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Menopause Hastens Aging, Studies Suggest

Posted 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – Menopause, and the insomnia that often goes along with it, can speed aging in women, two new studies suggest. "For decades, scientists have disagreed over whether menopause causes aging or aging causes menopause," said Steve Horvath, senior author of both papers. "It's like the chicken or the egg: which came first? Our study is the first to demonstrate that menopause makes you age faster," said Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his colleagues said they found that menopause boosts cellular aging by an average of 6 percent. "That doesn't sound like much, but it adds up over a woman's life span," Horvath added in a UCLA news release. For example, a woman who began early menopause at age 42 would be a full year older biologically at age 50 than a woman ... Read more

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Health Tip: Considering a Sleep Study?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you can't find a way to get to sleep, a sleep study may help you figure out what's behind your insomnia. The National Sleep Foundation says a sleep study may help if: Your doctor can't figure out what's causing your sleep problems. You've tried treatments for sleep issues without success. You have significant daytime drowsiness or chronic snoring. You wake up often throughout the night, or have trouble falling asleep. Read more

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Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds. And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the highest rates, the researchers said. The research involved more than 9.7 million veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration system between 2000 and 2010. The majority (93 percent) of these military service members were men. Slightly more than 750,000 were diagnosed with at least one sleep disorder, the study authors said. Over the course of 11 years, the investigators found that the rate of sleep disorders rose from less than 1 percent to nearly 6 percent. Sleep disorders were most common among veterans who had experienced combat and those with PTSD. "Veterans with PTSD had a very high sleep disorder prevalence of 16 percent, the highest among the ... Read more

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Early Bedtime for Preschoolers, Healthier Weight Later?

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 – Sending preschoolers off to bed early may bring them an unexpected benefit: less chance of obesity when they are teens. So suggests research that compared preschoolers who went to bed at 8 p.m. with same-age kids who had later bedtimes. A team at the Ohio State University College of Public Health found that a bedtime just one hour later seemed to double the likelihood that young children will be obese teens. "For parents, this reinforces the importance of establishing a bedtime routine," said the study's lead author, Sarah Anderson, an associate professor of epidemiology. "It's something concrete that families can do to lower their child's risk." She added that the earlier bedtime is also likely to benefit youngsters' social and emotional development as well as their brain development. The study reviewed data on nearly 1,000 children who were part of a study ... Read more

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Dodge the Jet Lag, Enjoy Your Trip

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – People crossing time zones may assume jet lag is something they have to endure – like airport delays and lost luggage. But there are several ways travelers can prepare for and minimize jet lag's troubling effects, a sleep specialist says. First, flying from west to east, such as from the United States to Europe, will result in worse jet lag than the reverse trip, explained David Earnest, who studies circadian rhythms at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. "You will always be hit harder by jet lag when making a four- to six-hour time jump eastbound," Earnest said in a university news release. "This is because our body clocks are trying to advance to an earlier time, which is not as easy as adjusting to a later time gap," he said. Earnest provided the following recommendations on how to ease jet lag: Catch the red eye. Sleeping through an ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise for Better Sleep

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Exercising during the day can lead to better sleep at night. The National Sleep Foundation offers suggestions that can help you sleep better: Engaging in cardiovascular exercise, such as walking or biking, for about 10 minutes per day can help promote sleep. Getting regular exercise can help lower the risk of conditions such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome. Exercising can help you sleep longer and improve the quality of sleep, helping you feel more rested. Exercising outdoors exposes you to natural daylight, which helps promote sleep. Read more

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Health Tip: Sleep Soundly Away From Home

Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It may be difficult to get a good night's sleep when you're away from home. The National Sleep Foundation has suggestions to help make it easier: Pack your own pillow. Bring a white noise machine and a pair of ear plugs that block noise of at least 65 decibels. Invest in a sleep mask to make sure bright light doesn't keep you awake. Maintain the same bed and wake schedule as you do at home. Don't overeat or drink too much alcohol. Read more

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Sufficient Sleep May Help Protect Men Against Diabetes: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Too much or too little sleep may raise the risk of diabetes in men, but not women, a study by European researchers suggests. "Even when you are healthy, sleeping too much or too little can have detrimental effects on your health. This research shows how important sleep is to a key aspect of health – glucose [sugar] metabolism," said senior study author Femke Rutters. She's with the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The study involved nearly 800 healthy adults in 14 European countries. Compared to men who slept about seven hours a night, the men who slept the most or the least were more likely to have an impaired ability to break down sugar and to have higher blood sugar levels, the research found. This put them at increased risk for diabetes, the investigators said. But compared to women who slept an average amount, the women who slept the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Meditation Can Help You Relax

