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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Melatonin does not reduce delirium in elderly patients having acute hip surgery
Melatonin supplements do not appear to lessen delirium in elderly people undergoing surgery for hip fractures, indicates a new trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (Medical News Today)

Bedsharing may impair sleep quality
Nocturnal awakenings are frequent among 6-month-old children, but sharing bed might make things worse. (Medical News Today)

Women with hot flashes suffering in silence: millions in lost wages preventable
The steep decline in the use of hormone therapy has spawned a prevalent but preventable side effect: millions of women suffering in silence with hot flashes, according to a study by a Yale School of... (Medical News Today)

Fragmented REM sleep may hinder effective treatment of PTSD
The effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment may hinge significantly upon sleep quality, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and... (Medical News Today)

CPAP sleep apnoea treatment is effective for older people
Continuous positive airway pressure is effective at treating sleep apnoea in older people, a new study has found. (Medical News Today)

Sleep drunkenness disorder may affect one in 15
A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called "sleep drunkenness." The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every 15 people. (Medical News Today)

Adults with type 2 diabetes can reduce health care costs by losing weight
Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new... (Medical News Today)

A night's sleep helps us to learn motor sequences
According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies' movements and, critically, they interact more... (Medical News Today)

Inadequate sleep during teen years increases risk of obesity
Teenagers who don't get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. (Medical News Today)

Loss of 'sleep switch' brain cells may explain sleep disruption in the elderly
Loss of cells in a brain region that plays a key role in switching off arousal systems may be the reason many older adults experience insomnia and sleep disruption. (Medical News Today)

Key insights into how the internal body clock is tuned
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found a new way that internal body clocks are regulated by a type of molecule known as long non-coding RNA. (Medical News Today)

How information flow in the brain is centrally regulated for sleep and wakefulness
Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal... (Medical News Today)

The risk of resistant hypertension increases with the severity of sleep apnea
A new study shows a strong association between severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea and the risk of elevated blood pressure despite the use of high blood pressure medications. (Medical News Today)

Brain 'switchboard' identified that is important in attention and sleep, suggests new targets for treating psychiatric disorders
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard,"... (Medical News Today)

Jet lag controlled by a single gene
Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene that regulates sleep and wake rhythms. (Medical News Today)

Lucid dreamers 'better at problem solving in reality'
Researchers from the University of Lincoln in the UK suggest that lucid dreamers - those who realize they are dreaming - may have better problem-solving skills in the real world. (Medical News Today)

FDA approves new type of sleep drug, Belsomra
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets for use as needed to treat difficulty in falling and staying asleep (insomnia). (Medical News Today)

Poor sleep quality associated with increased suicide risk in older adults
Reported poor sleep quality, independent of a depressed mood, appears to be associated with an increased risk for suicide in older adults. (Medical News Today)

Shift workers: evidence for sleep inducing and alertness drugs is weak
Shift workers are taking drugs to help them stay awake or get to sleep despite weak evidence for their benefit, according to a new Cochrane review. (Medical News Today)

Daylight in your office improves sleep, physical activity and quality of life
Office workers with more light exposure at work had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure... (Medical News Today)

Successful new treatment discovered for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
People who suffer from a rare illness, the Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS), now have a chance for full recovery thanks to treatment developed by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at... (Medical News Today)

Astronauts' sleep deficiency in space could affect performance
The excitement of being in space would make getting adequate sleep difficult for even the soundest of sleepers. Now, a study reveals why astronauts suffer from sleep deficiency. (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea 'does not cause cancer'
Previous research has suggested that sleep apnea may be linked to cancer development. This is challenged by a new, large study, which finds no significant association. (Medical News Today)

Study finds new mums still excessively sleepy after four months
New mums are being urged to be cautious about returning to work too quickly, after a QUT study found one in two were still excessively sleepy four months after giving birth. (Medical News Today)

American College of Physicians releases new recommendations for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea in adults
Doctors should assess the risk factors for and the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in patients with unexplained daytime sleepiness, according to a new evidence-based clinical practice... (Medical News Today)

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