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A Good Night's Sleep Recharges Immune System

If you want to stay well, make sure you're getting enough sleep.

That's the conclusion of a new study that found that good sleep helps regulate a key component of the body’s immune system.

Specifically, it influences the environment where white blood cells known as

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  • September 22, 2022
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  • Lots of Nightmares in Middle Age Might Be Warning Sign of Dementia

    THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- No one likes nightmares, but having persistently bad dreams may also signal impending dementia, new British research suggests.

    In the study, people aged 35 to 64 who had bad dr...

    Late Bedtimes Could Raise Your Odds for Diabetes, Heart Trouble

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you’re constantly burning the midnight oil, you may be setting yourself up for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

    When compared with folks who go to bed early and wake with the sun, night owls are more likely to be insulin-resistant, a new study finds. When the body doesn’t respond well to the hormone insulin, blood s...

    Seniors, This Daily Routine May Keep You Sharper, Happier

    Older adults who rise and shine early every day may have sharper minds and fewer depression symptoms, a new study suggests.

    The researchers found that U.S. adults aged 65 and older who typically got up early — before 7 a.m. — then stayed active throughout the day performed better on tests of memory and thinking than their peers with less "robust" daily routines. They were also less li...

    Walking, Sitting: What Works Best to Help Baby Stop Crying?

    A new study hands parents what seems like a miraculous gift: A simple, free technique that takes just 13 minutes to put wailing infants to sleep.

    Researchers in Japan found that walking around while carrying infants for five minutes calmed the newborns, while another eight minutes of sitt...

    One App Is Especially Bad for Teens' Sleep

    Many teens look at screens at bedtime, but some apps are more likely to keep them awake than others, leading to sleep problems.

    That's the upshot of a new study in which researchers found YouTube fans experienced consistent and negative effects on sleep. Surprisingly, traditional TV was associated with earlier bedtim...

    Lawsuit Claims Amazon's Top-Selling Mattress a 'Health Hazard'

    Customers who bought a bestselling mattress sold on Amazon and at retailers nationwide are suing the manufacturer amid claims that fiberglass fibers in the product have damaged their health.

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    America's Love Affair With Sleeping Pills May Be Waning

    Fewer Americans are turning to sleep medications to fight insomnia.

    After a dramatic rise in prescriptions for drugs like Ambien, the trend has ebbed, according to a new study, and fewer doctors are prescribing sleep medications

    Poor Sleep Can Make Folks Selfish, Study Finds

    The health risks of losing sleep are well known, ranging from heart disease to depression, but who knew that too little sleep can also make you selfish?

    That's the takeaway of new research from the University of California, Berkeley.

    "This new work demonstrates that a lack of sleep not only damages the health of an individual, but degrades social interactions between individuals and...

    Too Little Sleep Could Have Teens Piling on Pounds

    New research suggests that not getting enough sleep may doom adolescents and teens to obesity and poorer health as they enter adulthood.

    Those who slept less than eight hours a night were more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers who do get...

    Veterans Often Reluctant to Admit Struggles With Sleep, Addictions

    A new study of U.S. military veterans reveals they are more comfortable getting help for physical ills than for mental health issues.

    "The majority of participants indicated they would be willing to seek treatment for both physical and mental health problems. However, they reported significantly greater willingness to seek treatment for physical than mental health conditions," said princi...

    Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

    For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.

    A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the advised nine to 12 hours' sleep.

    “We ...

    Work Worries Keep Lots of Americans Awake Sunday Nights

    Don't be afraid of Sunday night.

    Good sleep habits can ward off the so-called “Sunday scaries” — the worry about returning to work on Monday morning that keeps many folks tossing and turning on Sunday night.

    A recent American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

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  • August 1, 2022
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  • Long, Regular Sleep Key to Kindergarten Success

    Long, restful and - most importantly - regular sleep is key to helping kindergarteners adjust to school, and a new study urges parents to start forming good sleep habits a full year ahead of time.

    Researchers found that kids who regularly got 10 hours of sleep or more b...

    Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You're Far From Alone, Survey Finds

    If you struggle to fall asleep at night, you are not alone.

    About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them fall asleep or stay asleep.

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  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 23, 2022
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  • Light in Your Bedroom Is No Good for Your Health

    Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night's sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests.

    Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room were more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes, compared with adults who were not exposed to an...

    Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines: No Inclined Products, Bed-Sharing

    New infant sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stress that parents make sure their infants sleep alone on their back on a flat surface and not in bed with mom or dad.

    In addition, th...

    Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

    Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.

    Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall asleep after midnight, while folks in their 40s go to bed earlier but devote the fewest hours to sleep.

    That might...

    Singles or Couples: Who Sleeps Better?

