Sleeping with COPD
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by Katherine Robards
6d ago
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung condition that can make it difficult to breathe. According to one survey, about 40 percent of people with COPD report that getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge. Sleep and COPD are connected in several ways. Breathing difficulties from COPD affect sleep People with COPD may experience sleep disturbances due to their condition. They may experience symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can be particularly severe at night, making it difficult for people with COPD to get a good night’s sleep. Br ..read more
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Enter the 2023 “Unplug to Recharge” High School Video Contest
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by Lynn Celmer
2w ago
Submissions are now being accepted for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s 2023 “Unplug to Recharge” High School Video Contest. Entrants will compete for a cash prize and raise awareness about the importance of sleep for teens and the effect of technology on teen sleep. High school students can enter the contest by submitting an original video that ranges 15 to 90 seconds long to help teens understand how technology affects sleep and how teens can change technology usage habits to improve their sleep. A panel of judges (including physicians and teens) will review videos for originality, q ..read more
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Sleep disorders in children
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by Katherine Robards
1M ago
Sleep problems are common among children. While some sleep problems may go away as a child grows and develops, other ongoing problems may be a sign of a sleep disorder. In fact, recent research suggests that childhood sleep problems may predict sleep problems in adulthood. Does my child have a sleep problem? Up to 50% of all children may experience a sleep problem, but a much smaller percentage of children have a formal sleep disorder diagnosis. Sleep disorders prevent children from getting the healthy sleep that they need. Children who don’t sleep well can be tired and cranky during the day ..read more
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The surprising benefit of 4-day work weeks
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by Katherine Robards
2M ago
There are many benefits when it comes to a four-day work week: Less burnout, lower emissions, reduced childcare costs. One surprising upside? More sleep. Juliet Schor, an economist and sociologist at Boston College, is tracking over 180 companies around the world as they adopt four-day work weeks. Results of the truncated schedules are still rolling in, but Schor already sees an improvement in employees’ physical and mental health, life satisfaction, and quality of life. The early results point to employees getting more sleep, too. Workers slept nearly a full hour more per night during four-da ..read more
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Sleep loss affects generosity, desire to help others
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by Katherine Robards
2M ago
Why do we choose to help one another? There are many reasons. You may be an altruistic person or lending a hand may be a cultural expectation. Now, researchers are raising the possibility that sleep – or lack thereof – may be a factor in determining if we help each other. A surprising new set of research studies found that sleep loss may affect our generosity at an individual, group, and societal level. Loss of sleep, loss of empathy Researchers at University of California, Berkley, led three small studies to explore generosity at different levels. In one study, they exposed a group of healthy ..read more
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Night owls may smoke and drink more
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by Katherine Robards
3M ago
Are night owls more likely to have addictive behaviors? Researchers surveyed more than 12,000 French adults. They found that the evening chronotype was significantly associated with the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis. A person’s chronotype refers to their natural inclination to wake or sleep at certain times. Knowing your chronotype can help you understand when you will be most alert and productive. Most research breaks chronotypes into morning type, evening type, or neither. Most people who are evening chronotypes prefer to go to sleep later and wake up later in the morning. Ev ..read more
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Studies tie sleep disorders to prostate cancer risk
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by Katherine Robards
3M ago
Men who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep may have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, according to recent study findings. Disrupted sleep and the risk of prostate cancer The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 man in 8 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Following skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Researchers have found that factors such as age, race/ethnicity, genetics, or family history raise a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer. Other factors, such as diet, obesity, chemical exposure, and vasectomy, have ..read more
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Understanding the relationship between bruxism and stress
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by Katherine Robards
4M ago
By Sophie Bishop Teeth grinding has long been seen as a sign of stress, though the actual causality between stress and bruxism is something that’s rarely talked about in the world of popular science. If you’re starting to experience the symptoms of bruxism, or you’re worried about how stress could be affecting your sleep in general, then this article aims to shed a little more light on the subject. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how stress can lead to nighttime teeth grinding, and some of the best ways to manage the stress associated with bruxism. The Relationship Between Bruxism an ..read more
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Ask them anything: Experts discuss healthy sleep on Reddit
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by Katherine Robards
4M ago
Held in September, Student Sleep Health Week drives awareness of the importance of healthy sleep for students of all ages to learn, grow and thrive. This year, sleep experts took to Reddit to answer questions about healthy sleep in kids and teens during Student Sleep Health Week. Members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Public Awareness Advisory Committee responded to the “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) thread on Reddit. Seema Khosla, MD; Anne Marie Morse, DO; and John Saito, MD, answered more than a dozen questions. Continue reading to see the top questions and answers from the Reddit AMA ..read more
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Improved sleep may help curb migraine attacks
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by Katherine Robards
5M ago
An estimated 1 billion people globally experience migraines. These severe headaches can be debilitating. With so many people affected by serious symptoms, researchers are studying how migraines are linked to sleep. Migraines can lead to sleep problems. People with migraines may have trouble falling or staying asleep. Some treatments for migraines affect the sleep cycle and may need to be adjusted for optimal sleep. There’s also evidence that disrupted sleep can trigger migraines. Common sleep disorders that may keep you from getting enough quality sleep each night include obstructive sleep apn ..read more
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