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  • Poor sleep tied to lower physical activity in people with PTSD

    Jul 21 2014...
    A new study suggests that poor sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    “We found that sleep quality was more strongly associated with physical activity one year later than was having a diagnosis of PTSD,” said lead author Lisa Talbot, postdoctoral fellow at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. “The longitudinal aspect of this study suggests that sleep may influence physical activity.” READ MORE>>
  • Interruptions, fragmented sleep may be same as barely any sleep

    Jul 15 2014...
    When parents of infant children talk about their lives, you’ll hear words like “exhausting” or “hellish” nearly as often as “miraculous” and “life changing.” New parents have notoriously disturbed sleep. Whether the crying is for a feeding, a diaper change or nothing at all, the result is always the same: fragmented sleep.

    The price of multiple night waking is the same as staying up nearly the entire night. Scientifically speaking, the negative cognitive impact, shortened attention span and poor moods are equivalent to no more than four consecutive hours of sleep.

    It’s hard to blame them for having mixed feelings about parenting. They often wake up in the morning feeling more tired than the night before. READ MORE>>
  • The way you handle stress may affect your sleep

    Jul 11 2014...
    A new study finds that the way we handle stress could cause insomnia.

    Results show that coping with a stressful event by giving up on dealing with the stress or by using alcohol or drugs each helps trigger the relationship between stress exposure and insomnia development. READ MORE>>
  • Short sleep linked to aging brain

    Jul 02 2014...
    A new study finds that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age.

    Results show that each hour of reduced sleep duration changed the annual expansion rate of the ventricles by 0.59 percent. Ventricles are the internal chambers of the brain. Their expansion is a reliable marker for the risk of cognitive impairment. The study also found that reduced sleep sped up the annual decline rate in cognitive performance by 0.67 percent. READ MORE>>
  • Get fit this summer to improve your sleep

    Jun 25 2014...
    Your summer fitness plan will help to do more than flatten your belly. By losing at least 5 percent of your weight, you’ll sleep longer and more soundly, a new study shows.

    For example, for someone who weighs 200 pounds, losing just 10 pounds will pay off in your sleep quality. Another benefit of weight loss is feeling happy and more awake during the daytime. Past research shows high-quality sleep has major mood benefits. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep loss has a steep cost for your health

    Jun 23 2014...
    Failing to get enough sleep does much more than slow you down or make you grumpy. It is destructive to your overall health. USA Today spoke with sleep experts and discovered that if you don't snooze, you lose.

    American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler told USA Today that poor health is the price you pay for ongoing sleep loss. AASM Past President Dr. Safwan Badr added that sleep is one of the three pillars of health. It is as important as nutrition and exercise. READ MORE>>
  • Most U.S. teens are still losing sleep

    Jun 16 2014...
    New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what most high school teachers already know: U.S. teens aren’t getting enough sleep.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens get a little more than nine hours of nightly sleep for optimal health and daytime alertness. But CDC data show that only 31.7 percent of high school students report sleeping at least eight hours on a typical school night. Clearly, American teens are failing to make the grade when it comes to their sleep. READ MORE>>
  • AASM warns against drowsy driving

    Jun 12 2014...
    A highway collision that left comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition and killed his mentor is shedding light on the tragic consequences of drowsy driving. Drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes and 1,550 deaths on American roads each year.

    “Drowsy driving is a threat to personal health and public safety – it’s just as dangerous as drunk driving,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). READ MORE>>
  • Marijuana use can affect sleep quality

    Jun 11 2014...
    A new study suggests that marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality.

    Results show that any history of cannabis use was associated with an increased likelihood of reporting difficulty falling asleep and struggling to maintain sleep. Participants also reported experiencing non-restorative sleep and feeling daytime sleepiness. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep Well, Be Well: A national health priority

    May 16 2014...
    The “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is a reminder that sleep is one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Why is healthy sleep important? It promotes physical health and mental well-being. It also boosts performance and reduces safety risks. Yet millions of Americans are failing to get the sleep that their body needs. Learn the healthy sleep basics. Then make healthy sleep one of your top priorities. READ MORE>>