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One Key to Good Sleep for Teens: No Social Media at Bedtime

Teens need their sleep, and a new study sheds light on one way to help them get it: Keep cellphones and screens out of the bedroom.

“Getting enough sleep is crucial for teenagers because it helps their body and mind grow and develop properly,” said lead author Dr. Jason Nagata, an assistant professor of pediatrics at...

Research Helps Uncover Causes of SIDS

Researchers have found another clue as to why some infants die suddenly in their sleep, and it's related to a faulty chemical receptor in the brainstem.

Experts said the findings provide another puzzle piece in understanding the root causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

By examining autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that a particular chemical receptor was altered ...

Looking for Inspiration? A Short Nap Might Help

Lightbulb inventor Thomas Edison believed a little shuteye could boost his creativity. Contemporary scientists think the iconic innovator was on to something.

But timing is key, they say.

“We found a strong effect of ‘sleep onset' on creativity,” said study author Kathleen Esfahany, an unde...

Scans Suggest Sleep Apnea Could Be Harming Your Brain

Poor sleep brought on by sleep apnea may ultimately undermine the brain health of older men and women, new research suggests.

The concern stems from a new brain scan investigation that involved 140 sleep apnea patients.

“Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which patients ... stop breathing during sleep, which can affect their sleep quality by causing multiple arousals and droppi...

Deep Sleep Might Be a Buffer Against Alzheimer's-Linked Memory Loss

Getting good sleep is an important part of wellness for many reasons, but new research suggests deep sleep may even guard against memory loss linked to Alzheimer's.

While disrupted sleep has been linked with accumulating beta-amyloid plaques in the brain faster, scientists found that superior amounts of deep, slow-wave sleep can be protective against memory decline in those with a high bu...

Clocks Forward, Clocks Back: How Does Your Sleep Suffer?

Changing the clocks every spring and fall might seem challenging, but a new study reveals that only one of those changes had a tendency to increase sleep disorders.

The transition from daylight saving time to standard time in the fall -- when people gain one hour overnight -- was associated with a brief rise in sleep disorders, including difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep.


Living Near an Airport Could Mess With Your Sleep

Add airplane noise to the list of issues keeping people up at night, at least for those who live near U.S. airports.

Researchers found that exposure to airplane sounds -- even at moderate levels -- increased the odds of short sleep.

They reported that people exposed to airplane noise levels as low as 45 decibels (dB) tended to sleep fewer than seven hours a night.

Really, 45 d...

Midday Naps & Health: How Long You Nap May Be Key

If you're longing for a nap, try to keep it short.

Researchers found that siestas of 30 minutes or more in Murcia, a region of Spain, where it's common to nap, were linked to a higher risk of obesity, a group of conditions called metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure.

“Not all siestas are the same. The length of time, position of sleep and other specific factors can affect...

Supplements Can Contain Far More Melatonin Than Is Safe, Upping Odds for Illness

When U.S. health officials reported a 500% spike in the number of poison center calls involving kids eating melatonin gummies last year, Harvard researchers decided to take a closer look at the sleep supplements and discovered a disturbing fact: They contained up to 347% more melatonin than the label stated.

What's more, five of the products also contained CBD in higher amounts than the ...

For Athletes, Diet Might Influence Sleep Patterns

Need to get your shut-eye on time? What you eat could make a difference, according to a new study.

Researchers found that college athletes who ate more carbohydrates and vitamins B12 and C tended to go to sleep and wake up earlier.

It's possible that these nutrients might increase synthesis of vital hormones that regulate sleep, including serotonin and melatonin, the authors said.

In Small Study, Hints That a Sleeping Pill Might Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Taking a particular sleep medication may help stave off Alzheimer's disease, but it's too soon to say for sure after a preliminary study.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that participants who took a sleeping pill called suvorexant before bed had a drop in levels of key Alzheimer's disease proteins.

“This is a small, proof-of-concept study...

Regular Sleep May Be Crucial for People Living With Schizophrenia

Consistently good sleep is important for everyone, but it is particularly important for patients with schizophrenia, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, along with collaborators in Italy, used wrist monitors to measure activity and rest in 250 people, including 150 patients with schizophrenia, in both outpatient settings and in psychiatric hospitals.


