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WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2024 (HeathDay News) -- Sleeping long hours one night but only a few hours the next can be unhealthy, with a new study finding "irregular" sleep patterns could be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

The results "underscore the importance of consistent sleep patterns as a strategy ...

Many couples may be painfully familiar with the scenario: One partner snores loudly all night long, so the other partner seeks better sleep in another bed.

Now, a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) shows just how common the practice of "sleep divorce" is: 29% of Americans have opted to sleep in another bed in the same bedroom or in another space in the home to...

Exercise near bedtime won't necessarily wreck a person's sleep, a new study says.

Intense exercise is typically discouraged as bedtime approaches, since such activity can disturb sleep by increasing body temperature and heart rate, researchers said.

But short resistance exercise "a...

Millions of Americans struggle to fall or stay asleep, a new survey finds.

Some struggle more mightily than others: Roughly 12% of Americans polled said they have been diagnosed with chronic insomnia, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey revealed.

Who was ...

The wee hours of the morning could be the most dangerous for someone on the brink of suicide or homicide, a new study shows.

There's a five-fold greater risk for suicide and an eight-fold greater risk for homicide between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. for those awake in the still of the night, resea...

Do you struggle to sleep during the week and play catch up on the weekend? 

Do you toss and turn all night long and start the day in a fog?

Are you a napper?

Or are you among the lucky folks who have no problem getting enough shuteye?

Researchers at Penn State University report that most Americans fit one of these four descriptions -- and how people sleep is a good ...

Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata: Millions of bleary-eyed Americans turn to this class of so-called "Z-drugs" to get restful sleep.

But how do these drugs work, and do they come with risks?

Experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have issued an

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  • Even mild cases of COVID can trigger insomnia in most people, a new study reports.

    About three out of four people with mild COVID (76%) reported experiencing insomnia following their illness.

    Further, nearly one in four (23%) said they'd experienced severe insomnia, according to results published Feb. 5 in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

    If you experience insomnia afte...

    A new study from Australia tied some dangerous and unsettling issues to sleep disorders in young people.

    The research found links to daytime drowsiness, mental health issues and motor vehicle accidents and noted that as many as 20% of younger people are affected by sleep disorders.

    Workplace productivity losses were up to 40% greater among 22-year-olds with clinical sleep disorders ...

    After many nights of tossing and turning, you might have more to worry about than just feeling exhausted and less sharp at work.

    Insomnia symptoms -- trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, or waking up too early -- are also associated with higher risk of stroke, according to new research from Virginia Commonwealth University.

    And the risk is greater if you're younger than ...

    Poor sleep brought on by sleep apnea may ultimately undermine the brain health of older men and women, new research suggests.

    The concern stems from a new brain scan investigation that involved 140 sleep apnea patients.

    "Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which patients ... stop breathing during sleep, which can affect their sleep quality by causing multiple arousals and dropping...

    Four out of 10 people who have lingering health issues after COVID-19 infection can count bothersome sleep problems among them.

    About 41% of those with so-called long COVID have moderate to severe sleep issues, according to new research from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Black patients are three times more likely to develop these sleep disturbances.

    "Sleep difficulties and fatigue ...

    A good night's sleep is important for everyone, and it may be especially sage advice for adults with a genetic susceptibility to asthma, a new study says.

    Someone with poor sleep quality and a genetic link to asthma may double their chances of being diagnosed with the respiratory condition, researchers said. But they found a healthy sleep pattern was linked to lower risk, according to a r...

    In yet another sign of the stress that can haunt gay, lesbian and bisexual youth, a new study finds that compared with their straight peers, they are twice as likely to report trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.

    Depression and family conflict may be contributing to sleep issues in young LGBTQ people, the researchers noted.

    "Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexua...

    While thinking declines can be a common symptom of multiple sclerosis in women, new research suggests sleep, or lack of it, could be making matters worse.

    "Sleep disorders have gained substantial recognition for their role in cognitive [thinking] decline, which affects up to 70% of people with multiple sclerosis,"explained study author

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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Tossing and turning, waking up frequently or lying awake for hours is no laughing matter.

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Why? The

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  • March 9, 2023
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  • A new poll on sleep and mental health has found that more than 90% of adults who reported they get good sleep were also free of depressive symptoms.

    In its annual poll, the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation (NSF) focused this year on the impact of sleep on mental health because of the current mental health crisis in the United States.

    "In the day-to-day execution of our sleep he...

