News on Sleep Science and Sleep Disorders

Senior Asian woman experiences leg pain while in bed.
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Research Feature
It’s been called the most common disease nobody’s heard of – and also one of the big mysteries in medicine. It’s restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurological and sleep disorder that causes discomfort and sometimes pain in the legs, particularly at night. It triggers a constant urge to move the legs that makes falling asleep and staying asleep...
African American child snores while sleeping in bed.
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News Release
Findings underscore need for early treatment to prevent future cardiovascular disease Children with obstructive sleep apnea are nearly three times more likely to develop high blood pressure when they become teenagers than children who never experience sleep apnea, according to a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute...
headshot of Dr. Marishka Brown
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Media Advisory
WHAT: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announces selection of Marishka Brown, Ph.D., as Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR). Congress established the NCSDR in 1993 to coordinate sleep research throughout NIH and other federal agencies. Dr. Brown succeeds Michael Twery, Ph.D., who served as the...
Older woman attempting to sleep in her bed.
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News Release
Variability in sleep duration and timing may represent new and independent heart disease risk factor Older adults with irregular sleep patterns—meaning they have no regular bedtime and wakeup schedule, or they get different amounts of sleep each night—are nearly twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as those with more regular sleep...
Woman snoring in bed.
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Research Feature
For much of her life, Sarah Gorman, 71, battled a mysterious illness that left her tired, sleepless, and unable to concentrate. When her symptoms first started in her 20s, she turned to doctors for help. They diagnosed her with depression and referred her to a psychiatrist, but Gorman soon rejected that diagnosis because, she said, she simply did...
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News Release
Obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol more prevalent among irregular sleepers A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule—and getting different amounts of sleep each night—can put a person at higher risk for obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, high blood sugar and other metabolic disorders. In fact, for every...