Sleep More to Weigh Less

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If you’re a child, and you want to knock off a few pounds, one of the theories is just get more sleep. That’s a word from a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology which followed more than 68,000 people over a 16-year period. Now, what they found is that researchers who found patients who caught more Z’s each night tend to put less weight on throughout their entire life. It’s a Case Western University research study. Basically, the amount of sleep you’re looking for is independent, and it varies by age.

 

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Managing Night Terrors

Managing Night Terrors

They are called night terrors, and clearly, they can be terrors for the parents as well. A night terror is a situation where a child will wake up. The child actually could be fine and then will wake up about half an hour or 45 minutes in his sleep screaming wildly. They’re screaming because they really don’t know what’s going on. They look right past you. They have no idea what the issue is. The problem with a night terror is that it often scares the parents. What you have to do is just control the child from hurting themselves, and it will go away.

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Research on Serotonin and Depression

Research on Serotonin and Depression

We have known for quite some time that depression and serotonin pathways in the brain are connected in some way. Many of our treatments for depression are based on serotonin and its metabolism in the body. How depression and serotonin may be linked? Well, according to information in the journal Science, interactions between a brain protein and a serotonin receptor seem to have a relationship with depression as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, drug addiction, anxiety, aggression and sleep disorders. Now, without getting too technical, there are aspects of the finding that are very important. The true value might come from the fact that as we learn more about serotonin, we will be able to attack it more specifically. Remember, we use a lot of serotonin-based drugs. We understand how they work and we can definitely put them in position where they can make a difference for people.

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Understanding Insomnia

Understanding Insomnia

Insomnia is one of those definitions in medicine that is somewhat variable. People who suffer from insomnia will define it as difficulty going to sleep, unable to go to sleep for hours, or waking up in the middle of the night after having trouble sleeping. The bottom line is insomnia cuts through all of those fabrics. It’s important when you are struggling with insomnia that you have good sleep hygiene. That means not taking work to bed, making sure it’s nice and quiet, and it’s a comfortable place to sleep.

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Americans Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Americans Don’t Get Enough Sleep

It was designed to be a national meeting of sleep experts with a focus on a wide variety of sleep issues that affect patients. Normally, these meetings focus on issues like sleep apnea and restless leg, but as the doctors talked to one another it became quite apparent that the major sleep problem in our country today is people just don’t get enough sleep. The pace of life gets faster and faster and people try to cram more and more into every minute of the day. In fact, as things get more hectic, sleep tends to get short shrift. People view it as a waste of time. We have to tell people the importance of sleep and let them know it’s critical.

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Sleep Difficulties in Children

Sleep Difficulties in Children

In trying to help their children fall back asleep, parents may be setting them up for poor sleep patterns later on. Researchers surveyed parents of 987 children from the ages of five months until the children turned six and found that many things parents did early on when their children woke up, like giving them food or drink, or moving the children to the parents’ bed, led to sleep difficulties later on. Some of the problems included bad dreams, inability to fall asleep, and the inability to get a full night sleep. This is from the University of Montreal.

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Sleeping Pills May Become Addicting

Sleeping Pills May Become Addicting

The problem with sleeping pills is you can actually become addicted to them. People who take multiple sleeping pills find that over time, they get used to them and they need them to sleep they need them to get that state of drowsiness, and if they don’t take them, they’re in a situation where they put themselves behind the eight ball. It’s important that sleeping pills be used for those who need them, but that they be used responsibly and that a physician be monitoring it.

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