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  • Larger tongue with more fat may predict sleep apnea risk in obese adults

    Sep 30 2014...
    A new study of obese adults shows that those who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a significantly larger tongue with a higher amount of fat. OSA is a chronic disease that involves repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep.

    “Tongue size is one of the physical features that should be evaluated by a physician when screening obese patients to determine their risk for obstructive sleep apnea,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler. He is president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep disorders often overlooked in people with multiple sclerosis

    Sep 18 2014...
    Fatigue, or extreme tiredness and exhaustion, is one of the most common and disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). A new study suggests that fatigue in people with MS may actually be a sign of an undiagnosed sleep disorder.

    "Sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic in the MS population, separate from MS fatigue,” lead author Dr. Steven Brass said in a news release. He is co-medical director of the UC Davis Sleep Medicine Laboratory. READ MORE>>
  • Treating sleep apnea reverses brain damage

    Sep 08 2014...
    Obstructive sleep apnea can be destructive to your brain. But new research shows that CPAP therapy repairs the damage. One year of CPAP therapy led to an almost complete reversal of white matter damage. Treatment also improved cognitive scores, mood, alertness and quality of life.

    The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is sounding the alarm that snoring is a warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. Is sleep apnea putting your health at risk? Pledge to stop the snore and talk to a doctor about sleep apnea. READ MORE>>
  • Too little sleep could shrink your brain

    Sep 05 2014...
    A new study published online in Neurology suggests that getting too little sleep could lead to a shrinking brain.

    The study involved 147 adults with an average age of 54 years. They underwent two brain scans, one at the start of the study and one an average of three and half years later. Before getting the scans, participants completed a questionnaire about their sleep habits. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep well, work well: The link between sleep duration and sick time

    Sep 03 2014...
    A new study suggests that better job attendance may be one of the many benefits of healthy sleep. After all, you can’t perform well on the job if you don’t show up for work. To be there – and be well – you must sleep well.

    Results show that the sweet spot for sleep was between 7 and 8 hours. The sleep duration with the lowest risk of sick time for women was 7 hours, 38 minutes. For men it was 7 hours, 46 minutes. READ MORE>>
  • Five sleep tips for parents of tired teens

    Aug 27 2014...
    The summertime sleep habits of most teens today would be enough to make Ben Franklin blow a proverbial fuse. A 3 a.m. to Noon sleep schedule isn’t likely to meet his standard of “early to bed, early to rise.” But it can be the norm for night-owl teens when they are free from a school schedule.

    As teens go back to school for the fall, Ben will get his revenge each morning when the alarm clock sounds. These early morning wake-up calls will leave most teens short on sleep during the school week. Here are five tips from the AASM to help parents promote healthy sleep in teens. READ MORE>>
  • Severity of sleep apnea impacts risk of resistant high blood pressure

    Aug 25 2014...
    A new study shows a link between severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the risk of high blood pressure even after using medications for high blood pressure. OSA is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep.

    The current study included individuals participating in the baseline examination conducted for the Heart Biomarker Evaluation in Apnea Treatment (HeartBEAT) study. READ MORE>>
  • Fitband user data shows American cities need more sleep

    Aug 21 2014...
    If you live in a big city, chances are your neighbors aren’t getting enough sleep. Board certified sleep physicians recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and based on a newly released dataset, none of the major U.S. cities get that amount of sleep, on average.

    The wearable fitness tracking manufacturer Jawbone recently released its user data to the public. The device UP by Jawbone uses wrist actigraphy, a type of motion detector, to track how much sleep its users get per night. READ MORE>>
  • Health alarm: Snoring is a warning for sleep apnea

    Aug 12 2014...
    The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is sounding the alarm that snoring is a warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. If you or your bed partner snores, pledge to stop the snore and talk to a doctor about sleep apnea.

    Like a fire alarm, snoring is a warning of danger that demands your attention. Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disease involving episodes of complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep. Across the U.S. the problem of sleep apnea is growing. READ MORE>>
  • Back to school sleep tips for kids

    Aug 11 2014...
    For kids, the long summer of sleeping in, staying up late and enjoying leisurely mornings is coming to a rapid close. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) offers tips to help parents adjust their children’s sleep schedules for both success in school and to promote a healthy lifestyle. READ MORE>>