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Menopause is a time of major hormonal, physical and psychological change for women although menopausal symptoms vary from woman to woman. During the perimenopause or transition phase, a woman's ovaries gradually (over several years) decrease production of estrogen and progesterone. If a woman has her ovaries surgically removed (...

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Much of our sleep patterns – feeling sleepy at night and awake during the day – are regulated by light and darkness. Light is the most powerful regulator of our biological clock. So what happens if you get too much light at night? According to EurekAlert, a recent study at Ohio State University looked at mice housed in a lighted room for 24...

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When my son was a baby, he had a perfect little bedtime routine. A soothing bath with songs, a massage, pajamas, feeding, and 3 stories (always ending with The Going to Bed Book)—it was a carefully crafted 30-minute sequence of events, like an example you might see in a parenting book. We protected it, just so...

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Puntos Básicos

Para la mayoría de las mujeres, el embarazo es un tiempo de gran felicidad y de gran anticipación. Desafortunadamente, también puede ser un tiempo de disturbios serios en el sueño, aún en mujeres que nunca han tenido problemas para dormir. De acuerdo a la encuesta “Ómnibus Sleep in America” de 1998 de la Fundación...

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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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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.

People with the disorder, called...

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I have a stress-filled job, and I also have periodic bouts of insomnia. Could there be a connection between the two?

Neil B. Kavey, MD
Neil B. Kavey

In a word, yes. Not all...

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Veterans are four times more likely than other Americans to suffer from sleep apnea, according to Max Hirshkowitz, director of the Sleep Disorder Center at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Claims for sleep apnea as a...

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Even though most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep in a 24-hour day, exactly when our bodies naturally tend to fall asleep and wake up each day can vary. Scientists believe that people have inherent differences in when they sleep and wake best. This natural pattern is a chronotype. Whether you’re a night owl (an evening person), or a lark...

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When you’re working a shift schedule, your eating and ...

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Gastrointestinal reflux (GERD) is a common ailment that can cause sleep disruptions. According to NSF’s 2001 Sleep in America poll, people who experience nighttime GERD are more likely to have sleep problems such as insomnia, sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness, and restless legs syndrome than those who do not have nighttime GERD....

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Does it often take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night? Or do you wake up frequently during the night — or too early in the morning — and have a hard time going back to sleep? When you awaken, do you feel groggy and lethargic? Do you feel drowsy during the day particularly during monotonous situations?

If you answered "yes"...

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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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According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 70 percent of teens are not getting the recommended hours of sleep. This lack of sleep is associated with a variety of risky behaviors such as physical inactivity,...

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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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For most women, pregnancy is a time of great joy, excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, for many it can also be a time of serious sleep disturbance, even for women who have never had problems sleeping. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation's 1998 Women and Sleep poll, 78% of women report more disturbed sleep during...

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Currently, Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) is known to share symptoms that are similar to those found in other sleep disorders. Sleep patterns from previously recorded cases may give insight to certain signs to watch for. Although, recent work...

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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...

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It’s a frustrating routine: Your mind starts racing as soon as your head hits the pillow. You’re thinking about your to-do list, that thing you should (or shouldn’t) have said to your boss, or how expensive your child’s braces are going to be. Then you catch a glimpse of the clock, and realize how late it already is.

At some point it’s...

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Sonia Ancoli-Israel

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D.

I have a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer'...

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Nightmares are very common for young children. Nightmares are especially...

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When you talk to a doctor about sleep symptoms that may be caused by your shift schedule, your doctor may ask you about:

  • Your physical and mental health history.
  • Your symptoms (in detail), including how long you’ve had them, how frequent they are, and how they interfere with work or social life.
  • Your work schedule...
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Washington, D.C. — The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) announces the addition of the new Pediatric Model to its Sleep Disordered Breathing Anatomical Models™. The model was designed by Stephen Sheldon, DO. The 3-D product allows primary care physicians, pediatricians, and sleep specialists to easily show their patients and their parents the...

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