Want better sleep? Leave your work at the office

On April 24, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

It will come as no surprise that taking your work home with you ups your stress levels and impacts sleep quality. But here’s the catch: “work” isn’t just about what you do in the office. It’s also about other work-related “baggage,” such as experiencing rudeness, which may prove extra difficult…

The sleep diet: Could this work?

On January 10, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

It’s January. Many of us have noticed that our pants are slightly tighter than they were last year. How might we shift that extra weight without suffering the gym? Try an extra hour in bed, a new study suggests. Could we lose weight just by getting more sleep? Scientists based…

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. …

Painkillers might not work if you are sleep deprived, study suggests

On May 8, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research uncovers unexpected links between sleep deprivation and pain sensitivity. The findings may have significant implications for pain management therapies. New research suggests that painkillers may not work for chronic pain when we are sleep deprived. A recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates…

58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home

On March 20, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Loud noise exposure is a common environmental hazard in the United States that can lead to hearing loss and other conditions such as sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In a study published in The Laryngoscope, Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers found that substantial noise exposures, with potential long-term…

Heavy lifting, shift work may negatively impact women's fertility

On February 8, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Women who have physically demanding jobs may experience decreased fertility, finds new research by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Working schedules that fall outside normal daytime office hours may also lower a woman’s ability to conceive. Regularly lifting heavy loads at work may have an adverse affect…

Finding shift work hard to handle? Your genes could be to blame

On November 5, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Shift work is becoming an increasing part of the working patterns of Americans, but some people deal with these irregular schedules better than others. Now, a new study suggests the ability to cope with shift work may be down to genetics. Researchers identified a gene variant that is more common…

Study identifies specific work factors that predict sleep problems

On April 20, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Modifiable work factors could be targets for interventions to improve sleep. A new study found that specific psychological and social work factors were associated with sleep problems both concurrently and two years after exposure, indicating prolonged consequences. Results show that quantitative job demands, decision control, role conflict…

Night shift work may affect women more than men

On April 19, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Night shift working could affect women’s ability to function more than men’s, suggests a study that compared men and women’s performance after experiencing 28-hour day schedules that delayed their sleep-wake cycle until it was out of sync with their internal 24-hour body clock. The study is the first to show…

The impact of shift work on health

On January 12, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

When Dolly Parton sang of working 9 to 5, she expressed concern for people barely getting by with a hard life of routine that only seems to benefit the boss. But what about all those people working less conventional hours, including night shifts? Shouldn’t Ms. Parton be just as…