Could a Bad Night’s Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?

February 26, 2015

Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests.

Long Sleep Time, Higher Stroke Risk?

February 25, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adults who sleep more than eight hours a night may face a higher risk of stroke, a new analysis suggests.
These so-called “long sleepers” were 46 percent more likely to have a stroke than those who got only six to eight hours of sleep a night, […]

Small Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

February 19, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study helps explain why getting too little sleep might boost diabetes risk.
Researchers say lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere with the ability of the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.
The […]

Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports

February 17, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A daytime nap may not be the best idea for preschoolers, concluded a recent review of dozens of previous studies on napping.
Children over 2 years old who napped during the day tended to go to bed later and get less sleep than those who gave […]

Sleep Group Updates Shuteye Guidelines

February 17, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For the youngest and oldest, the National Sleep Foundation has new guidelines on what constitutes a good night’s rest.
Newborns (0 to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day, while infants (4 to 11 months) need 12 to 15 hours, according to the new guidelines. […]

Parents Split on Later School Start Time for Teens

February 16, 2015

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — About half of American parents support a later start to the school day for teens, a new survey shows.
The poll of parents with teens aged 13 to 17 whose schools start before 8:30 a.m. found that half favored a later school start time. Forty percent said doing […]

‘Mindfulness’ May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors

February 16, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mindfulness meditation may help older adults get a better night’s sleep, a small study suggests.
Researchers found that among 49 older adults with sleep problems, those who learned mindfulness practices started sleeping better within six weeks. In fact, they did better than their counterparts who […]

U.S. Teens Getting Less Sleep Than Ever

February 16, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — American teens don’t get enough sleep, and the problem has only gotten worse since the 1990s, new research shows.
Just 63 percent of 15-year-olds reported getting seven or more hours of sleep a night in 2012. That number is down from 72 percent in 1991, according […]

Sleepiness in Your Teen May Signal ‘Weed’ Use

February 13, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who are being assessed for the sleep disorder narcolepsy should also be screened for marijuana use because the drug can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, researchers report.
People with narcolepsy show the same symptoms, the study authors explained.
The researchers looked at 383 children evaluated for excessive daytime sleepiness, and […]

Naps May Improve Your Health

February 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Brief daytime naps might protect you against the harmful health effects of a poor night’s sleep, a new study suggests.
Specifically, naps appeared to restore hormones and proteins involved in stress and immune function to normal levels in the study.
The small study included 11 healthy men between the ages […]


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