April 28, 1997 |
The government is organizing a television blitz to warn Americans who gulp hormone pills to restore their youth and strength that they could be flirting disastrously with high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. The heavily promoted "miracle" compounds--melatonin and DHEA--promise to eliminate sleepless nights, stave off the ravages of time and give a 50-year-old couch potato the sexual performance of a 20-year-old.
August 28, 2012 |
There are many ways to slide into a good night's sleep -- here, we're concerned with just one of them: reading. And if you take to bed with a good book on your tablet, like the man above, you're doing it wrong. That's according to a new study -- a teeny, tiny study -- at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center. RPI found that looking at a backlit screen, like those on iPads and other tablets, can lead to sleeplessness. “Our study shows that a two-hour exposure to light from self-luminous electronic displays can suppress melatonin by about 22 percent," said Mariana Figueiro, the lead researcher. “Stimulating the human circadian system to this level may affect sleep in those using the devices prior to bedtime.” In the study, 13 subjects read, watched videos and played games on tablets with backlit displays for two hours.
August 1, 2013 |
Do you stay up late and wake up groggy? Then consider getting a tent and a sleeping bag. A week of camping may help reset your body's internal clock, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder recently took eight people on a weeklong camping trip in the Rocky Mountains to see what would happen to their sleep cycle if they were exposed to nothing but natural light for seven days. Campers were told to leave flashlights, cellphones and other light emitting electronics at home. Nighttime campfires were permitted.
October 22, 1998 |
John Glenn has been dropped from an experiment to test effects of the hormone melatonin on sleep in space, officials said. The test of melatonin, which is linked to sleep, is among three objectives in a sleep-disorder study that involves Glenn and another crew member in a space shuttle flight to be launched next week. The 77-year-old astronaut will continue with the other elements of the sleep study and will conduct about 10 experiments in orbit, officials said Wednesday. Dr. Charles A.
January 20, 2003 |
Half of all Americans experience occasional or chronic sleep problems, leading to recent research on the role of the hormone melatonin in the body's sleep cycles -- and consumer demand for synthetic melatonin supplements. But many unknowns remain about their use. Uses: Primarily to fight insomnia or jet lag, but studies on its effectiveness have been mixed. Dose: Experts typically recommend a low dose (0.1 to 0.3 milligrams), with increases as needed.
July 27, 2010
Extended hours of daylight in the spring lead to later bedtimes for teens, causing them to be sleepier in the morning, researchers reported Tuesday. The conclusion might seem obvious, but the researchers from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., have provided a biological basis for the finding. They conclude that delays in melatonin production by the teens' bodies leads to the later bedtimes. Melatonin is the naturally occurring hormone that regulates sleep on a 24-hour cycle.
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February 19, 1998
The month of your birth may determine how tall you are, according to Austrian researchers. A survey they conducted on more than 507,000 Austrian soldiers showed that men born in the spring tend to be taller than those born in the autumn, but they had no explanation yet why that was the case. The researchers compared the heights of the soldiers measured by the Austrian Federal Army throughout a full year, and reported in Nature that they varied periodically by about 0.
April 26, 1999 |
Sleep is kind of a theme this week in Health--check out Media Mix on this page for information on books simply stuffed with sleepy facts. Still, we bet that nowhere among all those many pages will you find this novel tip for a more restful night: Forget all that behavior modification and melatonin stuff. Just cover yourself with important-looking electrodes. The downside: You might have to rent a rocket ship to sleep in.
August 16, 1998 |
Trips can be rough on the body, and travelers often complain about gastrointestinal problems, motion sickness and sleep disturbances. The search for relief may lead them to sleeping pills, caffeine, alcohol or over-the-counter medications that can make them feel worse. But herbal medicine experts suggest turning to the produce section or the health-food shelves to find surprisingly simple remedies for travel-related ailments.
October 1, 2007 |
Spicy or greasy foods, onions, chocolate -- all can take a painful, post-meal toll in the form of heartburn or acid indigestion. When these problems occur often, as they do for millions of Americans, they become known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Whether the discomfort is occasional or chronic, choosing food and drink more carefully can ease the symptoms. So too, perhaps, can a supplement most commonly associated with sleep. At the root of the problem is a bit of faulty plumbing.