Higher levels of omega-3 DHA, the group of long-chain fatty acids found in algae and seafood, are associated with better sleep, according to a randomized placebo-controlled study by the University of Oxford.
“Patients with RLS [restless legs syndrome] had a higher mortality rate than similar men, and showed an especially strong tendency toward cardiovascular disease and hypertension,” says Sanford H. Auerbach, MD.
Infant sleep white noise machines are capable of producing hazardous sound levels that may be damaging to infant hearing and auditory development, according to a study led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
People with sleep apnea appear to be at higher risk of pneumonia than people without, according to a study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). To determine whether sleep apnea is linked to the development of pneumonia, Taiwanese researchers followed 34,100 patients (6,816 who had sleep apnea and 27,284 controls) for 11 years.
A new study of Gulf War veterans found an association between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter volume in the brain’s frontal lobe, which helps control important processes such as working memory and executive function.
People with chronic insomnia show more plasticity and activity than good sleepers in the part of the brain that controls movement, say Johns Hopkins researchers. “Insomnia is not a nighttime disorder,” says study leader Rachel E. Salas, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a release.
Christopher Lettieri, MD, and Arn Eliasson, MD, espouse an effective nonpharmacological remedy for patients who struggle with traditional restless legs syndrome treatment options.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) generally is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular (CV) disease. OSA is usually measured using the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), the number of times that breathing pauses or severely slows per hour of sleep. However, sleep studies used to diagnose OSA produce a number of other measures.
Clemson University researchers say that providing better sleep quality and proper sedation for patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) will decrease their levels of delirium. Delirium is associated with longer hospital stays and a worse prognosis.
Inhaled corticosteroids may quell the symptoms of asthma, but a recently published University of Wisconsin-Madison pilot study suggests that in some people, these inhaled drugs make the throat and tongue more floppy, promoting obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).