Suicide and self-harm risk nearly triple in people with restless leg syndrome

Restless legs syndrome was associated with a nearly tripled risk of suicide and self-harm in a new study led by Penn State researchers

Suicide and self-harm risk nearly triple in people with restless leg syndromeUsing Big Data, the researchers found that people with restless legs syndrome (RLS) had a 2.7- fold higher risk of suicide or self-harm, even when the researchers controlled for such conditions as depression, insomnia, diabetes and others. The study was published on August 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. […]

Increased heart attack risk in those who sleep little or sleep too much finds study

The analysis revealed that those who slept less than 6 hours per night had a 20% higher risk of a first heart attack in comparison to those who slept 6–9 hours. Those who slept more than 9 hours had a 34% higher risk

Increased heart attack risk in those who sleep little or sleep too much finds studyThe right amount of sleep is protective of heart health. This was the conclusion of new research that found sleep duration can influence a person’s risk of heart attack, regardless of other heart risk factors, including genetic ones. In a recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology paper, scientists from the United States and […]

Cancer more prevalent in females with severe sleep apnoea, suggest study

The recent study, which features in the European Respiratory Journal, analysed data on 20,000 adults with sleep apnoea. About 2% of the participants also had a diagnosis of cancer in their medical history. The data came from the European Sleep Apnea Database (ESADA), which has medical and visit records on adults registered at 33 centres across Europe

Cancer more prevalent in females with severe sleep apnoea, suggest studySome studies have identified links between sleep apnoea and cancer. Now, new research reveals that rates of cancer are higher among females with pronounced symptoms of apnoea. The international research team points out that while the findings do not prove that sleep apnoea causes cancer, there appears to be a clear link in females. “It’s […]

What is sleep apnoea? Know about its causes and treatment

Be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience loud snoring, especially snoring that's punctuated by periods of silence. With obstructive sleep apnoea, snoring usually is loudest when you sleep on your back, and it quiets when you turn on your side

What is sleep apnoea? Know about its causes and treatmentWhat is the difference between sleep apnoea and snoring? Snoring is a condition where something in the nose mouth throat or lungs blocks breathing while sleeping producing a soft or loud and unpleasant sound. It is a sign or first alarm of OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea) Sleep Apnoea is where there are one or more […]

Warm shower 90 minutes before bedtime can improve sleep, reveals study

A new study suggests that bathing in warm water one to two hours before bedtime can help enhance sleep

Warm shower 90 minutes before bedtime can improve sleep, reveals studyIt has been widely recommended that adults get at least seven hours of sleep every night. However, demanding lifestyles, work schedules and household responsibilities have been leading to sleep loss in many people. Sleep problems can significantly affect the daily lives of people. The way you rest at night could affect how you function during […]

Night owls’ health may benefit from ‘simple’ routine adjustments, suggests study

A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ - people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits, could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits and a decrease in depression and stress

Night owls’ health may benefit from ‘simple’ routine adjustments, suggests studyPeople who go to bed late and wake up late can often experience health problems because their body clock does not align with the regular rhythms of modern society. However, a new study suggests that a few easy routine adjustments could go a long way for night owls. Research from earlier this year found that […]

Does hitting the snooze button really help you feel better?

To sleep or to snooze? You probably know the answer, but you don’t prefer it. Most of us probably use the snooze function on our alarm clocks at some point in our lives

Does hitting the snooze button really help you feel better?Just a few more minutes under the covers, a time to gather our thoughts, right? While such snoozing might seem harmless, it may not be. For starters, it is important to understand why we are using the snooze button in the first place. For some, it’s a habit that started early on. But for many, […]

Having a regular sleep schedule could have a protective effect on metabolic health

A new study has linked the habit to a lower chance of developing risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol

Having a regular sleep schedule could have a protective effect on metabolic healthHaving a regular pattern of going to bed and waking up could be protective of metabolic health. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of health conditions that can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and other serious illnesses. The researchers in the latest study looked at the relationship between variability of […]

How lack of sleep harms circulation

Scientists have long been aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and poor cardiovascular health. However, exactly how the lack of adequate sleep can harm circulation has remained unclear. A new study now uncovers some of the potential mechanisms

How lack of sleep harms circulationOne aspect of health that a person’s quality of sleep can influence is cardiovascular health. For example, research findings from the start of this year showed that sleeping for less than 6 hours per night rather than for 7–8 hours could increase a person’s risk of atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside […]

Here’s why using your phone before sleeping can ruin your health

Like a trusty guard dog, your smartphone probably rests right next to you (or even under your pillow) every night when you go to sleep. You’re able to answer calls, texts and emails at a moment’s notice – even during the wee hours of the night. And isn’t that the best part about technology? Always being connected and never truly shutting down or logging off?

Here’s why using your phone before sleeping can ruin your healthNot so fast. You probably don’t even realize how your smartphone habits are affecting your sleep and your brain’s health. What may seem like a harmless habit to you – jumping into bed and opening up your phone – can actually have a big impact on your overall health. Sleep disorders specialist, Harneet Walia, MD, […]
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