The 2010 Sleep in America poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reveals significant differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. It is the first poll to examine sleep among these four ethnic groups.
Former President Bill Clinton recently admitted that lack of sleep added to some of his health problems. "I didn't sleep much for a month, that probably accelerated what was already going on," Clinton said as he counseled young people to make smart health choices while they are young to improve their lives for later years.
A recent study published in the journal Sleep Medicine found that behavioral therapy for insomnia coupled with pain medication improves the sleep of ailing patients. This is good news for people struggling with Fibromyalgia which is a medical syndrome that causes widespread pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints as well as sleep problems and chronic daytime fatigue.
A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics and conducted at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center has revealed that over 96% of infants who have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) were exposed to known risk factors, with 78% encountering multiple risk factors. SIDS, the unexpected death of an infant while asleep, is the third leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.
Ever had a nightmare or a dream worth remembering but just can't? Chances are you could be suffering with sleep apnea. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found suffering from obstructive sleep apnea drastically reduces nightmare recall.
Researchers have found yet another reason why people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) should get tested and treated for the disease. According to a recent study published in the journal SLEEP, patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea syndrome demonstrated reduced brain gray matter concentration. "Gray matter" refers to the cerebral cortex, where most information processing in the brain takes place.
Childhood obesity is a top concern for parents and health care providers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 9 million children in the USA between the ages 6 – 19 years are overweight or obese. While good diet and exercise are two important steps to overcoming childhood obesity, a new study published in the research journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that family behavior may well be the key to fighting childhood obesity.
For the 18 million people living with sleep apnea, under 50% regularly use their CPAP mask while sleeping at night. Common patient complaints are that the masks, which opens the upper airway with pressurized air through a tube, are uncomfortable, awkward, and claustrophobic. Rates of sleep apnea are rising in the US and many people go undiagnosed.
Who needs more sleep – younger adults or older adults? A good night's sleep is essential to good health regardless of age, but those in good health tend to sleep at least 20 minutes less than those that are not. A recent study in the journal SLEEP found that adults free of sleep disorders and other serious health problems need less sleep than young adults. The study also confirmed that although older adults wake up more at night, good overall health would not require that they take a nap during the day.
When a new baby enters the picture, it is sometimes difficult for working parents to get a good night of sleep. The Wall Street Journal recently offered a few coping tips through their blog "The Juggle" which examines the choices and trade-offs people make as they juggle work and family. According to the writers, parents who are juggling their professional life with caring for an infant can get better sleep if they -