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March 2012

Insomnia may prevent or reduce the risk of PTSD

Apparently, insomnia may reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to researchers at the University of Massachusetts, PTSD can be reduced or even prevented if the individual in question experiences sleep deprivation. The study involved 106 individuals - 68 women and 38 men, all aged between 18 and 30. The [...]

Melatonin may improve sleep in children with autism

In June last year, I reported on research that found children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) had abnormally low levels of the sleep hormone melatonin. Researchers consequently found that administering melatonin supplements increased sleep duration and reduced the amount of time it took for the children to fall asleep. Now, [...]

Improve your sleep quality by getting the right amount of exercise each week

We already know that exercise can relieve insomnia - and now a new, more encompassing study has reached similar conclusions and gives us some more specific advice. According to researchers at Oregon State University, those who get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week sleep significantly [...]

Does trazodone increase the risk of relapse for recovering alcoholics with insomnia?

Sleep difficulties can be common in recovering alcoholics. Consequently, trazodone is frequently prescribed to help improve sleep quality. Unfortunately, it has been suggested that taking trazodone can increase the chances of relapse. To determine whether this drug (also known as Desyrel and Oleptro) can harm alcoholics' chances of recovery, researchers [...]

When insomnia finds you in your hotel room

Perhaps unsurprisingly, insomnia is even more common amongst those who check into hotels (probably due to traveling, crossing timezones and unfamiliar surroundings). So, how do you address hotel insomnia? Well, a USA Today poll asked this question to those who have trouble sleeping when they check into hotels. Their survey found [...]

Some good news for those who take Ambien for their insomnia

A new study has found that those who suffer from primary insomnia (insomnia that is not a symptom of another condition) are unlikely to need higher doses of Ambien over time. The 12 month study wanted to determine whether Ambien was more effective at treating insomnia than a placebo and if [...]