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Why Sleep Raises Risk for Sudden Death in People With Epilepsy

New research gives insight into why people with epilepsy are at increased risk of sudden death during sleep.

The study found that both sleep and epileptic seizures work together to slow heart rate, and that seizures also disrupt the body's natural regulation of sleep-related changes.

These factors can sometimes lead to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which caused the 20...

What's the Right Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Heart?

There's a "sweet spot" for the amount of sleep you should get to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, new research shows.

Folks who get six to seven hours a sleep a night -- no more, no less -- have the lowest chance of dying from a heart attack or stroke, according to new findings.

Waking early or dozing on past that ideal window increases your risk of heart-related death...

'Light Therapy' Could Help Brain-Injured Veterans Struggling With PTSD

WEDNESDAY, April 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A popular treatment for the seasonal depression that strikes during dark winter months may also benefit veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, a small pilot study suggests.

Results from 16 older veterans found that bright light therapy alongside traditional treatments for these problems im...

Better Sleep May Mean Better Sex for Women

WEDNESDAY, April 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Good sleep might be the best prescription for sexual satisfaction among older women, a new study suggests.

Women who did not routinely get restful slumber were nearly twice as likely to report sexual problems, such as lack of desire or arousal, researchers found.

"Sexual dysfunction…is defined as the presence of sexu...

Lullaby Effect: Music Can Speed Your Way to Sleep, Study Finds

MONDAY, April 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Music hath charms to soothe you off to slumber, new research suggests.

The study found that calming tunes at bedtime seem to help older people struggling with insomnia.

"We found music therapy was effective for older adults with sleep disturbance," said study co-author Yen-Chin Chen, an associate professor of nursing at N...

'Disrupted' Sleep Could Be Seriously Affecting Your Health

THURSDAY, April 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Waking up briefly throughout the night may do more than leave you feeling grumpy and tired in the morning.

Disrupted sleep may actually increase your odds of dying early from heart disease or any other cause, and women seem to be harder hit by these effects than men.

"The data underscores all the more reasons why we nee...

Sleepwalking Tied to Higher Odds for Parkinson's in Men

TUESDAY, April 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Men with certain sleep problems, like sleep walking, may be at a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

Among nearly 26,000 men, researchers found those who sleepwalked or had rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) had a four times or higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease compare...

Later School Start Times Mean Better-Rested Kids: Study

Starting the school day a little later helps middle and high school students get more and better sleep, according to a new study.

The research is based on annual surveys of about 28,000 elementary, middle and high school students and their parents. The surveys were completed before and two years after school start times were changed.

Changes to sleep cycles during puberty make it ha...

Some Kids Snore, and It Could Affect Behavior

Snoring just isn't for adults, and behavior problems in kids who regularly snore may be due to changes in their brain structure, researchers say.

Prior studies have found a link between regular snoring and behavior problems such as inattention or hyperactivity, but this connection isn't fully understood.

And a few small studies have reported a link between sleep apnea -- prolonged b...

Sleep Issues Are Soaring in U.S. Military: Study

Serving in the U.S. military can be stressful, and new research suggests the effect of that is showing up in a dramatic increase in two types of sleep problems.

From 2005 to 2019, insomnia increased 45-fold and sleep apnea rose more than 30-fold among those who serve, researchers found.

Those most likely to be diagnosed with either of the sleep disorders included personnel who wer...

Why 'Night Owl' Women Might Be at Higher Risk During Pregnancy

Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy have a higher risk of complications for themselves and their babies if they're night owls instead of early birds, a new study finds.

Gestational diabetes increases the mother's risk of premature delivery and preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure). It also raises the baby's risk of growing too large in the womb or having breathing p...

Feeling Rundown? It Could Raise Your Odds for Severe COVID

Groggy during the day? Feeling burned out at work? That could put you at increased risk for COVID-19 and more severe illness, a new study suggests.

"We found that lack of sleep at night, severe sleep problems and high level of burnout may be risk factors for COVID-19" for frontline health care workers, according to a team led by Dr. Sara Seidelmann, an assistant professor of clinical med...

AHA News: How to Get Better Sleep Amid the Pandemic -- And Why You Should

A good night's sleep. It's one of those things people don't appreciate until it's gone. But like much taken for granted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, good quality sleep is harder to come by these days.

That's worrisome, health experts say, because poor sleep can lead to poor brain and heart health.

