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Sleep Experts Warn Against Giving Melatonin to Children

The American Academy of Sleep is advising parents not to give their kids melatonin without talking to their doctors first.

One Type of App May Be Especially Bad for Teen Sleep, New Study Finds

Not all devices and apps have the same impact on teenage sleep, researchers say.

Work Worries Keep Young Adults Awake on Sunday Nights

One-third of young adults say work worries prevent them from falling asleep on Sunday nights, a new survey finds.

7 Hours of Sleep Ideal for Brain Function, Study Finds

Researchers say 7 hours of sleep a night is optimal for cognitive performance and mental health in middle age.

A Lack of Sleep Increases Unhealthy Belly Fat, New Study Finds.

Insufficient sleep increases calorie intake and may cause a buildup of dangerous, visceral fat, researchers say.

Sleeping in a Light Room May Hurt Your Heart, Study Finds

Exposure to artificial light when you slumber increases your heart rate and insulin resistance, researchers warn.

HealthDay Now: Solving Sleep Problems Without Drugs, Herbal Remedies

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong is joined by Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, to discuss the treatment options for chronic sleep problems and when to consider turning to medication.

HealthDay Now: Secrets to Good Sleep

HealthDay’s Mabel Jong is joined by Dr. Rajkumar Dasgupta, spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Dr. Robin Miller, an integrative medicine specialist, to find out the keys to improving sleep and the consequences of not getting enough.

Study Suggests a Perfect Bedtime for your Heart

Going to sleep between 10pm and 11pm may lower your risk of heart disease, researchers say.

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06 Oct
Late-Night Meals Especially Bad for Weight Gain: Study

Late-Night Meals Especially Bad for Weight Gain: Study

Your fondness for midnight snacks has caused you to pack on the pounds over the years, and now researchers have a better understanding of why.

While late-night eating has long been linked with an increased risk for obesity, researchers weren't sure exactly how it caused ...

28 Sep
Sleep Experts Warn Against Giving Melatonin to Children

Sleep Experts Warn Against Giving Melatonin to Children

Use of the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin is increasing among young people, and calls to poison control centers and visits to the emergency room are also on the rise.

This is mostly because young children and teens are accidentally ingesting more of the supplement...

22 Sep
A Good Night's Sleep Recharges Immune System

A Good Night's Sleep Recharges Immune System

If you want to stay well, make sure you're getting enough sleep.

That's the conclusion of a new study that found that good sleep helps regulate a key component of the...

22 Sep
Lots of Nightmares in Middle Age Might Be Warning Sign of Dementia

Lots of Nightmares in Middle Age Might Be Warning Sign of Dementia

No one likes nightmares, but having persistently bad dreams may also signal impending dementia, new British research suggests....

21 Sep
Late Bedtimes Could Raise Your Odds for Diabetes, Heart Trouble

Late Bedtimes Could Raise Your Odds for Diabetes, Heart Trouble

If you’re constantly burning the midnight oil, you may be setting yourself up for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

When compared with folks who go to bed early and wake with the sun, night owls are more likely to be insulin-resistant, a new study finds. When the body...

16 Sep
Seniors, This Daily Routine May Keep You Sharper, Happier

Seniors, This Daily Routine May Keep You Sharper, Happier

Older adults who rise and shine early every day may have sharper minds and fewer depression symptoms, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that U.S. adults aged 65 and older who typically got up early — before 7 a.m. — then stayed active throughout the day per...

14 Sep
Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

A new study hands parents what seems like a miraculous gift: A simple, free technique that takes just 13 minutes to put wailing infants to sleep.

Researchers in Japan fo...

13 Sep
One App Is Especially Bad for Teens' Sleep

One App Is Especially Bad for Teens' Sleep

Many teens look at screens at bedtime, but some apps are more likely to keep them awake than others, leading to sleep problems.

That's the upshot of a new study in which researchers found YouTube fa...

30 Aug
Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Top-Selling Mattress a 'Health Hazard'

Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Top-Selling Mattress a 'Health Hazard'

Customers who bought a bestselling mattress sold on Amazon and at retailers nationwide are suing the manufacturer amid claims that

24 Aug
America's Love Affair With Sleeping Pills May Be Waning

America's Love Affair With Sleeping Pills May Be Waning

Fewer Americans are turning to sleep medications to fight insomnia.

After a dramatic rise in prescriptions for drugs like Ambien, the trend has ebbed, according to a new study, and fewer doctors a...

24 Aug
Poor Sleep Can Make Folks Selfish, Study Finds

Poor Sleep Can Make Folks Selfish, Study Finds

The health risks of losing sleep are well known, ranging from heart disease to depression, but who knew that too little sleep can also make you selfish?

