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The New Health Care: The Economic Case for Letting Teenagers Sleep a Little Later

We ’ ve known for a while that adolescent sleep cycles and high school hours are misaligned. But this is not just a health problem.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Teenagers and Adolescence Sleep Education (K-12) Research Source Type: news

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If you regularly turn to music intuitively to relieve stress, you certainly aren’t alone. You can definitely tap into the power of music to bring healing to yourself. Read along to discover the hidden psychological benefits of music that will make you feel better in times of stress. If you are not a music lover, the treasure trove of hidden benefits below just might convert you to begin singing a new tune as your go-to stress reliever. Music can help relieve stress. In one 2013 study, participants took part in one of three conditions before being exposed to a stressor, and subsequently took a psychosocial stress t...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Creativity Memory and Perception Research Self-Help Stress Music Self Care stress management stress reduction Source Type: blogs
Authors: Ratneswaran C, Pengo MF, Xiao S, Luo Y, Rossi GP, Polkey MI, Moxham J, Steier J Abstract OBJECTIVES: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves upper airway obstruction in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), who often are overweight-obese. Although it is thought that CPAP improves long-term blood pressure control (BP), the impact of acute and short-term CPAP use on the cardiovascular system in obese patients has not been described in detail. METHODS: Obese patients (body mass index, BMI > 25 kg/m2) with OSA were studied awake, supine during incremental CPAP ti...
Source: Blood Pressure - Category: Hematology Tags: Blood Press Source Type: research
I recently had the opportunity to be the informal medical navigator for a friend with an acute psychiatric crisis. This previously “normal” friend lives alone, is a high-functioning professional and was unable to sleep, to eat, to finish a coherent thought or to carry on his business for several weeks. I was called to help after an embarrassing public meltdown. The first problem was finding a doctor who would deal with the situation. After all, even if patients have a primary care provider (and not all do), this PCP is usually not a psychiatric expert. In general, we want to run in the opposite direction when w...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Emergency Medicine Psychiatry Source Type: blogs
The journalist and author Henry Nicholls has been struggling with several sleep disorders for decades, but for many it ’s just a jokeFor a serious examination of the devastating and incurable disability that isnarcolepsy, Henry Nicholls ’s book,Sleepy Head,is a surprisingly funny account.There is the obvious, if somewhat cruel, humour to be found in stories of people falling asleep in surprising places: in a small boat sailing around theFarne Islands, with the freezing North Sea cascading over the gunwale; while scuba diving; on a rollercoaster; at the dentist ’s; on the back of a horse; on a surfboard. B...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Sleep Sleep apnoea Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Society Source Type: news
Authors: El Salam MAA Abstract Obesity is a highly prevalent non-communicable disease worldwide and is commonly associated with male infertility. Several etiopathological theories have been mentioned in the literature by which obesity affects spermatogenesis, thus affecting the male fertility potential. Mechanisms for explaining the effect of obesity on male infertility include endocrinopathy, increased aromatization activity, associated erectile dysfunction, psychological and thermal effects, obstructive sleep apnea, increased leptin and oxygen free radicals, and associated inflammatory and obstructive elements of...
Source: Oman Medical Journal - Category: Middle East Health Tags: Oman Med J Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 February 2018 Source:Neuron Author(s): Kai-Siang Chen, Min Xu, Zhe Zhang, Wei-Cheng Chang, Thomas Gaj, David V. Schaffer, Yang Dan Rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM (NREM) sleep are controlled by specific neuronal circuits. Here we show that galanin-expressing GABAergic neurons in the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) comprise separate subpopulations with opposing effects on REM versus NREM sleep. Microendoscopic calcium imaging revealed diverse sleep-wake activity of DMH GABAergic neurons, but the galanin-expressing subset falls into two distinct groups, either selectively activ...
Source: Neuron - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusions Although the current results cannot be explained by the extant cognitive theories of insomnia, we offer an alternative explanation based on the idea of worry as mental habit: mental processes that occur frequently (e.g., repetitive thoughts about sleep) require less cognitive resource. Therefore, sleep-related information may be processed easily without consuming much cognitive effort.
Source: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Study into ‘health attacks’ on embassy staff sparks controversy, with some experts claiming situation is being spun for political gainWhen amystery illness rippled through the US embassy in Cuba in late 2016, the diplomatic fallout was rapid.The US slashed the number of people at its Havana mission and expelled 15 Cuban diplomats after at least 24 American staff and family reported a mix of headaches, dizziness, eyesight, hearing, sleep and concentration problems.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Cuba US foreign policy Science Espionage Health Americas US news Psychology Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: Less daytime care by mothers and shorter sleep duration were associated with increased risk of becoming overweight during childhood. Further studies are needed to determine on how the effect of those factors may be diminished with respect to childhood overweight. PMID: 29473766 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Childhood Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Tags: Child Obes Source Type: research
“Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in live and really enjoy it.” – Eileen Caddy When was the last time you recall having fun? Not merely feeling somewhat pleased, but fully enjoying yourself? The truth is we often feel guilty even thinking about having fun, let alone actively engaged in something we consider fun. Yet, there’s good evidence supporting the recommendation to carve out some time to do just that. Here are eight reasons why. You must work, so “Do it well, make it fun.” If you’re not independently wealthy, you must secure gainful employment and bring ho...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Creativity Happiness Memory and Perception Self-Help Stress Fun joy stress reduction Source Type: blogs
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