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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Memory problems caused by sleep deprivation prevented in mice
Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don't get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory formation. (Medical News Today)

Night shift work burns less energy and increases risk of weight gain
People who work the night shift are likely burning less energy during a 24-hour period than those on a normal schedule, increasing their risk for weight gain and obesity, according to a new study led... (Medical News Today)

Sleep loss during the school week may contribute to teen drowsy driving risk
A new study suggests that teen drivers who start class earlier in the morning are involved in significantly more motor vehicle accidents than peers with a later high school start time. (Medical News Today)

Decline in ability to perform daily tasks an increased risk for older women with breathing problems during sleep
Older women with disordered breathing during sleep were found to be at greater risk of decline in the ability to perform daily activities, such as grocery shopping and meal preparation, according to... (Medical News Today)

Firefighters with sleep disorders are at increased risk for motor vehicle accidents and poor health status
Sleep disorders are independent risk factors for heart attacks and motor vehicle crashes, which are the two leading causes of death for firefighters in the United States. (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea may contribute to kidney disease progression
Sleep apnea may accelerate kidney function decline in diabetic patients with kidney disease, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014. (Medical News Today)

What are dreams? Why do we have dreams?
What are dreams and why do we have them? MNT examines the recent theories behind dreaming, investigates the most common content of our dreams and what dreams could mean. (Medical News Today)

'Smart' drugs won't make smart people smarter
It is claimed one in five students have taken the 'smart' drug Modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam success. (Medical News Today)

New study shows how sleep patterns change through adolescence
A newly published study used activity monitors to track how sleep habits changed in younger and older teens as they grew during a two-year period. (Medical News Today)

Effective treatment for sleep disturbance may lower risk of drug and alcohol relapse recovery
Insomnia is a "prevalent and persistent" problem for patients in the early phases of recovery from the disease of addiction - and may lead to an increased risk of relapse, according to a report in... (Medical News Today)

Sleep of family members may be disrupted by parents' work schedules
In a recent US study of 1,815 disadvantaged mothers and their children, mothers who worked more than 35 hours per week were more likely to experience insufficient sleep compared with mothers who... (Medical News Today)

Can Tai Chi reduce inflammation for breast cancer survivors?
Tai Chi has been linked with numerous health benefits. Now, a UCLA study claims that the Chinese martial art reduces inflammation among breast cancer survivors with insomnia. (Medical News Today)

Children's asthma found to improve after adenotonsillectomy
Researchers have observed that asthmatic children who needed to have their adenoids and tonsils removed had greater control of their asthma after the surgery. (Medical News Today)

Could shift work impair brain functioning?
A new study associates body clock-disrupting rotational shift patterns with brain impairment equivalent to 6.5 years of cognitive decline. (Medical News Today)

The importance of healthy sleep for personal health & public safety
New research suggests that insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries. (Medical News Today)

Dysregulation of clock gene may explain overactive bladder
New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that the regulation of circadian clock genes by receptors involved in contractile organs shows that the daily cycle can be altered by activation of these... (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea may affect memory of everyday events
Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research led by NYU Langone Medical Center sleep specialists suggests. (Medical News Today)

The suprachiasmaticus nucleus clock may not be necessary to align circadian rhythms with the light-dark cycle
Circadian clocks regulate functions ranging from alertness and reaction time to body temperature and blood pressure. (Medical News Today)

Self-reported sleep disturbances are linked to higher risk for Alzheimer's disease in men
In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that elderly men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without... (Medical News Today)

Bradley Hospital finds sleep difficulties common among toddlers with psychiatric disorders
John Boekamp, Ph.D., clinical director of the Pediatric Partial Hospital Program (PPHP) at Bradley Hospital recently led a study that found sleep difficulties - particularly problems with falling... (Medical News Today)

Resetting the circadian clock: Shift workers might want to skip high-iron foods
Workers punching in for the graveyard shift may be better off not eating high-iron foods at night so they don't disrupt the circadian clock in their livers. (Medical News Today)

Study shows CPAP use for sleep apnea does not negatively impact sexual quality of life
Patients who use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) often believe that it makes them less sexually attractive, according to researchers at... (Medical News Today)

Sleep duration affects risk for ulcerative colitis
If you are not getting the recommended seven-to-eight hours of sleep each night, you may be at increased risk of developing ulcerative colitis, according to a new study1 in Clinical... (Medical News Today)

Bed-sharing with baby: the risks and benefits
Whether parents should bed-share with their infants is a controversial subject in the US. In this spotlight, we look at the risks and benefits associated with the practice. (Medical News Today)

New sleep disorder discovered impacting combat Soldiers
A series of patients at Madigan has led doctors to discover a new unique sleep-related condition impacting combat Soldiers called Trauma-associated Sleep Disorder. (Medical News Today)

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