Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Poor Bone Health

People with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, may be at increased risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, especially women and older people, a new study suggests.

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Insomnia May Raise Stroke Risk, Especially for Younger Adults

People plagued with insomnia might have an increased risk of stroke, particularly if they are young adults, a new, large study from Taiwan suggests.

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How Daylight Saving Time Can Disrupt Your Sleep

Sleep problems may surface for some after clocks were moved forward an hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time because many people have difficulty changing their body clocks, a sleep expert says.

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Can’t Sleep? You May Have a Hyperactive Brain

The brains of insomniacs buzz with more activity during the day, preliminary new research suggests, offering possible insight into why people with sleep problems complain that their minds won’t shut down at night.

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Even Modest Weight Loss May Combat Sleep Apnea

A small amount of weight loss might help combat sleep apnea, a new study suggests. Finnish researchers said losing as little as 5 percent of body weight seems to lead to significant improvement in the condition, in which breathing pauses frequently while people are asleep, resulting in disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue.

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Sleep Disruptions May Throw Genes Into Disarray

Sleeping during the day — a necessity for jet-lagged travelers and those who work overnight shifts — disrupts the rhythms of about one-third of your genes, a new study suggests. What’s more, shifted sleep appears to disrupt gene activity even more than not getting enough sleep, according to the research

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Teens Sleep Better When Parents Are More Involved

Having involved parents and feeling connected to school increase the likelihood that a teen will get sufficient sleep, a new study finds. Previous research has suggested that developmental factors, specifically lower levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, may explain why children get less sleep as they become teenagers.

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Steady Sleep Schedule May Help Keep Weight Off

Women who go to bed and wake up at regular times tend to maintain a healthy weight, a new study suggests. Research has shown that not sleeping enough can have an effect on weight, but this new study from Brigham Young University finds that consistency in sleeping times can influence body fat.

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Sleepless and Depressed? Treating Insomnia With Talk Therapy Can Help

Treating persistent insomnia at the same time as depression could double the chances that the mood disorder will disappear, a new study shows. Doctors have long reported a link between insomnia — the inability to sleep — and depression, but many thought that depression led to insomnia. Now, experts suspect sleep problems can sometimes precede depression.

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Your Afternoon Coffee Might Trigger a Bad Night’s Sleep

Bad news for caffeine addicts: That midday coffee pick-me-up might increase your odds for a sleepless night, new research shows. The small study, which was done with caffeine pills equivalent to two or three cups of coffee, found that taking in caffeine even as long as six hours before bedtime significantly harmed sleep.

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