insomnia in older adults

MINNEAPOLIS – Cognitive behavioral therapy tailored for insomnia management and delivered by health educators eased sleep impairment in older adults in a randomized trial of 159 community-dwelling veterans aged 60 years or older with chronic insomnia.

Researchers assigned the veterans to individual cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), group CBT-I, or general sleep education and hygiene as a control. The CBT-I combined sleep restriction, stimulus control, and cognitive therapy and was provided by health educators – primarily masters-level professionals – who had weekly telephone access to behavioral sleep medicine specialists. All study groups had five sessions of their assigned treatment over 6 weeks. Continue reading "insomnia in older adults"

Most Sleep Deprived States, West Virginia Tops the List

Sleep deprivation seems to be a common problem in the United States. A new set of statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection shows that people from West Virginia report most insufficient sleep. The least sleep deprived state is North Dakota.

According to CDC statistics, 37 percent of West Virginians reported being sleep deprived. Around 35 percent of people in Kentucky said they did not get sufficient sleep.

The report released this January by CDC says that sleep deprivation is pandemic in the U.S. Huffington Post reports that compared to last 5 years, the current numbers are remarkable. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Continue reading "Most Sleep Deprived States, West Virginia Tops the List"

sleep study taps subjects’ mindset

sleep positionsI happen to disagree with this. In my experience I can have as much REM sleep as all night, unless I have at least 60 minutes of deep sleep, I am a zombie next day.

So all my efforts are directed to make sure I have deep sleep, which is the first part of the sleep cycles...

No napping... no accidental falling asleep, no falling asleep with the light on, with TV on, with music on... all prevent you from going into deep sleep.

Don't tell me I didn't warn you. Continue reading "sleep study taps subjects’ mindset"

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Improves Fatigue in MS Patients

DALLAS ― Fatigue, often linked to insomnia, is one of the most common complaints of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), so anything that controls ...

DALLAS ― Fatigue, often linked to insomnia, is one of the most common complaints of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), so anything that controls this debilitating condition would be a welcome relief.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviors, appears to be a viable option. A small, new study showed that it increases sleep time and reduces fatigue and depression in MS patients suffering insomnia. Continue reading "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Improves Fatigue in MS Patients"

I’d like to sleep

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I'd like to sleep

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Consistent nappers linked to earlier deaths

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Get The Best Sleep Of Your Life With These 6 Tips

Sleep is an extremely important factor in everyone's life. Not getting enough sleep not only makes you feel sluggish and groggy, but also has negative long-term effects. Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues including diabetes, depression, weight gain and more. Sometimes it's hard to get a good night's sleep, so here are some tips on how to get the best sleep of your life:

    • Tip #1: Cut the caffeine. It's important to stop drinking energy-boosting drinks in the afternoon, ideally around 2PM. This way there will be enough time for their effects to wear off.

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A Good Night’s Sleep

A Good Night's Sleep

“Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said these words of wisdom way before science proved the many reasons why a sleep is so critical to our health.

During deep sleep phase, the brain's waste removal system is 10 times more active than during wakefulness, literally restoring the mind for the day ahead. While it's taking out the trash, so to speak, the body works to repair brain cells, reinforce new memories, and even learn new motor skills. Logging enough hours between the sheets each night also does wonders for helping our bodies relieve stress, fight inflammation, maintain healthy body fat levels and ultimately live longer.

Despite the irrefutable evidence of why we should all be getting more shut-eye, nearly half of Americans get less than the recommended amount of sleep each night. When life gets busy, sleep tends to fall to the bottom of our priority lists, leaving our minds and bodies stressed, sick and burned-out.

But that's starting to change: more and more successful people are acknowledging that pretty much any goal is easier to accomplish after a good night's rest.

Are you sleeping? Sleep disorders uncovered

It's not just daytime drowsiness…research shows that sleep deprivation puts you at an increased risk for adverse health consequences, such as ...

App that shortens jet-lag recovery for you

Do you need to remain air borne for most of the year and curse jet lag for frequent bouts of head spinning, insomnia and fatigue? This app is just for ...

Even more common is ongoing patterns of sleep ...