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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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A recent study published in the journal SLEEP found that extremes of sleep duration are related to increases in abdominal fat in persons younger than 40 years old. Researchers found that persons sleeping less than five hours at night gained more abdominal fat over a five year period, versus those who averaged over six hours per night...

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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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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.

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Ideally, you’d go to bed at the same time every night, but during the holiday season, it’s common for even the healthiest sleep routine to get interrupted by late-night celebrations with friends and family. If you’re getting to bed later than usual, these tips will help you get enough shuteye to feel well rested.

Step 1: Say no...

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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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Eating—and drinking—for better sleep means more than just avoiding caffeine and heavy, heartburn-inducing foods at night. Certain foods and beverages could actually help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Here are some things to put on your grocery list...

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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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Insomnia is a common sleep problem for adults. The National Institutes of Health estimates that roughly 30 percent of the general population complains of sleep disruption, and approximately 10 percent have associated symptoms of daytime functional impairment consistent with the diagnosis of insomnia.

In a 2005 National Sleep Foundation (...

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The first study to examine the association between insufficient sleep and blood pressure among pregnant women found that getting too little or too much sleep in early pregnancy is associated with elevated blood pressure in the third trimester. The study suggests that improving prenatal sleep hygiene may provide important health benefits.

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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.

Obese patients with type 2 diabetes who experience obstructive sleep apnea saw an improvement in their condition after losing weight, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The "apnea" in sleep apnea refers...

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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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You probably realize that stress can take a toll on the quality of your sleep—but you may not know exactly how or why. Basically, it’s because feeling stressed out increases your physiological and psychological arousal in ways that are incompatible with the state your...

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The 2015 Sleep in America™ poll finds that pain joins two related concerns – stress and poor health – as key correlates of shorter sleep durations and worse sleep quality. But there are paths to resolving the problem: The sleep gap narrows sharply among those who make sleep a priority.

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Obstructive sleep apnea and other symptoms of OSA are associated with probable major depression, regardless of factors like weight, age, sex or race, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There was no link between depression and snoring.

“Snorting, gasping or stopping breathing while asleep was...

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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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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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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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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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