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14 Jun
Why Music at Bedtime Might Not Be a Great Idea

Why Music at Bedtime Might Not Be a Great Idea

That music at bedtime that's supposed to help you fall asleep may actually have the opposite effect, new research suggests.

It turns out that "earworms," those catchy bits of a composition that can get stuck in a person's head can also interject themselves into a person...

11 Jun
Poor Sleep After Head Injury Could Point to Dementia Risk

Poor Sleep After Head Injury Could Point to Dementia Risk

Sleep disorders may increase the odds for dementia in survivors of traumatic brain injury, new research suggests.

The study included nearly 713,000 patients who were free of dementia when they were treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI) between 2003 and 2013. The sever...

09 Jun
New Links Between Poor Sleep, Diabetes and Death

New Links Between Poor Sleep, Diabetes and Death

A combination of poor sleep and diabetes significantly increases a person's risk of early death, a new study finds.

The analysis of data from nearly 500,000 middle-aged adults in the United Kingdom showed that compared to other folks, the risk of death from any cause ove...

01 Jun
Long-Haul COVID Symptoms? Getting Vaccine Won't Make You Feel Worse, Study Finds

Long-Haul COVID Symptoms? Getting Vaccine Won't Make You Feel Worse, Study Finds

COVID survivors can relax when it comes to vaccination: A new study shows that getting immunized will not worsen any symptoms that linger long after infection, such as breathing difficulties, fatigue and insomnia.

The encouraging takeaway is based on a small analysis tha...

25 May
Bedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might Help

Bedtime With a Pet Won't Harm Your Kid's Sleep - and Might Help

Does your teen have the family cat or dog as a nighttime sleep mate? Is that even good for a child's sleep?

In a new study, sleeping with a four-footed friend appears to be fine for pre-teens and teens. For them, sleeping with a furry family member doesn't appear to nega...

24 May
'Yo-Yo' Dieting May Mean Sleepless Nights for Women

'Yo-Yo' Dieting May Mean Sleepless Nights for Women

So-called yo-yo dieting may increase a woman's risk of insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep problems, a new study suggests.

Yo-yo dieting -- formally called weight cycling -- is defined as losing and regaining 10 pounds or more when not pregnant.

The study include...

12 May
Do Prescription Sleep Medicines Even Work?

Do Prescription Sleep Medicines Even Work?

An estimated 9 million Americans turn to prescription pills when they can't sleep, but a new study of middle-aged women finds taking the drugs for a year or longer may do little good.

Comparing a group of about 200 women who were medicated for sleep problems with over 40...

11 May
Sleep Disorders Cost U.S. Health Care System Nearly $95 Billion Per Year

Sleep Disorders Cost U.S. Health Care System Nearly $95 Billion Per Year

Sleep problems cost America's health care system nearly $95 billion a year and raise the cost of health care by 60%, a new study finds.

Researchers discovered the number of doctor visits and prescriptions was nearly doubled in people with sleep problems such as sleep ap...

28 Apr
Better Sleep May Mean Better Sex for Women

Better Sleep May Mean Better Sex for Women

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.

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

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

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-au...

09 Apr
Stressed, Exhausted: Frontline Workers Faced Big Mental Strain in Pandemic

Stressed, Exhausted: Frontline Workers Faced Big Mental Strain in Pandemic

Doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers in U.S. emergency departments have struggled with significant mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll reveals.

"As the nation moves into what many believe is a fourth wave of COVID, this study i...

07 Apr
1 in 3 COVID Survivors Struggle With Mental Health Issues Months Later

1 in 3 COVID Survivors Struggle With Mental Health Issues Months Later

Doctors are seeing such cases around the world: About a third of COVID-19 patients go on to develop "long-haul" neurological or psychiatric conditions months after being infected, new research shows.

The findings suggest a link between COVID-19 and a higher risk for late...

