‘Nightcaps’ Don’t Help You Sleep Better After All

Alcohol may help you get to sleep faster and sleep better at first, but it disrupts your sleep later in the night, according to British researchers who reviewed all known scientific studies on alcohol’s impact on sleep.

The authors said they hope their findings will help people understand that drinking alcohol only gives the impression of improving sleep, and that it should not be used as a sleep aid.

The review found that alcohol consumption shortens the time it takes to get ...

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‘Highway Hypnosis’: Train Crash Is Clear Case of Sleep Deprivation, Experts Say

News reports say that William Rockefeller, the driver of the train wreck, may have experienced “highway hypnosis,” but experts say that’s really just a way to say he was sleep-deprived, likely due to his odd work hours

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 — On Sunday, a Metro-North train took a turn at 82 miles per hour — nearly three times the 30 MPH speed limit — and derailed, killing four passengers and injuring more than 60 others. As the victims’ families ...

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‘Crying’ to Sleep Safe for Babies

Sleeping alone strategies do not alter likelihood of sleeping disorders later in life.

Behavioral techniques for getting babies to sleep by themselves, such as camping out in the child’s room initially, can be effective without any long-term downside for parents or children, clinical trial follow-up showed.

Sleep problems at age 6 weren’t significantly more common among kids trained to go to bed with such methods as infants, reported Anna M.H. Price, PhD, of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville, Australia, and colleagues.

The ...

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Check Kids for Sleep Apnea

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening all children for snoring and polysomnography for those who regularly snore and have any associated symptoms such as snorting or gasping, daytime sleepiness, or labored breathing during sleep.

Children who frequently snore should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Clinicians should evaluate kids who snore for co-occurring symptoms such as labored breathing during sleep or daytime sleepiness, and refer them for polysomnography, Carole ...

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You Can Learn While You Sleep

Participants reacted to information given as they slept, after waking.

People may be able to learn while they sleep, according to a new study.

Israeli researchers played tones followed by certain odors to people who were sleeping. The participants started sniffing when they heard the tones alone — even when there was no odor present — both during sleep and when they were awake.

The results show that people can learn new information while they sleep, and this can unconsciously affect their behavior ...

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Sleep Apnea Affects Many Women, Too

Study finds obesity, high blood pressure raise the odds for disorder.

Although sleep apnea is a condition often associated with men, new research reveals that many women also have the disorder, especially those who are obese or have high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, and rates of the condition increase as people age.

For the study, researchers from Uppsala University and Umea University in Sweden surveyed 400 women, aged 20 and older. The women also underwent a ...

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Toddler Snoring May Lead to Unruly Behavior

Loud snoring, which occurs in nine percent of children two to three years of age, related to behavior problems.

Persistent snoring in preschoolers, which puts them at risk for worse behavior, is most common in children in poorer families and in those breastfed for short times or not at all, a prospective study showed.

After adjustment for demographic variables, frequent snoring was significantly associated with socioeconomic status and duration of breastfeeding, according to Dean W. Beebe, PhD, of the University of Cincinnati ...

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Poor Sleep Hampers Vaccine Effectiveness

Adults who slept less than six hours nightly weren’t adequately protected from virus.

Lack of sleep can reduce the effectiveness of vaccinations, according to a new study.

Researchers measured the sleep patterns of 125 adults who received the three-shot course of the vaccine to protect against hepatitis B. The immune systems of participants who slept less produced fewer antibodies in response to the vaccine and blood tests showed that they did not meet the standard of protection from the virus.

People who slept ...

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Sleep Apnea Market to Double in Five Years

Global market has potential for growth as more patients get properly diagnosed.

The global sleep apnea market is expected to be worth $19.72 billion by 2017.

A new report by Dallas-based MarketsandMarkets projected that is a more than double increase from 2011 when the market was estimated to be$7.96 billion.

The U.S. is the largest market for sleep apnea products, followed by Europe and then Asia.

Broadly divided into diagnostic devices and therapeutics devices, the sleep apnea market is witnessing intense competition. The report ...

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Two Chemical Systems Help Keep Muscles Paralyzed During REM Sleep

What is actually going on inside of our bodies when we dream?

Imagine this: You’re having a vivid dream of something chasing you. You run and leap across buildings, jumping and spinning.

What keeps your body from actually acting out these movements during REM sleep, even as they play out so actively in your brain?

Scientists have pinpointed the mechanism that keeps our muscles paralyzed, and they say that understanding could be a boon to finding treatments for sleep conditions and disorders ...

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