Patients find it harder to sleep in hospitals, reveals study

Hospital patients get a lot less sleep, wake up more frequently during the night, and rise earlier in the morning than they would in bed at home, a Dutch study suggests

Patients find it harder to sleep in hospitals, reveals studyWhile previous research has also tied sleep problems in hospitals to worse outcomes for patients, few studies to date have quantified exactly how little rest patients get, researchers note in JAMA Internal Medicine. For the current study, researchers examined data collected from about 2,000 adults who spent a night at one of 39 hospitals in […]

Why poor sleep can lead to chronic pain

A general decline in both the quantity and quality of hours slept led to a two- to three-fold increase in pain problems over time, researchers found. Also, sleep disturbances contribute to problems in the ability to process and cope with pain

Why poor sleep can lead to chronic painPeople who sleep poorly may be more likely to develop a chronic pain condition and have worse physical health, a study from the UK suggests. A general decline in both the quantity and quality of hours slept led to a two- to three-fold increase in pain problems over time, researchers found. “Sleep and pain problems […]

Researchers say sleep deprivation is ‘like drinking too much’ for the brain

New research from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of Los Angeles, California (UCLA) and Tel Aviv University in Israel now confirms that sleep-deprived people experience memory lapses and may deal with distorted visual perception; as the communication between neurons is temporarily impaired

Researchers say sleep deprivation is ‘like drinking too much’ for the brainLately, many studies have focused on how sleep affects the ways in which our bodies function, and especially on how it impacts the brain. Studies recently covered by Medical News Today have suggested that how much — and how well — we sleep may be key in visual learning, memory consolidation, and necessary unlearning. New […]

Taking naps during pregnancy tied to healthy birth weight  

Pregnant women who nap regularly may reduce their baby’s risk of low birth weight, according to a recent study from China. Low birth weight, defined as less than 5.5 pounds (2,500 grams), is associated with adverse health outcomes in childhood and adulthood, including respiratory illnesses, diabetes and hypertension

Taking naps during pregnancy tied to healthy birth weight  “Low birth weight is one of the feared outcomes of pregnancy, and novel insight into risk factors is welcome,” said Dr Ghada Bourjeily, a sleep researcher at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Sleep, its quality, and duration are emerging as risk factors for various […]

Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can lead to depression, anxiety

Regular sleep disruptions can increase the difficulty in shifting attention away from negative thoughts. These negative thoughts can more easily expose people to different types of psychological disorders, such as depression or anxiety

Getting less than 8 hours of sleep can lead to depression, anxietyPeople who sleep less than the recommended eight hours a night are more likely to suffer depression or anxiety, a new study suggests. The study, conducted by researchers at Binghamton University of New York State and published in the recent edition of journal ScienceDirect, compared the timing and duration of sleep in individuals with moderate […]

Lack of sleep in teens interlinked with high blood pressure

Adolescents who don’t get enough sleep may be more likely to develop risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and excess body fat, an American study suggests

Lack of sleep in teens interlinked with high blood pressure“Sleep matters,” said Dr Elsie Taveras of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Sleep quantity and quality are pillars of health alongside diet and physical activity.” Taveras and colleagues asked 829 teens to wear activity trackers on their wrists to log night-time sleep and daytime activity for 7 to 10 days. They also examined risk factors […]

7 easy ways to live diabetes-free life

A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle chabnges have been be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes

7 easy ways to live diabetes-free lifeDiabetes is one of the most common lifestyle diseases in the world. India is among the top three countries with about 64.5 million people affected by diabetes till last year. Moreover, it has been predicted that diabetes will be the 7th largest killer in the world by 2030. A large proportion of diabetes cases are […]

Eating fish once a week can improve your kids IQ

Children who eat at least one portion of fish a week sleep better and are more intelligent, a study suggests. They were more alert during the day, snoozed longer at night and scored almost five points higher in IQ tests

Eating fish once a week can improve your kids IQResearchers found that children aged 9–11 years who ate fish at least once weekly had higher IQ test scores and better sleep quality, compared with children who consumed fish less frequently. Study co-author Jianghong Liu, of the School of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in State College, and colleagues recently reported their findings […]

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of mood disorders

People who have disrupted sleep cycles or less variation in their activity levels around the clock may be more likely to have depression, bipolar disorders and other mental health issues, a UK study suggests

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of mood disordersPast research has found that people with a circadian rhythm, or biological clock, that’s out of step with their daily routines – like split shift or night shift workers – can have an increased risk of emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. The current study examined 24-hour activity levels for 91,015 participants who agreed to wear […]

Feeling sleepy during the day could be a warning symptom of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota published a study today in which they say they have linked sleep disruption to a key biomarker for Alzheimer’s. The researchers say disturbed sleep may allow amyloid proteins to accumulate in the brain, a process that can eventually lead to the disease

Feeling sleepy during the day could be a warning symptom of Alzheimer’sResearchers know that a condition as complicated as Alzheimer’s can’t be traced to a single or simple cause. Genetic factors contribute to the degenerative brain disorder that robs people of their memory, and biological process related to aging play a role as well. But in recent years, scientists have uncovered some behaviour that may also […]
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