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  • Telephone delivered therapy could help treat insomnia

    Mar 08 2013...
    A new study found that telephone delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of chronic insomnia (CBTI) helped improve sleep quality.

    “These results are important, because they provide preliminary support for the efficacy and sustainability of telephone-delivered CBTI,” said Dr. J. Todd Arnedt, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology and Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems in Ann Arbor, Mich. and principal investigator and lead author of the study. “If replicated in larger controlled studies, the telephone could be integrated as an effective modality for disseminating CBTI on a broader scale.” READ MORE>>
  • Adjust sleep schedule to minimize effect of daylight saving time

    Mar 07 2013...
    This weekend marks the return of daylight saving time (DST) for most of the United States. To help ensure a smooth transition to the new time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends that you begin to adjust your sleep schedule a few days prior to the beginning of DST.

    AASM spokesperson Ron Kramer, MD, with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., says the return of DST is a good time to examine your individual sleep pattern. Along with diet and exercise, sleep is one of keys to maximize your health. READ MORE>>
  • Insomnia linked to increased risk of heart failure

    Mar 06 2013...
    A new study found that people who suffer from insomnia appear to have an increased risk of developing heart failure.

    "We related heart failure risk to three major insomnia symptoms including trouble falling asleep, problems staying asleep, and not waking up feeling refreshed in the morning,” said Dr. Lars Laugsand, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. “In our study, we found that persons suffering from insomnia have increased risk of having heart failure. Those reporting suffering from all three insomnia symptoms simultaneously were at considerably higher risk than those who had no symptoms or only one or two symptoms." READ MORE>>
  • Sleep in America 2013: Sleep & Exercise

    Mar 04 2013...
    While exercise can be an important contributor to your sleep health, a growing body of research suggests that you don’t need a high intensity, grueling workout to sleep better. Even small amounts of routine physical activity may improve your sleep and overall well-being.

    This is good news for the many Americans who are failing to exercise regularly. According to the CDC, about 25 percent of U.S. adults report no leisure-time physical activity. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep deprivation disrupts genes

    Mar 01 2013...
    A new study found that as little as one week of sleep deprivation is enough to alter the activity of hundreds of human genes.

    The study, appearing in the journal PNAS, involved a small group of 26 participants who were exposed to one week of insufficient sleep (5.7 hours) and one week of sufficient sleep (8.5 hours). After each seven day period, the researchers collected and looked at blood samples that included ribonucleic acid (RNA), which transmits genetic information from DNA to proteins produced by cells. READ MORE>>
  • Adult sleepwalking serious condition that impacts quality of life

    Feb 28 2013...
    A new study found that adult sleepwalking is a potentially serious condition that may induce violent behaviors and affect health-related quality of life.

    “We found a higher frequency of daytime sleepiness, fatigue, insomnia, depressive and anxiety symptoms and altered quality of life in patients with sleepwalking compared to the control group,” said Yves Dauvilliers, MD, PhD, the study’s principal investigator and lead author. Dr. Dauvilliers is professor of physiology and neurology and director of the sleep lab at Gui-de-Chauliac Hospital in Montpellier, France. “What would usually be considered a benign condition, adult sleepwalking is a potentially serious condition and the consequences of sleepwalking episodes should not be ignored.” READ MORE>>
  • Sleep reinforces learning, especially in children

    Feb 27 2013...
    A new study reveals how important it is for children to get enough sleep. Children’s brains transform subconsciously learning material into active knowledge while they sleep – even more effectively than adult brains do, according to the study by Dr. Ines Wilhem of the University of Tübingen’s Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology.

    "In children, much more efficient explicit knowledge is generated during sleep from a previously learned implicit task, says Dr. Wilhelm. And the children's extraordinary ability is linked with the large amount of deep sleep they get at night. "The formation of explicit knowledge appears to be a very specific ability of childhood sleep, since children typically benefit as much or less than adults from sleep when it comes to other types of memory tasks." READ MORE>>
  • Circadian clock linked to obesity, diabetes and heart attacks

    Feb 25 2013...
    Disruption in the body's circadian rhythm can lead not only to obesity, but can also increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

    This is the first study to definitely show that insulin activity is controlled by the body’s circadian biological clock. The study, which was published on Feb. 21 in the journal Current Biology, helps explain why not only what you eat, but when you eat, matters. READ MORE>>
  • Insomnia, poor sleep common in epileptics

    Feb 22 2013...
    A new study suggests that insomnia and poor sleep are common in patients with epilepsy and may adversely impact quality of life. Interventions to improve sleep hygiene can be suggested to patients as part of more comprehensive epilepsy education programs.

    The study involved 152 patients with epilepsy completing multiple questionnaires. Patients with other known sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), were excluded from the study. More than half of the participants (55%) suffered from insomnia and more than 70% were “poor sleepers.” Insomnia and poor sleep quality were significantly related to the number of antiepileptic medications and a large number of depressive symptoms. READ MORE>>
  • Dietary nutrients associated with certain sleep patterns

    Feb 21 2013...
    A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows for the first time that certain nutrients may play an underlying role in short and long sleep duration and that people who report eating a large variety of foods – an indicator of an overall healthy diet – had the healthiest sleep patterns. The new research is published online, ahead-of-print in the journal Appetite.

    “Although many of us inherently recognize that there is a relationship between what we eat and how we sleep, there have been very few scientific studies that have explored this connection, especially in a real-world situation,” said Michael A. Grandner, PhD, Instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Penn. “ In general, we know that those who report between 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night are most likely to experience better overall health and well being, so we simply asked the question "Are there differences in the diet of those who report shorter sleep, longer sleep, or standard sleep patterns?” READ MORE>>