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Sleep Tight With Good Pillows 0

Sleep Tight With Good Pillows

Sleep has become more of a luxury as the days pass by. It is quite common now to keep on losing sleep each night or sleep at different hours of the day, not necessarily at night. Modern life has tweaked our sleeping habits a lot and it is taking its toll on our body. It is seldom for the average adult to sleep well through the night because there is a myriad of distractions asking for your attention. Smartphones and other smart gadgets are too addicting since you can do a lot of things with it that you end up wide awake until the wee hours of the morning without feeling sleepy at all.

Not getting enough sleep is doing our body a lot of harm than you can ever think of. It affects you physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. People who always lose sleep or don’t get to sleep at night loses focus, easily get into accidents, perform poorly at school or at work, irritable and moody, and may be suffering from many other health conditions that are predisposed by …

The 2-Way Street Between Loneliness And Sleep That’s A Very Big Deal For Your Health 0

The 2-Way Street Between Loneliness And Sleep That’s A Very Big Deal For Your Health

If you’re a regular reader here (and I hope you are!), you’ve heard me talk in recent weeks (including with Gail King on The CBS Early Show and others) about a new study that points to poor sleep as a cause of loneliness and social isolation.

This is a fascinating study. It’s also big news for all of us who care about sleep, and how improving sleep can help us live better, fuller, healthier lives.

We’ve got a big problem with loneliness and social isolation in the U.S. and elsewhere today. And sleep plays a major role. Let’s take a closer look at the impact of loneliness and social isolation mental and physical health, and the emerging two-way street between sleep and loneliness.

As a society, we’re increasingly lonely and more sleep deprived

We all have moments when we experience loneliness and feel disconnected from others around us. It can happen when you’re actually alone, but also when you’re in a crowd of strangers, or when you’re surrounded by people you know well.

But more of us than ever

Prostate Problems Linked with Sleep Disorders and Depression 0

Prostate Problems Linked with Sleep Disorders and Depression

Men who suffer from urological problems such as erectile dysfunction, urinary tract and bladder problems, or infertility issues often also suffer from depression and sleep disorders. Physicians should therefore be aware of these risks so that they can refer their patients to relevant specialists and provide comprehensive and timely care of male patients. This is according to Arman Walia, MD, of the University of California Irvine in the US, in a study in the Springer Nature-branded IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal.

As part of the study, 124 patients visiting a Men’s Health clinic in the US completed three urological questionnaires. These asked whether they had prostate issues or suffered from erectile disfunction, and whether these were age-related. They also filled in four other questionnaires about their general health and sleeping habits, including whether they suffered from insomnia, sleepiness, or sleep apnea. Walia and his team evaluated these questionnaires together with information about the participants’ medical history and specific laboratory test results. The men involved in the study were on average 54 years old.

Overall, the study identified associations between

Poor Sleep Efficiency Linked to Lower Cognitive Functioning in People with Diabetes 0

Poor Sleep Efficiency Linked to Lower Cognitive Functioning in People with Diabetes

A study published in the journal Acta Diabetologica reports that people with diabetes and prediabetes who have lower sleep efficiency—a measure of how much time in bed is actually spent sleeping—have poorer cognitive function than those with better sleep efficiency.

“The cognitive effects of poor sleep quality are worse for this population, which we know is already at risk for developing cognitive impairment as a result of having diabetes,” says Sirimon Reutrakul, MD, associate professor of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and corresponding author on the paper, in a release.

In previous studies, diabetes has been linked to cognitive impairment and an increased risk for dementia. Other studies have found that sleep disturbances, which are common in people with diabetes, are also linked to cognitive impairment.

Researchers led by Reutrakul investigated the relationship between sleep and cognitive function in patients with abnormal glucose tolerance—patients with impaired glucose tolerance indicative of prediabetes, as well as patients with clinically diagnosed diabetes.

A total of 162 participants were involved in the study: 81 with

Sleep Apnea Prevalent, Undiagnosed in African-American Community 0

Sleep Apnea Prevalent, Undiagnosed in African-American Community

A new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital determined the prevalence of sleep apnea among 852 African-American men and women living in Jackson, Miss, and participating in the Jackson Heart Sleep Study. Researchers explored sleep apnea predictors and estimated the proportion of undiagnosed cases. They found a high prevalence of sleep apnea among this large sample of African-American men and women, and the majority—95%—were undiagnosed and untreated. Results are published on Sept 5 in the journal SLEEP.

“We discovered that only 5% of individuals with moderate or severe sleep apnea had been diagnosed. In other words, over 95%  of this sample experience nightly stresses associated with periods when breathing stops and oxygen levels fall. Untreated sleep apnea can increase risk for hypertension-related diseases such as stroke, a condition disproportionately common in African-Americans,” says Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, associate epidemiologist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and lead author of the study, in a release. “We also learned that asking about habitual snoring and measuring neck size (a risk factor for

RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Secures Clinical Supply of Dronabinol for Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Secures Clinical Supply of Dronabinol for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc has entered into a dronabinol development and supply agreement with Noramco Inc, a North American producer of controlled substances bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). RespireRx is developing dronabinol for obstructive sleep apnea. RespireRx believes, subject to meeting with the Food and Drug Administration, that dronabinol is Phase 3 ready.

