Topic: Sleep in the News

Losing Tongue Fat Reduces Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Losing weight is an effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), but why exactly this is the case has remained unclear. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that improvements in sleep apnea symptoms appear to be linked to the reduction of fat in one unexpected body part — the tongue. Using magnetic…
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Take a Warm Bath to Sleep Better

Is tossing and turning common before dozing off to sleep?  According to a recent study, taking a warm bath might help folks get some rest. Researchers found that a warm bath, or shower, between 104-109 degrees Fahrenheit could help people fall asleep about 10 minutes faster. “It appeared that if you take a warm shower or…
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A Blood Test Could Tell if Your Children are Sleeping Enough

A simple blood test could provide a reliable metric to tell if children are sleeping enough.  The test could also check for a variety of other problems, as sleep affects susceptibility to many diseases. Sleep is essential for children’s health, and insufficient sleep duration is associated with negative health outcomes such as heart disease and…
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Yes, You Can Set a Bedtime for Your Teenager

Teenagers in the US simply don’t get enough rest. The consequences of this epidemic of sleep deprivation are extensive and include increasing rates of anxiety and depression among adolescents as well as suicidal thoughts and actions. Sleep-deprived teens are also more likely to be involved in car crashes and run a higher risk of injury…
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U.S. Air Force Is Studying Ways to Improve Sleep

The Air Force is studying sleep habits among Airmen to find ways to improve performance and ensure their readiness to support the mission. Researchers with the Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are looking for ways to better equip Airmen and their leadership with crucial data to ensure…
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How to Tell if Someone is Asleep

It may seem like a pretty simple thing, but scientists are still debating how to tell if someone’s brain is asleep.  This question is of great practical importance when making medical decisions about anesthesia or treating patients in vegetative state or coma. Currently, researchers rely on various measurements from an electroencephalogram, or EEG, to assess…
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Study: Maybe Blue Light Isn’t as Bad for Sleep as We Thought

Contrary to common belief, blue light may not be as disruptive to our sleep patterns as originally thought — according to new British research. According to the team from University of Manchester, using dim, cooler, lights in the evening and bright warmer lights in the day may be more beneficial to our health. Twilight is…
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Sleep Disturbance at Night Can Lead to Migraines Later

Doctors say the relationship between sleep and migraines is not well understood, but new research says nearly half of all patients who suffer migraines report sleep disturbance as a trigger for their headaches down the road. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center conducted the largest prospective study using objective…
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Nurses Sleep Far Less on Work Days

Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, which hurts patient care and safety, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.  “Nurses are sleeping, on average, less than recommended amounts prior to work, which may have an impact on their health…
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Researchers Find Trigger for Insomnia

An estimated 30% of adults experience insomnia, and a new study by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons suggests that diet may be partly to blame. The study found that postmenopausal women who consumed a diet high in refined carbohydrates–particularly added sugars–were more likely to develop insomnia. Women whose diet included…
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