Resident Doctors' Long Work Shifts Could Bring Peril to Patients

Early-career doctors were more likely to make mistakes when they had long work weeks or extended shifts, new research reveals.

Their patients were also more likely to experience adverse events as a result, according to the study. Moreover, doctors in their second year of training or abo...

Long Daytime Naps Might Raise Your Odds for A-Fib

Daytime naps longer than a half-hour appear to nearly double a person's risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, a new study reports.

People who nap 30 minutes or more a day have a 90% higher risk of developing the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib) than those who take shorter naps, according to research presented Thursday at a meeting of the

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  • April 13, 2023
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  • Sleep Troubles Common for Folks With Long COVID

    Four out of 10 people who have lingering health issues after COVID-19 infection can count bothersome sleep problems among them.

    About 41% of those with so-called long COVID have moderate to severe sleep issues, according to new research from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Black patients are three times more likely to develop these sleep disturbances.

    “Sleep difficulties and fatigu...

    When Do Babies Sleep Through the Night?

    Elation and exhaustion often go hand in hand when you're a parent to a baby.

    When sleep starts to seem like a fantasy, it's good to know that the experts say there is a time when most babies will sleep through the night. Here, they share when that is, offer guidance on what impacts your baby's sleep and give some tips on how you can help guide them to sleep longer.

    What can...

    Your Sleep Can Affect Your Stroke Risk

    Sleep problems — from snoring to sleeping too much or too little — may be associated with elevated stroke risk, researchers say.

    Snorting during sleep, having poor quality of sleep and sleep apnea may also be linked with greater risk of stroke, according to study findings published online April 5 in the journal Neurology.

    “Not only do our results suggest that individu...

    Early College Class Times Can Hurt Students' Grades

    Early morning college classes can be a prescription for poor attendance and lower grades, a new study suggests.

    But starting classes later boosted both, as students got more sleep, were more likely to attend and were less likely to be groggy, which leads to better grades, researchers reported.

    "Early morning classes likely impair learning due to effects on presenteeism -- being...

    Migraines May Follow Daily Circadian Cycles, Study Shows

    Your body's internal clock appears to play a big part in the time of day when severe headaches happen.

    Migraines and cluster headaches have different characteristics and treatments, but experts have long noted that they share key features: Both are neurological diseases in their own right, rather than symptoms of another underlying condition. And because neither can be easily identified ...

    Living Near Noisy Traffic Might Raise Suicide Risk

    Living with a lot of transportation noise can increase your risk of suicide, new research suggests.

    A study from Switzerland found that with every 10-decibel increase of average road traffic noise at home, risk for suicides rose by 4%. An association between railway noise and suicide was less pronounced.

    “We used suicides as an indicator for mental health disorders as we do not ha...

    Could Melatonin Ease Self-Harm in Kids?

    For depressed or anxious children, taking melatonin may afford a good night's sleep and, as a result, lower the odds they will harm themselves, new research suggests.

    The risk of self-harm increased before melatonin was prescribed and decreased by about half after kids started taking the supplement,

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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Insomnia, Sleep Apnea Rise in Women With MS

    While thinking declines can be a common symptom of multiple sclerosis in women, new research suggests sleep, or lack of it, could be making matters worse.

    "Sleep disorders have gained substantial recognition for their role in cognitive [thinking] decline, which affects up to 70% of people with multiple sclerosis,” explained study author

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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Pets in the Bedroom? Your Sleep Might Suffer, Study Finds

    If your bedtime routine includes snuggling up with your Boston terrier or lulling yourself to sleep to the gentle purrs of your calico cat, you might want to rethink it.

    Pets can offer a sense of security and comfort, but sharing a bed with them may lead to wakeful nights, according to a new study.<...

    Why Do I Sleep So Much? Reasons for Oversleeping

    Your eyes close and your mind shuts down the second your head hits the pillow, but you wake up 10 hours later still feeling tired.

    Many people complain about sleeping too little, but some struggle with the opposite problem: oversleeping.

    Oversleeping, or hypersomnia, is a sleep disorder characterized by complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness occurring regularly...

    A Good Night's Sleep Could Give Your Vaccine a Boost

    It may be possible to nudge your vaccine to work a little better. The trick is a good night's sleep.

