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  • Video: "Honor Thy Sleep" looks at sleep in America

    Jul 26 2013...
    The health website "Be Smart Be Well" recently produced a video called "Honor Thy Sleep", which looks at sleep in America. In the video, AASM President-Elect Timothy Morgenthaler, MD provides practical tips and answers common questions about sleep:

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  • Sleep quality may impact skin

    Jul 24 2013...
    The key to women looking younger might not be using a super expensive anti-aging cream, it may be just getting more shut eye. In a recent clinical trial, physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center found that sleep quality impacts skin function and aging. The study, commissioned by Estée Lauder, demonstrated that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Poor sleepers also had worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance.

    The research team, led by Primary Investigator Elma Baron, MD, presented their data this spring at the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland in an abstract titled "Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Aging and Function." READ MORE>>
  • Recap: AASM President provides sleep education on Twitter

    Jul 19 2013...
    AASM President Safwan Badr, MD recently participated in a Twitter chat to educate the public about sleep disorders and clear up some misconceptions about sleep. The Wednesday discussion was organized by the Wall Street Journal and moderated by health reporter Shirley Wang. The following is a recap of the chat. Each of the responses was provided in 140 characters or less in response to questions from the moderator. READ MORE>>
  • Getting enough sleep could affect concussion test accuracy

    Jul 17 2013...
    August will be here in a couple of weeks and you know what that means — the start of both high school and college football seasons. And along with football season comes the increased risk of getting a concussion. A new study out of Vanderbilt University found that athletes who didn’t get enough sleep the night before undergoing baseline concussion testing didn’t perform as well as expected.

    "Our results indicate athletes sleeping less than 7 hours the night prior to baseline concussion testing did not do as well on 3 out of 4 ImPACT scores and showed more symptoms," said lead author, Jake McClure, MD from Vanderbilt University. "Because return-to-play decisions often hinge on the comparison of post-concussion to baseline concussion scores, our research indicates that healthcare providers should consider the sleep duration prior to baseline neurocognitive testing as a potential factor in assessing recovery." READ MORE>>
  • Join us on Twitter for Wall Street Journal #SleepChat Wednesday

    Jul 17 2013...
    Join AASM President M Safwan Badr, MD, The Wall Street Journal’s Shirley Wang, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, the National Sleep Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology Wednesday, July 17, 1 - 2 p.m. ET on Twitter for a discussion on sleep and sleep disorders.

    The chat promises to cover everything from how to get a better night's rest, clinical questions about sleep disorders and treatments and other health issues associated with sleep, such as the link between sleep and obesity.

    Be sure to bring your questions: participate by including the hashtag #SleepChat in your tweets, or you can follow the conversation on Twitter by searching for #SleepChat. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep tips for the summer

    Jul 12 2013...
    Long days, busy social schedules and humid, hot weather make summer a difficult season to get a good night’s sleep. Short-term insomnia due to environmental causes is fairly common this time of year. There’s no reason to concede your sleep and lean on caffeine when you can adjust your environment and your behavior to be more sleep friendly. Follow these tips and you the summer won’t disrupt your sleep: READ MORE>>
  • Children who sleep less externalize behavior problems more

    Jul 10 2013...
    Kids driving you crazy this summer? It could be because they need more sleep. A new study out of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville found that four-year-olds with shorten than average sleep times have increased rates of “externalizing” behavior problems.

    "Preschool children with shorter nighttime sleep duration had higher odds of parent-reported over activity, anger, aggression, impulsivity, tantrums, and annoying behaviors," according to the new research by Dr. Rebecca J. Scharf of University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and colleagues. READ MORE>>
  • Late bedtimes may lead to extra calories and weight gain

    Jul 05 2013...
    Here’s a finding that will make you reconsider your bedtime: the later you stay awake, the more likely you are to lose sleep, eat more calories and ultimately gain weight. It’s a no win proposition for night owls, who already have the odds of having a successful career stacked against them.

    Penn researchers discovered the relationship between late-night bedtimes, eating habits and weight gain in a study that appeared in the July issue of journal SLEEP, an online scientific journal co-published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

    Men with sleep loss, they found gained more weight than women, and African Americans were especially vulnerable to the effects of sleep loss. READ MORE>>
  • Stay safe this Independence Day and avoid drowsy driving

    Jul 03 2013...
    AAA Travel is projecting that 40.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday, with 84 percent of travelers planning to travel by automobile. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, an estimated 16.5 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States from 1999 to 2008 involved a fatigued driver.

    Fatigue affects everyone and can be defined as the state of exhaustion or tiredness associated with activity, exertion, working too many hours in a row, staying up too many hours in a row or a lack of sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep apnea may lurk behind resistant hypertension

    Jul 01 2013...
    The CDC reports that 36 million American adults with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. In many cases, severe sleep apnea may be to blame.

    High blood pressure often is treated with a combination of three or more drugs. Blood pressure that fails to respond to this drug treatment is called “resistant hypertension.”

    The AASM reports that about 80 percent of people who do not respond to high blood pressure medications have obstructive sleep apnea. A new study examined the link between OSA and resistant hypertension. READ MORE>>