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Even minor sleep problems raise women’s blood pressure

Even minor sleep problems raise women’s blood pressure

A new study finds that even relatively minor sleep disturbances can increase the risk of high blood pressure in women. This increase was measured even in women who slept for the recommended duration. Even mild sleep disturbance may increase hypertension risk in women. For some time, we have known that insufficient sleep increases blood pressure, […]

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Early risers have lower risk of depression, study finds

Early risers have lower risk of depression, study finds

Do sleep-wake preferences influence our risk of depression? A new study confirms that they do, and “morning people” are on the winning side. Are you up bright and early each day? You’ll be glad to learn that this may help to protect your mental health. People’s chronotypes — that is, their sleep and waking preferences […]

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Metabolic risk tied to both too much and too little sleep

Metabolic risk tied to both too much and too little sleep

Do you often struggle because you don’t get enough sleep on a nightly basis? Or perhaps you sleep in as much as you can each day, since your schedule permits it? Neither of these is good for you, a new study suggests, and you may be at risk of metabolic problems. How might sleep duration […]

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Single brain ‘switch’ controls both sleep and wakefulness

Single brain ‘switch’ controls both sleep and wakefulness

There are countless adverse health effects associated with not getting enough sleep. But a recent study may pave the way for new sleep therapies, as a single brain area is found to control both sleep and wakefulness. As an adult, you should sleep for at least 7 hours each night for optimal health. From raising […]

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Sleep paralysis, hallucinations may raise depression risk in some people

Sleep paralysis, hallucinations may raise depression risk in some people

New research suggests that sleep paralysis and hallucinations are common among student athletes, and that these sleep problems may lead to depression. A new study suggests that sleep paralysis and hallucinations may put young adults at risk of depression. Student athletes will often have sleep problems, with insomnia and sleep apnea being the most frequent. […]

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Poor sleep may fuel harmful eating habits and diabetes

Poor sleep may fuel harmful eating habits and diabetes

Sleep deprivation may contribute to our craving for unhealthful foods, leading to a night-time snacking habit, recent research suggests. This, in turn, can heighten the risk of obesity and diabetes. Poor sleep could contribute to poor dietary habits, warns a recent study. Snacking in the late hours of the night may not bring many consequences […]

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How can you boost your energy levels?

How can you boost your energy levels?

Do you often feel tired and wish you could be more energetic and able to take better advantage of your time? Read on for Medical News Today‘s top tips on how to feel more awake. What can you do to feel more energized during the day? Who among us hasn’t experienced spells of tiredness or […]

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How long does a cup of coffee keep you awake?

How long does a cup of coffee keep you awake?

Caffeine is a familiar drug that stimulates the nervous system. When it enters the body, caffeine raises the heart rate and blood pressure, increasing energy levels and improving the mood. Caffeine acts quickly, and many people notice the effects within minutes. They last until the body fully metabolizes the drug. This duration depends on several […]

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Why do I wake up gasping for air?

Why do I wake up gasping for air?

While waking up gasping for air is not uncommon, it can be extremely frightening. Some causes, such as post-nasal drip, are easily treated. Others may require medical attention and a long-term treatment plan. In this article, we describe why a person may wake up gasping for air, tools and medicines that can help, and when […]