Insomnia linked to more suicidal thoughts and disease severity in schizophrenia patients

Insomnia is a common problem in patients with schizophrenia, and a new study reinforces a close association between insomnia, more suicidal thoughts and actions and increased problems like anxiety and depression in these patients. It also provides more evidence that keeping tabs on how patients are sleeping — and intervening when needed — is important to their overall care. We […]

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Statins side effects: Drug can cause sleep disturbances including insomnia and nightmares

Statins: How the drug prevents heart attacks and strokes When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters.Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.You can unsubscribe at any time. Statin therapy is the cornerstone for primary […]

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Small negative lifestyle changes during COVID-19 lockdown could accumulate, say researchers

An interesting new study by researchers in Australia, which has been published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that lifestyle changes due to pandemic restrictions on outdoor mobility have been small. But they warn that these may accumulate over time. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the rapid and extensive spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus […]

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Once Begun, Insomnia Is Tough to Shake: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2020 — 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 with insomnia still had it five years later. The persistence […]

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Study shows weighted blankets can decrease insomnia severity

Weighted blankets are a safe and effective intervention in the treatment of insomnia, according to Swedish researchers who found that insomnia patients with psychiatric disorders experienced reduced insomnia severity, improved sleep and less daytime sleepiness when sleeping with a weighted chain blanket. Results of the randomized, controlled study show that participants using the weighted blanket for four weeks reported significantly […]

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I’m almost always tired throughout the day and at school, but usually have trouble going to sleep at night. I’ll just get to bed and be awake still for hours. How do I go to sleep faster? Do things like taking melatonin supplements help?

Thanks for your question. There are lots of things can affect sleep including loud noises, bright lights, stress, and recent physical activity. Some people also can have a tough time falling asleep. Here are some tips: Try to go to bed and wake up at approximately the same time every day. This includes weekends. It is okay to sleep in […]

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Sleeping pills reduce suicidal thoughts in patients with severe insomnia

Insomnia is a driver of suicide, and particularly people with severe insomnia may safely benefit from taking a sedative to help address their sleep problems as it reduces their suicidal thoughts, investigators report. “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 […]

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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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