Partner’s Chronic Pain Can Interfere With Your Sleep

Study looked at couples in which one member had knee osteoarthritis.

If your partner suffers chronic pain from knee osteoarthritis, your sleep and mood may suffer as well, according to a new study.

The study included 145 couples in which one partner had knee osteoarthritis that caused moderate to intense pain. The participants recorded their levels of pain, sleep quality and levels of feeling rested or refreshed in the morning over 22 consecutive nights.

When patients reported higher levels of knee pain at ...

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Parents Need Advice at Night About Kids’ Sleep Problems

New app shows the need for professional advice when sleep issues happen, typically not during office hours.

The most common questions parents have about their children’s sleep problems are posed after office hours at night, according to a phone app developed by Johnson & Johnson, the baby products company.

Over three months, 365 users submitted a question to the “Ask the Expert” feature on the app for iPhone. Jodi Mindell, PhD and her team answer questions submitted to the app and respond ...

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One Exercise Session Won’t Bring a Good Night’s Sleep

Study found there is no quick fix for insomnia when it comes to working out

If you decide to hit the gym in hopes that a quick dose of exercise will cure your insomnia, a new study suggests that will not be enough.

While adopting an exercise program did ultimately help some insomniacs sleep better, the scientists found the impact was far from immediate.

“Where the idea to explore this came from is that my patients were coming in and saying that they ...

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Obesity Crisis May Be Fueling Big Jump in Sleep Apnea Cases

Researcher calls troubled sleep an ‘uncalculated cost’ of America’s weight epidemic.

The widening American waistline may be feeding an epidemic of sleep apnea, potentially robbing millions of people of a good night’s rest, a new study suggests.

The research didn’t definitively link the rise in obesity to sleep apnea, and it only looked at 1,520 people, almost all white, in Wisconsin. But study author Paul Peppard believes the findings show a big spike in sleep apnea cases over the past two decades ...

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Novel Drug Helps Insomniacs Sleep Better

Drug improves time to fall asleep and duration of sleep.

A drug that blocks the brain mechanisms that keep people awake appears to help those with primary insomnia fall asleep and stay asleep longer than placebo, researchers reported here at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

In one study of long-term effects of a year’s use of suvorexant, insomnia patients taking the drug were able to sleep about an hour longer while patients on placebo were able to sleep ...

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Nighttime Urination May Worsen Insomnia, Study Finds

Waking up in the middle of the night to urinate was associated with worsening of sleep problems in older adults with insomnia, according to a Stanford University study.

Insomnia may not be the only reason that you’re tired in the morning — your bladder could be part of the problem too. Older people who have to get up and go in the middle of the night face heightened insomnia symptoms, according to a Stanford University study published in the Journal of ...

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New Sleeping Pill: A Different Way to Treat Insomnia

The drug, called suvorexant, blocks the chemical messengers in the brain that regulate wakefulness.

A new drug called suvorexant could bring help for some with insomnia, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology.

Suvorexant is different from other drugs on the market to treat insomnia because it blocks chemical messengers in the brain that regulate wakefulness rather than directly affecting brain receptors, according to a release from the American Academy of Neurology.

The study involved 254 people ages 18 ...

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Melatonin: A Safe Way to Help Kids Sleep Tight?

Kids are never ready to go to bed, but some struggle with sleep more than others. Research is finding that children with developmental disorders like autism and ADHD may benefit from a sleep supplement called melatonin.

Kids may beg and plead to get five more minutes, one more story, or one last drink of water to delay their dreaded bedtime as long as possible. And once they’ve settled in, many children may toss and turn for hours before they’re able to ...

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Medications That May Help Your Restless Legs Syndrome

No single medication controls RLS for everyone. However, one of these RLS treatment options could be right for you.

When exercise and lifestyle changes are not enough to ease your restless legs syndrome (RLS) symptoms, it may be time to talk with your doctor about certain medications that could help control your condition. Although no single medication effectively manages RLS for everyone, several drugs could help alleviate the urge to move and the burning, tingling, creeping, or crawling sensations in your ...

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Many Americans Drive While Drowsy

1 in 25 reports falling asleep at the wheel, CDC says.

Driving drowsy is a major factor in traffic accidents and deaths in the United States, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Federal statistics state that 2.5 percent of fatal motor vehicle crashes and 2 percent of crashes with non-fatal injuries involve drowsy driving.

But, data gathering methods make it difficult to estimate the actual number of accidents that involve drowsy drivers. In fact, some studies have estimated that between 15 percent and ...

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