Working Night Shifts Can Increase Prostate Cancer Risk In Men

Working nigh shifts is a very common practice for certain occupations like miners, phone agents, doctors, and many others. Certain industrial enterprises around the world usually have a non-stop manufacturing routine, which requires workers work shifts both in daytime and at night. It is estimated that in the modern industrial sector of the United States of America, about 3.6 million male workers (or about 14 per cent of the working population of the country) have to work shifts meaning getting involved in regular work at night. There are plenty of dangers and risks linked to using this kind of working routine and regularly working night shifts. Night ShiftsIn particular, according to the findings of a scientific group from Harvard Medical School and the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, those workers who have to work at night are exposed to higher risks of diabetes and higher risks of obesity. Another study published this summer in the British Medical Journal has shown that working shifts can increase risks of strokes and heart attacks by almost 40%.

Recently, the findings of one more study related to the issue were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and reported in many world’s leading mass media. It turned out that working night shifts exposes men’s health to much more dangers and risks of suffering from very serious health conditions. A group of Canadian scientists at the University of Quebec conducted a series of studies in order to research the effects of working night sifts on men and on women. Earlier this year, the findings of their firts study was published saying that working at night is linked to very high risks for breast cancer in women. According to the present findings received after analyzing the data on men working at night, this type of working routine is linked to increased risks of prostate caner in men. In addition, as the findings of the study have shown, night workers are at increased risks of suffering from other common types of cancer, including bowel cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, and others.

The scientists have chosen quite an interesting approach to their scientific work. They gathered extensive data for the last ten years on about 3,135 Canadian men diagnosed with prostate cancer along with similar kind of data on 500 totally health men. That included eating habits and daily diet, daily exercise routine, the specifics of work and occupation, other important social, economic, environmental, personal, cultural and other factors. Analyzing and comparing the collected information gave the scientists an opportunity to understand that working night shifts is linked to more than three times higher risk for prostate cancer in men, as well as almost twice higher chances to be diagnosed with bowel cancer. To make the things worse, it is reported that such working routine is associated with up to 70 per cent higher risks of bladder cancer and up to 76 per cent higher risk for lung cancer, one of the most common types of cancer which leads to death in the most of the cases.

The Canadian scientists underline that their findings should not be neglected and must bring many employers to revising their working routine. They explain the discovered phenomena by the property of the body to suppress the effects of melatonin which takes place when a person is awake and needs to get focused on working at night. Melatonin is a hormone produced in human body and plays a role of a natural regulating agent of sleeping and being awake condition. It works great only in case when a person follows a stable and regular sleep-awake routine and gets affected when a person has to stay awake or has chronic sleep disorders. At that, the Canadian experts underline that making changes to the daily routine similar to the ones of working day and night shifts for over a 10-year period of time can cause very serious changes in the body and be linked with the above mentioned risks of serious diseases. Those who are wondering about the details and want to learn more about the findings of this interesting study can check out the original report in this webpage.

A New Treatment To Stop Nightmares

Stop NightmaresI am sure that it is hardly possible to find a person who has never experienced the horror of nightmares. There are very lucky ones who somehow know how to not take such things too much to heart since they can understand that they are actually seeing a horror dream, and even sometimes can somehow rule those dreams. However, the most of us get really scared and disturbed when we see nightmares. Experts say that seeing nightmares and disturbing dreams is a very common situation for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. For example, this problem is very well familiar to those people who are involved in various occupations that cause fear or are linked to seeing other people dying: soldiers, firemen, policemen, paramedic personnel members, and so on. As the specialists say, sometimes an emotional or psychological trauma can make a person see the same nightmare every night for months.

Moreover, it is reported that repetitive and very scary nightmares sometimes affect even the partners or the family members of those people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and see nightmares every night. For example, sharing the same bad with a person, who is suffering from chronic nightmares can make you feel disturbed with weird sudden movements, heavy breathing and other scary sounds, thus, your sleep will be disturbed too, and such a problem as seeing nightmares cause by the partner’s problem can be developed. Therefore, there can be plenty of situations when it becomes really very hard for a person or for a few people to fight against night disturbances, or learn how to get rid of horrific nightmares from their minds and erase scary images, and in such cases the people start thinking about the opportunities to stop nightmares and go though possible treatments.

