Heart attack risk higher in those who sleep too little or too much

On September 4, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

The right amount of sleep is protective of heart health. This was the conclusion of new research that found sleep duration can influence a person’s risk of heart attack, regardless of other heart risk factors, including genetic ones. New research tracks sleep duration and a person’s risk of a heart…

Obstructive sleep apnea linked to higher Alzheimer's risk

On November 10, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

What is the link between sleep apnea and neurodegenerative conditions? Researchers investigate. A new study has demonstrated that older adults who experience obstructive sleep apnea may be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because they exhibit higher levels of amyloid beta, the chief component of the amyloid plaques that…

Heart disease risk higher among shift workers

On April 26, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Female registered nurses who work a rotating night shift for 5 years or more have a slightly higher risk of heart disease, according to a new study published in JAMA. Nurses who work regular night shifts long term may be prone to heart disease. Shift work can disrupt…

Truck drivers who fail to adhere to sleep apnea treatment have higher crash rate

On March 21, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Truck drivers with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who failed to adhere to treatment had a rate of preventable crashes five times higher than that of truckers without the ailment, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Morris, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)…

Circadian misalignment helps explain higher risk for cardiovascular disease

On February 9, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds that circadian misalignment increases blood pressure and inflammatory markers. Shift workers frequently undergo circadian misalignment, disruption of the “body clock,” caused by inverted wake and sleep cycles. Although shift work, which requires workers to be awake when the brain’s circadian…

Even children with higher IQs behave better when their sleep apnea is fixed

On January 11, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Many doctors will ask about quality of sleep when children have problems at school, but new research shows it’s just as important to pay attention to how high achievers are sleeping. A study in the print edition of the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology suggests doctors and parents…

Driving after night shift tied to higher risk of near-crash events

On December 30, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Night-shift workers who drive home after a night’s work may be at higher risk of crashing due to drowsy driving, according to a small study that evaluated the daytime driving performance of night-shift workers. The researchers said even veteran night-shift workers who drove after working all night exhibited reactions similar…