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Lack of Sleep Could Reduce Testosterone

Some effects of sleep deprivation are immediately obvious—like fatigue, difficulty focusing, reduced productivity, and increased appetite. Lack of sleep can also have much broader effects on the body—like the reduction of testosterone levels in men. A study conducted from 2003-2009 revealed that sleep deprivation decreased testosterone levels up to 15 percent among male study participants. […]

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The Army Takes a Step Toward Better Sleep

When you’ve had a late night or a tough time sleeping, it’s easy to feel the effects of sleep deprivation at work the next day. It’s hard to focus and you feel like you’re unable to give 100 percent to the task at hand. Soldiers have stressful jobs with odd hours and in tough working […]

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Living Closer to Nature Could Improve Your Quality of Sleep

Taking a brisk walk outside can be so refreshing—especially in the fall when the leaves light up the skyline with bright yellows, reds and oranges. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to regularly walk in the woods thanks to easy access to the numerous parks and greenways near my home. A new study discovered […]

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How Veterans Can Win the Battle Against Sleep Disorders

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the more commonly known conditions that veterans struggle with upon returning from war. Between 11 and 20 percent of veterans that served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Understandably, many veterans also battle sleep disorders like insomnia […]

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Sleep Your Way to a Healthy Heart

I’m a firm believer in the three pillars of health—exercise, diet and sleep. Doctors often emphasize regular exercise and a balanced diet for a happy ticker, and a recent study reinforced that sleep is also a very important part of the formula for a healthy heart. The study tracked 657 men aged 25 to 64 […]

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Tackling Sleep Problems Caused by ADHD

Sometimes I’ll lie awake at night with the stress of the day washing over me. It can be hard to compartmentalize my thoughts and concerns and ease into sleep. For adults with ADHD, trouble falling asleep can be a regular issue because their mind is racing or they’re experiencing adverse affects from ADHD medication. Children […]

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Snoring and the Separate Beds Trend

Do you remember Lucy and Ricky sleeping in separate twin beds in the show “I Love Lucy”? Most think the reason was to convey a sense of propriety, but my theory behind the separate beds is that Ricky was a chronic snorer! You’d be surprised to learn how many couples still sleep in separate beds […]

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Cutting Wait Times for Veterans in Need of Sleep Consultations

Veterans have the benefit of access to Veterans Affairs medical offices, but oftentimes, they face the challenge of waiting a long time for an appointment. There’s also a geographical barrier – a VA office might not be conveniently located or it could be difficult to access, depending on where you live. The Veterans Choice Program […]

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Use of Anticholinergic Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

A recent study shows that regular use of anticholinergic drugs is linked to a greater risk of developing dementia. The surprising finding in this study is that these drugs could increase dementia risk even when taken in low doses on a regular basis. The study followed 3,500 men and women ages 65 and older as […]

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Sleep Deprivation Impacts Women More Than Men

We know that lack of sleep affects our health immediately in a lot of visible ways—we struggle to focus, our appetite increases, and we feel lethargic. Chronic lack of sleep has more serious effects and new research shows that sleep loss affects women more than men. Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered that women […]

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