Why Is It So Hard for Women to Get Some Sleep?

Why do women in their 50s find it so hard to get a good night’s sleep? According to the first such study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), middle-aged women are the most likely to use sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta and similar medications. Also having a tough time sleeping – adults 80 or older. Overall, nearly 9 million Americans rely on prescription pills to get to sleep each night, the study found. Related: Is a Cold Mattress …

Hot Sauce to Cold Caps: 5 Things You Should Know

Five health news stories from the past week you should know about:   1. Do you cook with hot sauce? Be careful which brand you choose. A new study by University of Nevada Las Vegas of 25 imported brands found four from Mexico with high levels of lead. The brands include El Pato Salsa Picante, Castilo Salsa Habanera, Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero and Bufalo Salsa Clasica, reports NBC News. Lead can affect the body’s organs and is especially risky for …

Eat to Sleep: Which Foods Help Your Zzz’s?

Does what you eat affect how well you sleep? The answer appears to be yes, and we’re not just talking about midnight snacking. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that a more varied diet – including five nutrients in particular – could improve people’s sleep. The research was published online in May in the journal Appetite. The researchers were interested in the diet-sleep link because too little sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive …

Annoying? Unnecessary? Waking Patients for Vitals

Ask anyone who’s spent time in a hospital: One of the most annoying things is how the nurses wake you during the night to check your vital signs. Wouldn’t it be better for our health to let us sleep? Yes, says a new study, confirming what patients have groused about since 1893, when this practice first started. According to research published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, low-risk patients may heal faster and have a better attitude during …