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Poor Sleep Linked to PTSD after Heart Attack

Clinicians have long speculated that poor sleep may be a mechanism involved in the higher risk of further cardiac events or death among those with post-traumatic stress disorder following a heart attack, but the association between PTSD and sleep after a heart event has been unknown.

Comprehensive Website Provides Hope and Resources for Individuals with Chronic Circadian Rhythm Disorder

National Sleep Foundation Launches 

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) launched a new website today,, to help individuals who have Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, a chronic circadian rhythm disorder. This online resource center helps people understand the disorder’s symptoms, prevalence, and available treatment options, and provides resources to manage the disorder.

1 in 10 6- to 8-year-olds has sleep-disordered breathing

According to a recent study in Finland, approximately 10 percent of six-year-olds have sleep-disordered breathing. This increased among children with enlarged tonsils, crossbite, or a convex facial profile. Unlike in adults, excess body fat is not associated with sleep-disordered breathing in this age group. The study was conducted by the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Easter Finland.

Smoking, head injury, pesticide use may be risk factors for rare sleep disorder

Smoking, head injury, pesticide exposure, farming and less education may be risk factors for a rare sleep disorder that causes people to kick or punch during sleep, according to a study published in the June 27, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.


Eyes Wide Shut: Sleepwalking Common in Adults?

New research shows that sleepwalking may be much more common in adults than previously thought and that having depression or anxiety may increase your likelihood of experiencing the condition. The study is published in the May 15, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Depressed Moms' Behavior May Play Role in Infants' Sleep Problems

Sleep problems are common in young children and can lead to stress in families. One factor that might contribute to these problems is the mother’s depression.

Sleep Disturbances Hurt Memory Consolidation

Sleep disturbance negatively impacts the memory consolidation and enhancement that usually occurs with a good night's sleep, according to a study published Mar. 28 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

Treatment with Light Benefits Alzheimer’s Patients

Exposure to light appears to have therapeutic effects on Alzheimer's disease patients, a Wayne State University researcher has found.

In a study published recently in the Western Journal of Nursing Research, LuAnn Nowak Etcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, reported that patients treated with blue-green light were perceived by their caregivers as having improved global functioning.

Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Increases Airflow During Sleep in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HGNS) produced marked dose-related increases in airflow in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients without arousing them from sleep, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center.

Sleep Disorders Linked to Poor Health and Reduced Occupational Performance in Police Officers

Sleep disorders affect about 50 – 70 million Americans. Most sleep disorders go undiagnosed or untreated. When untreated, sleep disorders have been associated with increased risk for injuries and accidents. They are also linked with additional physical and mental health issues.


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