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  1. Melatonin in Blood-Brain Barrier May Protect Against Neurological Disease

    Melatonin in Blood-Brain Barrier May Protect Against Neurological Disease

    According to a new study, melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness, may help prevent neurological disease by maintaining the integrity of the blood brain barrier (BBB). Many forms of neurological disease, including Alzheimer's and other conditions that affect seniors, begin with damage to the BBB. Researchers have also noted lower levels of melatonin in older adults. The link...
  2. Research on Vitamins and Sleep Links Vitamins A, B12 and D to Healthy Circadian Rhythm

    Research on Vitamins and Sleep Links Vitamins A, B12 and D to Healthy Circadian Rhythm

    Disordered sleep is a common and growing public health problem affecting 50-70 million people in the United States. While part of this is due to the business of modern life, there also appear to be other factors at play. At the same time, many Americans suffer from vitamin deficiencies due to poor diet and depleted food. Could these two issues be related...
  3. Alarming Link Found Between Insomnia and Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

    Alarming Link Found Between Insomnia and Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

    Millions of Americans suffer from insomnia. This common concern may be affecting our health in a variety of negative ways, according to new research on insomnia and heart disease. Most of us have suffered from at least a short bout of insomnia: You lay awake in bed for hours, watching the clock as a morning of exhaustion draws ever closer...
  4. The Dangers and Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

    The Dangers and Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

    Do you occasionally have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? If so, you are part of a silent and growing group. Up to one half of Americans suffer from a sleep concern like insomnia. While there are many sleeping pills on the market, many find that the side effects of these are not worth the temporary fix they offer. However...
  5. Exposure to Blue Light Could Be Damaging Your Vision

    Exposure to Blue Light Could Be Damaging Your Vision

    Do you spend a lot of time under artificial lights or even just staring at screens? It could be taking a toll on your eye health and vision. New studies have found a link between exposure to blue light and eye damage. Artificial light is ubiquitous in the modern world. Not only do light bulbs and other artificial lighting sources...
  6. Melatonin for Anxiety: Promising New Applications for a Familiar Sleep Supplement

    Melatonin for Anxiety: Promising New Applications for a Familiar Sleep Supplement

    Many people all over the world take melatonin to help them sleep. However, new research suggests that some may benefit from taking melatonin for anxiety as well. Around one in five adults suffer from anxiety. While certain types of therapy and medications such as SSRIs can help, many people struggle to manage their symptoms. The loss of daily function and...
  7. New Research Indicates Omega-3 for Asthma Could Help You Breathe Easier

    New Research Indicates Omega-3 for Asthma Could Help You Breathe Easier

    Are you one of the millions of people who struggle with respiratory concerns? New research on omega-3 for asthma suggests this natural remedy may make a huge difference. Asthma is a common disease, affecting around one of out every 12 people. Overall, asthma costs the United States alone around $56 billion a year in medical costs, lost work productivity and other...
  8. New Links Between Sleep and Health Highlight the Importance of Getting Your Zzzs

    New Links Between Sleep and Health Highlight the Importance of Getting Your Zzzs

    Millions of people struggle to get adequate, restful sleep. New research on sleep and health suggests that not getting enough sleep can have more serious effects on your health than previously realized. Have you ever struggled to fall asleep? Have you ever woken from a deep slumber unable to get back to sleep? If so, you are not alone. Sleep...
  9. Are Your Holiday or Christmas Lights Causing You to Lose Sleep?

    Are Your Holiday or Christmas Lights Causing You to Lose Sleep?

    Tis the season for holiday decorations including stockings, sleighs and lots of lights. If your neighborhood is like most in the Western world, there is a good chance that your own home, as well as those around you, is trimmed with holiday or Christmas lights. These twinkling lights may have a positive effect on your holiday spirit, but a very...
  10. The Health Benefits of Tryptophan (and Why Getting it From Your Thanksgiving Turkey Isn't Enough)

    The Health Benefits of Tryptophan (and Why Getting it From Your Thanksgiving Turkey Isn't Enough)

    Most of us have experienced the feeling of sleepiness and well-being that comes after a large turkey meal (think Thanksgiving dinner). A popular misconception is that this feeling comes from tryptophan, an amino acid that is present in high amounts in turkey. Despite this popular rumor, it's not necessarily the tryptophan in your turkey that makes you groggy or sleepy...

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