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Resetting the Circadian Clock: Shift Workers Might Want to Skip High-Iron Foods at Night

Workers punching in for the graveyard shift may be better off not eating high-iron foods at night so they don’t disrupt the circadian clock in their livers.

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Memory Decline Among Menopausal Women Could Be Next Research Frontier for Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy

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Memory decline — a frequent complaint of menopausal women — potentially could be lessened by hypnotic relaxation therapy, say Baylor University researchers, who already have done studies showing that such therapy eases hot flashes, improves sleep and reduces stress in menopausal women.

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Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Savings - Rest Easy with Good Sleep Hygiene

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When the clocks “fall back” this year on Nov. 2, don’t let gaining an extra hour rob you of needed sleep. There’s plenty you can do now to establish healthy sleep habits and make it easier to reset your internal clock.

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Insomnia Among Older Adults May Be Tied to Sleep Quality, Not Duration

Reports of insomnia are common among the elderly, but a new study finds that sleep problems may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that patients get.

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Tongue Fat and Size May Predict Sleep Apnea in Obese Adults

Obesity is a risk factor for many health problems, but a new Penn Medicine study published this month in the journal Sleep suggests having a larger tongue with increased levels of fat may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in obese adults.

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At Dusk & Dawn: Scientists Pinpoint Biological Clock’s Synchronicity

Scientists have uncovered how pacemaker neurons are synchronized at dusk and dawn in order to maintain the proper functioning of their biological clocks. Their findings enhance our understanding of how sleep-wake cycles are regulated and offer promise for addressing related afflictions.

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Sleep Twitches Light Up the Brain

A new UI study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.

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Study: Pain Keeps Surgery Patients Awake, Extends Hospital Stay

Pain can make it difficult for some patients to get a good night’s rest while recovering in the hospital following certain surgical procedures, often resulting in longer hospital stays, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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New Research Suggests Sleep Apnea Screening Before Surgery

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Scheduled for surgery? New research suggests that you may want to get screened and treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before going under the knife. According to a first-of-its-kind study in the October issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), patients with OSA who are diagnosed and treated for the condition prior to surgery are less likely to develop serious cardiovascular complications such as cardiac arrest or shock.

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Treating Insomnia in Elderly Reduces Inflammation, Lowers Risk for Chronic Diseases

Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and more. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment—cognitive behavioral therapy.

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