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Study suggests higher levels of omega-3 in diet are associated with better sleep

Posted March 7, 2014

A randomised placebo-controlled study by the University of Oxford suggests that higher levels of omega-3 DHA, the group of long-chain fatty acids found in algae and seafood, are associated with better sleep.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can reduce health care utilization and costs

Posted February 16, 2014

A new study is the first to show decreases in health care utilization and costs following brief treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI). Results show that sleep improved in 86 percent of insomnia patients who completed at least three sessions of CBTI. In the six months following treatment, health care utilization decreased and health care-related costs were reduced by more than $200 on average among treatment completers.

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3 Natural Sleep Aid Steps You Should Perform Before Reaching for a Pill

Posted February 4, 2014

The overprescribing and resulting dependence on sleeping pills has become a serious problem in the U.S. A recent report tells us that lack of sleep can actually do serious damage to your brain. In fact, research shows that chronic insomnia can lead to death. Therefore, while a good night’s rest is a health-must, reaching for a sleeping pill may not be necessary if you perform these 3 natural sleep aid steps.

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Acupuncture in the Treatment of Primary Insomnia

Posted November 21, 2013

In a six-week, double-dummy, single-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 180 patients with primary insomnia who were divided into three groups – a) verum acupuncture plus placebo; b) estazolam (an oral benzodiazepene) plus sham acupuncture; c) sham acupuncture plus placebo – verum acupuncture was found to be more effective in increasing sleep quality and daytime functioning, as compared to sham acupuncture and as compared to estazolam.

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Study: Late Afternoon and Early Evening Caffeine Can Disrupt Sleep at Night

Posted November 18, 2013

A new study shows that caffeine consumption even six hours before bedtime can have significant, disruptive effects on sleep.

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Researcher offers parents practical ways to improve sleep without turning to drugs

Posted October 18, 2013

Good night, sleep tight! It’s something many parents say to their kids every evening. But very few people always find it easy to get a good night’s rest, according to a sleep and pain expert at the University of Alberta.

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Defeat insomnia and sleep easy with these top foods

Posted October 14, 2013

Poor sleep isn’t only a nuisance, it’s also dangerous for health. Currently, over 50 million Americans suffer from the condition, with women three times more susceptible than men. When we are sleep deprived, the risk of diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease increase, immunity falters and our waistlines expand. As anyone who has suffered from insomnia knows, lack of decent shut-eye creates mayhem in personal and professional lives, while also jeopardizing ultimate well-being.

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Too much or too little sleep linked to chronic diseases

Posted October 8, 2013

A new study shows that too much or too little sleep puts those 45 years and older at an increased risk for developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and anxiety.
Too much sleep is 10 hours or more, and too little sleep is 6 hours, according to the study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the October issue of the journal SLEEP.

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Study: Sleep Deprivation Linked to Junk Food Cravings

Posted August 7, 2013

A sleepless night makes us more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables, suggests a new study from UC Berkeley that examines the brain regions that control food choices. The findings shed new light on the link between poor sleep and obesity.

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Not Sleeping? Check Your Diet for These Missing Nutrients

Posted August 1, 2013

People who get insufficient sleep are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality and reduced quality of life and productivity. It is estimated that 50-70 million American adults suffer from a sleep disorder.

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