    You might think that having the whole bed to yourself would leave you feeling more refreshed in the morning than sleeping with someone who might toss, turn or snore.

    Yet, a new study suggests that adults who share their beds with a partner have less severe insomnia, less fatigue and more sleep ...

    Sleep With Your Pet? Survey Finds You're Not Alone

    If you sleep with Fido or Fluffy, you're in good company, a new survey shows.

    Nearly half of respondents to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) poll said they share their bed with a pet, and 46% of those people said they sleep better with their pet in the same bed. Only 19% said th...

    Bad Sleep May Be Bad News for People With COPD

    If you have COPD, new research suggests you might want to pay close attention to getting good sleep.

    Poor slumber significantly increased the risk of life-threatening flare-ups of breathing problems in people with the incura...

    Nightmares Can Sometimes Warn of Parkinson's Onset

    Nightmares can be unsettling for anyone, but new research from Britain suggests that bad dreams may signal the start of Parkinson's disease in some older adults.

    "Although it can be really beneficial to diagnose Parkins...

    Melatonin Poisoning Cases Soaring Among U.S. Kids

    It's a startling statistic: A new study finds the number of kids accidentally poisoned by the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin has soared by 530% over the past decade.

    For most children, the overdose only causes excessive sleepiness, but for some it can result in hospitalization and even ...

    Global Warming Could Mean Less Sleep for Billions

    Anyone who's tried to sleep on a hot summer night knows how hard it is to nod off when the mercury is rising.

    So it's no surprise that global warming is likely to cost people more and more shut-eye as temperatures around the world rise.

    By the end of this century, individuals could be subjected to at least two weeks of short sleep each year due to high temperatures driven by global ...

    Restful Night's Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women

    For many women, having it all may mean forgoing a decent night's sleep.

    Women in the United States are less likely to get a good night's sleep and more likely to report daytime sleepiness than men, a new survey shows.

    The online poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found that women are 1.5 times more l...

    Biden Signs Law Banning Sleep Products Tied to Infant Deaths

    The manufacture and sale of products known as crib bumpers and sleep incliners - linked with more than 200 infant deaths in the United States - will be banned under a new law signed by President Joe Biden.

    "This is a long-fought and important victory for babies...

    Kids' Sleep Suffers When Parents Can't Afford Diapers

    It might seem like an unlikely connection at first, but a new study finds that infants and toddlers suffer sleep issues -- and maybe other problems --- when their parents can't afford diapers.

    "Sleep promotes brain development and solidifies learning and memory," noted study co-author Sallie Porter, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Jersey. "Children with

    Scientists Calculate Perfect Amount of Sleep for Folks Over 40

    Are you over 40 and wonder what the magic amount of sleep every night might be? A new study arrives at an answer.

    It turns out that seven hours of sleep a night may be the ideal amount for keeping your brain in good health if you're middle-aged or older.

    "Getting a good night's sleep is important at all st...

    Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

    Having trouble getting your shut-eye during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    You may be at increased risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

    That's the key takeaway from an analysis of data collected from nearly 5,000 people who wore a digital sleep device before and...

    Tongue Stimulator Shows Promise as Sleep Apnea Treatment in Kids With Down Syndrome

    Children with Down syndrome are more likely than other kids to have sleep apnea, and existing treatments often fail to work.

    Now, an implanted device that stimulates tongue nerves shows promise in reducing their sleep disruptions, a new study finds.

    A device called a hypoglossal nerve stimulator is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults with

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  • April 22, 2022
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  • Is a Drug for Sleep Apnea on the Horizon?

    The most common treatments for sleep apnea are mechanical -- CPAP machines, mouthguards and the like.

    But researchers think they've found a drug that might ease sleep apnea in some.

    The drug sulthiame, normally used to treat epilepsy, appeared to reduce breathing pauses by more than 20 events an hour, on average, in

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  • April 20, 2022
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  • Devices That Can Help You Get a Restful Night's Sleep

    If you're thinking about getting a device to help you sleep better, an expert offers some advice.

    Sleep-tracking devices range from those that record how much you sleep to those that monitor your sleep stages, but it can be difficult to know if they'll provide good re...

    Heart Disease & Sleepless Nights Often Go Together

    Insomnia is widespread in heart disease patients and significantly boosts the risk of heart attack, stroke or other major heart event, a new study says.

    The findings show the need to check for and treat sleep problems in heart disease patients, according to researchers.

    "Our study indicates that insomnia is common in heart disease patients and is linked with subsequent cardiovascula...

    New Insights Into Why Alzheimer's Can Bring Drowsiness

    Alzheimer's patients are often drowsy during the day, but it might not be because of poor sleep at night.

