napA short nap can help relieve stress and bolster the immune systems of men who slept only two hours the previous night, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

Lack of sleep is recognized as a public health problem. Insufficient sleep can contribute to reduced productivity as well as vehicle and industrial accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, people who sleep too little are more likely to develop chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression.

Nearly three in 10 adults reported they slept an average of six hours or less a night, according to the National Health Interview Survey.

“Our data suggests a 30-minute nap can reverse the hormonal impact of a night of poor sleep,” said one of the JCEM study’s authors, Brice Faraut, PhD, of the Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne Paris Cité in Paris, France. “This is the first study that found napping could restore biomarkers of neuroendocrine and immune health to normal levels.” Read the rest of this entry

Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Colon Polyps

colonic-polyps_cancerResearchers at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have established that low amounts of sleep is associated with higher risk of colorectal adenomasor polyps, which can become cancerous if left untreated.

How much — or rather, how little — someone sleeps each day contributed to a nearly 50 percent increase in the risk of developing colon cancer in the study group comprising1,240 UH patients getting routine colonoscopies.

Precancerous polyps were diagnosed in 338of them, or27.3 percent. None of the patients had been previously diagnosed with colon cancer or polyps. Read the rest of this entry

sleep longerCaffeine addiction may be a symptom of a greater issue plaguing Americans: lack of sleep. Abstaining from caffeine after noon or stopping caffeine consumption three hours prior to bed is sufficient for most. A nightcap before bed may seem to help induce rest, but it actually causes interruptions in sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 48 percent of Americans report occasionally experiencing insomnia — the inability to fall or stay asleep. The nonprofit foundation, based in Washington, D.C., also reports that 22 percent of Americans experience insomnia nearly every night.

Several health experts share their tips on how to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. Read the rest of this entry

Lack of Good Sleep Causes Many Health Impacts

lack of good sleepGood sleep is fundamental to good health. Good sleep helps you think , look, function, and perform  better.

Proper sleep is as essential as the balanced diet and healthy exercise. It helps you reduce fatigue and irritability. Good sleep enhances capacity to react faster and increase concentration ability.

For an adult seven to nine hours of sleep is needed. However, the choice of round-the-clock activity has become overwhelming. As a result millions across the world face acute lack of sleep.

According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), sleep problems add up to a global epidemic that affects 45 percent of the world’s population. The statistic and demographic clearinghouse, “Statistic Brain,” verifies this staggering statistic and asserts that approximately 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, such as insomnia, sleep apnea or narcolepsy (a brain’s inability to regulate sleep/wake cycles normally). Read the rest of this entry

lack of sleepToo little sleep is more likely to make feel people hungrier than normal. This could in turn lead to overeating and weight gain. Findings of a research study concluded recently and published in the journal SLEEP reveal that there are biological reasons for such outcome of too little sleep.

The researchers were at big surprise to find that the lack of sleep triggers hormonal changes, but the hormones affected are different for men and women. The researchers said they expected sleep deprivation to affect glucose or insulin levels in both sexes. Read the rest of this entry

Is Your Child Getting Healthy Sleep?

Sleep is sleep, isn’t it?

But have you ever thought about whether your child is getting healthy sleep?

The sleep quality among infants and children generally vary just as the quality of their diets do.

Healthy sleep is as important as good nutrition and exercise for normal growth and development. Sleep also impacts daytime mood and functioning. If your child has poor grades or other difficulties in school, it’s possible that could be traced back to lack of sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Restful Sleep and Weight Loss Tips

Are you unable to fall asleep? Do you wake up often throughout the night? Do you feel well-rested when you awake in the morning? Do you want to improve your quality and quantity of your sleep? Symptoms of forgetfulness, headaches, lack of focus, itching, moodiness, cravings, headaches, and neck and backaches often disappear with a good night’s sleep.

Restful sleep is a must for health, vitality, longevity and fat loss. Researchers found that sleeping four hours a night interferes with your ability to secrete and regulate hormones, which in turn promote aging, increase appetite, add inches to your waistline and increases your risk of developing diabetes. Lack of sleep promotes an environment prime for inflammation and catabolism (muscle loss).

One loses “one IQ point” for every hour of lost sleep one didn’t get the night before. Cognitive and mood problems develop, along with an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease are just a few consequences of too little sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Scientists say sleep deprivation also slows your metabolism down as well. Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden found that insomnia could encourage you to pile on the pounds by slowing down the rate at which the body burns calories.

Study leader Christian Benedict, said: ‘Our findings show that one night of sleep deprivation acutely reduces energy expenditure in healthy men, which suggests sleep contributes to the acute regulation of daytime energy expenditure in huma

Older studies have linked sleep deprivation with weight gain and also shown how disrupted sleep also disrupts levels of stress – and hunger-related hormones during waking hours. Read the rest of this entry

People are affected by all kinds of sleep disorders — some genetically based and some because of our jobs — and those disorders can affect not only your health, but also safety.

Several studies in recent years have linked a lack of sleep to depression, intestinal disorders and heart disease. While there is no proof that getting more sleep prevents these diseases, it is clear that a lack of sleep, and shift work, affect how some people do their jobs.

A recent string of high-profile stories involving air traffic controllers missing planes while asleep on the job highlighted the issue and served as a wake-up call for the airline industry.

In one case, an air ambulance trying to land in Nevada had to wait after getting no response from the dozing controller. The air ambulance eventually landed on its own.

One US Airways pilot who spoke to Wiggin — but asked not to be identified — said it happens more often than some people might realize. Read the rest of this entry

Neurologists  specialize in the treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain,  spinal cord and nervous systems. In many cases, says UC Health  neurologist Jennifer Rose Molano, MD, these problems are closely  associated with sleep issues.

“I think that the field of  neurology in general is becoming more cognizant of the interplay between  sleep and neurological issues,” says Molano, an assistant professor in  the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Neurology and a member  of the medical staff at UC Health Surgical Hospital’s Sleep Medicine  Center in West Chester.

Insomnia, for example, is very common  and often can be seen in those with a neurological problem,” notes  Molano. “A lack of sleep can also trigger worsening of conditions that  neurologists frequently see, such as headaches and seizures.” Read the rest of this entry

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