According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have more non-calcified or "bad" plaque in their coronary arteries.
It's Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®, a National Sleep Foundation public awareness campaign to educate drivers about sleep safety. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new study showing that the tragedy of drowsy driving is more pervasive than shown in previous estimates. Their study shows that drowsy driving involves about one in six deadly crashes; one in eight crashes resulting in occupant hospitalization, and one in fourteen crashes in which a vehicle was towed.
50 percent of middle-aged and older adults complain of chronic insomnia symptoms. A recent study by Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University found that millions of these adults may get some relieve from aerobic exercise. The study is the first to examine the effect of aerobic exercise on middle-aged and older adults with a diagnosis of insomnia.
When The Biggest Loser contestants Sherry Johnston and her daughter Ashley arrived at The Biggest Loser's Ranch (Couple's Edition), they already knew they had sleep apnea. They just hadn't been able to treat it.
The first study to examine the association between insufficient sleep and blood pressure among pregnant women found that getting too little or too much sleep in early pregnancy is associated with elevated blood pressure in the third trimester. The study suggests that improving prenatal sleep hygiene may provide important health benefits.
People may not automatically connect sleep to NBC's reality show The Biggest Loser, but sleep is an increasingly important part of this highly successful show. Since the show's seventh season, sleep studies have been added to the contestants' pre-show medical work-ups, and treatment for those with sleep apnea has been provided, courtesy of Philips Respironics. The results have been striking.
What health problems might contribute to weight gain, or make it difficult to lose weight? Is it harder for someone with sleep apnea to lose weight? What weight loss treatment plan and advice do you recommend to your patients with sleep apnea? These are just some of the questions that Dr. Frankie Roman discusses in our latest "Ask the Experts" interview about sleep apnea and weight loss.
A recent study published in the journal SLEEP found that men with chronic insomnia who slept for less than six hours were four times more likely to die during the 14-year follow-up period (odds ratio = 4.33) than men without insomnia who slept for six hours or more. These findings further emphasize the importance of diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Washington State University researchers have discovered the mechanism by which the brain switches from a wakeful to a sleeping state. The finding could clear the way for other discoveries that could improve sleep aids and treatment for strokes and other brain injuries.
Authors of a recent report published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine are concerned that "...evidence is accumulating from cross-sectional population studies to support a robust contemporaneous relationship between shortened sleep duration and unhealthy weight status in children and adolescents."