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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

New symptom may help ID sleep apnea in older women
The results of a new study suggest that nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting, may be an additional symptom that doctors can look for when assessing post-menopausal women for obstructive sleep apnea. (Medical News Today)

Central sleep apnoea device increases mortality in heart failure
Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy increases mortality and should not be used to treat central sleep apnoea in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction, the SERVE-HF trial shows. (Medical News Today)

The timing of sleep just as important as quantity
Washington State University researchers have found that the timing of an animal's sleep can be just as important as how much sleeps it gets. (Medical News Today)

The more the merrier for animals that synchronize their behavior
Social interaction could be the mechanism that allows animals living in groups to synchronize their activities, whether it's huddling for warmth or offering protection from predators. (Medical News Today)

New research confirms lack of sleep connected to getting sick
Scientists have long associated sufficient sleep with good health. Now they've confirmed it. (Medical News Today)

Lack of sleep could increase common cold risk
A new study has found that people who slept less than 5 hours a night were 4.5 times likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus than people who slept 7 or more hours. (Medical News Today)

Midday naps associated with reduced blood pressure and fewer medications
Midday naps are associated with reduced blood pressure levels and prescription of fewer antihypertensive medications, according to research presented at ESC Congress by Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a... (Medical News Today)

KAIST's mathematician reveals the mechanism for sustaining biological rhythms
Our bodies have a variety of biological clocks that follow rhythms or oscillations with periods ranging from seconds to days. For example, our hearts beat every second, and cells divide periodically. (Medical News Today)

Circadian genes go to sleep every day at the periphery of the nucleus
Mobility between different physical environments in the cell nucleus regulates the daily oscillations in the activity of genes that are controlled by the internal biological clock, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Bright screens at night imperil sleep of young teens
A new study has an important implication for tweens and young teens as they head back to school: Taking a gadget to bed could really hurt their sleep. (Medical News Today)

Access to nature tied to better sleep quality in men and seniors
Men and people aged 65 and over were less likely to report insufficient sleep when they had access natural environments like parks, the beach, green spaces, study shows. (Medical News Today)

Study finds that genetic ancestry partially explains 1 racial sleep difference
Study is first to show that race differences in slow-wave sleep may have an independent and significant genetic basisA new study clearly establishes a partial genetic basis underlying racial... (Medical News Today)

Impact of sleep disturbance on recovery in veterans with PTSD and TBI
Poor sleep may impact treatment and recovery in veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). (Medical News Today)

New study indicates magnetic stimulation effective in reducing bedwetting
Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, causes distress in children and young adults, as well as for their parents or caregivers. (Medical News Today)

Kessler researchers find ramelteon may be useful for sleep problems after TBI
Pilot study showed longer total sleep time and improved cognition after 3 weeks of ramelteon therapyKessler researchers found preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of ramelteon for the... (Medical News Today)

Altering daily light-dark cycles affects fertility in middle-aged female mice
The fertility cycle in mammalian females becomes more irregular during the transition to menopause. (Medical News Today)

Systematic review shows 'smart drug' modafinil does enhance cognition
The drug modafinil was developed to treat narcolepsy (excessive sleeping), but it is widely used off-licence as a 'smart drug' to promote cognitive enhancement, where qualities such as alertness and... (Medical News Today)

Kessler Foundation study shows poor sleep contributes to MS-related fatigue
Kessler Foundation's Lauren Strober, PhD, explores the association of secondary fatigue and sleep disturbances in multiple sclerosis (MS). (Medical News Today)

Dream of feeling less tired? The trick comes with age
The elderly are doing something right. New research into the effects of age on sleep suggests our older community sleep less, but report better quality sleep, and feel more awake during the day. (Medical News Today)

Body clock controls waking up and going to sleep with simple mechanism
Researchers have discovered that a simple bicycle mechanism that controls the sleep-wake cycle is shared by both fruit flies and mice. (Medical News Today)

More evidence that kids' headaches increase at back-to-school time
Findings from Nationwide Children's Hospital physicians demonstrate that headaches increase in fall in children, a trend that may be due to back-to-school changes in stress, routines and sleep. (Medical News Today)

How energy drinks affect your body within 24 hours
A new infographic demonstrates what an energy drink does to the body within 24 hours. This follows on from an infographic revealing how Coca-Cola affects the body within an hour. (Medical News Today)

Scientists developed a miniature gas sensor for mobile devices - applications from monitoring air quality to healthcare and wellness
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a miniature gas sensor that can be connected to mobile devices. (Medical News Today)

Rapid eye movements in sleep reset dream 'snapshots'
Tel Aviv University, UCLA researchers find eye movements during REM sleep reflect brain activity patterns associated with new imagesRapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the period in which we... (Medical News Today)

New biomarkers show exercise helps reduce daytime sleep disorder, researchers find
Aerobic exercise can help alleviate excessive daytime sleepiness among depressed individuals, researchers with UT Southwestern Medical Center's Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care have... (Medical News Today)

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