sleep apnea

Say No to a Nightcap: It’s Bad for Your Sleep

Posted on 01/28/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA nightcap before bed may help you fall asleep more quickly, but it can also disrupt your sleep later in the night and worsen snoring, new research finds. Sleep researchers analyzed 20 previously published studies on the effects of alcohol on sleep. The studies included more than 500 healthy people who drank low, moderate or high amounts of alcohol before undergoing testing as they slumbered in a sleep lab, reported NBC News. What the researchers found was that drinking alcohol …

Sleep and Stroke: Daytime Dozing Linked To Higher Risk

Posted on 08/16/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you typically nod off during the day? For older adults, that could be a sign of increased risk of stroke, a new study shows. Older adults in their 70s who unintentionally doze off during daytime activities  — for example, while reading, watching TV, sitting in a public place, or riding in a car or bus — have a three times greater risk of stroke than less sleepy seniors, New York and Florida researchers found. While problems like sleep apnea, …

Sleep Less Than 6 Hours Nightly? It Could Hike Your Stroke Risk

Posted on 06/12/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow many hours of sleep do you normally get each night? If it’s less than six, you could be significantly boosting your stroke risk. A new study found that among employed adults age 45 and older who were otherwise healthy and of normal weight, getting too little shut-eye appeared to more than quadruple their risk of stroke symptoms, reports The study, presented Monday at SLEEP 2012, the annual meeting of the nation’s sleep experts, followed 5,666 older adults for …

Depressed? It Could Be Due To Sleep Apnea

Posted on 04/3/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSnore. Snort. Gasp. Repeat. That’s basically what happens to people with sleep apnea. Their breathing while they sleep is briefly stopped — lasting seconds to a minute — which contributes to snoring, daytime fatigue, inability to concentrate, restless sleep and, according to a new federal study, major depression. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed nearly 10,000 American adults. The study, published in the journal Sleep, found that the more frequently people snort or gasp for …

Treating ‘Wake-Up’ Strokes: Clot-Busting Drugs May Help

Posted on 02/1/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThey’re called “wake-up strokes” because you go to bed feeling normal, then wake up with stroke symptoms. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for doctors to determine exactly when the stroke began  – and clot-dissolving drugs have been considered effective only if given within 4 1/2 hours of when a stroke started. But preliminary research shows that clot-busting treatments appear to be safe for wake-up strokes if patients can get to the emergency room quickly, according to a new study presented …

The Takeaway: Sleep Apnea-Dementia Linked; Gambling Addiction; How’s Your Sex Life?

Posted on 08/10/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayIs mom getting a good night’s rest? A new study published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association links dementia in older women to sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing – for a short period – as they sleep. Researchers focused on women, average age 82, with various sleeping disorders, including apnea. They found those women “were much more likely than those with normal sleep habits to develop cognition problems within five years.”