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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic among individuals with multiple sclerosis
In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the... (Medical News Today)

Word classification before sleep continues in the sleeping brain
When people practice simple word classification tasks before nodding off - knowing that a "cat" is an animal or that "flipu" isn't found in the dictionary, for example - their brains will... (Medical News Today)

Bullied children 'at higher risk of night terrors, nightmares, sleepwalking'
Children who are bullied between the ages of 8 and 10 are more likely to experience night terrors, nightmares or sleepwalking at the age of 12, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Calorie restriction improves sleep apnea, hypertension in obese people
Restricting calories may improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce high blood pressure in obese adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure... (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea: weaker brain blood flow damages the brain
People with sleep apnea experience weaker brain blood flow, finds a new study from UCLA, which also suggests females are more affected than males. (Medical News Today)

CPAP can reverse brain damage caused by severe sleep apnea
A neuroimaging study is the first to show that white matter damage caused by severe obstructive sleep apnea can be reversed by continuous positive airway pressure therapy. (Medical News Today)

Increased Alzheimer's risk linked to long-term benzodiazepine use
A large, long-term study further investigates a previously suggested link between benzodiazepine use and increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

No long-term harmful effects on sleep in premature infants administered caffeine therapy for apnea
Caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity has no long-term harmful effects on sleep or control of breathing, according to a new study of 201 preterm children assessed at ages 5-12, the first study in... (Medical News Today)

Genetic link identified between the circadian clock and seasonal timing
Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time provided experimental evidence for a genetic link between two major timing mechanisms, the circadian clock and the seasonal timer. (Medical News Today)

Can insomnia be treated with two weeks in a specialized hospital?
Insomnia is a disturbance that afflicts many people. Some new findings published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicate that a two week stay in a specialized hospital may help. (Medical News Today)

Good night's sleep may reduce sickness absence
People who sleep 7-8 hours a night are less likely to take time off work due to sickness, according to a new study of over 3,500 working-age men and women in Finland. (Medical News Today)

Can losing sleep decrease brain volume?
Interrupted sleep does not only make us tired. According to a new study, shortened sleep may be associated with faster decline in brain volume. (Medical News Today)

Fighting fatigue from two conditions at once
Enjoying a good night's rest may become easier for sufferers of two common sleep disorders. (Medical News Today)

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)

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