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A Good Dose Of Morning Sunlight Keeps Off The Pounds: Study
2014-04-03 09:43:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By most accounts, a healthy lifestyle should include a balanced diet, regular exercise, and – according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE – a long dose of bright light in the morning. In the study, researchers from Northwestern University found that the time, strength and duration of light exposure is directly linked to body mass index (BMI), even after considering confounding factors. "The earlier this light...

Night Owls Vs Early Birds
2014-04-02 12:36:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Are you a night owl who likes to stay up to study or watch late-night talk shows? Or an early bird who likes to get a head start on the competition? According to a new study from a University of Chicago professor, your personal sleeping habits are related to your propensity for taking risks – with night owls being higher risk takers than early birds. The study, which was published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, also found...

2014-04-02 12:32:38

Both Surveyed Physicians and Payers are Sensitive to the Risk of Next-Day Impairment with Insomnia Therapies, According to Findings from Decision Resources Group BURLINGTON, Mass., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that surveyed U.S. and European psychiatrists ascribe the highest level of unmet need in insomnia treatment to be for new therapies with a reduced risk of abuse and tolerance. Several currently available insomnia therapies are designated as controlled...

2014-04-02 10:50:24

Sleep is essential for human health. But with increasing age, many people experience a decline in sleep quality, which in turn reduces their quality of life. In a new study publishing April 1 in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology, Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have investigated the mechanisms by which ageing impairs sleep in the fruit fly. Their findings suggest that age-related sleep decline can be prevented and might even be reversible....

2014-04-01 23:33:06

Millions of Americans may not know they have sleep apnea, a condition where a person stops breathing while sleeping. An individual suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea, may stop breathing as often as 30 times or more an hour. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 This infographic explains the condition of sleep apnea, its serious consequences and implications, and its destructive effect on children. As shown on the infographic, the symptoms of sleep...

2014-04-01 15:15:55

To improve recovery for heart attack patients, hospitals should maintain normal day and night cycles for those patients during the first few days after the attack, say University of Guelph researchers. Their new study shows for the first time that interrupting diurnal rhythms impairs healing immediately after a heart attack, said Prof. Tami Martino of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Researchers already knew that circadian rhythms, or day-night cycles, can affect timing of a heart...

2014-04-01 14:12:31

Parents may not always see it, but efforts to limit their children’s screen time can make a difference. A new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found children get more sleep, do better in school, behave better and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV. Douglas Gentile, lead author and an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State, says the effect is not immediate and that makes it...

2014-04-01 14:01:26

A new study of older men found a link between poor sleep quality and the development of cognitive decline over three to four years. Results show that higher levels of fragmented sleep and lower sleep efficiency were associated with a 40 to 50 percent increase in the odds of clinically significant decline in executive function, which was similar in magnitude to the effect of a five-year increase in age. In contrast, sleep duration was not related to subsequent cognitive decline. “It...

2014-04-01 13:07:57

Bottom Line: Parental monitoring of the time children spend watching television, playing video games and being online can be associated with more sleep, improved school performance and better behavior by the children. Author: Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D., of Iowa State University, Ames, and colleagues. Background: Previous research suggests high levels of screen time are associated with less sleep, attention problems and lower academic progress. How the Study Was Conducted: The study...

Increased Death Risk From Certain Anti-Anxiety And Sleeping Medicines
2014-04-01 05:31:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of people around the world find help from drugs that treat anxiety and sleep disorders. A new study from the University of Warwick, however, reveals that anti-anxiety and sleeping medicines have been linked to an increased risk of death. The large study, which tracked 34,727 people for an average of seven and a half years, demonstrates that the risk of death doubles with several anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs or hypnotic...