New moms and dads continue to be deprived of sleep a full six years after their children are born, a new study has found. Researchers tracked the long-term sleep patterns of 2,659 new parents from 2008 to 2015 to judge when, if ever, they returned to their normal sleeping patterns. Unsurprisingly, sleep deprivation peaked when [...]
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If sleeping soundly isn’t your strong suit, cutting out caffeine is often the first suggested solution to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. While this certainly seems logical, new research suggests that drinking an energizing cup of coffee or tea during the day actually improves your sleep cycle and helps you stay asleep longer. [...]
The negative health effects of skimping on sleep during the week can’t be reversed by marathon weekend sleep sessions, according to a sobering new study. Researchers have long known that routine sleep deprivation can cause weight gain and increase other health risks, including diabetes. But for those who force themselves out of bed bleary-eyed every [...]
Many college-bound students start out with dreadful sleep habits that are likely to get worse once the rigorous demands of courses and competing social and athletic activities kick in. Attention all you happy high school graduates about to go off to college, as well as the many others returning for another year of higher [...]
Alan Alda has Parkinson's disease. In an appearance on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday, the award-winning actor, best known for his relatable portrayal of Army Capt. "Hawkeye" Pierce in the TV series "M*A*S*H," revealed he was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago. "I've had a full life since then," he said. "I've acted, I've given talks, I [...]
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder is a sleep disorder in which you physically act out vivid, often unpleasant dreams with vocal sounds and sudden, often violent arm and leg movements during REM sleep — sometimes called dream-enacting behavior. You normally don't move during REM sleep, a normal stage of sleep that occurs [...]
DARIEN, IL – A new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) asserts that the school day should begin at 8:30 a.m. or later for middle school and high school students. Data show that later start times provide adolescents the opportunity to get sufficient sleep on school nights, which optimizes daytime [...]
AASM now offering expedited accreditation for sleep facilities impacted by revised Medicare policies
DARIEN, IL – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has created a new program that will expedite accreditation applications for sleep facilities impacted by recent changes to Medicare coverage policies for sleep studies. Earlier this week Medicare contractor Noridian Healthcare Services LLC announced revisions to its local coverage determination (LCD) policy for polysomnography [...]
DARIEN, IL – A new study suggests that the melatonin content of dietary supplements often varies widely from what is listed on the label. Results show that melatonin content did not meet within a 10-percent margin of the label claim in more than 71 percent of supplements, with the actual content ranging from 83 [...]
The AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events, Version 2.4, will be released April 1, 2017. Based on the recommendations of the AASM Scoring Manual Editorial Board, the AASM Board of Directors has approved the following changes in this scoring manual update: A new section on performing calibrations to document appropriate [...]