"We're seeing a lot of irregular sleep patterns now," said Dr. David Gozal, a profe...

Beta Blockers Won't Cause Depression, But Might Impair Sleep: Study

Millions of people take a beta blocker regularly, and a new study brings good news: The medications will not raise the risk of depression.

Beta blockers are used to treat conditions such as heart failure, chest pains, high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm. But it's long been suspected that the drugs may be linked with depression, anxiety, drowsiness, insomnia, hallucinations and n...

Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: Poll

If you're drinking more, sleeping less, seeing downright scary numbers on your scale and fretting about the future, you're far from alone, a new survey reveals.

"We've been concerned throughout this pandemic about the level of prolonged stress, exacerbated by the grief, trauma and isolation that Americans are experiencing," said Arthur Evans Jr., chief executive officer of the American Ps...

Clocks 'Spring Forward' on Sunday: Be Prepared

Many people dread the switch to daylight saving time. When you're losing an hour of sleep, it can be hard to actually feel like springing forward.

Dr. Rachel Ziegler, a sleep medicine physician from the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, Minn., offers some tips for easing into the time change before it happens on March 14.

Ziegler recommends getting to bed 15 minutes early now, ...

Add Sleep Woes to Long-Term Effects of Concussions

Concussions can increase the long-term risk of a wide range of sleep disorders, a new study indicates.

Researchers looked at more than 98,700 U.S. veterans diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the same number of veterans with no history of TBI. The brain injuries ranged from mild TBI (concussion) to severe.

None of the participants had sleep disorders at the start of th...

'Night Owls' Perform Worse at Work, Study Finds

"Early to bed, early to rise" may be good advice for your career. New research finds that, compared to night owls, folks with earlier bedtimes perform better at work and are less plagued by disabilities that lead to early retirement.

Overall, "night owls" were twice as likely as "early birds" to underperform at work, the new study found. Folks who stayed up late also ran a heightened risk...

Migraines? Get Moving: Exercise Can Help Curb Attacks

Anyone who gets frequent migraine symptoms knows the experience: the throbbing, the pain, the visual disturbances.

Exercise has long been a potential way to reduce migraine triggers, but a new study suggests it could be an especially effective with triggers such stress, depression and trouble sleeping.

"It's a complex relationship, but we know that exercise, generally speaking, help...

Grumpy? Depressed? Try a More Regular Sleep Schedule

A steady sleep routine may do more than keep you well-rested: New research suggests that the more swings in your slumber schedule, the worse your mood and depression symptoms are likely to be.

Researchers from Michigan Medicine followed the sleep patterns of interns in their first year of residency after medical school. That irregular sleep schedule can increase a person's risk of depress...

Folks Can Have Real-Life Conversations While Dreaming, Study Finds

If you've ever had a "lucid dream" -- one in which you're aware you're dreaming -- new research just might jolt you awake.

Not only is it possible during these vivid dreams to perceive questions, but to answer them, too -- at least sometimes.

That's the tantalizing takeaway from four independent studies that used different methods to communicate with sleeping volunteers, including s...

Too Little Sleep Could Raise Your Dementia Risk

Older adults who get little sleep each night may be at heightened risk of dementia or earlier death, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among 2,600 older Americans, those who were deemed "short sleepers" -- catching no more than five hours of sleep at night -- were more likely to develop dementia or die over the next five years.

Their risks were double that of older people...

Daytime Napping May Be in Your Genes

If you like to take a snooze in the afternoon, your genes may explain your love of daytime naps, researchers say.

For their study, investigators analyzed data from the UK Biobank, which contains genetic information from nearly 453,000 people who were asked how often they nap during the day.

The genome-wide association study identified 123 regions in the human genome that are associa...

FDA Approves 'Tongue Strengthening' Device for Certain Sleep Apnea Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the marketing of a new "tongue strengthening" device to cut down on snoring in patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea.

Unlike devices used during sleep, this prescription device is used while awake, and is designed to stimulate and strengthen the tongue so that it doesn't collapse backward and obstruct the breathing airway durin...

How Your Neighborhood Can Hamper Your Teen's Sleep

Living in a noisy neighborhood with less green space negatively affects teens' sleep, which may lead to poorer memory and thinking skills, according to a pair of studies.

In a study on residential environment, researchers found that as noise levels steadily increased, so too did the time needed for teens to fall asleep. They also didn't sleep as long as kids in quieter, greener neighborho...

