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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

People who sleep longer twice as likely to develop dementia
New research finds people who consistently sleep more than 9 hours per night are at a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

New 'late-life cycler' circadian genes linked to aging and stress
A new subset of genes that only become active during stress and aging offer clues into how circadian rhythms might influence health and disease. (Medical News Today)

New guideline provides clinical recommendations for specific insomnia drugs
DA new clinical practice guideline is the first from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to provide comprehensive, evidence-based analyses of individual agents commonly used in the treatment of... (Medical News Today)

Study finds that melatonin content of supplements varies widely
Results highlight the need for improved quality control of melatonin supplements. (Medical News Today)

Heavy lifting, shift work may negatively impact women's fertility
Women who regularly lift heavy objects at work and work non-daytime shift patterns may experience decreased fertility, suggests new research. (Medical News Today)

Visual evidence shows brain 'resetting' during sleep
Images from sleep research show how the brain resets during sleep. Synapses grow with daytime stimulation and shrink by nearly 20 percent during sleep. (Medical News Today)

Weekend of camping promotes earlier sleep patterns
A weekend of camping could be just the remedy for people that struggle to get an early night, finds scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder. (Medical News Today)

Link between sleep and cognitive impairment in the elderly
Daytime sleepiness is very common in the elderly with prevalence rates of up to 50 percent. (Medical News Today)

Insomnia increases asthma risk in adults
A new study suggests people who experience insomnia symptoms are at a higher risk of developing asthma in adulthood compared with insomnia-free adults. (Medical News Today)

Poor sleep contributes to poor sexual satisfaction
A new study investigates the link between sleep duration, sleep quality, and the levels of sexual satisfaction among postmenopausal women. (Medical News Today)

Chronic sleep deprivation suppresses immune system
Many people report getting sick when they don't get enough sleep. A new study helps explain why. (Medical News Today)

What is good quality sleep? National Sleep Foundation provides guidance
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recently released the key indicators of good sleep quality, as established by a panel of experts. (Medical News Today)

Regulating 'gasotransmitters' could improve care for sleep apnea
Unbalanced signaling by two molecules that regulate breathing leads to sleep apnea in mice and rats, researchers report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Medical News Today)

Jet lag impairs performance of Major League Baseball players
Major League Baseball (MLB) managers trying to find an edge should pay close attention to their players' body clocks, according to a new Northwestern University study of how jet lag affects MLB... (Medical News Today)

Home sleep testing as good as lab testing for informing management of obstructive sleep apnea
Outcomes for patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were not inferior when managed with data from limited-channel sleep testing versus full laboratory-based polysomnography (PSG). (Medical News Today)

What causes sleepiness when sickness strikes
It's well known that humans and other animals are fatigued and sleepy when sick, but it's a microscopic roundworm that's providing an explanation of how that occurs, according to a study from... (Medical News Today)

1 in 5 young people lose sleep over social media
1 in 5 young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media, according to new research published in the Journal of Youth Studies. (Medical News Today)

Poor sleep can damage brain health in later life
Experts have found that in order to maintain a healthy brain and stay mentally sharp, we must make it a priority to get the required amount of sleep in later life. (Medical News Today)

Hour-long naps may boost mental ability for older adults
A study of nearly 3,000 older Chinese adults finds that napping for around an hour after lunch may improve memory and thinking ability. (Medical News Today)

Controlling the body clock
A new study from the laboratory of Hiroki Ueda at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center investigates circadian timekeeping with a novel approach to creating genetic knock-out rescue mice. (Medical News Today)

Could a narcolepsy drug help combat food addiction?
Researchers found that a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy reduced impulsivity in men, which is considered a driver of food addiction and obesity. (Medical News Today)

Recovery from brain injury and better sleep go hand in hand
After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), people also experience major sleep problems, including changes in their sleep-wake cycle. (Medical News Today)

Sleep disruption has genetic links with obesity, schizophrenia
Genome analysis of over 112,500 participants in the UK Biobank links self-reported sleep disruption to obesity, restless legs syndrome, and schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Noise sensitivity traced to changes in brain functions
The degree to which one is disturbed by noises of everyday life may be related to how the brain processes variations in the sound stream, according to new findings published in Scientific Reports. (Medical News Today)

Sundowner's Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Sundowner's syndrome often affects older people with dementia, causing them to feel agitated in the early evening. Find out how to reduce the impact. (Medical News Today)

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