During cold and flu season, this year especially, there may be times when you’re struggling to get enough sleep. But quality sleep plays an essential role in helping your body get better. Here are some tips that may help you catch a few extra Z’s, even when you’re sick: Use a humidifier. Warm, moist air…

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Many aspects of daily life are affected when sleep quality deteriorates. Sleep impacts physical health, mental health, nutrition, and more. While education around the importance of sleep is improving, it hasn’t been enough to stop people from developing unhealthy habits. A 2018 study showed that 50% of the population is regularly getting less than 6…

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People often associate naps with laziness or with children. But what if we associated them with cognitive function? A new study suggests sleeping in the afternoon may help those over 60 stay mentally sharp. The study, published in the journal General Psychiatry, looked at both physical and cognitive health among 2,214 people over the age…

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Drowsy driving is risky behavior that anyone can participate in without realizing the seriousness of it. Driving while sleepy or fatigued may feel like a necessity for many, such as shift workers or teamsters, but it is not worth the risk. The next time you’re yawning and blinking heavily while behind the wheel, consider the…

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A study recently published in Frontiers in Psychology has found that when comparing sleep, physical activity and diet, sleep has the biggest impact on mental health. The study was conducted through an online survey taken by 1,111 young adults ages 18-25. According to the study, sleep quality is the strongest predictor of both depressive symptoms…

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A recent report from CNN, citing studies published by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, suggested that consistent, healthy sleep may lead to increased efficacy of the influenza vaccine. Dr. Jyoti Matta, M.D., Director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at Jersey City Medical Center says that…

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A recent study suggests that sleep deficiency may be an underlying contributor to poor mental health in physicians. The consequences of shift work, night call and competing demands make sleep deficiency common among healthcare professionals. This can heavily impact their overall quality of life if left unchecked. More than half of US physicians report burnout,…

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A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found that flu patients are 5-times less likely to require hospitalization if they adhere to CPAP therapy. According to the study, “In comparing odds of hospitalization from influenza infections, patients conservatively treated without CPAP or nonadherent to CPAP therapy were at a nearly…

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“Gaining” an hour of sleep in the fall may feel better than “losing” an hour of sleep in the spring, but your body will still need time to adjust to a different schedule. After the clocks “fall back”, you may find yourself waking up earlier due to the extra daylight in the morning. This is…

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Seniors adjusting to a nursing home may find their usual sleep habits disrupted. But what seems like a minor inconvenience, can actually lead to bigger health issues. Especially if left unchecked. The NIH describes, “Some of the consequences of poor sleep, such as irritability, poor concentration and memory, slower reaction time, decreased performance may all…

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