    When people struggle to fall asleep, it's no surprise they seek solutions.

    Options can range from prescription medications to sleep therapy, good habits and an abundance of supplements.

    Taking magnesium for sleep is something some say has real benefits, but does it really?

    It's not entirely certain, but the mineral serves a variety of other important functions, so it just m...

    You toss, you turn, you can't fall asleep.

    Certainly, there are sleep medications that can be prescribed by a doctor. And with some investment of time, cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia is considered to be an effective option.

    Yet, there are also a lot of healthy s...

    Folks who have trouble falling or staying asleep may be more likely to have a heart attack.

    This is the main takeaway from new research linking insomnia to heart woes. Specifically, people with insomnia were 69% more likely to have a heart attack than folks without the sleep disorder. These rates were even higher among people with both diabetes and insomnia, the study showed.

    "Insom...

    Getting good sleep may have long-term benefits -- even extending your life span, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that young people with better sleep habits were incrementally less likely to die early. About 8% of deaths from any cause could be attributed to poor sleep patterns.

    Study co-author

    Nearly 20% of American adults use a drug to help them sleep, either occasionally or regularly, health officials reported Wednesday.

    Sleep medications, sold both over-the-counter and by prescription, are a common treatment for sleep problems, said senior report author Lindsey Black

    Finally, more than two years into the pandemic, Americans are sleeping better.

    A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 31% of people have had insomnia since the pandemic began. That was much lower -- a 25% decrease -- compared to the 2...

    Transgender youth are more likely than others to experience sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, and researchers now recommend these young people be screened for sleep problems.

    "Transgender and gender-nonconforming identity may precede mental health disorders, and both influence insomnia diagnosis,"said study co-author

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  • Poor sleep may be linked to glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, new research suggests.

    The study drew on a database of more than 400,000 people to explore links between sleep and vision loss.

    Glaucoma is marked by progressive loss of light-sensitive cells in the eye and optic nerve dama...

    Many teens look at screens at bedtime, but some apps are more likely to keep them awake than others, leading to sleep problems.

    That's the upshot of a new study in which researchers found YouTube fans experienced consistent and negative effects on sleep. Surprisingly, traditional TV was associated with earlier bedtim...

    Fewer Americans are turning to sleep medications to fight insomnia.

    After a dramatic rise in prescriptions for drugs like Ambien, the trend has ebbed, according to a new study, and fewer doctors are prescribing sleep medications

    If you struggle to fall asleep at night, you are not alone.

    About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them fall asleep or stay asleep.

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  • Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night's sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests.

    Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room were more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes, compared with adults who were not exposed to an...

    You might think that having the whole bed to yourself would leave you feeling more refreshed in the morning than sleeping with someone who might toss, turn or snore.

    Yet, a new study suggests that adults who share their beds with a partner have less severe insomnia, less fatigue and more sleep ...

    Insomnia is widespread in heart disease patients and significantly boosts the risk of heart attack, stroke or other major heart event, a new study says.

    The findings show the need to check for and treat sleep problems in heart disease patients, according to researchers.

    "Our study indicates that insomnia is common in heart disease patients and is linked with subsequent cardiovascula...

    Young children who struggle with insomnia face a very high risk for more of the same as young adults, a new study warns.

    Investigators found that 43% of children who suffer from insomnia between the ages of 5 and 12 continue to do so when they hit their 20s and 30s.

    And that amounts to a nea...

    Many Americans are working hard to get a good night's sleep, and feeling the effects when they miss the mark.

    About 32% of people feel more tired these days than they did before the pandemic began, according to the results of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey. About 28% says they're getting less sleep than they did before the pandemic.

    "During the peak of the pandemic with...

    If the pandemic is causing you to lose sleep at night, you're not alone.

    About 56% of Americans say they have what experts have dubbed "COVID-somnia," an increase in sleep disturbances.

    Of people reporting these disturbances, 57% say they're having trouble falling or staying asleep. About 46% are sleeping less...

    Older adults have a higher risk of delirium after hip and knee surgery if they're taking anxiety, depression or insomnia drugs, researchers say.

    "Our findings show that different classes of medicine are riskier than others when it comes to causing delirium after surgery, and the older the patients are, the greater the risk," said lead study author Gizat Kassie. He is a postdoctoral resear...

    Many folks turn to pot to help them relax and get a good night's sleep, but new research finds the practice may do the exact opposite.

