Valerian root for insomnia and anxiety: Does it work?

On June 25, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Valerian is a plant with mild sedative properties that is sold as a sleeping aid and to treat anxiety. But does it work? In the United States (U.S.), valerian dietary supplements are usually sold as sleeping aids. In Europe, people more often take them for restlessness and anxiety. …

Scientists find seven genes for insomnia

On June 16, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A new study shows that insomnia also has a genetic background. Many of us have had insomnia at some point in our lives and know how difficult it is to overcome. The more we think about going to sleep, the harder it is to actually fall asleep; insomnia is often…

Tai chi relieves insomnia in breast cancer survivors

On May 12, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

If you’ve ever had insomnia, you know worrying about sleep makes it even harder to fall asleep. For the 30 percent of breast cancer survivors who have insomnia, sleepless nights can lead to depression, fatigue and a heightened risk of disease. Now, new UCLA research shows that tai…

Insomnia associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke

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

Insomnia is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, according to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “Sleep is important for biological recovery and takes around a third of our lifetime, but in modern society more and more people complain of insomnia,”…

Neurofeedback treatment for insomnia no better than placebo

On February 25, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Insomnia is notoriously difficult to treat. One potential intervention that has received attention over the years is neurofeedback. Although it has shown some promise, a recent study comparing it with a placebo calls its abilities into question. How effective is neurofeedback? A new study reopens the debate. …

New guideline provides clinical recommendations for specific insomnia drugs

On February 16, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

DA new clinical practice guideline is the first from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to provide comprehensive, evidence-based analyses of individual agents commonly used in the treatment of chronic insomnia disorder. The guideline, which is published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, provides recommendations to…

Insomnia increases asthma risk in adults

On February 2, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Asthma affects millions of people in the United States – both adults and children alike. New research suggests that insomnia may be a risk factor for developing asthma in adulthood. New research suggests that chronic insomnia can lead to asthma. According to the most recent estimates…

Aging accelerated by menopause, insomnia

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

Scientists have long debated whether aging triggers menopause or menopause causes aging. Now, new research reveals the latter is true, after finding that the younger a woman is when she enters menopause, the faster she ages. Researchers find menopause and insomnia – which often occurs alongside menopause – may speed…

Could less time in bed prevent chronic insomnia?

On June 14, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

People who find it difficult to fall or stay asleep may be surprised to learn that new research suggests they should try spending less time in bed as a way to prevent chronic insomnia. The finding supports the idea that the way to tackle insomnia is to avoid increasing sleep…

Study shows strong prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans

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

Over 47% of female veterans reported insomnia symptoms. A new study sheds light on the prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans. Results demonstrate that more than 47 percent of female veterans reported symptoms of insomnia that resulted in functional impairment. Of this sample group, less…