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

sleeping childA sizable population of children across the world experience sleeps problems at some point during their childhoods. Many of them have difficulty falling asleep while others have difficulty staying asleep.

A recently concluded research has revealed that almost one half of elementary school-aged children will have an episode of sleep disruption that can last for as long as 6 months.

Such an occurrence is really significant, as sleep problems can negatively affect many areas of a child’s life, including their academic performance, behavior, and family functioning. This negative aspect of impaired sleep can also have a contagious effect for parents. Read the rest of this entry

chronic-fatigue-syndromeFibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja), is a condition that affects five to six million Americans. Eighty to ninety percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women and most people are diagnosed during middle age. Fibromyalgia presents itself as widespread chronic pain, multiple tender points in joints and muscles, sleep disturbances and insomnia, chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety, and an interference with basic daily activities. A high percentage may also have irritable bowel syndrome, which could suggest a food allergy component.According to the National Institutes of Health web site, many people with fibromyalgia report varying degrees of success with complementary and alternative therapies such as massage, low impact exercise or stretching, chiropractic treatments, vitamins and minerals, eliminating allergic foods, avoiding caffeine or alcohol, and drinking a lot of water. Read the rest of this entry

Breathing Disorders Linked with Insomnia

 Insomnia is a sleep disorder that compels the sufferer to stay awake or reduces the capacity to fall asleep.Insomnia is also a transient condition due to emotional stress, anxiety or a response to certain medications or medical conditions.

Insomnia occurrence without any known medical reason is termed as primary insomnia. Chronic insomnia is diagnosed if the condition lasts for longer than a month.

insomniaInsomnia has significant physiological and psychological consequences. Restorative sleep is as important to our well-being as healthy food and regular exercise.

Insomnia diminishes quality of life up to large extent. If unresolved, chronic insomnia causes slowed reactions, mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, physical ailments such as obesity and increased risk for cardiovascular diseases as well as lower performance at work or at school. Read the rest of this entry

Weight Reducing and Better Sleep Tips

food and sleepFor better quality sleep you should prefer trying to lose a few pounds. Its all about your appetite; the more control you have on it the more control will be effective on your weight.Here are 10 all time tested strategies to help you sleep better;

1. Water

Can water help you stay full? Well, drink several glasses of  water, you get filled up and eat less. Water can help you lose weight by keeping you feeling full and helping to reduce  your consumption of other high-calorie drinks (and foods). A recent study found  that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals three  times per day lost about 5 pounds more than other dieters. Try drinking about  two 8-ounce glasses before each meal. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Medication and Its Long Term Impacts

sleeping pillsSleeping pills are over-prescribed.  There should always be caution with prescribing these medications as some of the long-term effects on memory can be a problem. Instead more sex and cuddles with your partner are a better option for sleep.

Nationally nearly 680,000 sleeping pill prescriptions were doled out in the year to June 30. Before taking sleep medication, there were several things people could do to help with issues around sleep.

Avoiding stimulants like coffee and alcohol before bed, regular exercise and healthy eating are far better options. At the same time a hot bath, more sex and cuddles with your partner are among the highly recommended options. Read the rest of this entry

poor sleep in university studentsSleep is an essential physiological process for humans. University students residing in countries that are quite resource limited in terms of healthcare and social structures often report poor sleep quality due to changing social opportunities and increasing academic demands.

Sleep quality among university students has never been studied in countries like Ethiopia. A recently concluded research study has attempted assessment of seep quality and its demographic and psychological correlates among university students. This study used cross-sectional survey methods and included participant students from two universities in Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry

Weight Loss Saves From Embarrassing Problems

Losing weight reduces the risk factors for many diseases, especially cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. Shedding just 10 pounds, for example, can lower blood pressure. Weight loss also lowers blood sugar and improves cholesterol levels.

Now, it looks like a new benefit can be added to the list. Losing weight can reduce urinary incontinence in women who are overweight or obese. In a randomized trial funded by the National Institutes of Health, moderate weight loss in a group of heavy women who undertook a six-month diet and exercise program cut the frequency of urinary incontinence episodes by nearly a half.

Urinary incontinence affects more than 13 million women in the United States. It not only causes inconvenience and emotional stress, it also raises the risk of falls, fractures, and nursing home admissions. Obesity has long been associated with urinary leakage in women, but until now, there’s been little research to confirm that losing weight would help reverse the problem — or to suggest how much weight loss would be needed. Read the rest of this entry

Are you sleeping too much or too less during nights? Research concluded in recent past has revealed that inflammation could play a key role in your health condition in such a situation.

Long and short duration sleep has been reported to have an increased risk for several disorders and health problems including coronary heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, and death in many of the previously concluded researches and studies. Inflammation regulating cytokines elevations have been found to have direct linkage with enhanced risk of health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

In this study where 614 participants reported their sleep habits after spending a night in sleep lab the mean self-reported sleep duration was calculated to be only 7.6 hours. The sleep lab reported sleep duration was only 6.2 hours on the contrary. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Disorders Affect 40 Percent Canadians

Sleep disorders, like sleep apnea and insomnia, affect 40 per cent of Canadians, according  to new figures from a Laval University study published in this month’s issue of  the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Through a survey of 2,000 people across Canada, researchers found 40 per cent  of respondents experienced symptoms of insomnia at least three times a week.  Symptoms include taking longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep, being awake  during the night for more than 30 minutes, or waking up at least 30 minutes  earlier than planned.

Although 20 per cent of respondents said they were unsatisfied with the  quality of their sleep, only 13 per cent of survey respondents say they visited  a doctor or health-care professional about the problem. Read the rest of this entry

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