A group of researchers led by Dr Andrea Phelps, a specialist from the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, have published their recent findings and informed about proposing anew effective technology to stop nightmares.This new approach is called “imagery rehearsal treatment” which is created to help people suffering from post traumatic disorders or just having chronic nightmares to learn how to rewrite the scenarios of their bad dreams and this way possibly stop nightmares. This revolutionary technique was tested by a group of former American soldiers who were affected by the horrors of recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. All of those men reported having nightmares at least once a week, but mostly they suffered from disturbed sleep and bad dreams 4-5 times a week. As a rule, they were seeing their real experiences that they went through during the war battles, however, for some participants the nightmares were rather caused by imaginary traumatic experience.

The research group created a special strategy for every single participant to see how successful they are going to be in replacing their bad memories and visions with good and positive ones. For example, one participants, who suffered from a nightmare of being chased by a dozen of angry dogs when securing an area was asked to imagine in his mind and think over a new scenario involving 101 Dalmatian themes. As a result, every 11 of 12 participants reported about substantial improvement in their situation, and every 7 of 12 participants managed to totally get rid of dab dreams and night horrors. Therefore, this technique can be effectively used to completely stop nightmares in all modern people. According to the study leader, the main idea of the therapy course is changing the attitude of the patients towards the bad dreams they’re seen, which can be achieved through talking and helping the patients change the scenarios in their minds. ”Instead of going to bed feeling terrified of the prospect of having this same nightmare again, they’re going to bed rehearsing the new dream and feeling ready for it,” Dr. Phelps said.

Tranquil Moments, Sleep Sound Machine

Sleep Sound MachineFrom our own life experiences, we know that electronic devices mostly affect our sleep and are actually not compatible with a good sleep. When we are thinking about sleep and electronic devices, most of us imagine alarm clocks and various similar things, which cause nothing else but only negative emotions for us. Or, we can think about some noisy electronic devices that we have in our houses, or our neighbors have, which also very often interfere our sleep and cause sleep disorders. However, not many of us know that there are actually some gadgets called sleep sound machines, designed specially to help us fall asleep easier and support our sleep. A new sleep support device known also as “Tranquil Moments sleep sound machine” is one of such amazing things which can help everyone who needs a good night sleep but can not fall asleep, or suffers from any kind of sleep disturbance.

This amazing sound machine sleep device was developed by a group of experts led by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson of the Center for Neuroacoustic Research, Brookstone, and now it is available in many online shops like Amazon for the people around the world. Tranquil Moments sleep sound machine was a result of long term experiments and lab studies which helped scientists create a really miraculous sound machine sleep technology. According to Dr. Thompson, by using this unique machine everyone can relax and fall asleep much faster compared to those people who do not use the device. In contrast to some known noise machines that used to help kids and babies fall asleep and combat their fear of darkness, Tranquil Moments has 16 relaxing melodies which can help calm down and fall asleep. The only requirement is: the music should be on all night long, or not less than for 30 minutes before going to sleep. It is possible to use specially designed headphones, so those who are sleeping next to you will not be disturbed.

The secret of Tranquil Moments sleep sound machine is easy: its sounds influence our alpha-, beta- and theta-brain waves, making it easier for us to calm down and fall asleep. The mentioned types of brain waves interact with each other and play a role during all phases of sleep. Tranquil Moments sleep sound machine has clinically proven effects and can be used by virtually every person as an excellent natural aid to promote relaxation and sleep. There were no side effects or any kind of unwanted negative reactions of the body registered in any person after using this innovative device. Most of the participants who have already tested the device reported about very high effectiveness of this new sound machine sleep technology, and sound quality was named as the second most important advantage. Such factors as too high price for Tranquil Moments sleep sound machine and too much of unwanted light were mentioned the most commonly among the disadvantages of the device.

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson underlined that the new sleep technology he introduced a few years ago has proven positive effects not only for sleep quality, but also has shown to demonstrate very high effectiveness for stress relieve and management. All the participants of testing experiments reported that the idea of Tranquil Moments creators to use the sounds of nature instead of electronic sounds and other sounds that are commonly used in similar devices was very successful and effective. The device allows setting 30-, 60-, and 90-minute sleep times and allows user select the most pleasant sounds like Dolphins, Lullaby, Heartbeat, White Noise, and others. Tranquil Moments sleep sound machine is an excellent and unique innovative technology recommended to everyone who has spare 200 dollars and willing to spend it for improving own sleep quality and reducing the health risks linked to sleep problems.