    "I think [the results] were somewhat surprising because, in our mind, anecdotally cannabis seems to help with sleep, but " the evidence to support that notion is just not there yet," said senior study author Dr. Karim Ladha. He is an anesthesiologist and ...

    The pandemic is taking a toll on health care workers' sleep, which can put both their mental health and patient care at risk, researchers warn.

    Their study of more than 800 New York City health care workers found that compared to those with no sleep problems, those with poor sleep were two times more likely to report symptoms of depression, 70% more likely to report anxiety, and 50% more...

    Researchers may have unearthed a surprising risk factor for often-fatal brain bleeds: Sleepless nights.

    In a study of about 70,000 adults, researchers found that people with a genetic predisposition to insomnia were at somewhat higher risk of a brain aneurysm. An aneurysm is a weak spot in an artery wall that bulges out and fills with blood. In some cases, it can rupture and cause life-th...

    Do migraines cause poor sleep or does poor sleep cause migraines?

    Though it's hard to say, it does appear that there's a difference in how well people with migraine think they sleep and how well they really do.

    A large research analysis published online Sept. 22 in the journal Neurology found that adults and children with migraine headaches may get less quality REM sleep t...

    Sleeplessness. Night sweats. Anxiety. Irritability. Aches and pains.

    Would smoking a little pot help women deal with these common symptoms of menopause?

    A good number of middle-aged women apparently think so, because they've been turning to marijuana to help handle the change of life, a new study reports.

    "Midlife women within the menopause transition period of their life are ...

    The drug Xywav has been approved for expanded use in adults with a rare sleep disorder called idiopathic hypersomnia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

    The drug has a checkered history: In the 1960s, it was given to women during childbirth to dampen their consciousness, The New York Times reported, while an illicit version made headlines as a "date rape" drug i...

    Poor quality sleep can shave years off your life, and these effects may be magnified if you don't get enough physical activity.

    That's the bad news. The good news is that getting more exercise may help counter some of the health risks known to accompany poor quality sleep, new research shows.

    Folks who scored low in both sleep and exercise categories were 57% more likely to die from...

    That music at bedtime that's supposed to help you fall asleep may actually have the opposite effect, new research suggests.

    It turns out that "earworms," those catchy bits of a composition that can get stuck in a person's head can also interject themselves into a person's dreams, affecting the ability to fall asleep and to sleep well.

    "Our brains continue to process music even when...

    Sleep disorders may increase the odds for dementia in survivors of traumatic brain injury, new research suggests.

    The study included nearly 713,000 patients who were free of dementia when they were treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI) between 2003 and 2013. The severity of their brain injuries varied, and nearly six in 10 were men. Their median age was 44, meaning half were older, hal...

    A combination of poor sleep and diabetes significantly increases a person's risk of early death, a new study finds.

    The analysis of data from nearly 500,000 middle-aged adults in the United Kingdom showed that compared to other folks, the risk of death from any cause over nearly nine years was 87% higher among those with diabetes and frequent sleep disturbances. It was 12% higher among th...

    COVID survivors can relax when it comes to vaccination: A new study shows that getting immunized will not worsen any symptoms that linger long after infection, such as breathing difficulties, fatigue and insomnia.

    The encouraging takeaway is based on a small analysis that looked at how 44 "long-haul" British COVID patients fared after being inoculated with the first dose of either the Pfi...

    Does your teen have the family cat or dog as a nighttime sleep mate? Is that even good for a child's sleep?

    In a new study, sleeping with a four-footed friend appears to be fine for pre-teens and teens. For them, sleeping with a furry family member doesn't appear to negatively impact sleep, according to new research from Concordia University in Montreal.

    "It was a pretty rigorous st...

    So-called yo-yo dieting may increase a woman's risk of insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep problems, a new study suggests.

    Yo-yo dieting -- formally called weight cycling -- is defined as losing and regaining 10 pounds or more when not pregnant.

    The study included more than 500 women in every stage of adult life, including childbearing, premenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal...

    An estimated 9 million Americans turn to prescription pills when they can't sleep, but a new study of middle-aged women finds taking the drugs for a year or longer may do little good.

    Comparing a group of about 200 women who were medicated for sleep problems with over 400 women who had sleeping problems but did not take medication, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston f...

    Sleep problems cost America's health care system nearly $95 billion a year and raise the cost of health care by 60%, a new study finds.

    Researchers discovered the number of doctor visits and prescriptions was nearly doubled in people with sleep problems such as sleep apnea and insomnia, compared to people without these conditions. People with sleep problems were also more likely to visit...