Risk of Atrial Fibrillation May be Higher in Patients with Sleep Apnea

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New research, as presented at the 2017 ATS International Conference, found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are at a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF or a-fib). Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by symptoms of repeated events of shallow breathing with occasional cessations of breath during sleep.  These events cause decreased blood oxygen levels and severely disrupt… More →

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Sleep Apnea Hits Low-Income African-American Children the Hardest

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New research shows that severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children is a major issue in Washington D.C.; however, it is more commonly found in African-American children from lower income households, and the diagnosis is usually delayed.  Findings were presented at the ATS 2017 International Conference. Lead author of the study, Dr. Sasikumar Kilaikode Cheruveettara, from Children’s National Health System… More →

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Pollution May be Contributing to Sleep Disturbances

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New research, as presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference, found that exposure to increased levels of air pollution over an extended period may be making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Lead author of the study, Martha E. Billings, MD, notes that studies in the past have shown a correlation between air pollution and increased… More →

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Lonely Young Adults Suffer from Poor Sleep Quality

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More than 2000 young British adults were surveyed by scientists from King’s College London.  Findings suggest a link between poor sleep quality and loneliness. The findings were published in the journal, Psychological Medicine, and noted that lonely people were 24% more likely to experience daytime sleepiness and difficulty concentrating on tasks. King’s College researchers define loneliness as the distress felt… More →

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Study Shows Tai Chi Restores Sleep Health

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Insomnia sufferers know the struggle – worrying about sleep loss makes getting to sleep at night even more difficult.  Research finds that 30% of breast cancer survivors with insomnia are also suffering from fatigue, higher risk of disease, and depression. There is new research that offers hope, however.  A UCLA study found that tai chi, which is a combination of… More →

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Sleeping Pills Increase Risk of Hip Fracture in Older Adults

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New research out of Cardiff University and King’s College London has found that older adults who were recently prescribed popular the sleep drugs, benzodiazepine or another ‘Z-drug’ are at least two and a half times more likely to suffer a hip fracture within the first two weeks of treatment than people who do not use any sleep pills. Professor at… More →

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Attention and Creativity Suffer in Young Adults Who Alternate Between Sleep Deprivation and Sleep Marathons

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New research from Baylor University shows that young adults who frequently alternate between skimping on sleep and sleep marathons have worse creativity and attention, especially if they are working on big projects. Study co-author, Michael Scullin, from Baylor Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, who is also an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, notes that those who had more variability… More →

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Body Temperature, Sleep, and the Circadian Rhythm

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An early study published this week in Neurology, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology, showed that brain injury patients have fluctuating body temperatures that are directly related to their level of consciousness. Dr. Christine Blume, PhD, from the University of Salzburg in Austria led the study.  She noted that the findings suggest the circadian rhythm in brain injury… More →

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Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Loss of Bone Formation

A widespread problem people have is insufficient sleep. A new study has been done on men to see if there is a link to a chronic disease risk factor of bone loss and insufficient sleep. Insufficient sleep may be an unrecognized risk factor for bone loss. On Saturday, the results of this study will be presented at the Endocrine Society’s… More →

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Depression Linked to Diabetics Who Prefer Later Sleep-Wake Times

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New research finds that type 2 diabetics who prefer evening activities and consider themselves night owls are more likely to have symptoms of depression than early birds.  This is true regardless of sleep quality.  These findings will be presented at the 99th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Orlando, Florida this Saturday. Lead author of the study and associate… More →

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