    Sleep helps the immune system respond to vaccination, according to a new meta-analysis of past research, published March 13 in Current Biology.

    In it, researchers found that people who slept fewer than six hours per night produced significantly fewer antibodies than people w...

    What are the Best Sleeping Positions for a More Comfortable Day

    If you were asked your favorite sleep position, you'd probably be able to answer pretty quickly.

    But it can be a little trickier to figure out the best sleeping position -- one that helps you reduce your aches and pains and maximize the enormous health benefits that research has shown<...

    Is 6 Hours of Sleep Enough?

    When work, parenting and a packed social schedule leave you little time for shut-eye, you might think that getting by on just six hours of sleep a night is a good compromise.

    If so, you're not alone.

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 25% of U.S. adults don't meet th...

    Clocks 'Spring Forward' on Sunday: Helping Your Kids Adjust

    The annual shift to daylight saving time is a challenge for many parents, whose children may struggle with the change.

    A pediatrics sleep medicine expert offers some tips for making springing forward a little easier for all ages.

    “Whether it be jet lag, spring break or daylight saving time, a break in sleep structure can make things challenging. But we have ways to cope with that,...

    Should I Take Melatonin for Sleep? An Expert Has Answers

    There's nothing worse than having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Watching the time go from minutes to hours only stresses you out and decreases the chance of a good night's rest.

    Is it time to try melatonin supplements, a popular sleep aid?

    Plenty of folks might want to know: In a recent study from the U.S. ...

    Why Can't I Sleep? What Can I Do About It?

    Tossing and turning, waking up frequently or lying awake for hours is no laughing matter.

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Why? The

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  • March 9, 2023
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  • How to Get to Sleep Fast

    It happens to everyone: you climb into bed, hoping for a good night's rest. Yet, sleep remains elusive.

    Your mind can't slow down. You need to go to the bathroom. You hear every noise in the house. You need to fall asleep. Now.

    According to the American Academy of Sleep ...

    Poll Finds Strong Links Between Depression and Lack of Sleep

    A new poll on sleep and mental health has found that more than 90% of adults who reported they get good sleep were also free of depressive symptoms.

    In its annual poll, the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation (NSF) focused this year on the impact of sleep on mental health because of the current mental health crisis in the United States.

    "In the day-to-day execution of our sleep he...

    What an Expert Says About Taking Magnesium for Sleep

    When people struggle to fall asleep, it's no surprise they seek solutions.

    Options can range from prescription medications to sleep therapy, good habits and an abundance of supplements.

    Taking magnesium for sleep is something some say has real benefits, but does it really?

    It's not entirely certain, but the mineral serves a variety of other important functions, so it just m...

    Natural Sleep Aids: Get to Sleep Fast Without a Prescription

    You toss, you turn, you can't fall asleep.

    Certainly, there are sleep medications that can be prescribed by a doctor. And with some investment of time, cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia is considered to be an effective option.

    Yet, there are also a lot of healthy s...

    You Can't Trust Sleep Advice Found on YouTube: Study

    If you're struggling to find ways to get a good night's sleep, you may not want to use YouTube videos as a resource.

    Researchers found what they described as an alarming amount of medical misinformation in YouTube videos about sleep disorders.

    "What's tricky is that so much of health information is very nuanced, and a lot of popular YouTube videos have clickbait and appeal to shorte...

    Insomnia Brings Big Spike in Heart Attack Risk: Study

    Folks who have trouble falling or staying asleep may be more likely to have a heart attack.

    This is the main takeaway from new research linking insomnia to heart woes. Specifically, people with insomnia were 69% more likely to have a heart attack than folks without the sleep disorder. These rates were even higher among people with both diabetes and insomnia, the study showed.


    Getting a Good Night's Sleep Can Add Years to Your Life

    Getting good sleep may have long-term benefits -- even extending your life span, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that young people with better sleep habits were incrementally less likely to die early. About 8% of deaths from any cause could be attributed to poor sleep patterns.

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    Bad Sleep Can Raise Heart Risks for Seniors

    Sticking to a consistent sleeping routine may help keep your arteries clear as you age, new research suggests.

