Insomnia May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Early study adds to evidence supporting sleep’s importance in preventing disease.

People with insomnia may have double the chances of a heart attack or stroke as opposed to those who sleep well, a study by Taiwanese researchers suggests.

The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests that having trouble sleeping can make you sick.

It has long been understood that health issues and sleep are often interrelated. Many studies have suggested sleep problems can cause or contribute to such physical ...

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Insomnia Linked to $31 Billion in United States Workplace Errors

Research was based on interviews with more than 10,000 people.

Feeling sleepy on the job and having trouble focusing? It could cost you — and the nation as a whole. A new study estimates that insomnia is responsible for 274,000 workplace accidents and errors each year, adding up to $31 billion in extra costs.

The research isn’t conclusive, and it’s possible that some factors other than sleeplessness may explain these mishaps. The findings also depend on the possibly hazy recollections of several ...

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Fear of Dark May Morph into Insomnia

Fear may contribute to increased arousal once the lights are turned off at bedtime, study shows.

People with insomnia may not sleep well because they have an underlying fear of the dark, researchers suggested here at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

About 46 percent of subjects with insomnia reported they had a fear of the dark compared with 26 percent of good sleepers, said Taryn Moss Atlin, MS, a PhD student at Ryerson University, Toronto.

Poor sleepers also experienced ...

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Insomnia Treatments

Lifestyle changes, medications, and therapy can help treat this common sleep problem.

There are a number of ways to treat insomnia. Some treatments require medication, while others don’t.

If you have insomnia, your doctor can help you find a treatment that works best for you and your symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes

Some people find that simple changes to their daily routine can help with insomnia.

The following actions may help you sleep better:

Sleep Medications

Your doctor may recommend a prescription medicine to help you sleep if your ...

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Insomnia Could Increase Risk of Heart Failure

There is an abundant—and ever-growing—body of evidence that indicates sleep plays an important role in cardiovascular health. Poor sleep is associated with a range of heart problems, including high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack. Now, new research shows a link between insomnia and heart failure. Nearly 6 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Heart failure is directly responsible for more than 55,000 deaths every year, and ...

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The $63 Billion Cost of Insomnia: By the Numbers

With the average worker losing 11.3 days of productivity to insomnia each year, employers should be losing sleep

Not sleeping enough can have serious health costs. But it can have pretty big financial costs, too, according to a new study in the journal Sleep. Insomnia is “an under-appreciated problem,” says lead author Ronald Kessler, at Harvard Medical School. “Americans are not missing work because of insomnia,” but they are doing lousy work because they’re tired. “It’s difficult to find a condition ...

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10 Famous Insomniacs

A list of celebrities and politicians who can’t — or didn’t — sleep, and the methods they’ve used to cope. (Turpentine-soaked mattress, anyone?)

Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, according to a new survey. But a lack of sleep is nothing new, and it doesn’t rule out success in non-nocturnal life. Here are some notable insomniacs, and how they dealt with their sleeplessness:

1. Arianna Huffington, blogger and commentator

The Huffington Post founder has earned fame as both a workaholic and an insomniac, but ...

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Can Brain Freeze Cure Insomnia?

Two sleep experts say they’ve devised a simple way to help insomniacs get some shuteye: Chilling their brains. Will that really work?

Good news for the 1 in 10 Americans afflicted with chronic insomnia: According to a new study, you might be able to forgo the sleeping pills, white noise machines, warm milk, hypnosis tapes, and other slumber strategies, and simply cool your forehead to lull yourself to sleep. University of Pittsburgh sleep experts Dr. Eric Nofzinger and Dr. Daniel Buysse ...

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Over-the-Counter Sleeping Pills for Insomnia

Can’t sleep? Non-prescription sleeping pills may be the ticket to dreamland, but beware. Some sleep medication for insomnia can cause a hangover effect the next day.

Shelves in drug, discount, and grocery stores are stocked with a dizzying array of insomnia aids these days. From sleeping pills to get-to-sleep hormones to herbal remedies, more and more over-the-counter (OTC) insomnia treatments are available for sleep-deprived customers. But do they work?

“Some products available without a prescription can be helpful for occasional ...

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Curing Insomnia With Alternate Sleep Remedies

If you are always sleepy, you are probably looking for some sleep remedies. In your quest to cure insomnia, you may want to consider yoga, meditation, and other alternative sleep remedies.

Pharmaceuticals may be among the most common treatments for insomnia, but alternative approaches have also been shown to be effective in addressing the problem.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), more than 1.6 million Americans treat their insomnia or sleep disorders with a form of ...

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