Posts Tagged ‘Sleep disorder’

Can poor sleep increase knee pain?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

It makes sense that pain can interfere with a good night’s sleep, but growing evidence suggests that poor sleep can itself lead to an increase in pain.

It”s like a vicious cycle that researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are trying to understand.

“Understanding this relationship could open up new avenues in pain management through the treatment of sleep disorders,” said Megan Ruiter, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in UAB’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology.

Ruiter is studying the sleep and pain relationship among patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint disease affecting mainly the hands, knees, hips and spine. Pain from this disease is common, though the experience of the pain can widely vary among patients, regardless of how much the disease has progressed.


7 ways to get a good night’s sleep

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

We know that there are many health benefits of getting enough sleep, and that the negative impacts of sleep deprivation can be severe.

But many of us have a tough time actually making it happen by following earlier-to-bed schedules.

People who are night owls and shift workers do have more medical and mental health problems, but it’s not clear if this is just the genetic makeup of night owls or that those who stay up late have these issues, Michael Breus, Ph.D., told the Huffington Post.

A reason, according to him, that works for everyone is early risers get more sunlight and that helps for Vitamin D, and resetting the biological clock.

Breus has suggested seven ways to get to bed earlier tonight and to develop a lasting early-to-bed habit.


Top 10 tips to fight fatigue

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

When your energy levels are low, everything you do becomes a big task. Read on for practical tips to fight fatigue.

If you struggle to make it through the day, avoid a social gathering due to the effort it involves or just feel plain tired day after day; it’s time to step back and rethink what’s bringing you down. Eliminate the things that sap your energy and bring in changes that give your energy levels a boost.

Top 10 tips to fight fatigue

Get some exercise: When you find your energy levels dropping, you could either reach for a chocolate bar or take a ten-minute walk. Opt for the walk, research shows it elevates your mood and energy levels for longer while a sugar boost will increase your energy initially but cause a drop a while later. (more…)

Health and hygiene tips for men

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Hey guys! This one’s for you. As a belated New Year present, we decided to let the cat out of the bag and reveal some secret tips that’ll help you battle the most common health and hygiene woes men suffer from.

So without further ado, here are the secret seven!

7 Health and Hygiene tips every man should follow

1. Is that the sound someone digging a borewell?

Let’s face it, most men snore. Apart from the nuisance value, snoring is related to obesity, which makes the muscles inside the throat lax, thus producing a vibration that comes out as a sound or grunt. In some cases it may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea or OSA. This condition blocks oxygen from going to the brain and could be a cause of a stroke which may be fatal. To reduce snoring, try sleeping on your side instead of your back. If the snoring persists, consult your physician.


Sleep away your diabetes

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Insufficient sleep is one of the outcrops of a fast and furious lifestyle. We talk enormously about changing our eating and exercising enough, but somehow sleeping habits are not so much talked about unless it is related to beauty. The present generation is either working or studying or partying late into the night. Consistent lack of sleep over time can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiac diseases, depression and obesity. Therefore medical researchers are now saying that a good night’s sleep should be appreciated as being equally important as exercising and eating well for good health.

The new born slumbers most of the day. As we age, our sleep requirements reduce. The healthy sleep norm is about 8 hours for an adult and a bit over 9 hours for children.

Why is sleep so important?


Good night’s sleep ‘key to performing well in exams’

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Loss of sleep due to all-night study sessions to prepare for final exams actually work against students striving to perform well, a sleep specialist has claimed.

Dr. Philip Alapat, medical director, Harris Health Sleep Disorders Center, and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, recommends students to instead study throughout the semester, set up study sessions in the evening and get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before exams.

“Memory recall and ability to maintain concentration are much improved when an individual is rested,” Alapat said.

“By preparing early and being able to better recall what you have studied, your ability to perform well on exams is increased,” he said.

While college-aged students ideally should get 8-9 hours of sleep a night, truth is that most generally get much less.


How to beat insomnia for good without pills

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Poor sleep, which can make a misery for those who suffer from it, can be overcome by following a simple set of tips, experts have claimed.

Evidence shows that insomniacs report low energy levels, mood swings, less productivity at work, relationship difficulties, and persistent poor sleep can even increase the risk of developing conditions including diabetes, depression, high blood pressure and strokes.

According to Research at the University of British Columbia, every hour of sleep lost at night may cost us one IQ point the following day, and it is often a long-term issue – a quarter of people with insomnia have suffered from it for more than 10 years.

To deal with their sleep problems without pills, most people focus first on what Colin Espie, professor of clinical psychology and director of the University of Glasgow Sleep Centre, calls “sleep hygiene” – our pre-bed routine, and the physical environment in which we try to sleep.


Liver`s role vital in regulating body clock

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Jet setters, shift workers and even obese people stand to gain from a key discovery about the liver playing a vital role in managing the body`s internal or circadian clock.

Chris Liddle, professor from the Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney, identified the crucial role such circadian receptors play in regulating fat metabolism, with a bearing on diet, nutrition, digestion and energy expenditure.

Night shift sleep disturbance: An ayurveda view

`When you fly overseas, not only do you wake up in the middle of the night, you probably notice you want to eat in the middle of the night, and that during the day you have reduced energy. The liver is a key player in the regulation of energy and we now understand quite a bit more how liver genes `clock in` to the circadian cycle,` said Liddle, the journal Nature reports.


Most corporate employees suffer from sleep disorder

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Due to demanding schedules and high stress levels, nearly 78% of the corporate employees sleep less than 6 hours on a daily basis which leads to sleep disorders amongst them, according to a recent survey conducted by ASSOCHAM on the occasion of `World Health Day`.

While releasing the ASSOCHAM survey its Secretary General, D S Rawat said, `Loss of sleep has wide ranging effects including daytime fatigue, physical discomfort, psychological stress, performance deterioration, low-pain threshold and increase absenteeism`.

The survey also shows that women experience more sleep problems than men. More than half of women said they frequently experience a sleep problem.

Around 55 per cent of the survey respondents fall under the age bracket of 20-29 years, followed by 30-39 years (26 per cent), 40-49 years (16 per cent), 50-59 years (2 per cent) and 60-69 years (approximately 1 per cent).


Less sleep may lead to weight gain

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

People who don`t get enough sleep may also eat too much and thus be more likely to become obese, a new study reveals.

This study also found that those who slept less didn`t burn additional calories.

`We tested whether lack of sleep altered the levels of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, increased the amount of food people ate, and affected energy burned through activity,` said Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., study author and professor of medicine and cardiovascular disease at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.. Leptin and ghrelin are associated with appetite.

The researchers studied 17 normal, healthy young men and women for eight nights, with half of the participants sleeping normally and half sleeping only two-thirds their normal time.

Participants ate as much as they wanted during the study.


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