Month: May 2014

Sleeping Pills Up Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping Pills Up Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients Published on May 27, 2014 Sleeping pills increase the risk of cardiovascular events in heart failure patients by eightfold, according to research from Japan. The study was presented this month at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held May 17 to 20 in Athens, Greece. The Congress …

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Shift Work and Lark / Night Owl Tendencies

Even though most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep in a 24-hour day, exactly when our bodies naturally tend to fall asleep and wake up each day can vary. Scientists believe that people have inherent differences in when they sleep and wake best. This natural pattern is a chronotype. Whether you’re a night owl (an evening …

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How Shift Work Affects the Circadian System

When you understand how the body’s circadian systems work, it’s easy to see how keeping an irregular schedule will affect this internal timekeeper. Shift work creates a misalignment between your internal clock and the outside world. When this happens, your body’s timekeeper sends you signals that conflict with the activities you’re trying to do. This may cause your …

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Living & Coping With Shift Work Disorder

Shift work disorder can affect your health, as well as your performance and safety on the job. Physical Health  Shift work has been linked to certain chronic diseases and illnesses. Long-term night shift work is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as metabolic problems, heart disease, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems and obesity. Insufficient …

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Do You Suffer From Shift Work Sleep Disorder? Symptoms Revealed

Shift Work Disorder is a chronic condition that is directly related to your work schedule. Night shifts, rotating shifts, or even an early morning shift can cause the disorder. With the disorder, you have a hard time sleeping when sleep is desired, needed, or expected. Identifying the symptoms of this disorder can help you determine …

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Top Universities Criticize Society for Neglecting Sleep

A recent report in news health documents sentiments from top university researchers who criticize “people and governments” for being “supremely arrogant” in ignoring the importance of sleep. The researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities told BBC’s Day of the Body Clock that lack of sleep was leading to “serious health problems.” The …

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Nationwide “Sleep campaign” launched as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project

AASM Launches Sleep Well, Be Well Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority A nationwide “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign is being launched this week as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). …

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Great printable poster for Treating Insomnia Tips

This great infographic, “Tackling Your Insomnia Symptoms,” is brought to you by the National Sleep Foundation and Merck Laboratories. However, if you find these suggestions are not working for you, be sure to contact us for your consultation for an oral appliance to help your snoring and sleep apnea symptoms so you can get a …

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Have a History of Difficulty Sleeping?

If you’ve noticed a long-term pattern of difficulty sleeping, you may have insomnia. Whether you’ve been unable to fall asleep, stay asleep, or you wake too early, there are tests and treatments that can improve your sleep. The National Sleep Foundation’s insomnia resource center is a helpful source for understanding when, where, and how to …

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New Study Validates Bright Light Therapy

One of the lead researchers on a Harvard Medical School study told delegates at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 66th Annual Meeting that “Light therapy may be a novel nonpharmacological intervention for Parkinson disease.” Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, Clinical Neurological Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, declared that bright-light therapy is safe and …

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Time Magazine Declares Sleep the “New Health Frontier”

Sleep specialists and sleep lab directors can now say, “I told you so,” thanks to an April 2014 Time Magazine feature that boldly declares sleep as nothing less than the “New Health Frontier.” The 1,300-plus word article in the venerable news magazine quotes prominent sleep physicians who readily declare sleep as one of the three …

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Study Deems CPAP “Cost Effective”

With proper compliance, CPAP is clinically effective, but is it cost effective? Researchers at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va, believe the answer is yes. In the study which will appears in the May edition of Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy, lead researcher Mahadevappa Hunasikatti, MD, DPM, FCCP, factored in direct and indirect (work-related injuries, lost …

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Huffington Post Tackles Snoring

Mass media interest in snoring and/or sleep continued this week with the iconic Huffington Post tackling snoring—complete with a slide show of “celebrities who snore” and a top ten list of therapies. “When you are snoring, you’re spending too much energy to breathe,” says M. Safwan Badr, MD, president of the American Academy of Sleep …

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