Afternoon Naps May Boost Brain Power

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  • Are the Moon's Phases Affecting Your Sleep?

    Moonlight feels right, the '70s song insists -- and that old nugget might have been onto something.

    Your sleep waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon, with folks staying up later when moonlight is strongest, researchers discovered by comparing primitive human tribes to college students.

    "Sleep starts later and lasts less on the three or five nights that are before the full moon...

    Midday Nap Could Leave You Smarter: Study

    TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - "You snooze, you lose" may not be true when it comes to your brain: A new study finds that napping in the afternoon may actually boost mental agility.

    The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but a midday nap was associated with a rise in "locational awareness," verbal fluency and working memory, the Chinese researchers reported Jan. 25 in the...

    Women More Prone to Nighttime Cardiac Arrest Than Men

    Going into cardiac arrest at night can be particularly deadly, and now new research suggests that it might strike women more than men.

    Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction that causes the heart to stop beating. The survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is only 10%, the researchers said.

    "Dying suddenly during nighttime hours is a perplexing and devastat...

    For Maximum Effectiveness, De-Stress and Get Healthy Before Your COVID Shot

    Not many people have had the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

    But while you wait your turn, there are some steps you can take to give the vaccine -- whichever brand you get -- a boost when it's available to you.

    An Ohio State University review of 49 vaccine studies dating back 30 years examined how stress, depression and healthy behaviors, such as exercise, can affect im...

    Getting the COVID Vaccine? A Good Night's Sleep Will Help

    Want to get the most out of your COVID-19 vaccine? Make sure you get some good rest before you get your shot, sleep experts say.

    That's because adequate sleep is an important factor in a strong immune system.

    "As COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, it is of utmost importance that patients continue to prioritize their sleep to maintain optimal health," American Academy of Sleep ...

    AHA News: Sleep Disorders Plague Stroke Survivors -- and Put Them at Risk

    People who have strokes or mini-strokes often experience a wide range of sleep disorders in the months that follow, a problem that can put them at increased risk for subsequent strokes, an analysis shows.

    Sleep problems -- including insomnia, troubled breathing while asleep, restless legs in the evening and unconscious leg movements -- are more common among stroke survivors than the gener...

    How to Sleep Better in 2021

    If you're like most American adults, you're not getting enough sleep.

    This could be the year to change that, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), which recommends adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night. A survey conducted in July showed that 85% of adults in the United States get less.

    "Our survey findings show a worrying trend of national sleep d...

    Roll Over, Fido. You're Hogging the Bed

    Forget buying a dog bed. New research shows that nearly half of pet parents say their pooches co-sleep in their owner's bed.

    More than 1,000 Australian dog owners participated in the study conducted by Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

    About 49% of participants, who ranged in age from 18 to 78, said their dog sleeps in their bed. Another 20% said their dog sleeps in the same bedroom...

    NBA's COVID 'Bubble' Reveals Home Court Advantage

    The protective "bubble" that allowed National Basketball Association teams to keep playing during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the magic of the home court advantage, new research shows.

    The NBA halted its 2019-20 season in March, then resumed in July with 22 teams that were confined to play in a protective bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., instead of traveling.

    For the...

    Pandemic May Be Tougher on Women's Mental Health Than Men's

    The COVID-19 pandemic may be taking a bigger toll on women's mental health than on men's, new research suggests.

    For the study, researchers examined the results of an online survey of 112 men and 459 women in Canada. The survey took place between March 23 and June 7, 2020.

    During that time, schools and many businesses were closed, and people were told to stay home as much as possibl...

    Parents, Don't Worry if Baby's Sleep Is Erratic

    New parents can relax: Research suggests it's normal for infants' sleep patterns to vary widely.

    "Although previous research has shown that infants start sleeping through the night at different stages of development, little is known about individual sleep patterns night after night," explained study leader Marie-Helene Pennestri. She's an assistant professor in the department of education...

    Later School Start Time, Fewer Migraines for Teens?

    Later school start times for teenagers might help those who struggle with migraines, a new study suggests.

    Starting school later in the morning could reduce the number of migraines each month for these students, the researchers said. The delayed start would be a nod to teens' later-to-bed, later-to-rise body clocks.

    "Evidence suggests that there is a relationship between sleep and ...

