An Overview of Restless Leg Syndrome for the Mental Health Professional

Psychiatric Annals, January 2015, Volume 45 Issue 1
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED). Discomfort in the extremities and an urge to move are characteristics of…

Top 5 psychiatry news stories of 2014

December 31, 2014
In 2014, Healio Psychiatry provided the latest developments in psychiatry and mental health research. The most-read articles summarized peer reviewed…

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Alcohol use, insomnia related to suicide risk

December 29, 2014
Researchers discovered a link between alcohol use and suicide risk in university students with insomnia symptoms, according to data published in the…

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Nightly use of eReaders may alter circadian clock

December 23, 2014
The use of electronic devices such as eReaders before bedtime can worsen sleep deficiency, according to a recently published study. “Electronic…

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Sleep duration, timing associated with repetitive negative thinking

December 19, 2014
People who slept for a shorter duration or went to bed later experienced more repetitive negative thinking than those who held regular sleep-wake…

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Bullied children more likely to develop parasomnias

September 16, 2014
Children who are bullied have an increased risk for parasomnias, including nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking, according to study findings in…

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AAP: Insufficient sleep among adolescents a public health issue

August 27, 2014
Recent data show the potential role of later school times as a means to reduce adolescent sleepiness, according to a technical report published in…

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Poor sleep quality increased suicide risk

August 14, 2014
New data published in JAMA Psychiatry suggest that an increased risk for suicide is associated with poor sleep quality in older adults. Rebecca A

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ACP issues guidelines for obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis

August 5, 2014
The American College of Physicians recently released evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. …

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Adolescent depression, anxiety linked to insomnia

August 5, 2014
Depression and generalized anxiety disorder can predict insomnia, according to recent study findings published in Sleep Medicine. “People…

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Sleep deprivation led to symptoms of schizophrenia

July 24, 2014
New study data suggest that 24 hours of sleep deprivation can lead to symptoms similar to schizophrenia among healthy people. “It was clear to…

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Sleep quality, duration important for cognition in aging adults

July 11, 2014
Recent data suggest that achieving 6 to 9 hours of sleep per night may help maintain cognition in middle-aged and older adults. “We wanted to…

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Insomnia risk increased with certain stress coping behaviors

July 8, 2014
Certain coping behaviors for stress can lead to an increased risk for insomnia, according to study findings recently published in Sleep.

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Sleep improvement seen in patients with greater weight loss

June 21, 2014
CHICAGO — Losing more than 5% of one’s initial body weight improved sleep duration and quality, at least in the short-term, according to…

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Sleep apnea severity predicted blood glucose levels

April 4, 2014
Adults with obstructive sleep apnea have a heightened risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death based on elevated blood glucose levels…

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Light exposure at night could play role in obesity epidemic

April 4, 2014
Nighttime light exposure not only disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythm but may also fuel increasing obesity rates in developed nations…

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Poor sleep quality associated with cognitive decline in older men

April 2, 2014
Men who experienced fragmented sleep and lower sleep efficiency were more likely to demonstrate cognitive decline, according to a recent study…

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Poor sleep linked to brain deterioration in Gulf War veterans

March 12, 2014
Findings from a recent study showed that poor sleep quality in Gulf War veterans was linked to lower brain tissue volume, with lower brain volume…

Brain scans identify working memory deficits associated with insomnia

September 5, 2013
Abnormal neural function identified in patients with primary insomnia may help explain why those with the sleep disorder have difficulty performing…

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Short-term exercise may not help with insomnia

August 19, 2013
Exercise did not improve the total sleep time for patients with insomnia the following night, suggesting that only longer-term commitment to exercise…

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