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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

Women: Poor Sleep, Inflammation and Heart Disease

Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is one important way to protect the health of your heart. Poor and insufficient sleep is associated with a range of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and heart failure. Both...

Sleep apnea and sudden cardiac death

There’s important news for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing: new research has shown OSA may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death. A large-scale study of more than 10,000 adults over a period of 15...

Insomnia impairs emotional regulation

The relationship between disordered sleep and emotional health is an intricate one, as each can influence the other for better and worse. Stress and worry, as well as mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can interfere with sleep. And...

Abdominal fat in men linked to sleep apnea

Obesity has long been considered one of the most important risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea in adults. In particular, visceral fat—a type of fat that collects in the abdomen—is increasingly regarded as a particularly significant risk factor for sleep...

New Sleep Articles Available from June Focus on Sleep Eating

Explore some of the latest sleep articles from June, many of which focus on sleep-related eating. Learn about night eating syndrome and what distinguishes it from sleep eating disorder. Discover the causes of sleep eating, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options that are available. Show More Summary

A breakthrough for Restless Legs Syndrome?

For the millions who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome, sleep can be exceedingly difficult and disrupted. RLS is a neurological disorder and a sleep disorder, a condition that causes tingling, twitching, “creepy-crawly” feelings in the legs. These uncomfortable sensations bring...

Asthma—a risk factor for sleep apnea?

There are several risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea that are long-standing and well known. They include lifestyle and health factors such as obesity or excess body weight, high-blood pressure, and alcohol and tobacco use, as well as genetic...

Dimming Screen While Reading Smartphones or Tablets in Bed Better for Sleep

Just before bed, the light emitted from screens is thought to interfere with our natural process of falling asleep. New work, however, suggests that dimming the brightness and holding the screen further away are sufficient to avoid any interference of the light with sleep hormone cycles. Smartphones and tablets can make for sleep-disrupting bedfellows. One... [Continue Reading]

Insomnia may double risk of prostate cancer

More than 238,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. What if....

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