Can Short Flashes of Light Treat Jet Lag?

February 9, 2016

Researchers are working on a faster light-based therapy to prevent jet lag.

A Lack of This Type of Sleep May Boost Anxiety and Depression

February 9, 2016

Bad and “restless” REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their risk for chronic depression or anxiety.

Texting After Dark May Harm Teens’ Sleep, Grades

February 5, 2016

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Instant messaging can be a source of emotional support for teens and help them collaborate on school projects, but new research shows that texting after the lights go out takes a toll on students’ sleep quality and academic performance.
“We need to be aware that teenagers are using electronic […]

Too Much, Too Little Sleep During Pregnancy May Prompt Weight Gain

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Sleeping too few or too many hours a night may lead to excessive weight gain during pregnancy, a new study suggests.
“We know that poor sleep in pregnancy has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes,” wrote researcher Dr. Francesca Facco, who’s with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health […]

Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won’t Raise Seniors’ Dementia Risk: Study

February 3, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Taking one of a class of anti-anxiety pills that includes Ativan, Valium or Xanax does not increase older adults’ risk of dementia, a new study finds.
However, experts note that these drugs — collectively called benzodiazepines — can have other side effects and should still be used […]

Bedbug Gene Mapping May Yield Critter’s Secrets

February 2, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Bedbugs have been making humans’ skin crawl for thousands of years as they creep out of their hiding places in bedding at night to feast on people’s blood, leaving an itchy, tell-tale rash in their wake.
Now, a complete analysis of the pests’ entire genetic structure […]

No Sleep? How It Can Hurt Your Health in the Long Run

January 29, 2016

Women who have chronic sleep problems may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Harvard researchers report.

How Social Media Is Wrecking Your Sleep

January 28, 2016

Young adults who spend too much time on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram may pay the price in poor sleep, new research suggests.

Catch-Up Sleep May Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Risk Tied to Sleep Loss: Study

January 18, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Though prior research warns that sleep deprivation may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests that “catch-up” sleep might reverse that risk — at least in the short-term.
Short-changing sleep during the week only to sleep in for long periods on the […]

For Seniors, Poor Sleep May Mean Higher Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

January 14, 2016

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Poor sleep may raise seniors’ risk of hardening of the brain arteries, and possibly contribute to the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined the autopsied brains of 315 people, average age 90, who had undergone at least one full week of sleep quality assessment before […]


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