    Instead, a clinical trial that monitored patients' sleep and then studied their brains after death discovered an entirely different reason for such sleepiness -- they suffer a loss of neurons th...

    How a Lack of Sleep Can Widen Your Waistline

    People who choose to skip sleep to study, work or play late into the night may find they've extended not just their waking hours but also their tummies.

    A small new study found that the basic problem sources back to the fact that people who don't get enough sleep tend to eat more...

    Nap at Preschool May Boost Tots' Learning

    Many parents of preschoolers insist that naps are essential to recharge their little ones during the day and improve their mood.

    Turns out that daytime shut-eye may also boost early literacy skills.

    New research by scholars in Australia and England suggests that naps help preschoolers map...

    Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

    Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

    Those most at risk for misusing medical marijuana are patients using it to treat anxiety and depression, the researchers found. Based on these findings, the b...

    Lots of Napping Could Raise a Senior's Odds for Alzheimer's

    Taking longer or more frequent naps during the day may sound enticing, but it may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's disease.

    Older adults who nap throughout the day may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's, while napping may also be a consequence of advancing Alzheimer's, a new study suggests.

    "D...

    Even a Little Light in Your Bedroom Could Harm Health

    People who sleep with a light on may be unwittingly keeping their nervous system awake, a small study suggests.

    The study of 20 healthy adults found that just one night of sleeping with the lights on spurred changes in people's functioning: Their heart rates stayed higher during sleep compared to a night with l...

    Sleep Experts Call for End to Twice-a-Year Time Changes

    Spring and fall time changes for daylight saving time should be scrapped because they pose health and safety risks, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) says.

    Moving clocks ahead and losing an hour of sleep presents

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  • As Clocks Spring Forward, Keep Sleep on Track

    You may only worry about losing an hour of sleep when the clocks spring forward this Sunday, but the time change can also be dangerous for your health, an expert says.

    Research shows that the risk of stroke, heart attack and traffic accidents all increase in the days following the switch to daylight saving time, according...

    Exercise Helps You Sleep, But Which Workout Is Best?

    Folks tussling with lousy sleep often turn to the sidewalk or the treadmill or the bike, figuring that aerobic exercise will earn them a few more minutes of solid snoozing.

    They might be better off hefting some weights, a new study argues.

    Resistance exercise appears to be better than aerobic workouts as a way to improve your 40 winks if you're having problems sleeping, researchers ...

    Millions of Americans Are Taking Risky Opioid/Sedative Combo

    Millions of American adults take a potentially deadly duo of prescription opioid painkillers and sedatives at the same time, researchers warn.

    The side effects of concurrent use of opioids and sedatives such as

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  • Sleepless Children Often Become Sleepless Adults: Study

    Young children who struggle with insomnia face a very high risk for more of the same as young adults, a new study warns.

    Investigators found that 43% of children who suffer from insomnia between the ages of 5 and 12 continue to do so when they hit their 20s and 30s.

    And that amounts to a nea...

    Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

    Many Americans are working hard to get a good night's sleep, and feeling the effects when they miss the mark.

    About 32% of people feel more tired these days than they did before the pandemic began, according to the results of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey. About 28% says they're getting less sleep than they did before the pandemic.

    "During the peak of the pandemic with...

    Pandemic Worsening Americans' Already Terrible Sleep, Poll Finds

    Many Americans are bone-weary following two straight years of pandemic stress, and a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows that sleeplessness is only part of the problem.

    One-third of poll participants said they feel more tired now than they did before March 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    But just 28% said they're getting less sleep than before the pandemic.

    "The...

    Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

    Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

    The neurological symptoms are wide-ranging, and can include headaches, difficulty falling and staying asleep, daytime sleepine...

    Melatonin's Popularity Rises, Along With Hidden Dangers

    Americans have tossed and turned their way through the pandemic, and a new study shows they are increasingly turning to melatonin in an attempt to get some good rest.

    But the researchers also issued a warning, because some folks are using amounts that pose a risk to their health.

    In 2018, Americans were taking more than twice the amount of the over-the-counter sleep aid than a decad...

    Screens Near Bedtime Bad for Preschoolers' Sleep

    It's crucial to keep preschoolers away from screens and other sources of light in the hour before bedtime if you want them to get a good night's sleep, researchers say.

    That's because even a little bit of light exposure can trigger a sharp drop in the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, according...

    Getting Your School-Age Child Into a Healthy Sleep Routine

    Most parents have dealt with having to hurry a sleepy child out the door on a school morning, but experts say taking the time to establish good sleep routines for your kids is worth the effort.

    Amid the pandemic, there can be a great deal of uncertainty around school, but a set sleep regimen can help ease youngsters'

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