Study suggests women may be undertreated for obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been considered a predominantly male disease. While more women have been diagnosed with OSA in recent years, the numbers remain disproportionate, with 3-to-5 times more men than women receiving an OSA diagnosis. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Yale School of Medicine set out to understand this disparity and its causes. They found that […]

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Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep

Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study from Boston Medical Center (BMC). Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or 1-on-1 PT, […]

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Study finds links between early screen exposure, sleep disruption and EBD in kids

Digital media have become an integral part of lifestyles in recent years, and the ubiquity of digital devices coupled with poor screen use habits can have a detrimental effect on the developmental and psychosocial well-being of children. A new study by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), together with National University of Singapore, has found that first exposure earlier than […]

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The night gardeners: Immune cells rewire, repair brain while we sleep

Science tells us that a lot of good things happen in our brains while we sleep—learning and memories are consolidated and waste is removed, among other things. New research shows for the first time that important immune cells called microglia—which play an important role in reorganizing the connections between nerve cells, fighting infections, and repairing damage—are also primarily active while […]

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Sleep myths debunked, from swallowing spiders to drinking before bed

Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale that you swallow eight spiders in your sleep over the course of your life? Turns out you’re not alone, as a poll from US firm Mattress Advisor and OnePoll suggests. They tested the knowledge of 2,000 Americans to see just how much they know about the science of sleep and whether certain […]

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Rare sleep disorder common among veterans with PTSD

Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or concussion suffer from a thrashing form of sleep behavior at a rate that is far higher than the general population, according to a new study by researchers at the VA Portland Health Care System and Oregon Health & Science University. The finding was published online this week in the journal Sleep. Researchers next […]

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Cozy Swaddle Blankets That'll Lull Your Baby to Sleep

Navigating nap and bedtime as a new mom can be intimidating. Hell, navigating sleep schedules as a seasoned mom can be intimidating because no two babies are exactly the same. Luckily, there are tried-and-true tricks that make lulling your little one to sleep a bit easier, like feeding them a warm bottle before putting them down to sleep and finding […]

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Does lack of sleep alter fat metabolism?

To find out how the uncomfortable schedule affected metabolism, the researchers gave participants a standardised high-fat dinner, a bowl of chilli mac, after four nights of sleep restriction. A new study adds to mounting evidence that lack of sleep can be harmful, saying that it can make people feel less full after eating, leading to the fat in food being […]

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Alzheimer’s research increasingly focused on links to sleep and other behaviors

Sleep and other behavioral topics are growing within Alzheimer’s disease research, according to a new report released today by Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health. To coincide with World Alzheimer’s Month, Elsevier analyzed Alzheimer’s research published since the 1970s offering a comprehensive view of the landscape of Alzheimer’s research worldwide for the past 50 years. […]

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