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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?
New research analyzing a large dataset suggests there may be a link between sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer, especially in women. (Medical News Today)

What to know about ZzzQuil
ZzzQuil is an over-the-counter medication for treating short-term sleeping difficulties. However, ZzzQuil is not suitable for younger children, and people with certain medical conditions should speak to a doctor before using it. At the recommended dosage, ZzzQuil is not addictive. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the side effects of Adderall?
Adderall is a stimulant drug that people with ADHD can take to relieve their symptoms. Adderall can have mild to severe side effects. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Melatonin for sleep: What to know
Melatonin is a hormone that the body produces when it gets dark to signal that it is time to go to sleep. Melatonin supplements can help people with sleep problems get a good night’s rest. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How sleep and mood impact working memory
Researchers assess which aspects of working memory are affected by age, sleep quality, and mood and whether these factors work in unison or independently. (Medical News Today)

Depression: Exercise may reduce symptoms but not in women
A recent study concludes that while exercising often relieves symptoms of depression in men, it may not be as effective for women. (Medical News Today)

Stress, insomnia may triple death risk for those with hypertension
New research examines the effect of work stress and trouble sleeping on the risk of cardiovascular death in people who already have high blood pressure. (Medical News Today)

How to calculate the calories a person burns while sleeping
Even when resting or asleep, the body is continuously burning calories to stay alive and healthy. A person can estimate how many calories they burn while sleeping by first calculating their basal metabolic rate (BMR). BMR is the number of calories that the body burns each day when at rest. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Why does insomnia worsen distress of unpleasant memories?
Brain activity differences may help explain why distress from bad memories grows stronger in people with insomnia but fades in those without insomnia. (Medical News Today)

Study reveals how general anesthetics affect the brain
Using a mouse model, scientists have shown for the first time that anesthetics activate the same group of cells in the brain as that which induces sleep. (Medical News Today)

Study debunks 3 common sleep myths
From how many hours of sleep we need each night to whether or not loud snoring is normal, new research examines widespread beliefs about sleep. (Medical News Today)

What can cause morning back pain?
Waking up with lower back pain can often signal a problem with a person’s sleeping position or mattress. However, morning back pain can sometimes be a symptom of a medical condition, such as fibromyalgia or degenerative disc disease. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What causes asthma complications?
Asthma is a disease of the lungs that can lead to medical and lifestyle complications, including sleep problems, pneumonia, and respiratory failure. In severe cases, it can be life-threatening. Find out what can cause these complications and how to avoid them. (Medical News Today)

This is how sleep loss alters emotional perception
Five new studies conducted as part of a doctoral thesis show how sleep loss affects a person's emotional perception and emotional response control. (Medical News Today)

How to stay healthy with a weak immune system
People who have a weak immune system tend to get frequent, severe infections. Techniques and lifestyle changes that may help a person stay healthy include managing stress, getting enough sleep, and practicing proper hygiene. Learn more about how to stay healthy with a weak immune system here. (Medical News Today)

Ritalin vs. Adderall: What's the difference?
Ritalin and Adderall are different types of stimulant medication that doctors can prescribe to help treat ADHD. Learn about the differences between them and the possible side effects here. (Medical News Today)

How to stop getting sick
Some people find that they keep getting sick. Potential causes of frequent sickness include stress and lack of sleep. Lifestyle changes can help reduce the likelihood of a person becoming ill. Learn more about why some people keep getting sick and what to do about it here. (Medical News Today)

Why do I wake up hungry?
A person may wake up hungry because they did not eat enough or exercised heavily the day before. There are several other possible reasons. Here, learn more about waking up hungry and how to prevent it. (Medical News Today)

The effects of going more than 24 hours without sleep
It is not clear how long a person can go without sleep, but in a famous 1964 experiment, a person managed to stay awake for 264 hours. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect energy levels, mood, and cognitive functioning. In the long term, it can increase a person's risk of several chronic conditions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Why narcolepsy is an autoimmune condition
New research finds an autoreactive type of immune cell related to narcolepsy, adding to the mounting body of evidence that the condition is autoimmune. (Medical News Today)

Napping may be as good as drugs for lowering blood pressure
Researchers have now uncovered evidence that indulging in a midday nap can help control blood pressure levels about as well as taking medication. (Medical News Today)

Sleep loss can turn us into social outcasts
Researchers have uncovered evidence suggesting that sleep loss can make us want to avoid social contact, while also sending a 'keep away' signal to others. (Medical News Today)

What is a hypnic jerk?
Hypnic jerks are muscle twitches that many people experience as they are falling asleep. Learn more about why they happen and their possible triggers here. (Medical News Today)

Could sleep apnea be a risk factor for Alzheimer's?
A preliminary study has unearthed a potential link between sleep apnea and tau tangles, which are the neurological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Why do we sleep? Scientists find brain repair mechanism
How does sleep act in the brain, at the cellular level? A new study in zebrafish identifies and explains the beneficial effects of slumber. (Medical News Today)

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