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Sleep apnea linked to diabetes

A growing number of studies are revealing the link between sleep deprivation and Type 2 Diabetes.  In particular, people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are at an increased risk of developing diabetes. In fact, it is estimated that 40% of people with OSA will develop diabetes at some point. Obstructive sleep apnea is a treatable

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Air pollution linked to sleep-disordered breathing

A new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Women’s Hospital has discovered a link between air pollution and breathing-related disruptions during sleep. Analyzing data from 3000 people, the researchers found that incidents of sleep apnea and low levels of oxygen during sleep rose as the temperature increased during all seasons

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Regular aerobic exercise improves insomnia symptoms

Historically, exercise has been the daytime behavior most closely associated with better sleep. New research shows that aerobic exercise may be a promising solution to insomnia, especially for middle-aged and older adults. Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep, and is most common among women. About 50

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Better Sleep May Assist Weight Loss Resolutions

Do yourself a favour this year and add “sleep” to your list of New Year’s Resolutions. Sleep deprivation has become a widespread problem – while it is sometimes the result of an underlying disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, it is also a consequence our 24/7 culture which often puts sleep on the back-burner. If

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Don’t let technology interfere with sleep

Long gone are the days of reading a book before bedtime. Increasingly, people are turning to electronic devices before turning off the lights. In fact, a recent survey completed in the U.K. found than that over seventy percent of adults admitted they spend time in their bed updating social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter.) These devices,

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Get to sleep and stave off a common cold

It’s that time of year again – family, friends and coworkers are sick with a cold. While you may think that catching a cold is inevitable, especially when people all around you are sick, research suggests that quality sleep may help to protect you. The common cold is a well-known illness characterized by sneezing, scratchy

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Tips for healthy sleep during pregnancy

According to a National Sleep Foundation study, over three-quarters of women experience greater sleep disruption during pregnancy. Sleep problems arise from both physical changes, such as changing hormone levels, as well as emotional anxiety about what is to come. Treatment of sleep problems during pregnancy is complicated by the fact that the use of drug

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Newsworthy advice to help you sleep more soundly

Sleep deprivation is becoming a public issue. Did you know that the average national sleep duration has declined by two hours per night since the sixties? And those of us who aren’t getting enough sleep are also at a much higher risk of developing obesity and type II diabetes. On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Global

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The truth about alcohol and sleep

Many people use alcohol as a sleep-promoting sedative and find that consuming a moderate amount of beverage alcohol before bedtime helps them to fall asleep. Alcohol does have a sedating effect, and it is likely to reduce sleep latency in healthy adults (i.e, the time required to fall asleep.) However, studies have found that alcohol

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Don’t let Restless Legs Syndrome go unrecognized or misdiagnosed

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a common disorder which affects approximately 10% of the population. Considered a neurological sensorimotor disorder, RLS is characterized by uncomfortable, tingling sensations in the legs that are relieved by movement. Because these sensations tend to intensify with inactivity, RLS frequently interferes with sleep. RLS is hereditary, and may affect anyone,

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