Violence Takes a Toll on Children’s Sleep

Kids who are victims of violence sleep fewer hours and have less restful slumber, study finds.

Witnessing or being the victim of violence can cause long-term disruption to a child’s sleep, according to a new study, and the more severe the violence, the greater the impact on sleep.

Researchers assessed the sleep of 46 children aged 8 to 16 in Cleveland who were enrolled in a social-service program for children exposed to violence. Sleep data was collected for seven days and follow-up ...

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Vigorous Exercise Leads to Better Sleep, Poll Says

The National Sleep Foundation’s annual ‘Sleep in America’ poll has found that the more people say they exercise, the more likely they are to also report sleeping well.

Good morning, America! With the first night’s sleep of National Sleep Awareness Week complete, how do you feel? If your answer is “not very good,” the National Sleep Foundation has some help to offer you.

According to their annual Sleep in America poll, the solution to your sleep woes may be simple: exercise.

In the ...

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Using Yoga to Battle Restless Legs Syndrome

When restless legs syndrome keeps you up all night, yoga is a treatment option that helps both your mind and body relax. Find out how nightly poses helps one woman tame her symptoms and sleep soundly.

Is restless legs syndrome (RLS) keeping you up all night and leaving you sleepy all day? The ancient art of yoga might be just the answer you’re looking for. The gentle stretches and deep breaths of yoga, so great for soothing anxiety and strengthening your ...

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TV Before Bed May Rob Kids of Sleep

Reducing screen time may be an appropriate intervention for promoting earlier sleep onset in young people.

The more TV children watch before bedtime, the less sleep they get, researchers found.

In a cross-sectional sample of children and teens from New Zealand, roughly 30 minutes of the 90 minutes before participants went to sleep each night were spent in sedentary screen-time (TV, video games, computers), according to Louise Foley, PhD, of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues.

Those who spent the ...

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Turn to Exercise as a Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome

When restless legs syndrome strikes, get moving to find relief. Find out how one man uses regular, moderate exercise to help keep symptoms at bay.

Michael Haltman exercises nearly every day. He has a regular routine of core strengthening work, cardiovascular exercises, and weight lifting that he uses to stay fit and healthy. But that’s not the only reason he does it.

“It seems to help my restless legs syndrome symptoms when I do exercise,” says Haltman, the 53-year-old owner of a ...

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Troubled Sleepers at Risk for Soft Arterial Plaque

Frequency of plaques was much higher in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea has been linked with cardiovascular disease, but it also may be linked with the deadliest type of coronary artery plaque, a small study suggests.

Of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), 63 percent had noncalcified or mixed plaques compared with 16 percent of those without OSA, according to Sunil Sharma, MD, of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and colleagues.

“The broad confidence interval was most likely due ...

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Treating Insomnia Could Prevent Suicide

Targeting the feeling of hopelessness about sleep, caused by insomnia, can be an effective method of suicide prevention, according to a study published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine’.

Scientists have long noticed that sleeplessness and suicide are linked. Now, a new Georgia Regents University study suggests why that might be — and how treating the former can potentially prevent the latter.

Insomnia affects about 15 percent of adults, but up to 80 percent of those with depression. Depression, in turn, ...

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Traffic May Keep City Dwellers Awake, Harming Health

Sleep disturbance could lead to greater risk for heart attack and high blood pressure, researchers say.

Nighttime noise pollution — in particular the din of traffic — in urban areas puts city residents at risk for disrupted sleep and annoyance, researchers report.

Such chronic sleep disturbance could lead to serious health consequences, including increased risk for heart attack and high blood pressure, according to the new study. In addition, nighttime noise can also lead to poor sleep quality, which can cause morning ...

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Treating Apnea May Help Blood Pressure

Connection discovered between poor sleep habits and increased risk of hypertension.

Treating obstructive sleep apnea in patients who have daytime sleepiness as a symptom may have an additional benefit—a reduction in the risk of high blood pressure.

A pair of studies published in the May 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association point to a possible link between a reduction in hypertension and the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but only one of the studies—an observational one—found ...

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Too Much Light: Ruining Not Just Your Sleep But Your Health Too

Falling asleep with the TV on or a dim night-light in your room may seem soothing. But these seemingly innocent light sources could also form barriers between you and healthy sleep.

Falling asleep with the TV on may ward off the bogeyman, but research suggests that, over time, too much light at night could interfere with healthy sleep, possibly increasing your risk of sleep disorders and other health problems. According to emerging research, sleep disorders and nighttime lighting may be making ...

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