Natural sleep cycles identified in rural community – new study finds

A new study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, has identified a rural community in Brazil that still follows the earlier ...

New Quality Measures Approved for Childhood Sleep Apnea

Multi-Institutional Work Group Proposes New Metrics to Help Ensure Physicians, Parents, and Payers Follow Best Practices Identifying and Treating Childhood Obstructive Sleep ...

Publication of sleep medicine quality measures promotes value-based care

DARIEN, IL – Today the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) published new quality measures for five common sleep disorders, which represents a landmark achievement in the promotion of high quality, patient-centered care in the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. ... Full story

Risk of motor vehicle accidents is higher in people with sleep apnea

DARIEN, IL – A new study finds that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, and this risk is reduced when sleep apnea is treated effectively using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. ... Full story

More sunshine, less sleep: March 9 is second annual Insomnia Awareness Day

DARIEN, IL - While the brutal winter has many Americans excited to “spring forward,” this weekend’s shift to daylight saving time and the potential lost hour of sleep also are reminders of the widespread problem of insomnia. ... Full story

Research Suggests Brain's Melatonin May Trigger Sleep

If you walk into your local drug store and ask for a supplement to help you sleep, you might be directed to a bottle labeled "melatonin." The hormone supplement's use as a sleep aid is supported by anecdotal evidence and even some reputable research studies. However, our bodies also make melatonin naturally, and until a recent Caltech study using zebrafish, no one knew how—or even if—this melatonin contributed to our natural sleep. The new work suggests that even in the absence of a supplement, naturally occurring melatonin may help us fall and stay asleep. ... Full story

Irregular sleeping pattern may affect how teens eat

American Heart Association Meeting Report Abstract MP72 ... Full story

HEALTH LINE: Getting Enough Sleep Really Isn't Optional

CINCINNATI—The typical adult needs 7 to 7 1/2 hours of sleep each night, while for teenagers and young adults under 25 about 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night is recommended, says Ann Romaker, MD, director of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Sleep Medicine Center. ... Full story

Vanderbilt sleep specialist says begin preparing now for this weekend’s change to daylight saving time

When daylight saving time takes effect on Sunday, March 8, it doesn’t have to mean a miserably groggy Monday morning. Start planning now to ease your body into the time transition. ... Full story

Warning on use of drug for children's sleep

Sleep researchers at the University of Adelaide are warning doctors and parents not to provide the drug melatonin to children to help control their sleep problems. ... Full story

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