Athletes who extended their sleep to 10 hours each night experienced improved performance and mood, according to a study presented at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Researchers at Stanford University asked five healthy students on the Stanford women’s tennis team to maintain their normal sleep/wake cycle for two to three weeks, then extend their sleep for five to six weeks.
Even when you’re on vacation, you can’t take a break from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP is the leading therapy for sleep apnea. Patients wear a face or nasal mask during sleep. The mask, connected to a pump, provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open. What keeps you alert and refreshed at home will serve you well on your travels. Besides, research shows that taking even one night off of CPAP can increase a person’s risk for an automobile crash. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when you travel.
With parents relying more and more on low-cost fast food, childhood obesity is likely to increase during the recession, according to a report by the Foundation for Child Development. The report — titled "Anticipating the Impacts of a 2008-2010 Recession" — notes that the rate of overweight children and adolescents has been on an "increasing long-term upward trend since the 1970s." The report concludes that current economic troubles could add cases of "recession obesity" to the already increasing trend of overweight and obese children. This epidemic of obesity in children is serious.
The use of nighttime media-related technology and a reliance on caffeinated beverages are affecting teens' ability to stay alert and fully functional throughout the day, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers asked subjects, middle and high school students aged 12 to 18 years old from a suburb of Philadelphia, about their sleep behavior, technology use and caffeine intake. According to the study, one-third of the students reported falling asleep during school and caffeine consumption among students who fell asleep was 76 percent higher.
Do you ever look at the person driving the car next to yours or the person sitting on the subway next to you and wonder "what kind of sleeper is he/she?" Probably not. But what if you could determine even more about a person by knowing just a little about his/her sleep habits. Using data derived from the answers to the 2005 Sleep in America poll, the National Sleep Foundation found five clusters or "sleep personality" types.
A lullaby might do more than help infants fall asleep at night. According to a review in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, music could improve behavior and help reduce pain in premature infants. Researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada, conducted a review of nine studies that looked at the therapeutic benefits of music on preterm infants. Because of the quality of the studies, researchers were unable to form a definitive conclusion; however, they stated that there is preliminary evidence that music can help in specific cases.
Gadgets and sleep usually mix as well as a shot of espresso and a quick nap. Televisions and computers are sleep-stealing culprits. But an article in PC World found that your gadgets may be able to solve sleep problems instead of cause them. Here are some of examples, courtesy of PC World:
Does adding cereal to a baby's diet help him or her sleep longer? Not really, according to a USA Today article that busts medical myths. The article states that parents and pediatricians have been perpetuating the myth that cereal helps infants sleep more. Studies as far back as 1974 have shown that infants who are given cereal don't get any more sleep than babies without cereal in their diet, according to USA Today. The article also disproves another sleep myth that says you should never wake a sleepwalker.
Cases of sleep apnea are highly prevalent among National Football League retirees, in particular linemen, according to data presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session. Researchers looked at 167 retired NFL players and found that 60 percent of linemen experienced an average of 18.1 episodes of sleep-disordered breathing per hour. According to a United Press International article, the linemen also had an average body-mass index of 34.2 — well above what is considered obese.