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Drug driving: Are your meds affecting you?

On November 18, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Warning labels on medications about the dangers of driving are not enough to stop people getting behind the wheel with most driving while affected by drugs, according to (QUT) Queensland University of Technology road safety researcher Dr Tanya Smyth. Dr Smyth, from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road…

New drowsy driving position statement calls for greater public awareness, education

On November 17, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that drowsy driving prevention efforts can save lives. A new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine warns that drowsy driving is a serious public health concern requiring greater public awareness and increased efforts to improve preventive education. The AASM…

Lead exposure impacts children's sleep

On November 14, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) shows that lead exposure in early childhood are associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood. This is the first longitudinal, population-based study that investigated early lead exposure to sleep…

Is group therapy the way to overcome chronic fatigue?

On November 13, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A randomized controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics analyzes the effectiveness of group therapy in chronic fatigue. Meta-analyses have been inconclusive about the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapies (CBTs) delivered in groups of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) due to a…

Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy helps those with problematic caffeine use

On November 10, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Engaging in brief, cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for helping people with problematic caffeine use lower their caffeine consumption, according to a new study coauthored by Laura M. Juliano, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at American University. The clinically significant study found that, on average, participants reduced their…

Sleepwalkers 'feel no pain' in accidents

On November 7, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Although sleepwalkers have an increased risk for headaches and migraines when awake, while sleepwalking, they are unlikely to feel pain even after suffering an injury. These are the findings of research published in the journal Sleep. Sleepwalkers may injure themselves while asleep but not wake up until morning. …

Better sleep and tai chi reduce inflammation and promote health

On November 5, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Inflammatory processes occur throughout the body, with a primary function of promoting healing after injury. However, when too active, these inflammatory processes can also damage the body in many ways, and may contribute to heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and other significant medical problems. Stress, including sleep disturbance, is…

Sleep well to avoid insulin resistance

On November 5, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

One night of sleep deprivation and 6 months on a high-fat diet could both impair insulin sensitivity to a similar degree, according to research presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. Sleepless nights and a high-fat diet can both damage insulin sensitivity. This demonstrates…

Warning over online access to sleeping tablets

On November 5, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

The prescription only sleeping tablet zopiclone, that can become addictive if used for more than a few weeks, is easily available online, warn experts in The BMJ today. Paul Dargan and colleagues from the clinical toxicology unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London,…

Sleep interruptions worse for mood than overall reduced amount of sleep, study finds

On November 4, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers suggests that awakening several times throughout the night is more detrimental to people’s positive moods than getting the same shortened amount of sleep without interruption. As they report in the November 1 issue of the journal Sleep, researchers studied 62 healthy…