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Treating sleep apnea in heart patients reduces future hospital visits

Treating sleep apnea in heart patients reduces future hospital visits

The new study involved 104 heart patients in the hospital who reported symptoms of sleep apnea. They were being treated for problems such as heart failure or a heart attack. Each underwent a portable sleep study. It gives doctors the facts they need to diagnose sleep apnea. The study measures vital signs such as breathing, blood oxygen level and heart rate.

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Staying active may help promote healthy sleep in middle-age

Staying active may help promote healthy sleep in middle-age

“Staying active won’t cure sleep complaints, but it will reduce the odds of them,” lead author Rodney Dishman said in a news release. “The more active you stay, the better off you’ll be.”The authors report that our fitness level tends to decline as we age. One way of measuring fitness is with a treadmill endurance test. People who are fit can walk or run on a treadmill longer as the speed and incline increases.

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Too little sleep could shrink your brain

Too little sleep could shrink your brain

A new study published online in Neurology suggests that getting too little sleep could lead to a shrinking brain.The study involved 147 adults with an average age of 54 years. They underwent two brain scans, one at the start of the study and one an average of three and half years later. Before getting the scans, participants completed a questionnaire about their sleep habits.

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The Causes, Effects and Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

The Causes, Effects and Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a common condition that afflicts 47 million American adults, or almost a quarter of the adult population. Symptoms can interfere with memory, energy levels, mental abilities, and emotional mood. A study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center in 1999 indicates that the condition drastically affects the body’s ability to metabolize glucose, leading to symptoms that mimic early-stage diabetes.

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Parasomnia and Childhood Sleep Disorders

Parasomnia and Childhood Sleep Disorders

Many childhood sleep disorders are actually types of parasomnia. Somnambulism, night terrors, bedwetting, talking while asleep, and body rocking are much more common in children than they are in adults. Most children outgrow these problems before adolescence. Parents may note an increase in frequency or intensity when their child is ill, under stress, or taking certain medications.

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