Sleep Medicine

Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

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Lack of sleep may be one reason for the increase in diabetes in the United States.

Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

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Melatonin has few side effects and could be a good alternative for those suffering from insomnia.

Using caffeine to promote alertness

Using caffeine to promote alertness

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If used appropriately, caffeine can help medical personnel stay alert throughout the day.

Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

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Patients who experience nocturia, or frequent urination during the night, may have increased mortality rates.

A true confession – or maybe not

A true confession – or maybe not

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Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, decreased cognitive function, and anxiety.

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for widespread obstructive sleep apnea screening

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for widespread obstructive sleep apnea screening

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The USPSTF gave existing evidence an "I" recommendation.

Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

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Hyperarousal is linked to an increased likelihood of a patient using prescription sleep aids.

Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

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When patients don't get enough sleep, lipid levels in their blood may make it more difficult for them resist overeating.

Insufficient sleep may increase risky behavior in teens

Insufficient sleep may increase risky behavior in teens

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Teens who have insufficient sleep are more likely to engage in risky behavior, including drunk driving.

Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

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Patients who are sedentary, obese, or smokers have an increased risk of developing restless leg syndrome.

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Young adults with sleep problems have increased risks of developing chronic pain and experiencing worsening in pain severity.

Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

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Understanding the link between vitamin D deficiency and obstructive sleep apnea can be challenging.

Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

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Although people who sleepwalk may injure themselves, they often do not feel pain until they are awake.

How food can affect your sleep

How food can affect your sleep

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A new study found that dietary intake of fiber, saturated fats, and carbohydrates can influence sleep quality.

Understanding the Mallampati score

Understanding the Mallampati score

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The Mallampati score is a simple, quick test that can be a good predictor of obstructive sleep apnea.

Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

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A growing number of adults in the United States are not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

The other signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

The other signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

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Look for symptoms like headaches, daytime sleepiness, and forgetfulness when diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.

Insomnia—Using 
natural modalities and OTC treatments

Insomnia—Using 
natural modalities and OTC treatments

Insomnia can be treated via nonprescription medications and modalities.

When life imitates art: Gaslighting in the bedroom

When life imitates art: Gaslighting in the bedroom

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In sleep studies, a partner's report of the patient's symptoms can be invaluable, but what if they're lying?

Unexplained weight gain? Consider sleep-related eating disorders

Unexplained weight gain? Consider sleep-related eating disorders

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For patients who are gaining weight seemingly without cause, consider sleep-related eating disorders for a diagnosis.

Reduce the risk of catching a cold by sleeping

Reduce the risk of catching a cold by sleeping

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Getting more than 7 hours of sleep each night may reduce the risk of contracting the rhinovirus.

Weight loss is important in improving daytime sleepiness

Weight loss is important in improving daytime sleepiness

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If a patient is experiencing fatigue, consider exercise and weight loss to help decrease their symptoms.

Long naps, daytime sleepiness may increase type 2 diabetes risk

Long naps, daytime sleepiness may increase type 2 diabetes risk

Daytime sleepiness and long naps may be associated with significantly increased risks of developing type 2 diabetes.

Inadequate sleep increases risk for common cold

Inadequate sleep increases risk for common cold

People who get six hours of sleep have a 4.2 times risk of catching a cold compared with people who get seven hours of sleep a night.

More sleep can help your waistline

More sleep can help your waistline

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Encouraging patients to get more sleep each night may help them lose weight.

Vitamin D and improved sleep in African-Americans

Vitamin D and improved sleep in African-Americans

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Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels may benefit sleep and cardiovascular health in African-American patients.

Are smartphone apps helpful for sleep?

Are smartphone apps helpful for sleep?

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The use of sleep apps is growing among patients, but the data they provide may not be reliable.

Hops: More than just a beer ingredient

Hops: More than just a beer ingredient

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Hops can be used as a sedative in place of more dangerous substances like benzodiazepines.

Helping patients get enough sleep

Helping patients get enough sleep

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Teaching patients to practice good sleep hygiene can help them get the correct amount of sleep.

Is sleeping with a partner helpful or hurtful?

Is sleeping with a partner helpful or hurtful?

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A study showed that sleep coregulation can occur in close, romantic relationships.

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