Under the terms of the agreement, Noramco agreed to provide all of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) estimated to be needed for the clinical development process for both the first- and second-generation products, three validation batches for NDA filing(s) and adequate supply for the initial inventory stocking for the wholesale and retail channels, subject to certain limitations; maintain or file valid drug master files with the FDA or any other regulatory authority and provide the company with access or a right of reference letter entitling the company to make continuing reference to the DMFs during the term of the agreement in connection with any regulatory filings made with the FDA by the Company; participate on a development committee; and (make available its regulatory consultants, collaborate with any regulatory

Ohio State, Boston Hospital Awarded $17.7 Million for Heart Failure-Sleep Trial 0

Ohio State, Boston Hospital Awarded $17.7 Million for Heart Failure-Sleep Trial

The Ohio State University College of Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center, along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, will receive $17.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to launch a significant, multicenter clinical research trial.
The researchers will examine the use of low-flow nighttime oxygen therapy to treat central sleep apnea in patients with heart failure.

Ohio State receives $12.1 million as the clinical coordinating center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital receives $5.6 million as the data coordinating center for the 6-year study.

“This grant award recognizes our leadership in the cardiovascular-sleep medicine arena, and it validates nearly 15 years of work we have committed to build our multi-disciplinary programs and research infrastructure,” says K. Craig Kent, MD, Ohio State dean of the College of Medicine, in a release. “Through partnerships across Ohio State, we are well positioned to be a leader in multicenter NIH-funded trials in the future.”

“Unfortunately, the common therapies that work for obstructive sleep apnea, such as oral devices or positive airway pressure, don’t work for CSA,” says William T. Abraham, MD, national

$45 Million Clinical Trial to Test Sleep Apnea Treatment in Stroke Survivors 0

$45 Million Clinical Trial to Test Sleep Apnea Treatment in Stroke Survivors

Recovery after a stroke is often challenging, and patients are also at heightened risk of another stroke. Now, with the launch of a new clinical trial, stroke survivors across the country will have the opportunity to help guide how future patients are cared for after a stroke.

For the trial, called Sleep SMART (Sleep for Stroke Management and Recovery Trial), researchers will investigate whether obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment improves stroke recovery or reduces the likelihood of another stroke. The University of Michigan-led trial will be carried out at partner sites here and across the country.

“It’s a seminal study,” says co-principal investigator Ronald Chervin, MD, MS, a neurologist and director of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Centers, in a release. “We have long had the suspicion that sleep apnea increases the risk for recurrent stroke and that it can impede recovery, but this will be the first large, randomized trial.” At an estimated cost of $45 million over the five-year period, it’s also the largest in the history of Michigan Medicine’s Department of Neurology.

About 70%

Short and Fragmented Sleep Linked to Hardened Arteries 0

Short and Fragmented Sleep Linked to Hardened Arteries

Sleeping less than 6 hours or waking up several times in the night is associated with an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which silently hardens and narrows the arteries. This is according to results of the Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis (PESA) study presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2018.

Dr Fernando Dominguez, study author, of the Spanish National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) in Madrid, says in a release, “Bad sleeping habits are very common in Western societies and previous studies have suggested that both short and long sleep are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, there is a lack of large studies that have objectively measured both sleep and subclinical atherosclerosis.”

The PESA study enrolled 3,974 healthy middle-aged adults who wore a waistband activity monitor for 7 days to record sleep quality and quantity. They were divided into five groups according to the proportion of fragmented sleep, and four groups designating average hours slept a night: less than 6 (very short), 6 to 7 (short), 7 to 8 (the reference), and more than

Why Do My Arms Go To Sleep At Night When I Lay Down? 0

Why Do My Arms Go To Sleep At Night When I Lay Down?

Quickly, in case you missed it, you may enjoy the Today with Megan Kelly segment I did recently.

This morning, my son asked me an interesting question, and one that I get asked all the time: Why did my arm go numb at night? Here is what you need to know to understand when this is a harmless problem, and when you may need to consider seeing your doctor!

I recently saw a great article in Medical News Today which did an excellent job of summarizing the complex answer to this question. I will give you the summary and my own personal thoughts on this interesting question.

This is not the first time I am being asked this question, by far.

The official medical term for this sensation is called “ paresthesia” and it refers to the “ pins and needles, numbness, or crawling skin” feeling many people report experiencing in their limbs, hands, or feet. This experience can happen at any time, with little or no warning.

Most people have this experience. Often, this is due to the position