Newly prescribed sleeping pills increase risk of hip fracture

On April 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Older people newly prescribed sleeping pills like benzodiazepines and ‘Z-drugs’ have over double the odds of a hip fracture in the first two weeks compared with non-users, according to a new study by researchers at Cardiff University and King’s College London. Dr Ben Carter, Cardiff University’s School…

Poor sleep habits increase weight gain for adults with genetic obesity risk

On March 4, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Certain genes are associated with weight gain, making some people more susceptible to obesity. New research finds that for these individuals, abnormal sleep patterns can exacerbate the problem. Poor sleep habits may lead to weight gain for adults with a high genetic obesity risk. The study found that…

Poor sleep may increase risk for irregular heart rhythms

On November 15, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Poor sleep – even if you don’t have sleep apnea – may be linked to higher risks of developing an irregular heartbeat. In addition, getting less rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep may also be linked to higher atrial fibrillation risks. Disruptions in sleep may be raising your risks…

Exercise can increase levels of hunger-promoting endocannabinoids even if you are sleep-deprived

A research group at Uppsala University has investigated how levels of endocannabinoids – which target the same receptors as cannabis – are affected by short sleep duration, and whether acute exercise can modulate this effect. Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of…

Sleep disorders increase stroke risk, harm recovery

On August 4, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep disorders increase the risk of stroke and hinder recovery from the condition. This is the conclusion of a new review published in the journal Neurology. The new review concludes that sleep problems can raise stroke risk and hinder patient recovery. Around 50-70 million adults in the United…

How night shifts can increase cancer risk

On August 2, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Working night shifts disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm, which a number of studies have found may raise the risk of cancer development. Now, researchers have shed light on the mechanisms behind this association. Researchers have shed light on how shift work may increase cancer risk. Scientists from the…

'Go to bed!' Late preschool bedtimes increase obesity risk

On July 16, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

 Can you read me another story? I’m thirsty. I’m not sleepy.” For parents of young children, these delaying tactics at bedtime will sound familiar. Though negotiating with a preschooler can be an exercise in futility, a new study suggests that preschoolers who go to bed by 8 p.m. have a…

Insufficient sleep cycle – especially for shift workers – may increase heart disease risk

The body’s involuntary processes may malfunction in shift workers and other chronically sleep-deprived people, and may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension Insufficient sleep and circadian rhythm (approximately 24-hour) disturbances both have been associated…

Breathing through mouth during sleep may increase tooth decay risk

On February 10, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A comparison of acidity levels in the mouths of individuals who did and did not breathe through the mouth during sleep finds mouth breathing may promote dental erosion and decay. The researchers found that at stages during the night, acidity levels in the mouths of individuals who breathed through their…

Vitamin D deficiency does not increase risk and severity of obstructive sleep apnea

On December 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A recent study of elderly men found no evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased in severity (or prevalence) as a result of vitamin D deficiency. “The link between obesity and vitamin D deficiency can be explained a number ways, one of which is that obese individuals are…