21 Jan
Premature Menopause May Bring Tougher Symptoms for Women

Premature Menopause May Bring Tougher Symptoms for Women

Menopause is known to bring a variety of unpleasant symptoms ranging from hot flashes to insomnia. Yet, for those who have a condition known as premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), it is much worse, researchers report.

The new study examined the impact of POI, in which...

01 Jan
How to Sleep Better in 2021

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 showe...

23 Dec
Pandemic Taking Big Mental Health Toll on Health Care Workers

Pandemic Taking Big Mental Health Toll on Health Care Workers

Frontline health care workers have been through tremendous challenges this past year while treating COVID-19 patients throughout the world.

It should come as no surprise that many are having trouble emotionally.

A new study looked at the impact of the pandemic on s...

16 Nov
Restful Sleep Could Help Ward Off Heart Failure

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,...

10 Nov
Once Begun, Insomnia Is Tough to Shake: Study

Once Begun, Insomnia Is Tough to Shake: Study

Tossing, turning and can't fall asleep? The answer isn't waiting it out -- it's getting help so your insomnia doesn't persist, a new Canadian study shows.

Among more than 3,000 adults followed for five years, researchers found that 37.5% of those who started the study wi...

20 Oct
Older Adults Turning to Pot for Common Health Problems

Older Adults Turning to Pot for Common Health Problems

Marijuana is fast becoming a favorite medication among older Americans, a new study finds.

Cannabis is being used to ease problems such as pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression, researchers say.

Among more than 55...

21 Sep
Too Much or Too Little Sleep Bad for Your Brain

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 ni...

24 Aug
Do Your Sleep Patterns Affect Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?

Do Your Sleep Patterns Affect Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease?

Disturbed sleep doesn't cause Alzheimer's disease, but some sleep patterns may be more common in people who have a high genetic risk for it, a new study reports.

Those patterns include being a morning person, having shorter sleep duration and being less likely to hav...

26 Jun
Need Better Sleep? Get a Partner

Need Better Sleep? Get a Partner

Happy couples apparently make good bedfellows. New research says that when happy couples sleep together, they tend to have more -- and less disrupted -- rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

The REM phase of sleep is when you dream, and it's been linked to emotion regulat...

22 Jun
Yes, Bad Sleep Does Make People Grumpy

Yes, Bad Sleep Does Make People Grumpy

Not getting enough sleep can kill your mood the morning after, Norwegian researchers report.

"Not in the sense that we have more negative feelings, like being down or depressed," said lead author Ingvild Saksvik-Lehouillier of the Norwegian University of Science and...

12 Jun
Are Hardened Arteries a Risk Factor for Poor Slumber?

Are Hardened Arteries a Risk Factor for Poor Slumber?

If you can't sleep well at night, the problem may be rooted in hardened arteries, a new study suggests.

"We've discovered that fragmented sleep is associated with a unique pathway -- chronic circulating inflammation throughout the bloodstream -- which, in turn, is l...

04 Jun
How to Get Better Sleep While Working at Home

How to Get Better Sleep While Working at Home

For many, work-at-home orders aimed at fighting the COVID-19 pandemic have had an unintended side effect: sleep loss.

"We've seen a significant increase in reports of stress-related insomnia in recent months," said Julio Fernandez-Mendoza of the Penn State Health Sle...

26 May
Banishing Pandemic Worries for a Good Night's Sleep

Banishing Pandemic Worries for a Good Night's Sleep

If anxiety and fear about COVID-19 are keeping you awake, rest assured: Adopting a few easy-to-follow habits will help you get a good night's sleep.

"Now more than ever, we need to get good sleep," said Dr. Amy Guralnick, a pulmonologist at Loyola Medicine in Chicago...

16 May
Insomnia May Forecast Depression, Thinking Problems in Older People

Insomnia May Forecast Depression, Thinking Problems in Older People

Insomnia may significantly increase the risk that older adults will be unable to shake off depression, researchers say.

For the study, the investigators analyzed data on nearly 600 people over age 60 who visited primary care centers in New York City, Philadelphia and...

