Sleep Health

Sleeping Pills and Obesity Combined Increases Risk for Death

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(Best Syndication News) Obesity and the use of sleeping pills can increase the risk of death, according to a research presented at an American Heart Association session in San Diego.

Obese patients who take sleeping pills are more vulnerable than non-obese patients taking the same sleeping pills. Daniel Kripke, M.D., a psychiatrist with Scripps Clinic's Viterbi Family Sleep Center in San Diego, said the increased risk could be due to sleep apnea.

Obese people suffer from a higher rate of sleep apnea because soft fatty tissue can block the airway when they sleep. Many sleep apnea patients are told to avoid alcohol and muscle relaxants. Men are more prone to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

CPAP Treatment for Sleep Apnea might deflect Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - UK researchers found that six months of using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea (OSA) patients could improve their heart function. The use of the CPAP equipment to treat sleep apnea may help to protect against heart failure. The study was published in Circulation: Heart Failure, a journal from the American Heart Association.

The UK researchers found that moderate to severe OSA patients had changes to their heart’s shape and function. The researchers equated the changes to being similar to the results of chronic hypertension. Other changes noticed with the OSA patients were thickening of the heart wall and a reduction in the ability for the heart to pump.

Daylights Saving Time-Shift Causes Employees to Loaf on Monday

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(Best Syndication News) Researchers from Virginia Tech University say that the annual shift to daylight savings time makes employees tired, resulting in more time spent surfing the web during their workday.

On average, Americans lose 40 minutes of sleep Sunday night making it more difficult to “self-regulate” their behavior. D. Lance Ferris, assistant professor of management and organization in Penn State's Smeal College of Business, and his colleagues David T. Wagner, Singapore Management University; Christopher M. Barnes, Virginia Tech University, say this leads to more entertainment-related searches.

Children with Snoring and Apnea have higher risk for Behavior Problems

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(Best Syndication News) - A six-year study of over 11,000 children found that young children who have obstructed breathing while sleeping increased their risk of having behavior problems. The children were reported to have suffered more hyperactivity, aggressiveness, emotional symptoms, and trouble getting along with peers.

Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University published their findings in today’s online edition of the journal Pediatrics.

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) includes symptoms of snoring, breathing through the mouth, and sleep apnea. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Health and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) estimate that 1 in 10 children snore on a regular basis. Around 2 to 4 percent of children have sleep apnea. Children that have SDB often have enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

Brain Activity for Appetite increases with Sleep Deprivation

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(Best Syndication News) - Getting enough sleep may be one of the most important ways to stay slim. A new study from Uppsala University in Sweden found that people who were sleep deprived for only one night had heightened brain activity in the region associated with appetite.

Previous research, conducted by Christian Benedict and Helgi Schiöth from the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University, found that young men at normal weight had reduced energy expenditure the following day after one night of complete sleep loss. Also noticed was that the participant’s hunger levels increased as well. The two researchers wanted to investigate how the brain is involved in hunger response with sleep deprivation.

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