That's the takeaway of new research from the University of California, Berkeley.

"This new work demonstrates tha...

24 Aug
Too Little Sleep Could Have Teens Piling on Pounds

Too Little Sleep Could Have Teens Piling on Pounds

New research suggests that not getting enough sleep may doom adolescents and teens to obesity and poorer health as they enter adulthood.

16 Aug
Veterans Often Reluctant to Admit Struggles With Sleep, Addictions

Veterans Often Reluctant to Admit Struggles With Sleep, Addictions

A new study of U.S. military veterans reveals they are more comfortable getting help for physical ills than for mental health issues.

"The majority of participants indicated they would be willing to seek treatment for both physical and mental health problems. However, th...

03 Aug
Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions respons...

01 Aug
Work Worries Keep Lots of Americans Awake Sunday Nights

Work Worries Keep Lots of Americans Awake Sunday Nights

Don't be afraid of Sunday night.

Good sleep habits can ward off the so-called “Sunday scaries” — the worry about returning to work on Monday morning that keeps many folks tossing and turning on Sunday night.

A recent American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) ...

11 Jul
Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

Long, restful and - most importantly - regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.

Researchers found that

23 Jun
Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You're Far From Alone, Survey Finds

Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You're Far From Alone, Survey Finds

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, you are not alone.

About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them

22 Jun
Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your Health

Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your Health

Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night's sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests.

Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room ...

21 Jun
Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on

17 Jun
Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.

Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall ...

10 Jun
Singles or Couples: Who Sleeps Better?

Singles or Couples: Who Sleeps Better?

You might think that having the whole bed to yourself would leave you feeling more refreshed in the morning than sleeping with someone who might toss, turn or snore.

Yet, a new st...

09 Jun
Sleep With Your Pet? Survey Finds You're Not Alone

Sleep With Your Pet? Survey Finds You're Not Alone

If you sleep with Fido or Fluffy, you're in good company, a new survey shows.

Nearly half of respondents to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) poll said they share t...

08 Jun
Bad Sleep May Be Bad News for People With COPD

Bad Sleep May Be Bad News for People With COPD

If you have COPD, new research suggests you might want to pay close attention to getting good sleep.

Poo...

08 Jun
Nightmares Can Sometimes Warn of Parkinson's Onset

Nightmares Can Sometimes Warn of Parkinson's Onset

Nightmares can be unsettling for anyone, but new research from Britain suggests that bad dreams may signal the start of

03 Jun
Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

It's a startling statistic: A new study finds the number of kids accidentally poisoned by the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin has soared by 530% over the past decade.

F...

20 May
Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

Anyone who's tried to sleep on a hot summer night knows how hard it is to nod off when the mercury is rising.

So it's no surprise that global warming is likely to cost people more and more shut-eye as temperatures around the world rise.

By the end of this century, ...

20 May
Restful Night's Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women

Restful Night's Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women

For many women, having it all may mean forgoing a decent night's sleep.

Women in the United States are less likely to get a good night's sleep and more likely to report daytime sleepiness ...

17 May
Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners - linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States - will be banned under a new law

09 May
Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

It might seem like an unlikely connection at first, but a new study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues -- and maybe other problems --- when their parents can't afford diapers.

"Sleep promotes brain development and solidifies learning and memory," noted s...

03 May
Scientists Calculate Perfect Amount of Sleep for Folks Over 40

Scientists Calculate Perfect Amount of Sleep for Folks Over 40

Are you over 40 and wonder what the magic amount of sleep every night might be? A new study arrives at an answer.

It turns out that seven hours of sleep a night may be the ideal amount for keeping your brain in good health if you're middle-aged or older.

"Getting a...

26 Apr
Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

Having trouble getting your shut-eye during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You may be at increased risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

That's the key takeaway from

22 Apr
Tongue Stimulator Shows Promise as Sleep Apnea Treatment in Kids With Down Syndrome

Tongue Stimulator Shows Promise as Sleep Apnea Treatment in Kids With Down Syndrome

Children with Down syndrome are more likely than other kids to have sleep apnea, and existing treatments often fail to work.

Now, an implanted device that stimulates tongue nerves shows promise in reducing their sleep disruptions, a new study finds.

A device calle...

20 Apr
Is a Drug for Sleep Apnea on the Horizon?

Is a Drug for Sleep Apnea on the Horizon?

The most common treatments for sleep apnea are mechanical -- CPAP machines, mouthguards and the like.

But researchers think they've found a drug that might ease sleep apnea in some.

The drug sulthiame, normally used to treat epilepsy, appeared to reduce breathing p...