14 Apr
Using Pot to Help You Sleep? It Could Backfire

Using Pot to Help You Sleep? It Could Backfire

Teenagers who use marijuana to fall asleep may be setting themselves up for insomnia later in life, a new study suggests.

It is widely known that many people rely on marijuana as a sleep aid. In a 2018 survey of 1,000 marijuana users in Colorado, 74% reported th...

14 Apr
Sleep Troubles Hit Health Care Workers During Pandemic

Sleep Troubles Hit Health Care Workers During Pandemic

Many health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are struggling with sleep, a new study finds.

The researchers also found that those with insomnia were more likely to have depression, anxiety and stress-based trauma.

The study include...

06 Mar
Skipping Sleep to Watch Sports Is the Real March Madness

Skipping Sleep to Watch Sports Is the Real March Madness

No matter whether your favorite team wins or loses, March Madness will likely put a slam dunk on your sleep habits.

For many Americans, staying up late to watch NCAA basketball tournament games is a much-anticipated annual rite. But the American Academy of Sleep Medi...

04 Mar
Erratic Sleep Habits May Boost Risk of Heart Problems: Study

Erratic Sleep Habits May Boost Risk of Heart Problems: Study

People with irregular sleep patterns may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 2,000 Americans between 45 and 84 years of age who did not have heart disease. Participants wore a wrist device that...

13 Dec
Could Carb-Heavy Meals Keep You From Good Sleep?

Could Carb-Heavy Meals Keep You From Good Sleep?

Pasta, white bread, sugary candy and baked goods: Americans love them, but could all those "refined" carbohydrates and sugars be keeping people up at night?

About 30% of Americans have insomnia, and a new study finds carb-heavy diets may share part of the blame.<...

10 Oct
Lack of Sleep May Cause Thinking Declines in Hispanics

Lack of Sleep May Cause Thinking Declines in Hispanics

If you're Hispanic and missing out on needed sleep, a new study suggests that could make you more prone to memory problems and possibly Alzheimer's disease.

"This finding is particularly important because Hispanics have a significantly hig...

03 Oct
For Insomniacs, Sleep Aids Can Ease a Troubled Mind

For Insomniacs, Sleep Aids Can Ease a Troubled Mind

People with severe insomnia may find that a sedative helps them sleep and banishes thoughts of suicide, a new study suggests.

"If you have a patient who complains that their sleep has taken a turn for the worse, then there is reason to open the door to a question ab...

19 Aug
How Sleep Woes May Strain Your Heart

How Sleep Woes May Strain Your Heart

If you spend a lot of nights watching the clock instead of sleeping, new research suggests you may need to be as concerned about your heart health as you are about lost shut-eye.

People with genetic variants linked to insomnia have an incr...

10 Jul
Sleep : The Right Prescription for Your Health

Sleep : The Right Prescription for Your Health

Getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night is essential for your good health, according to sleep experts.

Too little sleep not only makes you tired and cranky all day, it also has other unwanted side effects, including decreased creativity and accuracy, increased ...

02 Jul
For Many, Pot Is Now an Alternative to Opioids or Sleep Meds

For Many, Pot Is Now an Alternative to Opioids or Sleep Meds

In places where it's legal, people are often turning to pot to relieve pain and insomnia, a new study finds.

For many, cannabis is replacing over-the-counter painkillers, prescription opioids and sleep aids.

"These aren't the only reasons people are using ...

25 Feb
Insomnia May Be in Your Genes

Insomnia May Be in Your Genes

Can't sleep at night? Perhaps genetics is to blame.

In a new study, dozens of gene regions linked to insomnia have been pinpointed, and researchers also report a link between insomnia and heart disease.

American and British investigators analyzed data from...

29 Jan
Why Sleepless Nights Can Mean More Painful Days

Why Sleepless Nights Can Mean More Painful Days

If you were up all night and you ache all over the next morning, your lack of sound slumber might be to blame.

New research found that sleep loss delivered a double whammy to the brain that all but guaranteed greater levels of body pain.

"Activity in the so...

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