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Mondays are Hazardous

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Monday mornings could be harmful to your health. Many of us, particularly those who work overnights or “shift work,” keep a very different schedule on the weekends than during the week.  New research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, says, however, that sleep changes like that may raise the risk of…
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Sleep Expert Calls for Automated “Bedtime Mode” on Phones

Man using his mobile phone in the bed

While some smartphones have a nighttime “do not disturb” setting, a sleep expert has looked at the brightness of new phone screens and says that’s not enough. The ongoing problem with having smartphones, tablets, and even flat panel TVs in the bedroom is that they emit a wavelength of blue light that disrupts the body…
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Drowsy Driving: A Major Public Health Problem


A new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine warns that drowsy driving is a serious public health concern requiring greater public awareness and increased efforts to improve preventive education. The AASM reports that drowsy driving, which is defined as the operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by a lack of adequate…
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Early Childhood Lead Exposure Can Cause Sleep Problems Later

Little child sleeping in happiness and family love

A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania shows that lead exposure in early childhood are associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood. The research is based on data from a study involving more than 1400 Chinese children that began in 2004 to investigate the influence of lead…
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Lack of Sleep May Increase Risk of Diabetes

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A lack of sufficient sleep reduces the body’s sensitivity to insulin, impairing the ability to regulate blood sugar and increasing the risk of diabetes. The new study adds to a growing body of information linking a lack of sleep to a range of ailments including obesity, metabolic syndrome, mood disorders, cognitive impairment and accidents. “We…
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Better Sleep and Tai Chi Reduce Inflammation

Chinese Elderly Woman Performing Taichi Outdoor by the beach under sunset sunrise

A new study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry reports that treatment for insomnia, either by cognitive behavioral therapy or the movement meditation tai chi, reduces inflammation levels in older adults over 55 years of age. “Behavioral interventions that target sleep reduce inflammation and represent a third pillar, along with diet and physical…
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Lack of Sleep May Reduce Brain Activity


Lack of adequate sleep can do more than just make you tired. It can short-circuit your system and interfere with a fundamental cellular process that drives physical growth, physiological adaptation and even brain activity, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Albrecht von Arnim, a molecular biologist based in the Department…
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Want a Better Mood? Get Better Sleep, Not More Sleep


A study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers suggests that waking several times during the night is more detrimental to people’s positive moods than getting the same shortened amount of sleep without interruption. Researchers studied 62 healthy men and women randomly subjected to three sleep experimental conditions in an inpatient clinical research suite: three consecutive…
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Therapy Better Than Counting Sheep for Chronic Pain


Research conducted at the University of Warwick in England indicates that therapy can be an effective way to treat sleep problems among those with chronic pain. Researchers found that cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) were either moderately or strongly effective in tackling insomnia in patients with long-term pain. They also discovered that chronic pain sufferers didn’t just benefit…
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Sleepwalkers Don’t Feel Pain Even When Injured

Sleepwalking woman isolated on white background. Profile view of young woman walking in her sleeps in pajamas with arms raised. Full length image

A new study of sleepwalkers found an intriguing paradox: Although sleepwalkers have an increased risk for headaches and migraines while awake, during sleepwalking episodes they are unlikely to feel pain even while suffering an injury. Results show that sleepwalkers were nearly 4 times more likely than controls to report a history of headaches (odds ratio…
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