ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
CANCER
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Home Renovations by Affluent Families Can Unleash Lead Threat
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Maximize Your Run
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Countdown to Hair Loss
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns

THURSDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who live with and provide direct care during the night for someone with dementia have significantly worse sleep than other older adults, U.S. researchers say.

The study compared 31 caregivers and 102 noncaregivers, ages 60 to 89. Caregivers slept about 33 minutes less per night than non-caregivers and took about 10 minutes longer to fall asleep. Caregivers also had more variable sleep from night-to-night, reported lower sleep quality, more daytime sleepiness, and more symptoms of depression.

"On average, caregivers, only slept about six-and-a-half hours a night and took almost 23 minutes to fall asleep," primary investigator Meredith Rowe, an associate professor at the University of Florida, said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release.

"Using the sleep diary data that subjects kept at the same time, however, depression was the primary determinant of poor sleep, with depressed subjects reporting less time asleep and more wake time over the week," she said.

Rowe and colleagues were surprised by the finding that caregivers took a longer time to fall asleep, which is consistent with the increased worry and concern that may burden them.

The researchers said they expected the caregivers' main cause of sleep loss to be more time awake during the night when the person with dementia required supervision. However, both caregivers and non-caregivers had an average of more than 40 minutes of time awake during the night after initially falling asleep.

The study was published in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, Aug. 15, 2008

Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2008

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