Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Ward Off Heart Failure

Nighttime breathing disorder might alter heart’s function, but CPAP mask therapy seems to help.

A nightly breathing treatment may not only help people with obstructive sleep apnea sleep better, it might also lower their risk of heart failure, a new study finds.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted throughout nighttime sleep. With the new study, a team of British researchers believe their findings could have a significant impact on the estimated 18 million Americans with some form of the condition.

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Why You’re Not Getting Any Work Done Today

It’s not your imagination — it really is harder to focus today. Here, why you can’t stop checking Twitter or looking for adorable photos of puppies. (Hint: It has to do with daylight saving time!)

Feel like you’re more distracted than usual by Facebook? Have a sudden need to know everything about Jessica Biel’s engagement ring? Lost in a haze of cute puppy pictures and funny cat videos? It’s not just you — and it’s not your fault, according to research.

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‘Spring Forward’ Leaves Night Owls Behind

Losing an hour of sleep this weekend may be more difficult for some than others. Find out why — and what you can do to make the transition to daylight saving time a little easier.

If you’re like some of us here at Everyday Health, you don’t sleep nearly as much as you should. We get it — with work, school, family, friends, and other obligations, who has time for eight hours of shut-eye every night? That’s what weekends are for, ...

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Many Pilots, Truck Drivers Sleep-Deprived

Erratic shift work compounds the problem, and 1 in 10 transportation workers toils while drowsy.

One in 10 American truck drivers, train conductors, airline pilots and other transportation workers may be dangerously sleep-deprived, a new survey suggests.

Many said they feel drowsy while working, and some worry that their fatigue poses a threat to commuter safety, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) poll found.

As many as 11 percent of these employees work while sleepy, compared to 7 percent of non-transportation workers.

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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Some lucky people can get by on only four to six hours of shut-eye a night. We hate to break it to you, but you’re probably not one of them. Here, the truth about how much sleep you really need — and what can happen if you don’t get it.

Thomas Edison thought it was waste of time. Bill Clinton used to brag that he could get by on only five hours of it a night. And Margaret Thatcher once famously ...

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Secrets to the Perfect Power Nap

Thinking about bringing naptime back? Read up on the where, when, and how to getting the most out of your midday snooze without feeling groggy.

Ah, naps. Some swear by them, others think they’re overrated. Whichever way you stand, the health benefits of napping are real. Just like toddlers get cranky without a nap, sleep-deprived grown-ups can get irritable, too.

Despite the upsides touted by famous nap-takers (Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, John F. Kennedy, just to name a few) and other devoted ...

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Older Adults Do Get a Good Night’s Rest

Sleep disturbances, daytime fatigue not a given in later years.

The older you get, the better you sleep, according to new research that challenges conventional wisdom that a good night’s rest is harder to come by with age.

In a survey of 150,000 adults, people in their 70s and 80s had the fewest complaints of sleep disturbance, while those between the ages of 18 and 24 had the most. Except for a bump in complaints in middle age, sleep appears to improve ...

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Sleeping Pills Linked to Raised Risk of Death, Cancer

Researchers warn against chronic use, but one expert said underlying health woes could also be a factor.

Prescription sleeping pills may help you get some much needed rest at night, but using them routinely might also make it more likely that you will die or develop certain types of cancer, research suggests.

A new study suggests that those who take these medications are four times more likely to die than people who don’t take them. What’s more, the research shows that sleeping ...

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Southerners Sleepiest, U.S. ‘Sleep Map’ Shows

Your home state may affect your quality of shut-eye, researchers say.

Where you live in the United States may influence how well you sleep, researchers report.

Southerners report the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while people in the West have the least, according to a new study that created state-by-state sleep maps for the United States.

University of Pennsylvania researchers created the maps using national data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Sleep Apnea May Be Tied to ‘Silent’ Strokes

Other research also suggests rapid memory loss may be linked to a fatal brain attack.

Sleep apnea, the disorder marked by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep, is already known to boost the risk of stroke. Now, a new study links sleep apnea to so-called silent strokes, in which there is tissue death in the brain without symptoms.

In another new study, researchers found that rapid memory loss before a stroke boosts the risk of the stroke being fatal.

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