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Meditation can be a relaxing ritual that helps ease your mind and body. The Mayo Clinic offers these guidelines: Concentrate on breathing deeply and slowly. Stay focused on relaxing every area of your body. Repeat a mantra, or simply pray. Meditate as you walk, focusing on each slow step, rather than on a destination. Read something that's personally meaningful. Or listen to soothing music. Focus gratitude, compassion and love on a particular person, pet or object. Read more

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Health Tip: Plan Ahead to Minimize Jet Lag

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- While it's difficult to adjust to a new time zone, a little prep work can make the transition easier. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Make sure you are well rested before leaving. Avoid drinking alcohol. Stick to well-balanced, healthy meals, and avoid overeating. Get regular exercise. If you use medication to help you sleep, use it for as short a period as possible. Go to sleep and wake up based on the new time zone as quickly as possible. Read more

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Sleep Loses Out for Many Hooked on Video Games

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Are video games like "Bloodborne," "Fallout" and "Call of Duty" worth losing sleep over? For plenty of gamers, the answer is yes. A new study of almost 1,000 gamers finds many will sacrifice sleep to continue playing, suggesting video games are addictive for some people, the researchers said. "Our data shows that video gaming is quite an important factor that frequently leads to missed sleep for 67 percent of gamers," said study lead author Brandy Roane, director of the Sleep Research Lab at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. "Additionally, the reasons provided by gamers for their choice to delay their bedtime strongly supports the inclusion of video gaming as an addictive behavior," Roane said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release. Researchers analyzed online survey results from 963 gamers in the United States, average age 29, ... Read more

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Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Traveling across several time zones can be draining for anyone. So, how do professional athletes manage to turn around and compete in games after traveling from one coast to another? Apparently, not always that well, a new study says. And that's especially true when teams are traveling from an earlier time zone to a later one. When professional sports teams in North America travel west to east, they have a higher winning percentage than those traveling east to west, researchers said. The study authors looked at five years of regular season games for the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League. They compared game outcomes and the direction of travel for all the teams. The results showed an advantage for teams in all three leagues traveling west to east, but the winning effect was most significant in the NBA. ... Read more

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Caffeine's Jolt Can Sometimes Be Short-Lived

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 – Caffeine no longer improves alertness or mental performance after a few nights of sleep restriction, according to a new U.S. military study. "These results are important, because caffeine is a stimulant widely used to counteract performance decline following periods of restricted sleep," said lead author Tracy Jill Doty. She is a research scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md. "The data from this study suggests that the same effective daily dose of caffeine is not sufficient to prevent performance decline over multiple days of restricted sleep," Doty said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release. The study included 48 healthy volunteers whose sleep was limited to five hours a night for five nights. The participants took either 200 milligrams of caffeine or an inactive placebo twice a day. (An average cup of ... Read more

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Doctors' Group Backs Later School Start Times

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 – To help ease sleep deprivation among teens, the American Medical Association recommends that middle and high school classes should not start until 8:30 a.m. The new policy, adopted at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago this week, also states that doctors need to educate parents, teachers, school officials and others about the importance of sleep for teens' physical and mental health. "Sleep deprivation is a growing public health issue affecting our nation's adolescents, putting them at risk for mental, physical and emotional distress and disorders," AMA board member Dr. William Kobler said in an association news release. "Scientific evidence strongly suggests that allowing adolescents more time for sleep at the appropriate hours results in improvements in health, academic performance, behavior, and general well-being," ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea Tied to Complications After Angioplasty

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Sleep apnea may increase the risk of serious complications in people who have undergone angioplasty to clear blocked heart arteries, researchers say. In angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), blocked heart arteries are re-opened using a thin catheter inserted through the groin or wrist. The new study included 241 patients who underwent angioplasty. Their average age was 64 years, and the patients were followed for about six years. Of those patients, slightly more than half had sleep-disordered breathing, which includes sleep apnea and snoring. Sleep apnea is a common and chronic condition, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). In sleep apnea, breathing stops or becomes shallow during sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, the NHLBI says. Sleep-disordered breathing was ... Read more

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