It’s Not Just Pre-Bed Screen Time that Causes Sleep Loss

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The ideal 7-9 hours of nightly sleep is a recent discovery.  Historical data suggests humans have been struggling to get a good amount of sleep long before the invention of electronic devices.  Broken sleep was normal in industrial times, according to research from Virginia Tech’s sleep historian, Roger Ekirch. Several studies have shown that screen time before bed can interrupt… More →

Some Insomnia Drugs May Be Prescribed Out of Habit

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Multiple factors are responsible for driving the complex clinical decision-making process.  Things like peer pressure, psychological and social dynamics, as well as exposure to pharmaceutical advertising play a role in a physician’s choice of medication to use on patients suffering from insomnia. Harvard Medical School conducted new research, which shows a physician’s choice of insomnia drug is based heavily on… More →

Sleep Quality May be Affected by Air Conditioners

A joint research team from Toyohashi University of Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering published findings that showed air conditioning (AC) airflow stimulates the body during sleep, even when the velocity of the air is lower than an insensible level.  The AC may be affecting sleep conditions.  This indicates… More →

Benefits of Low-Cost Treatments like Massage and Guided Imagery for Insomnia

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Many patients in a progressive care unit suffer from difficulty sleeping, as well as pain and anxiety.  In a recent study, researchers found that clinical massage and guided imagery might be a low-cost benefit to treating insomnia, anxiety, and pain in these patients. The progressive care units in hospitals are for patients who are more stable than patients in the… More →

Research Shows Camping Good for Sleep

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Research Shows Camping will Recover Sleep Patterns Many people stay up late into the night, usually watching some type of screen like a television, phone, or tablet.  Reading is even a major culprit to sleep loss.  Waking up in the morning is rarely easy for most people.  Now, however, scientists have discovered evidence that points toward additional sunlight exposure recovering… More →

Discovery of Breathing Molecule May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

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Targeted treatment for respiratory conditions, especially sleep apnea, are possible with the discovery of a breathing molecule found in new research out of the University of Warwick. The name of the molecule is Connexin26 (Cx26).  It identifies CO2 levels in the blood and then activates the breathing mechanisms that release it, which means it has evolved specifically for this purpose.… More →

Sleep Deprivation Leads to Decreased Immunity

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More consequences of sleep deprivation – decreased immunity Subjective complaints of illness creep up after a prolonged period of sleep loss, and new research points to an explanation of why. Researchers for this study analyzed blood samples of 11 pairs of identical twins.  The different sleep patterns were measured and reviewed, noting that the twin who had more sleep deprivation… More →

Study Shows Midlife Women have no Sleep Benefits from Yoga and Exercise

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New research shows that aerobic exercise and yoga do not significantly impact the sleep disturbances objectively reported by midlife women who experience hot flashes. A randomized control trial was used for secondary analysis of this finding.  Researchers found that neither 12 weeks of cardiac exercise nor 12 weeks of yoga showed any statistically significant differences in the objective measures of… More →

Patients with Muscular Dystrophy Benefit from Sleep Disorder Therapy

Most patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) also suffer from respiratory and sleep disorders.  DM1 is the most common form of muscular dystrophy found in adults.  Recent research published in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases notes that due to the variety of sleep difficulties in DM1 patients, the treatments often do not work on a one-size-fits-all model. Sophie D.… More →

Sleep Education Reduces Risk of Injury and Disability in Firefighters

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Long workweeks and extended shifts have contributed to a high number of firefighters suffering from acute and chronic sleep deprivation, as well as disrupted circadian rhythms, or sleep-wake cycles.  Previous studies have shown a link between long shifts and risk of burnout, sleepiness, errors, and injuries, especially when compared to shorter shifts in first responders, ER physicians, and EMTs.  Furthermore,… More →