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Treating Sleep Apnea Improves Appearance

Sleep apnea is risky for many aspects of health, and getting effective treatment may not only reduce the risk of major health problems, but improve your appearance. Getting treatment for a common sleep problem may do more than help you sleep better – it may help you look better over the long term, too, according […]

An Effective Alternative to CPAP for OSA

For treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), continuous positive airway pressure, commonly known as CPAP, is the standard treatment. The CPAP, an air pressure device with a mask worn during sleep, is very (99%) effective at maintaining airflow and reducing...

Beauty Sleep? Study Suggests CPAP Therapy May Lead to More Alert, Youthful, and Attractive Appearance

A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests that CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea may help users to appear more alert, youthful, and attractive. The research, conducted by lead investigator Ronald D. Show More Summary

Blocking blue light helps sleep?

The disruptive effects of artificial light on sleep are well documented, and have received an increasing amount of attention in recent years—with good reason. Nighttime exposure to artificial light—which for the great majority of us happens without much thought or...

Exercise improves sleep, but it takes time to reap the benefits

You’ve heard me say it before: exercise is good for sleep. Research has documented the benefits of exercise to improving sleep patterns. Exercise lifts mood and reduces stress. It can strengthen circadian rhythms, promoting daytime alertness and helping bring on...

Sleep Helps Regenerate Protective Brain Cells

Brain cells are insulated and protected by myelin, a material essential for normal brain function. Scientists have discovered that sleep plays a key role in the growth of these cells, suggested sleep may be required for normal brain maintenance and repair. Sleep increases the reproduction of the cells that go on to form the insulating […]

The coffee & mortality connection: too much coffee can be serious.

Do you rely on several cups of coffee throughout the day to keep yourself focused and alert? Many people start the morning with a cup of hot coffee, and then continue to drink it all day long. It’s no secret...

New Sleep Articles Available from August

Explore the latest articles on sleep-related topics for August. Consider the long-term prognosis of common sleep disorders, including insomnia, restless legs syndrome (RLS), and sleep behaviors called parasomnias. Learn the definition of tachyphylaxis and tolerance and how these concepts relate to the use of sleeping pills. Show More Summary

CDC report: 9 million using prescription sleep aids

Have you taken a sleeping pill in the past month? If so, you’ve got plenty of company. In the past 30 days, approximately 9 million adults in the United States—that’s 4 % of the population— used prescription medication to help...

Could camping help your insomnia?

Summer is quickly drawing to a close. Have you spent any time camping outside under the stars? If the answer is no, you might want to think about pulling out that tent from the garage. Camping can be a lot...

Too little sleep and weight gain? It’s a brain thing

Does your appetite change when you’re tired? If you’re short on sleep, do you find yourself craving junk food and sweets? Turns out, this dynamic isn’t just in your head. But it is in your brain. We talk a lot...

Sleep-Wake Cycles Depend on Specific Proteins in the Brain

Researchers have discovered a key factor in how our circadian clocks are set. New work describes the role of a protein in our body’s clock, and how it changes the way the body adapts to light and dark. Overnight flights across the Atlantic, graveyard shifts, stress-induced insomnia are all prime culprits in keeping us from […]

Does your job pose hazards to your sleep?

For many of us, our work gives shape to our daily lives. Most of us must work to support ourselves, our households, and our families. It’s not uncommon to spend more waking time on the job or otherwise engaged with...

Exercise May Help Insomnia in the Long Term, But It’s No Quick Fix

Many with insomnia receive the advice to get more exercise during the day, but a new study shows that this has little effect on sleep that night. While there may be long-term benefits of exercise for sleep, it’s no magic cure for insomnia, experts underline. Exercise is a common prescription for insomnia. But spending 45 […]

Poor sleep in pregnancy can lead to complications at birth

Pregnancy can pose serious challenges to sleeping well. Poor quality and too little sleep are common during pregnancy, when many women experience fragmented sleep and symptoms of insomnia. Even women who don’t generally experience sleep problems find that during pregnancy...

Is The Moon Affecting Your Sleep?

The relationship between human behavior and the phases of the moon has long been the stuff of legend and folklore. Werewolves aside, cultures throughout history have paid great attention—and celebration—to lunar phases. Beliefs about a connection between some of our...

Type 2 Diabetes? Hypertension? Get Tested for Sleep Apnea!

If you suffer from type 2 diabetes or hypertension, you should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea by a physician who is board-certified in sleep medicine. This is a recommendation recently issued for the first time by the American Academy...

Regular bedtimes for children aid development

Parents know that bedtime can be one of the most challenging times of the day, particularly for young children. Babies cry and cling. Toddlers bargain, stall, and melt down when things don’t go their way. At the end of a...

Where Did Our Love Go? Try Getting Some Sleep.

Want to keep your relationship harmonious? Make sure you and your partner both get enough sleep—every night. Sleeplessness interferes with our ability to manage conflict in relationships and makes us more likely to fight with our partners, according to new...

New Sleep Articles Available from July

Check out some of the latest articles that have been published on the site in July. Learn about rapid maxillary expansion and how it might be used to treat sleep apnea in children. Review some of the most common misunderstandings about parasomnias like sleepwalking and night terrors. Show More Summary

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