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Drug May Offer New Approach to Treating Insomnia

A new drug may bring help for people with insomnia, according to a study published in the November 28, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. 

The drug, suvorexant, blocks the chemical messengers in the brain called orexins, which regulate wakefulness. This is an investigational drug that is under review by the FDA. 

New Research: Identify and Treat Insomnia Early to Reduce Risk of Other Illnesses

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, but despite advances in diagnosis and management, it often goes unrecognized and untreated. Left untreated, insomnia increases the risk of developing other illnesses including depression, diabetes, hypertension, and possibly even death in older adults.

Insomnia – Not a Performance Boost

International movie star Angelina Jolie recently credited her ability to juggle parenting 6 children, a thriving career as an actress and her humanitarian work to having insomnia. In an interview with The Independent, Jolie acknowledged, "I really don't get much sleep, but I fortunately don't need much. Insomnia has become a bonus." Insomnia is not a bonus for most Americans – in fact, it is the most common sleep complaint and can be either acute, lasting one to several nights, or chronic, even lasting months to years.

Aerobic Exercise and Insomnia among Aging Adults

50 percent of middle-aged and older adults complain of chronic insomnia symptoms. A recent study by Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University found that millions of these adults may get some relieve from aerobic exercise.

Effects of Chronic Insomnia Differ in Men and Women

A recent study published in the journal SLEEP found that men with chronic insomnia who slept for less than six hours were four times more likely to die during the 14-year follow-up period (odds ratio = 4.33) than men without insomnia who slept for six hours or more. These findings further emphasize the importance of diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Cherry Juice Could Affect Your Insomnia

Everyone suffering from insomnia is looking for that "miracle cure." Did you ever thing cherry juice could be it? Find out more about cherry juice and how it might actually help you sleep!

What To Do About Insomnia

A lot of people suffer from insomnia, and they say to themselves, "I know what this is, but I can't do anything about it." However, consider the toll insomnia takes on your life, the effect it has on your family, your ability to work at a high level, and to socialize with others. The consequences are so enormous that it's important to do something about it. According to Dr. Neil B.

Maintaining daily routines associated with reduced rate of insomnia in the elderly

Maintaining daily routines may be the key to reducing the rate of insomnia and improving quality of sleep in older adults living in a retirement community according to a new study being reported in the journal SLEEP.

Can't Sleep? What to do about insomnia

You know you have insomnia when you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently during the night, wake up too early in the morning and suffer from daytime sleepiness.

Although insomnia is a disorder in its own right, it is often a symptom of some other disease or condition. Stress, worry, pain and jet lag are some factors that contribute to insomnia.

Runner's World Profiles Marathoner with Insomnia

The September issue of Runner's World profiles Tera Moody, one of the best female long-distance runners in the United States, and her struggle with insomnia. Latin for "no sleep," insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Insomnia is also used to describe the condition of waking up not feeling restored or refreshed. According to Runner's World, Moody, who is 28 years old, with few exceptions hasn't slept through the night since sixth grade. As a runner, Moody's body needs sleep more than usual.


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