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Some news to sleep on

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So, you all know that getting too little sleep or not getting enough good quality sleep is related to poorer health outcomes, meaning a higher risk not only of developing lots of chronic illnesses but also of dying prematurely. But it’s also the case that sleeping too many hours is related to higher risks of […]

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Easy way to help your bones

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Osteoporosis (OP) is of course a well-known hazard for women as they age, since OP is associated with a much higher risk of suffering a fracture, nearly always a result of a fall, and fractures of any kind raise the risk of all sorts of other health problems including a life of chronic pain, disability, […]

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Another myth misses the mark

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Everyone knows that exercising at night makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep, right? Well, maybe not. In a very small study of 11 middle-aged healthy male volunteers, researchers found not only that afternoon and evening exercise did not interfere with good quality sleep but also that exercise later in the day actually […]

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Watch Out: Your rug (and your bed) can maim you

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Common sense would tell you that most hip fractures in seniors occur in the winter when people with less mobility and resilience are more likely to fall on slippery – wet or icy – surfaces. But if your common sense tells you that, turns out that your common sense may be wrong, at least according […]

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How to improve your sleep

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An interesting recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry found that a web-based program of cognitive behavioral could improve sleep in some people. There are several weaknesses in this study – online registration, self-reporting, large drop-out rate – but still, the results are encouraging in that insomnia is very prevalent and there are simply not enough […]

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Watch Out: Your Ipad may be ruining your sleep

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We all do it – read computers, laptops, notepads, cellular phones before trying to sleep – even though we know we shouldn’t because many studies have implicated the blue light emitted by such gadgets as interfering with sleep – harder to fall asleep, waking more often, waking early, etc. So you will all probably ignore […]

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Watch out: Sleeping too much may lead to nightmares

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A survey of 850 people published in the New Scientist concludes that as one would expect, worrying too much is linked to a higher rate of nightmares (or as my awake-at-2 AM wife now calls them, Trumpmares). But surprisingly, at least among the people in this survey, sleeping more than 9 hours a night also […]