Sleep

Feeling overwhelmed by barrage of distressing news? Try doing good as an antidote

January 26, 2018

Feeling overwhelmed by barrage of distressing news? Try doing good as an antidote

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

“Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound To Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. This Is Not A Drill,” the emergency alert read. Although it was a false alarm sent out by mistake in mid-January, the missile warning seemed plausible in today’s anything-can-happen, extreme news environment. “The sheer volume of stressful events occurring on a near-daily basis can make people […]

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Tags: managing stress, mental health, self-care for U, trauma, vicarious trauma


Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

November 17, 2017

Considering an all-nighter? Pity your poor brain cells and skip it.

By Elaine Schmidt Elaine Schmidt

People get too little sleep for lots of reasons. But whether you’re binge-watching Game of Thrones or nursing a colicky baby, the results are the same: you’re really tired the next day. Now a new UCLA study shows that your brain cells get sleepy, too. And that can lead to some serious spacing out… with […]

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Tags: brain cells, memory, neuronal firing, sleep, sleep deprivation, visual perception


For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

November 17, 2017

For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

By Leigh Hopper Leigh Hopper

When Dr. Shafali Jeste first started seeing children through UCLA’s Developmental Neurogenetics Clinic, she expected most visits to focus on the medical management of epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or behavioral challenges. Jeste, a behavioral child neurologist, specializes in children with rare genetic variants and syndromes associated with autism spectrum disorder. Almost half of her patients […]

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Tags: autism, insomnia, neurology, pediatric neurology


New Hospital Initiative Seeks to Enhance Patient Sleep

July 10, 2017

New Hospital Initiative Seeks to Enhance Patient Sleep

By uclahealth uclahealth

Sleep is almost as important as medical care when it comes to recovering from an illness or medical procedure. Unfortunately, patients often find it challenging to get a restful night’s sleep at a hospital that operates around the clock. “You take someone who isn’t feeling well and put them in a foreign environment with strange […]

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Tags: activity, cardiothoracic pediatric intensive care unit, Chief of nurisng, comfort, Dr. Myke Federman, healthcare teams, How did you sleep, hygiene, Karen Grimley, nutrition, patient sleep, sleep


Sleep tight! (your health depends on it)

September 16, 2016

Sleep tight! (your health depends on it)

By uclahealth uclahealth

Want to lower your risk for diabetes, obesity, heart disease and depression – without leaving your house? Then go to bed! An often-ignored factor in improving our health is getting a good night’s sleep. We may view a solid 8 hours as a luxury, but it is actually an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. […]

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Tags: arthritis, autoimmune disorders, bedwetting, depression, diabetes, diet, Dr. Alon Avidan, excessive daytime sleepiness, heart disease, insomnia, narcolepsy, neurologist