Do women need more sleep than men? Yes, according to Dr. Jim Horne, Britain's leading expert in sleep science. In an article published in the Daily Mail, Horne explained that on average women need twenty more minutes of sleep than men.
A recent study found that adolescents with earlier bedtimes were less likely to suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide. The findings suggest that going to bed early is a good strategy for lengthening sleep duration and increasing the likelihood of getting enough sleep.
There are many reasons why some people talk during sleep – sleep deprivation, stress, alcohol consumption and daytime sleepiness are just some reasons behind this activity. Sleep talking (formally known as somniloquy) can involve complicated dialogues or monologues, complete gibberish or mumbling.
Teenagers are notorious for staying up late at night. When they are not working on school projects, they are usually socializing late into the night and missing out on valuable sleep. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that as much as two-thirds of high school students get less than seven hour so sleep nightly. The study also found that girls and students in higher grades are getting the least amount of sleep.
Researchers at the University of Chicago recently found that if someone has Type 2 diabetes, it is likely that this condition could worsen if they also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). According to the researchers, obstructive sleep apnea adversely affects glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes and is often undiagnosed.
You know you have insomnia when you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently during the night, wake up too early in the morning and suffer from daytime sleepiness.
Although insomnia is a disorder in its own right, it is often a symptom of some other disease or condition. Stress, worry, pain and jet lag are some factors that contribute to insomnia.
Getting extra sleep to overcome sleep deprivation may seem like the right thing to do, but a recent Harvard Medical School study found that it's not that easy.
The study highlights the effects of chronic sleep loss on performance and demonstrates that it is nearly impossible to "catch up on sleep" to improve performance.
Last weekend National Sleep Foundation's staff had a great time hanging out at the Big Sleep Show pavilion at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo in Washington DC. If you missed it, we've got pictures, and if that's not enough, we hope you can join us at the next National Sleep Foundation Sleep Show at NBC6/Telemundo Health & Fitness Expo in Miami, April 17 - 18, 2010 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
If you have sleep apnea and are overweight, the most important action you can take to cure your sleep apnea is weight loss. Biggest Loser contestant Michael Ventrella recently came to terms with that reality. In a recent interview, Ventrella cited insufficient sleep and poor diet as two factors that resulted in him being the heaviest-ever contestant on the popular TV show about weight loss. At 31, Mr. Ventrella tipped the scale at 526 pounds and had untreated sleep apnea.
The National Sleep Foundation's Big Sleep Show pavilion at the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo will have a special guest this weekend – P.J. Bear! Chief Program Officer, Darrel Drobnich says P.J. Bear will be on hand "to promote the importance of sleep and health to children and their parents."