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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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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Ask the Sleep Doctor – Magnesium and Sleep

Dear Dr. Rosenberg, Is there any value to taking magnesium for sleep? I’ve had trouble falling and staying asleep for several years and friends have told me magnesium helps. Answer: Yes, there is some benefit. Several studies have shown that as we age, our magnesium levels fall. This is in part due to decreased bone mass and dietary intake. Magnesium… More →

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Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: sleep apnea and A-Fib, inadequate sleep, eating fish, naps hurting sleep

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Dear Dr. Rosenberg, Is it true that sleep apnea, if untreated, can cause Atrial Fibrillation? Answer: Yes, recent studies have shown that over 50% of patients with atrial fibrillation have sleep apnea. In another study, sleep apnea was found to increase the incidence of A Fib three times the normal. Finally, a number of recent studies have demonstrated that the… More →

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Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders

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Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders  Bright light therapy is a treatment that has been used in patients with disruptions in their circadian rhythms.  This is the internal biological clock that tells the brain and body when it should be awake and when it should sleep.  There are several factors that could disrupt this rhythm, including… More →

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A Placebo May be Effective in Treating Insomnia

The journal, Brain, published new research suggesting that insomnia treatment may not need to include neurofeedback, or training of the brain functions.  Instead, researchers found that patients experienced the same benefits if they just believed they were receiving neurofeedback training. Approximately 10% to 35% of the world’s population suffers from insomnia.  Very few studies have addressed insomnia treatments using non-pharmaceutical… More →

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Keeping A Sleep Diary and Why You May Need One

Sleep Diary – a tool to help you sleep better If you have problems sleeping, keeping a sleep diary may be a good place to start. A sleep diary can provide both you and your healthcare provider with insight on which factors may be interfering with getting the rest you need. Information, such as bedtime routine, sleep schedule and sleep… More →

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