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WASHINGTON, DC, (November 6, 2015)-The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with scientists from multiple disciplines, today announced a consensus on the threshold for when motorists are definitely too tired to drive. The conclusion: Drivers who have slept for two hours or less in the preceding 24 hours are not fit to operate a motor vehicle...

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Study looks at white blood cell counts following 29 hours of continual wakefulness

Severe sleep loss jolts the immune system into action, reflecting the same type of immediate response shown during exposure to stress, a new study reports.

Researchers in the...

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Excessive sleepiness is widespread. Roughly 20 percent of people feel excessively sleepy on a regular basis—enough to interfere with work, school, hobbies, or...

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The most common causes of excessive sleepiness are insufficient sleep, changes to sleep schedule, and sleep disorders like sleep apnea. But if you experience sleepiness on a regular basis, it's important to work with your...

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Research tells us that later sleep and wake patterns among adolescents are biologically determined; the natural tendency for teenagers is to stay up late at night and wake up later in the morning. This research indicates that school bells...

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Spring forward, fall back—even though the clocks change by only an hour during Daylight Savings Time, the effects can be noticeable. This is especially true in the spring, when people lose an hour of the day and that hour is often subtracted from time spent sleeping. If you’re already somewhat sleep-deprived, giving up just one hour of shuteye...

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Even when you’re on vacation, you can’t take a break from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP is the leading therapy for sleep apnea. Patients wear a face or nasal mask during sleep. The mask, connected to a pump, provides a positive flow of air into the nasal...

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Enuresis nocturna es el término médico para mojar la cama. La mayoría de los niños moja la cama ocasionalmente o aún cada noche durante los años de entrenamiento para no usar pañales. En realidad, se estima que siete millones de niños en los Estados Unidos mojan la cama regularmente. El control de la función de la vejiga durante el sueño es la...

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Treatments for Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) are aimed at resynchronizing the patient's internal body clock to the 24-hour day-night cycle. While appropriately timed light exposure that resets the phase (i.e., timing) of the internal body...

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Non-24 Medication Update

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the medication tasimelteon (found under the brand name Hetlioz) for the treatment of Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) in blind individuals.

What is Tasimelteon?

Tasimelteon is a...

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The circadian system keeps us in sync with the 24-hour day. Our body’s internal clock sends signals to many different parts in the body, affecting things like digestion, the release of certain hormones, body temperature, and much more.

One of the main functions of the internal clock is to regulate when you feel alert and when you’re...

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Dr. Virend K. Somers

Dr. Virend K. Somers

What is the connection between sleep apnea and heart disease?

The...

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Whether you’re cramming for an exam or trying to beat the clock on a job deadline, there are times when you may be tempted to work straight through the night. You probably already know that you won’t feel and function at your best after losing out on sleep. And you should also know that you are yourself and others if you get behind the...

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Often, minimizing stress can alleviate symptoms of sleep bruxism among adults and symptoms often disappear on their own in children. For severe and persistent bruxism, a dentist may prescribe an...

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Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2016) —The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) will launch Sleep Awareness Week© 2016, the annual event celebrating sleep health running March 6th through March 13th. Sleep Awareness Week encourages the public to prioritize sleep to improve their overall health and well-being. The theme of Sleep Awareness 2016...

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Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school...

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You know that your family medical history, along with what you eat and how much you weigh, can affect your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But did you know that your sleep habits can also play a role? It’s true. In fact, sleep deprivation is an often overlooked but significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, a disease that involves too...

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One of the most difficult aspects of Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) is trying to maintain employment and some semblance of a normal social life. 

Coping with Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) by forcing one's self to keep a sleep schedule that matches the 24-hour day-night norm can lead to sleep deficits with symptoms that may mimic depression, and a possible misdiagnosis of Non-24 for a non-related psychiatric condition. Sleep deprivation itself, however, is a risk factor for...

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People with Parkinson's disease may be more likely to have a movement disorder called leg motor restlessness, but not true restless legs syndrome as previous studies have suggested, according to a study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Restless legs syndrome is a sleep and movement disorder. People...

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People with shift work disorder can have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep for as long as their bodies require. They often wake up after just a few hours, or at least before sleeping a full seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period. 

In...

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Joyce Walsleben, RN, PhD

Joyce Walsleben, RN, PhD

How is sleep affected by perimenopause, menopause, and...

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