Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

Women, older people and those with lower incomes are more likely to use sleep medications, study finds, despite potential health harms

CNN — Millions of Americans say they regularly turn to medication to help them fall asleep or stay asleep, a practice that experts say can be dangerous to their health. A new study found that roughly 8 percent of U.S. adults report taking sleep medication every day or most days, with use more common among … Read more

A study investigated the use of wearable technology to assess trauma-related symptoms

Decreased 24-h variability in activity and changes in both measures of resting activity and total sleep transitions were associated with changes in markers of pain and its persistence over time, in sleep patterns, and in post-examination anxiety symptoms. collected data on biomarkers of recovery and exposure to traumatic stress using wrist-worn technology. These new study … Read more

Researchers investigate the impact of gamification on the effectiveness of digital health interventions

Adequate sleep and physical activity help alleviate several health conditions, such as obesity, depression and cardiovascular disease. In most cases, however, the recommended amount of sleep and physical activity is not achieved. A previous report based in the United States showed that more than a third of American adults do not get the recommended seven … Read more

Stop listening to sleep experts

It’s the dream an essential part of our biology. Not getting enough of it hurts our decision-making skills, our reasoning, even our social interactions. However, sleep has recently become another aspect of our lives that causes endless anxiety instead of bringing pleasure. We’ve become obsessed with getting the perfect night’s sleep. As a result, many … Read more

Wage instability associated with worse physical health symptoms

Gig workers, waiters, salespeople and others who rely on variable income may be paying for wage volatility with their health, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In three studies spanning several US industries, workers who had more variable pay reported worse physical health symptoms, including poor sleep quality, headaches, stomach problems and … Read more

Poor sleep increases migraine-related pain and mental health burden

For migraine sufferers, poor sleep quality contributes to an increased risk of migraine and migraine pain, as well as reduced quality of life and mental health. Migraine has been shown to significantly reduce HRQOL and have significant effects on activities of daily living, direct medical costs, and prevalence of comorbidities. Early detection of factors strongly … Read more

Incorporating sleep health into cardiovascular health outcomes may predict CVD risk

According to a new study published in Journal of the American Heart Association. Healthy sleep is not included in the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (AHA) CVD prevention guidelines, although sleep is considered 1 of the 3 pillars of health. The researchers of the current study investigated whether adding sound sleep to the AHA … Read more

Sleep may be as important to heart health as diet and physical activity, research suggests

Sign up for CNN’s Sleep, But Better newsletter series. Our seven-part guide contains useful tips for achieving better sleep. CNN — If you want to keep your heart healthy, add a good night’s rest to your to-do list, says a new study. Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer, according to the US Centers … Read more