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Common Sleep Myths Endanger Public Health

Common Sleep Myths Endanger Public Health

Latest Sleep News TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Mistaken beliefs about sleep are common and pose a significant health threat, a new study warns. Among these myths: some people only need five hours of sleep; snoring is harmless; a drink before bedtime helps you fall asleep. “Sleep is a vital part of life […]

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CPAP Brings Longer Life for Obese People With Sleep Apnea: Study

CPAP Brings Longer Life for Obese People With Sleep Apnea: Study

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Sleep News MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There’s good news for the millions of obese Americans with sleep apnea: Researchers report the use of the CPAP mask may greatly increase their chances for a longer life. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask was tied to […]

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armodafinil (Nuvigil)

armodafinil (Nuvigil)

What is armodafinil, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Armodafinil is an oral drug that is used to promote wakefulness. It is similar to modafinil (Provigil). Like amphetamines, armodafinil promotes wakefulness by stimuatIng the brain; however, the exact mechanism of action of armodafinil is unknown. Armodafinil may work by increasing the amount of […]

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ramelteon (Rozerem)

ramelteon (Rozerem)

What is Rozerem, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ramelteon is an oral drug that promotes falling asleep and is used for treating insomnia. It acts by stimulating receptors for melatonin in the brain. Melatonin and its receptors control the circadian rhythm of the body which controls the sleep/wake cycle. Unlike many drugs […]

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Health Tip: Managing Insomnia

Health Tip: Managing Insomnia

(HealthDay News) — A good night’s sleep is important for physical and mental health. Latest Sleep News Long-lasting sleep problems can increase your risk of anxiety or depression, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The NIH suggests these ways to manage insomnia: Talk to your doctor. Seek cognitive behavioral therapy or relaxation therapy. Set […]

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triazolam (Halcion)

triazolam (Halcion)

What is triazolam, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Triazolam is a drug that is used to promote sleep in individuals who have difficulty sleeping (insomnia). It is in the benzodiazepine family of drugs, the same family that includes diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), flurazepam (Dalmane), lorazepam (Ativan), and others. Insomnia is […]

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Beware of Drowsy Driving as Daylight Saving Time Begins

Beware of Drowsy Driving as Daylight Saving Time Begins

Latest Sleep News FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The switch to Daylight Saving Time can increase the risk of driver fatigue and crashes, but there are a number of ways to reduce the danger, an expert says. “Any time change can exacerbate drowsiness because your internal clock has not adjusted to the time […]

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Do Long Doctor Shifts Hurt Patients? Study Says No

Do Long Doctor Shifts Hurt Patients? Study Says No

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Sleep News WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite years of worry over young doctors’ grueling work hours, a new study finds that longer shifts do not jeopardize patients’ safety. The trial is one of two recent efforts to test an assumption about doctors’ work hours — that shorter […]

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Melatonin

Melatonin

What is melatonin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland in the body. Commercially available melatonin that is sold as medicine is produced in the laboratory. Melatonin regulates sleep-wake cycle. Check with your healthcare professional before using herbs or other supplements. What brand names […]

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Sleep Apnea May Be Linked With Alzheimer’s Marker

Sleep Apnea May Be Linked With Alzheimer’s Marker

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Sleep News SUNDAY, March 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans are left drowsy each day by sleep apnea, and new research suggests it might also raise their odds for Alzheimer’s disease. It isn’t clear, however, if sleep apnea causes the buildup of “tau” protein tangles in the brain […]