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Online Insomnia Program Can Improve Sleep for Many, Study Finds

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An online program designed to help people overcome insomnia significantly improves both the amount and quality of sleep, a new study has found.  The study is the first to look closely at the effects of the Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi) program on people with health conditions that could be affecting their sleep.

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How Kids' Brains Respond to a Late Night Up

Sleep deprivation affects children's brains differently than adults', according to a new study

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Protein and Salt Drive Post-Meal Sleepiness

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Sleepiness after a large meal is something we all experience, and new research with fruit flies suggests higher protein and salt content in our food, as well as the volume consumed, can lead to longer naps.

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Sleep Medicine Specialist Urges: Don’t Ignore The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

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The recent catastrophic NJ Transit train accident in Hoboken highlights one of the perils of undiagnosed sleep apnea – the threat to transportation safety. As in several other recent calamitous accidents, the engineer fell asleep at the wheel due to a medical condition that causes sleepiness, and the presence of which he was not aware. When an individual operates a vehicle of public transportation, whether it be a train, a bus or a plane, many lives are in their hands. Anytime the operator of one of these modes of transportation becomes drowsy, or worse, falls asleep at the controls, many lives are immediately placed in jeopardy. This is why these safety-critical personnel should be screened and monitored for their fitness for their work, including identifying the presence of sleep disorders. In fact, the Federal Railroad Administration is expected to issue a safety advisory this week stressing the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment.

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Are SIDS and Colic Related? Researchers Propose New Theory

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Lead researcher James McKenna, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, and his colleagues suggest that the origin of both colic and SIDS may be related to the gradual emergence of an infant’s ability to voluntarily control the release of air through the vocal track.

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The Medical Minute: Keeping Your Baby Safe While Sleeping

Allowing an infant to sleep in your bed or putting blankets or stuffed animals in their crib could be tragic mistakes, increasing their child’s risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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Study Explores How Immune System Functions During Sleep

Researchers have found new insights into sleep’s importance to overall health: it may give the immune system a chance to regroup at a time when the relative risk of infection is low. As the foundation of the human body’s immune system, large quantities of T cells—a type of white blood cell—are present in the bloodstream and are ready to attack viruses and other pathogens that invade the body. The research team observed that healthy volunteers had greatly reduced numbers of certain T cell subsets within three hours of falling asleep. While it’s unclear where the T cells go during sleep, the researchers have some guesses to where and why they migrate.

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​Consuming Violent Media Linked to 13x Surge in Violent Dreams

The violent and sexual media you consume during the day may infiltrate your dreams at night, new research suggests. People who reported consuming violent media within 90 minutes of bedtime were 13 times more likely to have a violent dream that night.

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Should Infants Sleep in Their Parents Bedrooms?

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Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a recommendation that infants sleep in their parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed — but on a separate surface designed for infants — for at least 6 months, and preferably up to 1 year of age. Such a sleeping arrangement decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent, according to the AAP.

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The Medical Minute: Why Some Adapt to Time Changes Easier Than Others

Whether you barely noticed the time change or are still feeling the effects of the end of Daylight Saving Time, you probably have your genes to blame.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Sleep Expert Available for Interview on Daylight Saving Time Sleep Cycles

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Integrative Biology of Exercise Meeting Highlights: Thursday, November 3

Leading experts will convene at the Integrative Biology of Exercise 7 meeting (Nov. 2–4 in Phoenix) to discuss current research and new findings on how exercise affects us at all stages of life, from preconception to old age. Read more about today's highlighted research abstracts. Contact the APS Communications Office for full abstracts or to contact a member of the research team.

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Sleep Deprivation May Cause People to Eat More Calories

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Sleep deprivation may result in people consuming more calories during the following day, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at King's College London.

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Vanderbilt Sleep Experts Offer Tips to Adjust to This Weekend’s Time Change

When daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, we set clocks back one hour, and essentially gain an extra hour of sleep—but that extra hour of sleep comes at the price of early evening darkness.

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UCLA Health Experts Advisory for November

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UCLA Health experts are available to discuss a wide variety of topics of interest for the month of November.

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Bedtime Use of Media Devices More Than Doubles Risk of Poor Sleep in Children

A Cardiff University study has found that children using screen-based media devices at bedtime have over double the risk of inadequate sleep duration compared to children without access to such a device.

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Sleep Loss Tied to Changes of the Gut Microbiota in Humans

Results from a new clinical study conducted at Uppsala University suggest that curtailing sleep alters the abundance of bacterial gut species that have previously been linked to compromised human metabolic health. The new article is published in the journal Molecular Metabolism.

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The Nat’l Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep reacts to revised @AmerAcadPeds safe sleep recommendation @GUMedCenter

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The Steering Committee of the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) is encouraged by the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment.”

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Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Advocates Come Together in NAPPSS

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In recent years, recommendations for breast feeding and safe sleep for infants have led to enormous challenges in moving from recommendations to action that benefit infant health. Now, a coalition funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to coalesce more than 60 groups to develop plans that move from “do and don’t” lists toward achieving the goals of breastfeeding and safe sleep advocates.

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Patients with Insomnia Have Altered Activity in Specific Brain Regions

Specific brain regions, including those involved in awareness of self and tendency to ruminate, show altered activity in patients with insomnia when compared to good sleepers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published this week in the journal SLEEP.







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