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Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Pre-Deployment Insomnia Increases PTSD Risks for Soldiers

    PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder), is an anxiety disorder that can develop in those who are exposed to one or more traumatic events. It is of high concern to the American military, as war veterans are commonly at risk for PTSD, and tremendous research and effort has been dedicated to identifying risk factors, preventative measures and effective treatments for the debilitating condition. With that in mind, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania collaborated with researchers at the Naval Health Research Center to determine whether pre-existing insomnia symptoms were associated with the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder. They found that service men and women that have self-identified as suffering from symptoms of insomnia prior to deployment are at greater risk for developing PTSD and other mental disorders once they return home, and that the risk posed by insomnia is equivalent to that of having combat exposure. Continue reading

  • Disrupted Sleep Rhythms Linked to Alcoholic Liver Disease

    It is well known that getting enough good quality sleep is an important contributor to good health, but medical science is learning more and more about the negative impact that interrupted sleep has on the body. A recent study conducted by a research team out of Northwestern University and Rush University Medical Center have found that a disruption in the sleep cycle may have provided an answer to an age-old question about alcoholic liver disease. Continue reading

  • Exercise is a Long Road to Sleep

    Report after report coming out of the area of sleep science has broadcast the good news that all that is needed to get yourself out of a sleepless cycle and give yourself high quality, restful sleep is to get into the habit of exercising regularly, and those reports are true. But according to a new report out of Northwestern Medicine research, you can’t expect that jumping on an exercise bicycle is going to magically have you sleeping like a baby right off the bat.  Continue reading

  • Study Minimizes Benefit of Drugs to Help Shift Workers Adjust

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the year 2004, roughly fifteen percent of the American workforce was earning a living by working on the night shift. This type of work may be lucrative, but it is also extremely difficult on the body and on the social lives of those who do it.  Staying awake during the shift is difficult, and though falling asleep after work is generally not a problem it can be difficult for them to stay asleep. Shift workers often miss social events, time with their family, important meetings or activities that their children are involved in, and more. Continue reading

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