    Conversely, older adults who slept for a varying number of hours each night and tended to fall asleep at different times were more likely to develop hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart attack or stroke, the researchers reported.

    "Sleep is super important to o...

    People Get More REM Sleep During the Winter

    The changes in temperature and daylight brought by winter may make a person feel like hibernating.

    It turns out that humans do get longer REM sleep in wintertime and less deep sleep in autumn, even in an urban setting, German researchers reported Feb 17 in Frontiers in Neuroscience....

    Less Sleep Brings Worse Grades for College Kids, Study Finds

    Late-night cramming, hall parties and other nocturnal activities can rob college kids of sleep, taking a big toll on grade point averages.

    Freshmen who racked up fewer than 6 hours of sleep a night saw a drop in their end-of-term GPA, new research showed. For every hour of nightly slee...

    Live Near Busy Traffic? You May Be at Higher Odds for Tinnitus

    People who live near traffic noise, especially when it continues at night, are more likely to develop the repetitive whistling or buzzing sounds in their ears known as tinnitus.

    Danish researchers found a link between the risk of developing the condition and traffic noise, with a vicious cycle of stress reactions and sleep disturbance as a potential cause.

    Living near a busy road m...

    Sleeping Pills Linked to Higher Risk for Dementia

    Seniors who frequently take sleeping medications may be raising their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study warns.

    Sleep medications are one of the most commonly used medications in older adults, the authors say, but their frequent use may not be without harm.

    Researchers found that older white adults who said they “often” or “almost always” took sleep ai...

    Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?

    Teens who regularly fail to get a good night's sleep may face a higher risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as adults, new research suggests.

    “We found that sleeping too little or experiencing poor sleep quality [as a teen] increased the risk of later developing MS by up to 50%,” said study author

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  • January 25, 2023
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  • Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Takes Sleep Meds

    Nearly 20% of American adults use a drug to help them sleep, either occasionally or regularly, health officials reported Wednesday.

    Sleep medications, sold both over-the-counter and by prescription, are a common treatment for sleep problems, said senior report author Lindsey Black

    Sleep Key to Good Mental Health for Older Women

    Older women who don't stick to a set sleep and wake schedule may be more likely to struggle with feelings of depression and anxiety — even if they get a normal amount of zzzs.

    What's more, a postmenopausal woman who goes to bed very early and wakes up very early (an “early bird”) or goes to bed late and wakes up later (a “night owl”) is 70% more likely to experience significant ...

    Shift Work Might Raise Your Odds for Severe COVID-19

    While shift workers aren't more likely to get infected with COVID-19, they are more likely to suffer from severe disease requiring hospitalization, researchers warn.

    Norwegian scientists studied the risks of both shift workers and people who worked in face-to-face jobs in terms of COVID-19 infection and severity. They did this through online surveys of more than 7,100 people from 16 count...

    Is Good Sleep Tougher to Find in Winter? Morning Light May Help

    If you want to get some good sleep at night, be sure to get outside for a bit during the day, even if it's cloudy.

    That's the advice of researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, where overcast skies are common and daylight is limited in winter.

    Studying student sleep patterns, investigators found that UW students fell asleep later in the evening and woke up later in t...

    Science Reveals 3 Keys to an Energized, Alert Day

    Advertising would have you believe that a big bowl of sugary cereal or a syrupy iced coffee drink will make you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.

    But that sort of sugar-laden breakfast may be one of the worst things you can do to help you wake up alert and refreshed.

    A major new sleep study shows a breakfast rich in complex carbohydrates -- think a big bowl of steel-cut o...

    'COVID-somnia' May Be Easing as Americans Report Better Sleep

    Finally, more than two years into the pandemic, Americans are sleeping better.

    A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 31% of people have had insomnia since the pandemic began. That was much lower — a 25% decrease — compared to the...

    Valium, Xanax Prescriptions Could Raise Overdose Risk in Youth

    Teenagers and young adults who use benzodiazepines to treat insomnia may be at heightened risk of overdose, a new study finds.

    Benzodiazepines include anxiety medications like Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax, as well as prescription sleep aids such as estazolam (ProSom), triazolam (Halcion) and temazepam (Restoril).

    In the

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  • November 29, 2022
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