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  • Treating sleep apnea may help control acid reflux

    Oct 05 2016...
    If you have trouble sleeping due to acid reflux and heartburn, a new study provides insight that may help you sleep better. It suggests that treating sleep apnea may reduce your acid reflux. The study involved 79 veterans with obstructive sleep apnea. About 78 percent of them had symptoms of acid reflux at the start of the study. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep apnea is a hidden health crisis in the U.S.

    Sep 19 2016...
    A new report from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine indicates that obstructive sleep apnea is a hidden health crisis in the United States. It estimates that undiagnosed sleep apnea cost the U.S. about $150 billion in 2015. It also projects that sleep apnea afflicts 29.4 million men and women in the U.S. READ MORE>>
  • Help your teen recharge with sleep

    Aug 16 2016...
    The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project has launched the “Sleep Recharges You” campaign, urging teens to make sleep a top priority. Parents and teachers can play an important role by helping teens to understand the importance of sleep.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens should sleep 8 to 10 hours each night to promote optimal health. But CDC data show that insufficient sleep is common among teens. About 69 percent of high school students report sleeping 7 hours or less on school nights. READ MORE>>
  • How much sleep do children need?

    Jul 21 2016...
    Sleep is essential for optimal health in children and teens. But how many hours of sleep should your child get on a regular basis? To answer this question, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine gathered a panel of 13 sleep experts. They reviewed more than 850 scientific articles. After multiple rounds of discussion and voting, they agreed on the following recommendations. READ MORE>>
  • Caffeine fails to help you power through the work week

    Jul 11 2016...
    Depending on coffee to wake you up each day is the wrong answer for your chronic daytime sleepiness. A new study reports that caffeine’s effect on alertness and performance dwindled after 2 days.

    Participants in the study were restricted to 5 hours of sleep per night for 5 nights. Each day they were given 200 mg of caffeine at 8 a.m. and again at noon. While awake they completed hourly cognitive tests. READ MORE>>
  • High school video contest winners share their “sleep stories”

    May 18 2016...
    The American Sleep Medicine Foundation (ASMF) recently challenged high school students around the country to create a video sleep story. Over 30 aspiring scientists and filmmakers answered their call, submitting documentaries, dramas and other creative takes on sleep topics. A panel of sleep physicians and researchers had the challenging job of narrowing the field down to a winner and several runners-up. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep and breast cancer survival

    May 06 2016...
    Getting your ZZZ’s may be more important than you realize. A new study of women suggests that short sleep duration combined with frequent snoring may impact cancer survival, especially in those with breast cancer. The analysis involved more than 21,000 postmenopausal women who were diagnosed with cancer during the study follow-up period. READ MORE>>
  • Problems at work can lead to troubled sleep

    Apr 18 2016...
    Do you lie in bed at night tossing and turning thinking about your job? Perhaps you finally fall asleep only to wake up a few hours later worrying about job demands. A new study may help explain your sleeplessness. It suggests that a number of emotional and social work factors can have an impact on your sleep. READ MORE>>
  • An emotional link between nightmares and suicide

    Mar 28 2016...
    A new study shows that negative emotions may be one link between nightmares and suicidal thoughts. The study involved 91 people who had been through a traumatic event. They also had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts were much more common among those who had nightmares in the past month. READ MORE>>
  • Telemedicine is an effective option for sleep apnea care

    Mar 01 2016...
    Does your bed partner constantly nudge you at night to stop snoring? Have you ever wondered if you have sleep apnea, but taking a trip to the doctor is out of the way? Telemedicine is as effective for the treatment of sleep apnea as visiting your doctor’s office, a new study suggests.

    The study involved 60 patients from outpatient centers who were at least 30 miles from the main medical center. Patients were chosen at random for a telemedicine or in office treatment plan. READ MORE>>