09 Apr
Devices That Can Help You Get a Restful Night's Sleep

Devices That Can Help You Get a Restful Night's Sleep

If you're thinking about getting a device to help you sleep better, an expert offers some advice.

Sleep-tracking devices range from those that recor...

08 Apr
Heart Disease & Sleepless Nights Often Go Together

Heart Disease & Sleepless Nights Often Go Together

Insomnia is widespread in heart disease patients and significantly boosts the risk of heart attack, stroke or other major heart event, a new study says.

The findings show the need to check for and treat sleep problems in heart disease patients, according to researchers.<...

08 Apr
New Insights Into Why Alzheimer's Can Bring Drowsiness

New Insights Into Why Alzheimer's Can Bring Drowsiness

Alzheimer's patients are often drowsy during the day, but it might not be because of poor sleep at night.

Instead, a clinical trial that monitored patients' sleep and then studied ...

05 Apr
How a Lack of Sleep Can Widen Your Waistline

How a Lack of Sleep Can Widen Your Waistline

People who choose to skip sleep to study, work or play late into the night may find they've extended not just their waking hours but also their tummies.

A small new study found that the basic problem sources back to the fact that people who don't get enough

30 Mar
Nap at Preschool May Boost Tots' Learning

Nap at Preschool May Boost Tots' Learning

Many parents of preschoolers insist that naps are essential to recharge their little ones during the day and improve their mood.

Turns out that daytime shut-eye may also boost early literacy skills.

18 Mar
Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

Those most at risk for misusing medical ma...

17 Mar
Lots of Napping Could Raise a Senior's Odds for Alzheimer's

Lots of Napping Could Raise a Senior's Odds for Alzheimer's

Taking longer or more frequent naps during the day may sound enticing, but it may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's disease.

Older adults who nap throughout the day may be more likely to develop

15 Mar
Even a Little Light in Your Bedroom Could Harm Health

Even a Little Light in Your Bedroom Could Harm Health

People who sleep with a light on may be unwittingly keeping their nervous system awake, a small study suggests.

The study of 20 healthy adults found that just one night of sleeping with the li...

11 Mar
Sleep Experts Call for End to Twice-a-Year Time Changes

Sleep Experts Call for End to Twice-a-Year Time Changes

Spring and fall time changes for daylight saving time should be scrapped because they pose health and safety risks, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) says.

Moving clocks ahead and losing an hour of sleep presents

11 Mar
As Clocks Spring Forward, Keep Sleep on Track

As Clocks Spring Forward, Keep Sleep on Track

You may only worry about losing an hour of sleep when the clocks spring forward this Sunday, but the time change can also be dangerous for your health, an expert says.

Research shows that the risk of stroke, heart attack and traffic accidents all increase in the days fol...

03 Mar
Exercise Helps You Sleep, But Which Workout Is Best?

Exercise Helps You Sleep, But Which Workout Is Best?

Folks tussling with lousy sleep often turn to the sidewalk or the treadmill or the bike, figuring that aerobic exercise will earn them a few more minutes of solid snoozing.

They might be better off hefting some weights, a new study argues.

Resistance exercise appea...

23 Feb
Millions of Americans Are Taking Risky Opioid/Sedative Combo

Millions of Americans Are Taking Risky Opioid/Sedative Combo

Millions of American adults take a potentially deadly duo of prescription opioid painkillers and sedatives at the same time, researchers warn.

The side effects of concurrent use of op...

17 Feb
Sleepless Children Often Become Sleepless Adults: Study

Sleepless Children Often Become Sleepless Adults: Study

Young children who struggle with insomnia face a very high risk for more of the same as young adults, a new study warns.

Investigators found that 43% of children who suffer from insom...

07 Feb
Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

Many Americans are working hard to get a good night's sleep, and feeling the effects when they miss the mark.

About 32% of people feel more tired these days than they did before the pandemic began, according to the results of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey. ...

04 Feb
Pandemic Worsening Americans' Already Terrible Sleep, Poll Finds

Pandemic Worsening Americans' Already Terrible Sleep, Poll Finds

Many Americans are bone-weary following two straight years of pandemic stress, and a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows that sleeplessness is only part of the problem.

One-third of poll participants said they feel more tired now than they did before March 2020, the...

03 Feb
Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

The ne...

01 Feb
Melatonin's Popularity Rises, Along With Hidden Dangers

Melatonin's Popularity Rises, Along With Hidden Dangers

Americans have tossed and turned their way through the pandemic, and a new study shows they are increasingly turning to melatonin in an attempt to get some good rest.

But the researchers also issued a warning, because some folks are using amounts that pose a risk to thei...

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