    Booze Robbing Many Americans of Their Sleep

    Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have lost sleep because they drank alcohol too close to bedtime, including 1 in 5 who often have this problem, a new poll shows.

    In the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey, men were more likely to say they've lost sleep due to drinking alcohol than women (75% vs. 60%), and adults ages 35-44 (78%) are most likely to have a drink too late at night.

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    Strong Sleeping Pills Tied to Falls, Fractures in Dementia Patients

    Strong sleeping pills known as "Z-drugs" may increase the risk of falls, fractures and stroke among people with dementia, British researchers report.

    People with dementia can have trouble sleeping and are often prescribed drugs such as zaleplon (Sonata), zolpidem (Ambien) and zopiclone to help them nod off, but higher doses of these drugs can have negative effects.

    "As many as 90% o...

    Restful Sleep Could Help Ward Off Heart Failure

    People who regularly get a good night's sleep may help protect themselves from heart failure, a large, new study suggests.

    Researchers found that of over 400,000 adults, those with the healthiest sleep patterns were 42% less likely to develop heart failure over 10 years, versus people with the least healthy habits.

    Those "healthy" sleepers reported five things: Getting seven to eigh...

    Two Key Lifestyle Factors May Ward Off Depression

    Less screen time and more sleep are critical for preventing depression, a new study suggests.

    An international research team found that certain lifestyle choices may have a big impact on mood. That includes having a better-quality diet, getting more physical activity and not smoking.

    Australian researchers analyzed UK Biobank data from 85,000 people to determine impact of lifestyle ...

    Beware of Blood Pressure Changes at Night

    If your blood pressure changes a lot overnight -- either rising or falling -- you may have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study from Japan reports.

    When systolic blood pressure (the top number) jumps up by 20 mm/Hg or more during the night, the risk of heart disease and stroke goes up by 18% and the risk of heart failure increases by 25%.

    If people consistently...

    Tired, Anxious, Overweight: How Lockdowns May Have Harmed Your Health

    You might be onto something if you suspect your mental and physical health declined during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.

    Stay-at-home orders appear to have had an overall bad effect on people's health around the world, a global survey shows.

    People reported that they gained weight during the lockdown, were less active, suffered from poor sleep, and experienced increased s...

    Most Americans Want to End Seasonal Time Changes: Survey

    As most of America prepares for the Nov. 1 return of standard time, 63% want one fixed, year-round time, a new survey finds.

    "Evidence of the negative impacts of seasonal time changes continue to accumulate, and there is real momentum behind the push to end seasonal time changes," said Dr. Kannan Ramar, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), which favors a fi...

    An Expert's Guide to Safe Sleeping for Your Baby

    To keep your baby safe while sleeping, experts recommend practicing the "ABCs" of sleep.

    Babies should sleep alone, on their back and in a crib. That's the best way to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

    SIDS is the unexplained death of a child under 1 year of age that usually occurs during sleep. The United States has about 3,500 sleep-relate...

    Why Early Bedtime May Be Best for People With Type 2 Diabetes

    It's long been said that early to bed, early to rise can make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Now, new research supports at least the health benefits.

    A study of people with type 2 diabetes found that night owls -- people who go to bed late and get up late -- tend to get little exercise, putting their health at greater risk.

    Understanding how sleep time can affect physical ...

    Sleep Builds the Brain in the Early Years, Then Maintains It

    For the very young, sleep builds and strengthens the brain, but it quickly switches to maintenance and repair before a child turns 3, new research shows.

    Before about the age of 2½, the brain grows rapidly. And during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep a baby's brain builds and strengthens synapses, which connect neurons to each other so they can communicate.

    After that, sl...

    Too Much or Too Little Sleep Bad for Your Brain

    Everyone needs sleep, but too little or too much of it might contribute to declines in thinking, a new study suggests.

    Too little sleep was defined as four or fewer hours a night, while too much was deemed 10 or more hours a night. The ideal amount? Seven hours a night.

    "Cognitive function should be monitored in individuals with insufficient or excessive sleep," said study ...

    Struggling With CPAP for Sleep Apnea? Surgery May Help

    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be the go-to treatment for sleep apnea, but many people struggle to use it every night. For those who cannot tolerate CPAP, new research finds that a combination of surgical techniques may bring relief.

    The "multilevel" treatment includes removing the tonsils, repositioning the palate (roof of the mouth) and using radiofrequency to sligh...

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