Taking Tylenol while pregnant increases ADHD risk for kids: study

Taking Tylenol while pregnant increases ADHD risk for kids: study

Women who take painkillers could be increasing their baby’s odds for developing attention disorders and sleeping problems, a new study suggests. Using data from the First Baby Study in Pennsylvania, researchers from Penn State University looked at the effects that acetaminophen—sold under the brand name Tylenol—had on the babies of women who took the drug … Read more

Melatonin should be avoided in kids unless prescribed: experts

Melatonin should be avoided in kids unless prescribed: experts

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is urging parents to consult a health care professional before starting their child on melatonin, according to a recent health advisory. “While melatonin can be useful in treating certain sleep-wake disorders, like jet lag, there is much less evidence it can help healthy children or adults fall asleep … Read more

Sleep loss harms immune genes, triggers inflammation, study says

Sleep loss harms immune genes, triggers inflammation, study says

CNN — Chronic sleep deprivation in a small group of healthy adults increased production of immune cells linked to inflammation while also altering the immune cells’ DNA, a new study found. “Not only were the number of immune cells elevated, but they may be wired and programmed in a different way at the end of … Read more

The Surprising Link Between Bedtime and Dementia

The Surprising Link Between Bedtime and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease, a common form of dementia, is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the US. New research indicates that time spent in bed and bedtime may impact dementia risk. Those aged 60-74 were most affected. Previous research also highlighted the role of sleep quality in memory and dementia. Sleep can … Read more

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep supports immune function, study shows

Getting a consistent good night's sleep supports immune function, study shows

Getting a consistent good night’s sleep supports normal production and programming of hematopoietic stem cells, a building block of the body’s innate immune system, according to a small National Institutes of Health-supported study in humans and mice. Sleep has long been linked to immune function, but researchers discovered that getting enough of it influenced the … Read more

Simple Breathing Technique Eases Anxiety and Helps You Sleep

A tried-and-true breathing exercise has its roots in ancient yoga practice but was first popularized in the Western world by integrative medicine specialist Dr. Andrew Weil in 2015. It’s a simple technique called the “relaxing breath.” By inhaling through your nose to the count of 4, holding that breath for 7 counts, and then exhaling … Read more

Night owls have higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, study says

Night owls have higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, study says

Sign up for the Sleep, But Better newsletter series. Our seven-part guide has helpful hints to achieve better sleep. CNN — If you prefer to go to bed and get up later – a sleep chronotype known as being a night owl – you may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes and heart … Read more

Does Your Partner Snore? Try These 9 Tips To Get Some Sleep

Does Your Partner Snore?  Try These 9 Tips To Get Some Sleep

Trying to sleep next to a partner who is sawing logs all night long can test your sanity — and your relationship, too. When sleep is interrupted, your bond with your partner suffers, too. A 2013 study from the University of California, Berkeley, found that couples have more frequent and serious conflicts after a bad … Read more

Doing this one thing before bed can help you get a better night’s sleep

Doing this one thing before bed can help you get a better night's sleep

Including a shower in your bedtime routine can help you sleep a little easier, according to one expert. Sleep specialist Olivia Arezzolo, author of Bear, Lion, Wolfsaid that the COVID pandemic caused the average person’s sleep to get worse, with people spending hundreds each year on supplements to improve their rest. “It’s a continuing spiral … Read more