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Early School Start Times Tough on Teens

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Any parent who's ever had to drag a groggy teen out of bed in the morning would likely agree with new guidelines that say kids should start school later in the morning. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ASSM) now recommends that middle and high schools should start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m., so that teens get enough sleep during the week. Delaying the school day would help reduce tardiness, improve attendance and boost driving safety. A later start time would also ensure that teens are more alert and ready to learn throughout the day, the AASM explained. "Early school start times make it difficult for adolescents to get sufficient sleep on school nights, and chronic sleep loss among teens is associated with a host of problems, including poor school performance, increased depressive symptoms, and motor vehicle accidents," guideline author and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Transitioning Toddlers to One Nap

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Toddlers often shift from two daily naps to one sometime between their first and second birthday. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions to help ease the transition: Look for signs that your toddler is ready to lose a daily nap, including difficulty falling asleep or waking early from a nap. Your child's afternoon nap also may get later and later, ultimately affecting bedtime. Push back the morning nap by about 15 minutes each day until your baby doesn't nap until midday. Be patient and don't rush the process. Read more

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Health Tip: Is Your Child Sleeping Enough?

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Parents often wonder if children are getting enough sleep. A simple way to gauge the issue is to watch your child's behavior. The National Sleep Foundation says warning signs of insufficient sleep include: Difficulty waking your child, and struggling to get moving within 15 minutes. Sleeping at least two hours more each night during school breaks than during the school week. Falling asleep at school and during brief car trips. Irritability, hyperactivity or other unusual behaviors. Read more

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Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 – Most people see their sleep habits shift as they age, but a new review suggests that some seniors lose the ability to get deep, restorative rest. And that can come with health consequences, said review author Bryce Mander, a sleep researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Sleep "fragmentation" has been linked to a number of medical conditions, including depression and dementia, Mander said. People with fragmented sleep wake up multiple times during the night, and miss out on the deep stages of sleep. It is true that medical conditions, or the treatments for them, can cause sleep problems, according to Mander. But poor sleep can also contribute to disease, he added. Take dementia, for example. Research suggests there is a "bi-directional" link between sleep disruptions and the dementia process, said Joe Winer, another Berkeley researcher who worked ... Read more

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Guys, a Good Night's Sleep Might Save Your Life

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Adequate sleep isn't a luxury; it's essential. And for men, it might even mean the difference between life and death, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that men younger than 65 who slept just three to five hours a night were 55 percent more likely to develop fatal prostate cancer than those who got the recommended seven hours of shuteye nightly. And, six hours of sleep a night was linked to a 29 percent higher risk of prostate cancer death compared to seven hours. "If confirmed in other studies, these findings would contribute to evidence suggesting the importance of obtaining adequate sleep for better health," said lead study author Susan Gapstur, vice president of epidemiology at the American Cancer Society. However, more research is needed to better understand the biologic mechanisms, said Gapstur. For now, she considers the study "intriguing" ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights, Unhealthy Hearts?

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – More worrisome news for people who toss and turn all night: Insomnia appears to be linked to a heightened risk for heart attack or stroke, a research review from China suggests. "We found that difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, or non-restorative sleep were associated with 27 percent, 11 percent, and 18 percent higher risks of cardiovascular and stroke events, respectively," said study co-author Qiao He. The reasons why aren't fully understood, said He, a graduate student at China Medical University in Shenyang. However, the study doesn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship. Sleep specialists say millions of Americans get too little sleep. "In modern society, more and more people complain of insomnia," He said. Evidence of insomnia's harmful effects on overall health has accumulated in recent years. "Previous studies have shown ... Read more

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Need More Zzzzz's?

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say. The first is to have regular bed and wake times, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sleep doctors Dr. Daniel Barone and Dr. Andrew Westwood. The doctors suggested going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning, even on weekends and vacation days. That's because changes between workdays and days off may impair your sleep and how you feel during the daytime. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening, they advised. Instead of coffee, tea, cola and chocolate, choose water, seltzer, unsweetened decaffeinated herbal tea and other caffeine-free beverages. It's also important to eat a healthy diet and be physically active. "Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Whether it's a child, a strange noise plain or insomnia that wakes you up at night, it can be difficult to get back to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises. Don't look at the clock, which may worsen your anxiety. Turn it away from you and close your eyes. Think about the good things that happened to you that day. This helps calm your mind. If you still can't sleep after 20 minutes, go to another room and do something relaxing. Skip the TV and phone, and listen to music or read a book. Read more

