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Advertising would have you believe that a big bowl of sugary cereal or a syrupy iced coffee drink will make you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.

But that sort of sugar-laden breakfast may be one of the worst things you can do to help you wake up alert and refreshed.

A major new sleep study shows a breakfast rich in complex carbohydrates -- think a big bowl of steel-cut o...

Finally, more than two years into the pandemic, Americans are sleeping better.

A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 31% of people have had insomnia since the pandemic began. That was much lower — a 25% decrease — compared to the...

Teenagers and young adults who use benzodiazepines to treat insomnia may be at heightened risk of overdose, a new study finds.

Benzodiazepines include anxiety medications like Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax, as well as prescription sleep aids such as estazolam (ProSom), triazolam (Halcion) and temazepam (Restoril).

In the

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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  • Transgender youth are more likely than others to experience sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, and researchers now recommend these young people be screened for sleep problems.

    “Transgender and gender-nonconforming identity may precede mental health disorders, and both influence insomnia diagnosis,” said study co-author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 24, 2022
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  • While the U.S. Senate voted this year to establish a permanent daylight saving time, the American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates is instead recommending a permanent change to standard time.

    Standard time is healthier and more natural, according to the AMA and other experts, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

    “For far too long, we've changed our cloc...

    Nearly half of American adults are not getting the sleep they need, a new study shows.

    That sleep debt is being compounded for many by what researchers call social jet lag, which is the difference between a person's preferred sleep/wake times and those that society expects.

    “This is a well-done study examining a very large and representative sample,”

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 9, 2022
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  • It's time for time to fall back an hour, but fortunately that change is more in line with humans' circadian rhythm than springing forward.

    This provides an opportunity for people to “fix” their circadian rhythm, that 24-hour body clock that regulates hormone release and temperature, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine who offered some tips.

    “While the end of dayli...

    Most people consider drowsy driving dangerous, but an estimated 37 million Americans still get behind the wheel at least once a year when they're so tired they can barely keep their eyes open.

    About six in 10 people admitted to drowsy driving in a new survey by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

    “Drowsy driving is impaired driving,” said Joseph Dzierzewski, the foundation's vi...

    For women, the key to getting ahead at work could be getting more shut-eye.

    Quality sleep boosted women's moods, which then made them more intent on work achievements, a new study found.

    Researchers from Washington State University and University of Minnesota-Duluth surveyed 135 U.S. workers (men and women) twice a day for over two weeks to study this issue, gaining 2,200 observa...

    People plagued by frequent nightmares may find relief from hearing a specific sound as they sleep, a new, small study suggests.

    It's estimated that about 4% of adults have nightmares that are frequent and distressing enough to impair their sleep and daily functioning. In some cases, the nightmares are related to an underlying condition, like post-traumatic stress disorder (

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 27, 2022
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  • A new trend promoted on the social media platform TikTok has people taping their lips shut at bedtime -- a practice that could be dangerous, an expert warns.

    The purpose of mouth taping is to keep from breathing through your mouth at night.

    "If you have obstructive sleep apnea, yes, this can be very dangerous," sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasgupta told CNN.

    "There is lim...

    Why do some preschoolers refuse naps while others have a meltdown without an afternoon snooze? Researchers suspect it may have a lot to do with a specific memory-related part of the brain.

    While young children all need a lot of sleep, they do vary widely in when they stop napping during the day: Some leave naps behind by the time they are 3, while many others happily take an afternoon nap...

    It's a question many have asked: How are memories made to last?

    Now, a new study claims they are solidified during sleep through the interplay of two distinct brain regions.

    Memories are set in the brain as it cycles between slow-wave and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which happens about five times a night, re...

    Experts studying kids' sleep and eating habits have learned more about a potential reason for childhood obesity.

    Kids who are deprived of sleep tend to eat more calories the next day, researchers found. And some of those extra calories come from less-healthy, sugar-laden snacks or treats.

    "When children lost sleep, overall they ate an extra 74 calories per day, caused by an increase...

    As men and women enter their golden years, those who regularly fail to get a good night's sleep face a higher risk for developing not one but two serious chronic illnesses at the same time, new research shows.

    Researchers from France, Finland and United Kingdom tracked the self-reported sleep routines and health status of nearly 8,000 Britons from ages 50 to 70.

    While the new analys...

    While later school start times can benefit middle and high school students, elementary school kids do just fine with an earlier wake-up call, according to new research.

    An earlier bell in elementary school may mean less sleep, but it doesn't affect learning for those children, according to research in a pair of studies published Oct. 13 in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy...

    It's not anyone's idea of a fun choice, but researchers recently asked 200 women which part of menopause is worse for them -- hot flashes or night sweats?

    Both can significantly affect a woman's quality of life, but

    Retirees, it's time to get up out of your easy chair and get moving.

    That's the message from a Finnish study that used a wrist-based device to determine just how much retired adults were moving every day.

    “Based on our research, people who are retiring should aim to increase the amou...

    Your fondness for midnight snacks has caused you to pack on the pounds over the years, and now researchers have a better understanding of why.

    While late-night eating has long been linked with an increased risk for obesity, researchers weren't sure exactly how it caused weight gain until now.

    "When meals are delayed by four hours and everything else stays the same, you burn fewer ca...

    Use of the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin is increasing among young people, and calls to poison control centers and visits to the emergency room are also on the rise.

    This is mostly because young children and teens are accidentally ingesting more of the supplement than is safe, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    In response, the American Academ...

    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

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 22, 2022
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  • 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 dreams weekly were four times more likely to have

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  • September 22, 2022
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  • 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 sugar can build up in your bloodstream, eventually leading to

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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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    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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)

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 1, 2022
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  • 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...

    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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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 22, 2022
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