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Improving work conditions is important for a shift worker’s health and well-being, but it’s also key to safety and productivity on the job. Making improvements in the workplace is in the shared interests of both employees and employers.

Work environment. A work environment that is cool and bright helps shift workers stay...

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How do I know if I have RLS? While there are no lab tests to diagnose RLS, your heath care professional may be able to make an official diagnosis given your responses to several simple questions about your symptoms. These include:

  • Do you have an urge to move your legs, usually accompanied by uncomfortable leg sensations?
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Jodi Mindell, Expert on Sleep and Children Issues
Jodi Mindell, PhD.

We are first-time parents and are concerned about the amount of...

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The 2003 Sleep in America™ poll finds that while some older adults are very healthy and have normal sleep patterns, frequent untreated sleep problems may be interfering with the ability of many others to cope with chronic medical conditions.

Learn more about our poll results:

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You know that sleep is vital to your physical and mental health. But, how can you tell whether you’re truly sleeping well? Especially if you work shifts, your sleep probably does not look exactly like other peoples’ sleep. It can be hard to measure your sleep patterns against those of the people around you.

When The Biggest Loser contestants Sherry Johnston and her daughter Ashley arrived at The Biggest Loser's Ranch (Couple's Edition), they already knew they had sleep apnea. They just hadn't been able to treat it.

Sherry's...

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects millions of American adults, and the prevalence of the disorder has been growing over the last few decades. Positive airway pressure therapy can improve symptoms...

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We all know that eating right and exercising are important to maintaining a healthy body weight. But years of research have also revealed a strong connection between inadequate sleep and being overweight—giving people yet another reason to make good quality sleep a priority.

Sleep and weight have been linked...

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NSF's 2004 Sleep in America poll found that two-thirds of children experience frequent sleep problems and that children's poor sleep habits take a toll on parents/caregivers, some of whom lose an estimated 200 hours of sleep a year due to their child's nighttime awakenings. NSF's 2007 Sleep in America poll found that 20% of...

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Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes a loss of cells in the part of the brain that controls movement. People with Parkinson’s disease experience a range of symptoms, including tremor (shaking), rigidity (stiffness), slowness of movement, and problems with balance and coordination. They may also have memory...

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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.

“While our...

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Washington, D.C (April 17th, 2017) — The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the global voice of sleep health, has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).This designation recognizes and celebrates...

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Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) is a disorder that affects the normal 24-hour synchronization of circadian rhythms. One subtype designation according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders is Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder -...

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How many times have you fallen asleep with the lights, or television on, or even stayed up late to use your computer right before going to bed?

A key factor in regulating sleep and your biological clocks is exposure to light or to darkness so falling asleep with lights on may not be the best thing for...

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Paul P. Doghramji, MD

Paul P. Doghramji, MD, is co-founder of Brookside Family Practice & Pediatrics, a current affiliate of Pottstown Medical...

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Certain foods contain an amino acid call tryptophan that causes sleepiness. Turkey is the most well know food with this amino acid. Popcorn also has a similar affect.

Other foods like angel food cake and pasta can also promote sleep. The trick is to increase your carbohydrate intake. Carbs make tryptophan more available to the brain....

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What are the typical behavioral and psychological factors that contribute to weight gain?

Everything revolves around food. Every time we celebrate, every time we have a meeting it revolves around food. A lot of it is our sedentary lifestyle. Another part of the behavioral problem is that we misinterpret some of our basic needs. We may...

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Richard Simon, MD

Richard Simon, MD

What do you advise your obese patients who have sleep problems to do?

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Detrás del Volante- Lo que jóvenes conductores necesitan saber sobre manejar cansados

Llegar a ser conductor es un paso gigantesco en la vida de una persona. Tener licencia y poder manejar significa que ya no necesitas depender del transporte público, bicicletas o de tus padres para poder ir de un lugar a otro. Pero el manejar puede...

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If you have trouble falling asleep, relaxation techniques can help you quiet your mind and calm your body. Try one of these simple exercises when you’re in bed.

If you struggle to sleep following a traumatic experience, you’re not alone. Nearly all trauma survivors experience some type of sleep trouble, such as insomnia. But for anywhere from half to three quarters of people, it’s vivid dreams that make it difficult to sleep soundly.

Having flashbacks to traumatic events, also called re-...

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