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Here's A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You

If you <i>don't</i> snooze, you lose. Skimping on sleep can wreak havoc from head to toe. In fact, one study published last year showed that just one week of sleeping fewer than six hours a night resulted in changes to more than 700 genes. That's alarming news, considering nearly half of Americans don't …

What Is It About Sleep Apnea That Seems To Predict Heart Risks?

It's well-established that obstructive sleep apnea is linked with increased heart risks. But now, a new study teases apart what exactly it is <i>about</i> the sleep disorder, characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep leading to disrupted sleep, that seems to predict these cardiovascular …

Stroke That Affects Brainstem May Raise Risk Of Sleep Apnea

People who have had a stroke that affects the brainstem may be more likely to experience sleep apnea, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor found that the prevalence of sleep apnea is higher among people who have experienced stroke affecting the brainstem, …

Lose Weight, Lose Sleep Apnea?

Losing weight -- and keeping it off -- could help sleep apnea from getting worse and could even reverse it, a small new study suggests.<p>Researchers from Finland found that maintaining weight loss of as little as 5 percent is associated with improvement in obstructive sleep apnea, which is a sleep …

How dangerous is sleep deprivation, really?

Everyone has a night here or there where sufficient sleep just doesn't happen. (Just ask anyone who's ever been to Vegas... or cared for a newborn.) But a lot of people miss out on getting significant shut-eye on a regular basis. In fact, about one in five American adults are sleep deprived.<p><b>The</b> …

Study finds sleep apnea may increase risk of pneumonia – but that’s just one of many health-related consequences

All individuals with sleep apnea may be at an increased risk for pneumonia, according to new research.<p>Until now, most of the research on sleep apnea and pneumonia has focused on individuals receiving continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. With that treatment, patients wear a mask …

Looking recap: episode three – British people are awful

Three episodes in, and HBO’s new gay drama has been praised and ripped apart. Now it seems to be finding its feet. We will be discussing the groundbreaking show over its eight weeks and this week’s guest commentator is Feilding Cage, Guardian interactive journalist and the award winning creator of …