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Health Tip: Promote Peace in a Shared Bedroom

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Kids who share a bedroom may bicker and fight, but parents can help promote a more peaceful co-existence. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Structure each child's bedtime routine so it's not disruptive for the other. If an older child will share a room with a baby, wait until the infant is a few months old to bring them together. This is likely to be less disruptive for the older child. Explain to the older child that a younger child may wake during the night. Play white noise in the bedroom to dull distracting sounds. Allow for separation when needed, such as when one child is sick. Read more

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Poor Sleep in Preschool Years Could Mean Behavior Troubles Later

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Preschoolers who get too little sleep may be more likely to have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions and processing information later in childhood, a new study suggests. By age 7, these sleepless kids had markedly decreased mental and emotional functioning, said study lead researcher Dr. Elsie Taveras. The children exhibited "poorer ability to pay attention, poorer emotional control, poorer executive function in general, and more behavioral problems," said Taveras, chief of general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. "If you think about it, these are the basic functions of a child's life. It really has implications on their ability to perform at school and home, and in relationships with their peers," Taveras added. The researchers drew these conclusions from data gathered as part of Project Viva, a long-term ... Read more

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Your DNA May Determine How You Handle the Time Change

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 11, 2017 – Some people have more trouble adjusting to daylight saving time than others and genes may be the reason why, says an expert on sleep/wake patterns. The time change occurs 2 a.m. Sunday morning when clocks "spring ahead" one hour. "It is likely that advancing our clocks in the spring would more affect owls, those individuals who tend to stay awake later at night and consequently wake up later in the morning," said Dr. Joseph Takahashi. "Less affected are the larks, those individuals who tend to wake up early and go to sleep earlier," he added. Takahashi is chairman of neuroscience at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "Since being an owl or a lark is in large part genetically influenced, the best way to deal with daylight saving time is to be self-aware of your chronotype (early versus late awakening and sleeping) and to realize that advancing your ... Read more

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Health Tip: Too Much Sugar May Impact Sleep

Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Shedding extra sugar from your diet may help you get a more restful night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation advises: Too much sugar may raise your risk of waking during the night. Your energy may crash well after a high-sugar treat, prompting you to feel drowsy during the day. Avoid refined sugars found in many cereals, juices, desserts, white bread, sodas and white pasta. Read more

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Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity

Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Yet more evidence of a link between poor sleep and excess weight: A new study finds that people who are genetically prone to obesity are more likely to be overweight if they have unusual sleep habits. "These data show that in people with high genetic risk for obesity, sleeping for too short or too long a time, napping during the day, and shift work appears to have a fairly substantial adverse influence on body weight," said researcher Dr. Jason Gill of the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Gill, who is with the university's Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, and colleagues looked at statistics on nearly 120,000 people in the United Kingdom. The investigators said they found that sleeping fewer than 7 hours a night or more than 9 hours a night boosts the risk of obesity among those who are especially prone to it because of their genes. Among those ... Read more

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How to Keep a Spring in Your Step With Daylight Saving Time

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Clocks will spring ahead one hour with the time change on Sunday morning, but medical experts have plenty of advice on how to weather that lost hour of sleep. "'Gaining' an hour in the fall is much easier for our bodies than 'losing' an hour in the spring," said Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, medical director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Starting a few days before the time change, people can prepare themselves by going to bed 15 or 20 minutes earlier each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. But it can still be hard to adjust to the switch afterwards, sleep specialists said. "In fact, it may take some people up to a week to get used to the new time change," Rudraraju said. "Though it may be tempting to stay up an extra hour, one of the best ways to fight the effects of daylight saving ... Read more

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More Sleep Time, Less Play Time in America's Bedrooms

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – "Not tonight" seems to be an increasingly familiar refrain in America's bedrooms, according to a new study that found people are having less sex than they previously did. Researchers surveyed more than 26,000 Americans, and found that adults had sex about nine fewer times a year in 2010-2014 than in 1995-1999. For married couples, the survey had even more potentially discouraging news – people who were married or lived together had sex 16 fewer times a year in 2010-2014 than in 2000-2004. "These data show a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex," said study author Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. "In the 1990s, married people had sex more times per year than never-married people, but by the mid-2000s that reversed, with the never-married having more sex," she said in a university news release. ... Read more

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