sleep improved," Gosselin said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology. The study examined 30 people between the ages of 17 and 58 who suffered moderate-to-severe brain trauma. Most were injured in ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Head Injury, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Head Injury with Intracranial Hemorrhage, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

If You're Dashing Through the Snow to a Holiday Gathering…

Posted 18 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 18, 2016 – Millions of Americans will pack up their cars and hit the road over the holidays. But sometimes the highways get jammed and the weather doesn't cooperate. To help holiday travelers stay out of harm's way and avoid putting others at risk, the Red Cross offers the following tips: Check the forecast. Be aware of the weather along your route and plan accordingly. Drive carefully. This means the driver and passengers should all wear seat belts. Don't speed or drive impaired. Be sure to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Stay alert. It's important to stop and rest often during a road trip. Don't drive if you're overly tired. If possible, share the driving. Don't bend the rules. Obey all traffic laws, signs and regulations. This includes speed limits. Driving too fast increases your risk of an accident. Consider highway workers. Be extra ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue

Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Getting too little sleep alters the balance of bacteria in the gut, a change that's linked to certain metabolic conditions, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research shows. For the study, European researchers limited the sleep of nine healthy men who were a normal weight to examine how sleep loss affects the number of types of bacteria in the gut. For two days in a row, the men slept only four hours a night. The study showed the diversity of gut bacteria didn't change but sleep loss did alter the balance of the existing groups of bacteria. The study results were published recently in the journal Molecular Metabolism. These changes parallel some of the differences seen when obese people have been compared with normal-weight people in other studies, senior study author Dr. Jonathan Cedernaes, said in a journal news release. He's with Uppsala University in ... Read more

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Study Sees Link Between Insomnia, Asthma

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Insomnia is common in adults with asthma and tied to worse asthma control and other health problems, a new study finds. University of Pittsburgh researchers found that 37 percent of adults with asthma also had significant insomnia. Those with insomnia had worse lung function. They also weighed more. And they tended to have lower incomes than those without insomnia, the study found. Insomnia was also linked to a reduced asthma-specific quality of life. People with asthma and trouble sleeping had more depression and anxiety symptoms, the study found. They also needed more asthma-related health care in the past year. The study was published in the journal Chest. Although the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers suggested that their findings show that insomnia affects people with asthma. They also said that evaluation and ... Read more

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Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests. And getting behind the wheel after only four to five hours of shut-eye quadruples that risk. That's comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration considered legally drunk, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety researchers warned. "This is the first study to actually quantify the relationship between lack of sleep and the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash," said report author Brian Tefft, who added that the risk of sleep-impaired driving has long been "underestimated and underappreciated." The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes the problem and will soon issue a national strategy to combat drowsy driving, said Bryan Thomas, the federal agency's communications director. "Not ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Shift Work Sleep Disorder, Drowsiness, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

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