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Extra sleep can help cut women’s risk of diabetes – but unfortunately not for men – Miriam Stoppard – Mirror Online

A Dutch-led team of researchers has studied almost 800 healthy middle-aged men and women to learn more about the link between sleep and diabetes

Source: Extra sleep can help cut women’s risk of diabetes – but unfortunately not for men – Miriam Stoppard – Mirror Online

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Class time or sleep time for students? – South Bend Tribune: Local

 

Photo Credit: Mokra from Brazil

Photo Credit: Mokra from Brazil

Jessica Payne, director of the Sleep Stress and Memory Lab at the University of Notre Dame and a chair for the nonprofit organization “Start School Later,” said the vast majority of teenagers are incapable of going to bed early. It’s not just that they choose to be up late using electronic devices, she said, their brains are wired for sleep in a way that’s different from the brains of adults and children.

And that starts with melatonin, which signals to the body that it’s time to sleep. In teens, melatonin isn’t released until around 11 p.m.

“The problem is,” Payne said, “we have them in a school schedule that’s counter to the ways their brains work. They’re not getting the sleep they need.”

Kyla Wahlstrom, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, is a former school administrator and expert on the effects of later high school start times on teen health and academic performance.

Last week, Wahlstrom, who was involved in a CDC-funded study on the topic last year, said by phone that years ago she was skeptical of the positive findings of the long-term effects of later school starts for older students.

But when Minneapolis schools made the change in the late ’90s an increase in graduation rates by 3 percentage points for five consecutive years confirmed what other research was showing.

“There’s really no downside,” she said, “whether it’s social and emotional well-being and health (of teens), academic performance, academic indicators, such as tardiness, attendance and so on.”

To read more, click Class time or sleep time for students? – South Bend Tribune: Local.

5 Best Sleep Apps For Super Sweet Dreams [LIST] – Goodnet

5 Best Sleep Apps For Super Sweet Dreams [LIST]

Need a good night’s sleep? This collection of sleep apps will have you nodding off in no time. Sleep tight!

 

Click on this link to learn more.

5 Best Sleep Apps For Super Sweet Dreams [LIST] – Goodnet.

A CPAP Patient is Happy

Call us for a home sleep test if you snore and have one these; tiredness, excessive sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart condition.

Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke, high BP, heart attack, and congestive heart failure. It also increases the risk of drowsy driving.

Sleep Well. Live Well.

 

FDA Approves a Novel Sleep Apnea Treatment

 

Photo Credit: Filip Schneider

Photo Credit: Filip Schneider

 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first fully implantable neurostimulator to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but only as a second-line therapy.

The device, called Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy, is manufactured by Inspire Medical Systems, which announced the FDA’s decision today.

The implant helps keep a patient’s airway open by stimulating the hypoglossal nerve during sleep in tandem with a patient’s inspiration. The stimulation contracts upper airway muscles to pull the base of the tongue forward.

The FDA has approved Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy specifically for patients with moderate to severe OSA who cannot use continuous positive airway pressure.

Adverse events reported in a clinical trial of the device included tongue weakness, dry mouth, pain, and numbness. The device is incompatible with having a magnetic resonance imaging scan.

(From Medscape)

Natural Sleep is Better than Sleeping Pills for Memory Consolidation; a New Study

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Photo Credit: Pop Catalin

Numerous studies have demonstrated that sleep promotes memory consolidation, but there is little research on the effect of sleeping pills on sleep-dependent memory consolidation.

Twenty-two participants with no sleep complaints underwent 3 conditions in a counterbalanced crossover study: (1) zolpidem-ER 12.5 mg (bedtime dosing), (2) zaleplon 10 mg (middle-of-the-night dosing), and (3) placebo. Memory testing was conducted before and after an 8-h sleep period, using a word pair association task (WPT; declarative memory) and a finger-tapping task (FTT; procedural memory).

Improvement in memory performance following sleep was lower with bedtime dosing of zolpidem-ER compared to placebo and middle-of-the-night dosing of zaleplon. There were no differences between placebo and zaleplon.

The results suggest that in some circumstances hypnotics may have the potential to reduce the degree of sleep-dependent memory consolidation and that drug-free sleep early in the night may ameliorate this effect.

JCSM – The Effect of Two Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Hypnotics on Sleep-Dependent Memory Consolidation.

If you have a difficulty falling asleep, please follow these sleep hygiene tips and minimize the use of sleeping pills, which should be used sparingly and under the guidance of a physician, preferably a sleep physician.

A New Sleep Apnea Treatment Could Help Millions | CBS News

In Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, researchers unveiled a new treatment that utilizes a sensor to stimulate nerves, allowing the body to breathe when otherwise it would not.

“I am so excited about this new device,” Dr. Ash told the co-hosts of “CBS This Morning.” She said the device, known as a “pulse generator” is surgically implanted, requiring a two hour procedure.

“It senses your effort to breathe. So it senses that you’re trying to take a breath,” she said. “It sends a pulse stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve — the nerve in your neck that controls those muscles that keep the airway open, and stimulates them, so the airway doesn’t collapse.”

Current standard treatment for sleep apnea is a device called a CPAP. It is a machine that applies air pressure through a mask, which, if worn while sleeping, keeps the airway open. Many people find the masks bulky and uncomfortable, choosing instead to leave their apnea untreated.

“For people that cannot use (the CPAP), that cannot tolerate it, it will make all the difference,” Ash said about the new device.

The new device is still in preliminary stages awaiting FDA approval, but Dr. Ash says she looks forward to the day when it is available to the general public. 

Please click on the link to watch a video clip on CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/video/new-sleep-apnea-treatment-uses-nerve-stimulation

Does a bad night’s sleep make you overeat? (Science Alert)

Does a bad night’s sleep make you likely to overeat? (Science Alert).

Some studies, for instance, indicate that short sleep duration increases levels of the gut hormone, ghrelin, which makes us feel hungry and often leads to increased eating.

Poor sleep might also increase the reward value of eating by making certain foods seem more attractive and increasing our motivation to obtain them. This idea is supported by recent research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures activity in specific regions of the brain by detecting changes in blood flow.

The study found that, in people with limited sleep, the brain regions associated with reward “lit up” more in response to pictures of tasty food, suggesting that sleepy people found these foods more appealing.

At the same time, lack of sleep might also impair our ability to make decisions and exert self-control over food intake.

In another recent brain imaging study, 23 healthy people had a night of normal sleep and a night of total sleep deprivation followed by fMRI scans.

After sleep deprivation, there was greater activity in the amygdala region of the brain (which is important for reward behaviour) in response to pictures of food. Sleep-deprived participants also reported a greater desire specifically for high-calorie foods compared to low-calorie foods.

At the same time, the scans showed other regions of the brain believed to be important for “higher-level” brain function and self-control were less active after sleep deprivation. This means sleepy people may be less able to control what and how much they eat.

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A Helpful Video @ Insomnia

Over last 20 years of my practice, I have seen hundreds of patients frustrated by their inability to fall asleep or stay asleep or both. A brief video clip shared here explains insomnia and gives you a few tips to help you get started in the right direction. My sedating voice in this video is supposed to help you fall asleep!

Sleep Well, Live Well.

How Not to Hate CPAP

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the most effective therapy for a serious disease called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but it is feared by a significant percentage of my patients. Here is a brief video clip aimed at alleviating that fear and dislike so that you spend enough time in deeper stages of sleep, and you wake up with lasting energy and alertness.

Sleep Well, Lead Well