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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

A new blood test may detect sleep deprivation
Sleeplessness can lead to a number of negative outcomes, from lost work to car crashes, but a new blood test may now be able to measure sleep deprivation. (Medical News Today)

Why a regular bedtime may benefit your heart and metabolism
New research examines the cardiometabolic health risks associated with irregular bedtimes among older adults over a 10-year period. (Medical News Today)

Lucid dreaming: Controlling the stories of sleep
In this Spotlight, we explore the phenomenon that is lucid dreaming. We explain what it is, what to do to achieve it, and whether it brings any risks. (Medical News Today)

How can I sleep with rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disorder that affects the immune system and may cause joint stiffness or pain. RA may make sleep difficult, and a lack of sleep may make the condition worse. There are many tips for improving sleep including avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Learn more about how to sleep better with RA here. (Medical News Today)

Can daytime sleepiness predict Alzheimer's?
According to a new study, there may be a link between daytime sleepiness and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's later in life. (Medical News Today)

Just 6 hours of sleep loss increases diabetes risk
It is well-known that sleep is important for good health. The latest study demonstrates that losing just a small amount might increase diabetes risk. (Medical News Today)

How to tell if stress is affecting your sleep
Stress can adversely affect physical and mental health. One common result of stress is an inability to sleep. Insufficient sleep can increase the risk of a range of health conditions. Reducing stress through exercise and medication can improve quality of sleep. Learn more about the link between stress and sleep here. (Medical News Today)

Urologic conditions lead to depression, sleep issues in men
Physicians need to be aware that men with urologic conditions often have depression and sleep problems and should refer them appropriately, says a study. (Medical News Today)

Why do my arms go numb at night?
A feeling of the arms falling asleep can occur at any time of the day or night. If a person experiences this frequently at night, it may be a symptom of an underlying issue, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, vitamin B deficiency, or diabetes. Here, learn more about the causes and prevention of this sensation. (Medical News Today)

Can cannabis be a sleep aid?
There are many potential benefits of using cannabis where the drug is legal. One of these is as a sleep aid. There are, however, things to be aware of when using cannabis as a sleep aid, including the potential for dependency. Learn more about the pros and cons of using cannabis for sleeping here. (Medical News Today)

How can I get to sleep easily?
Many people struggle with falling asleep. The time it takes to fall asleep varies from person-to-person, but there are several things that people can try to make themselves fall asleep faster. Tips to fall asleep naturally include exercise and avoiding caffeine around bedtime. Learn more about ways to fall asleep here. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Poor sleep slows wound healing
A new study concludes that mice with type 2 diabetes whose sleep has been disturbed heal significantly slower than similar, well-rested mice. (Medical News Today)

The 5 Most Impactful Findings From National Geographic's 'Science of Sleep' Issue
'Sleep is an undiscovered country that each one of us travels to every night, but we really don't understand it very well.' National Geographic explore. (Medical News Today)

Prediabetes: Being a 'night owl' may lead to weight gain
Having a preference for evening activities, as well as sleeping at different times in the weekdays and weekends, may lead to weight gain in some people. (Medical News Today)

Epilepsy: New findings 'could change textbooks'
New research on epilepsy narrows down the culprits to two key brain proteins. The study authors explain why this is a breakthrough in the field. (Medical News Today)

Too much sleep could be worse for health than too little
Sleeping more or less than 7–8 hours is tied to higher risk of death and cardiovascular problems, with more being worse than less, says global study. (Medical News Today)

How to relieve postpartum night sweats
Postpartum night sweats, or night sweats that happen shortly after childbirth, are common, temporary, and treatable. Women have night sweats due to shifting hormone levels after pregnancy. Read on to learn about the causes of postpartum night sweats and how to relieve them with home remedies and other treatments. (Medical News Today)

Home remedies for fast back pain relief
Back pain is a widespread but potentially debilitating problem. Fortunately, there are a variety of home remedies to relieve back pain quickly and help prevent it in the future. In this article, learn about creams, stretches, and other techniques to alleviate back pain. We also cover when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Is my newborn sleeping too much?
Many parents will look forward to their newborn sleeping, but sometimes a newborn will sleep so much that they become concerned. After birth, babies need a lot of rest as they continue to develop and grow. But how much sleep is normal for a newborn and what can parents do about excessive sleep? Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Why might sleep apnea raise dementia risk?
A new study finds that obstructive sleep apnea is tied to brain structure alterations found in early dementia and that low blood oxygen might be a factor. (Medical News Today)

What causes a nosebleed at night?
Nosebleeds can occur at any time, and some people only experience them at night. A range of factors may be responsible, including colds, chemical exposure, and heavy alcohol use. Home care can stop most nosebleeds, but if they recur, a person should see a doctor. Here, learn more about nighttime nosebleeds. (Medical News Today)

Even minor sleep problems raise women's blood pressure
A new study concludes that even minor sleep disturbances, such as finding it difficult to nod off, can increase the risk of hypertension in women. (Medical News Today)

Is it possible to prevent a hangover?
A hangover is what some people experience the morning after an evening of heavy drinking. There are many supposed hangover cures, but few are proven. Here, we look at nine evidence-based ways to prevent a hangover, including drinking in moderation, eating, staying hydrated, and avoiding chemicals called congeners. (Medical News Today)

Early risers have lower risk of depression, study finds
How do your sleep-wake preferences affect your risk of developing a mood disorder such as depression? A large, detailed observational study investigates. (Medical News Today)

What are the signs of not eating enough?
Undereating can negatively impact health and wellbeing. Aside from losing weight, signs that someone might not be eating enough can include feeling tired, getting ill more often, hair loss, and skin problems. Here, we cover the risks and reasons for undereating, as well as nine signs and symptoms to look out for. (Medical News Today)

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