Sleeping Pill Linked to Hospital Falls

Mayo Clinic phasing out Ambien because of study findings.

The sleep drug Ambien (zolpidem) greatly increases hospital patients’ risk of falling, a new study finds.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., looked at data on more than 16,000 hospitalized patients and found that the fall rate for those who took Ambien was more than four times higher than for those who did not take the drug — just over 3 percent compared with 0.7 percent.

Ambien is a commonly used sleep ...

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Sleep Positioners Linked to Infant Suffocation

These devices endanger babies’ lives and should not be used, U.S. agencies warn.

Parents should not use commercially available “infant sleep positioners” unless they are prescribed by their pediatrician. The devices have been associated with suffocation deaths, U.S. health officials warn.

The U.S. Centers of Disease and Prevention released a report detailing one such case and including findings from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has documented 13 deaths linked to infant sleep positioners in a 13-year period.

“Infant sleep positioners pose ...

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Sleep Meds Linked to Hip Fractures in Nursing Home Residents

Researchers linked the class of sleeping pills that includes Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata to a higher risk for hip fractures in a new study, but experts say insomnia and a poor sleep environment may be to blame, not the sleep drugs.

Some sleep-inducing medications may be tied to an increased risk of hip fractures, according to a study published today in the the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

A research team led by Sarah D. Berry, M.D., M.P.H., of Harvard ...

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Sleep May Be Brain’s ‘Cleaning’ Time, Mouse Study Suggests

Is waste-removal system at work during slumber?

Why do humans need sleep? That age-old question may have an answer, with scientists finding that slumber seems to help the brain clear away potentially harmful waste that builds up during the day.

The new study of mice found that by “taking out the trash” during sleep, the brain clears away toxins thought to be responsible for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

“This study shows that the brain has different functional states when asleep and ...

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Sleep May Aid in Brain Repair, Mouse Study Finds

Meanwhile, sleep deprivation appeared to harm brain cells

The reproduction of cells involved in brain repair is boosted during sleep, according to a new study of mice.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, found that sleep increases the process by which certain cells, known as oligodendrocytes, form myelin. Myelin is the insulation on nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that allows electrical impulses to move rapidly from one cell to another.

In conducting the study, published in the Sept. 4 ...

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Sleep Disorders That Hurt Relationships

Sleep disorders can take a toll on the emotional health of you and your partner. Find out how to keep poor sleep from wrecking your relationships.

It’s not so surprising that missing out on a good night’s sleep can harm your emotional health. But did you know sleep disorders can also take a heavy toll on your relationships?

In a study of more than 60 couples presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans, ...

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Sleep Deprivation May Disrupt Your Genes

But small study doesn’t explain how that works or effects on health.

Far more than just leaving you yawning, a small amount of sleep deprivation disrupts the activity of genes, potentially affecting metabolism and other functions in the human body, a new study suggests.

It’s not clear how your health may be affected by the genetic disruption if you don’t get enough sleep. Still, the research raises the possibility that the effects of too little sleep could have long-lasting effects on your ...

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Linked to Improved Appearance

New research shows that people who stick to a treatment for sleep apnea end up looking more alert, youthful and attractive.

The most effective treatment for sleep apnea — continuous positive airway pressure (CNAP) therapy — requires users to wear a mask connected to a machine all night. Since this is burdensome, many people eventually stop CNAP, but a new finding suggesting that the therapy improves physical appearance may convince people to plug back in.

Researchers from the University of Michigan took ...

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Sleep Apnea Raises Risk For Hard-To-Treat Hypertension

People with severe sleep apnea are at a higher risk for high blood pressure that does not respond to medication, according to preliminary new research.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can leave you feeling groggy and tired throughout the day, but it may also be responsible for up to nearly 60 percent of hard-to-treat hypertension, according to new preliminary research presented today at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine meeting in Baltimore.

Researchers looked at 284 people with sleep apnea and found that ...

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Sleep Affects Concussion-Testing Results, Study Finds

Athletes with the least shuteye had lower baseline scores.

Getting too little sleep the night before undergoing baseline concussion testing can skew results, a new study finds.

Baseline concussion testing depicts an athlete’s basic mental abilities, such as reaction time, working memory and attention span. Athletes who suffer a concussion retake the test, and if there is a large decrease in the score, they are typically banned from play until their score improves.

The study included more than 3,600 high school- and college-aged ...

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