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Insomnia (news articles below)

How much sleep do we need? Most adults need between seven and eight hours’ sleep each night, although we’re all different. Some people find they can manage on just three hours. The amount we need reduces as we age. The elderly, therefore, need less sleep and often find their night’s sleep is broken, especially if they’ve taken a nap during the day.   Remedies There are many remedies for sleep problems, some more effective than others. The most important thing is to have a good bedtime routine, as this helps to prepare the mind for sleep. Other things you might like to try include:
    • Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, whether you’re tired or not.
 
    • Making sure the environment is right for sleep. Your bedroom should be the right temperature and not too noisy. Don’t have a television in the bedroom.
 
    • Getting some moderate exercise each day, such as swimming or walking.
 
    • Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine in tea and coffee before going to bed. Try a milky drink instead.
 
    • Avoiding too much alcohol. This induces unnatural sleep, so although you may fall asleep easily, you’ll almost certainly wake up during the night.
 
    • Not eating or drinking a lot late at night – keep supper to the first half of the evening. (An American study looked at what sort of foods people used to get them off to sleep. They found that foods said to increase levels of the brain chemical serotonin might help. The most effective was banana muffins.)
 
  • Trying relaxation techniques before going to bed, such as yoga, hypnosis or simply listening to music.
If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up again and do something relaxing such as reading or watching television. Some complementary therapies and medicines may also help with insomnia. If your sleep problem persists, see your doctor. He or she may be able to refer you to a local sleep disorder clinic, which will investigate your problem in depth, although there may be a long waiting list.   This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in August 2005. First published in November 1997.  

Insomnia News:

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MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. (> required at line 44, column 34) Brain structure examined in mood disorder research (New Haven Register) – NEW HAVEN ? The size of a small part of the brain that apparently plays a big role in memory and mood disorders is influenced by variations in a blood-vessel gene, Yale researchers have found, suggesting new ways to understand and treat depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. My Pharmiweb.com (PharmiWeb) – EPG Health Media, developers of e-communication and clinical information solutions, today announced the launch of a new interactive Insomnia Knowledge Centre within its web-based physician education and reference resource www.epgonline.org. New sleep lab to benefit shift-workers (News-Medical-Net) – Two specialist laboratories opening night at the University of Sydney will shed light on the impact of sleep and circadian disruption in medical disorders and shift-workers, and the neurobiological mechanisms underlying substance abuse and depression. Dynamic Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients and Their Partners The Practical Advantages of Using a Psychodynamic Approach (Psychiatric Times) – The estimated number of patients with cancer in this country is 10.5 million. A pain that can’t be seen (The Lafayette Daily Advertiser) – Rose Ann Evans and Della Pressler don’t look sick. Their blood tests are normal. Their X-rays don’t reveal anything out of the ordinary. Inquiry reveals soldier was thought suicidal – Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports – Army … (Army Times) – CODY, Wyo. ? Lovell police and an Army sergeant worked unsuccessfully last year to persuade a suicidal soldier to return to his base in North Carolina, fearing that he might harm himself or others. One week later, the soldier killed his estranged wife and himself. US approves Huntington’s therapy (TVNZ) – US health officials have approved the first drug aimed at easing symptoms of Huntington’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder that can cause uncontrollable movements. New Data Show Duloxetine Maintained Pain Reduction For More Than Six Months In Patients With Diabetic Peripheral … (Medical News Today) – Duloxetine hydrochloride maintained pain reduction in the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (DPNP) for more than six months,[i] according to new data presented today at the 12th World Congress on Pain in Glasgow, Scotland. Records recount search for suicidal soldier (Casper Star-Tribune) – CODY (Lee News Service) — Lovell police and a U.S. Army sergeant worked unsuccessfully last year to persuade a suicidal soldier to return to his base in North Carolina, fearing he might harm himself or others. One week later, the soldier killed his estranged wife and himself. Hearing Loss, Lack Of Sleep Impair Back-To-School Health (Medical News Today) – As the new school year approaches, many parents are preparing their children by buying school supplies, new clothes, and organizing fall sporting events. All content within WomensHealthOnly.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. WomensHealthOnly.com is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of WomensHealthOnly.com website.
 

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