Are There Safe Sleeping Pills?

safe sleeping pillsWe all know a lot from our own experience how destructive and harmful the effects of sleeping disorders can be. Having no proper and restful sleep at night is linked to increased tiresome, increased sensitivity to stresses, inability to preform and focus, inability to make decisions and look for effective solutions for our daily problems, inability to be fully active and 100 per cent effective in our daily tasks. In addition to that, sleep problems and disorders are linked to increased risk of many serious diseases including cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, mental and psychological disorders, and so on. A chronic lack of proper sleep can have serious effects, that is why we’re trying to do everything possible in order to prevent it and use effective techniques and approaches to support our sleep.

Thus, using sleeping pills is a choice of many modern people who are in desperate need of a fast solution for sleep disorders. A sleeping pill can be a good treatment for providing us some good sleep for some period of time. However, it is not recommended to use sleeping pills for long since it also linked with certain risks and harmful effects, similar to the ones of having improper sleep every night. Are there safe sleeping pills, some of us may wonder? A group of the scientists at the University of California, San Diego, tried to find an answer to this question and conducted a study on 33,000 people analyzing the effects of common sleeping pills like zolpidem, zaleplon and zopiclone. The first findings of the study have shown too low effectiveness of these drugs, along with their being very highly addictive. It is estimated that in our times, over 1.5 million of British citizens suffer from high addiction to sleeping pills making this a quite big and serious problem, both on personal and social levels.

As further analysis has shown, using sleeping pills was linked with increased risk  for memory impairment and Alzheimer’s risk. It is estimated that those people over 65 who are addicted to sleeping pills have up to 50 per cent higher risk of suffering from dementia like brain disorders. Finally, as it is stated in the report about the study, using sleeping pills is linked to increased cancer risk, and even to increased risk of premature death. The scientists came to the conclusion that most likely there is not such thing as safe sleeping pills, and it is quite risky to put our brain through this extra chemical treatment to induce sleep. The truth is: we know very little about what our brain is and how it works, but it is obvious that treating out brain with such chemicals which are designed to alter its natural condition is linked to plenty of health risks and possible physical damage.

This can be said not only about old and commonly used sleeping pills like the ones based on boosting production of GABA in our brain (a chemical that helps us feel more relaxed and sleepy), but even the latest ones like Suvorexant, which is promised to be one of the safe sleeping pills since it works smaller brain area, but at the same time help us fall asleep 40 per cent faster and allow us sleep 40 per cent longer. Unfortunately, it is going to have plenty of side effects. ‘It blocks a compound called orexin that is involved in sleep, but also controls appetite. Mice given the drug have put on a lot of weight,’ Daniel Kripke, professor of psychiatry emeritus at the University of California, commented. Besides, just like all sleeping pills, this one is going to be highly addictive since it is a property of all Z-drugs. Remember that using sleeping pills is linked to side effects like increased risk of cancer, addictiveness, Alzheimer’s risk, and other negative effects.

10 Common Things That Affect Sleep

Affect SleepNowadays, sleep experts are reporting that people started suffer less from bad sleep or a lack of sleep. According to the information provided by the National Sleep Foundation, every three of four people are satisfied with their current sleep quality and report about having a good sleep at least 4-5 days a week. At that, as much as 42 per cent of people say that they sleep very well every night and do not suffer from any sort of sleep disorders or disturbances. These are the results of a new survey of 1,000 American people of various ages and occupation types. As the findings of the survey have shown, we sleep an average 6 hours and 45 minutes in weekdays, but in the weekends or days off we usually sleep an average 7 hours and 35 minutes.

However, the main objective of the survey was to find out what are the most important things and factors for good sleep, and what are the factors and things that affect sleep. About 90 per cent of the participants have reported that they choose products for their sleep and bedrooms with a great deal of attention, and the primary importance is given to pillows, sheets, linen, mattresses, and curtains. At that, the most of the respondents reported feeling maximum discomfort and sleep problems due to uncomfortable mattress (about 93 per cent of the respondents), uncomfortable pillows (91 per cent), and not fresh sheets (86 per cent). Along with these factors, the respondents mentioned not quiet room,  improper room temperature, not clean and not fresh air in the room, and too light bedroom. Such factors as using relaxation techniques before going to bed and using prescribed sleep pills were mentioned very rarely.

Therefore, according to the findings of this research, the scientists managed to select 10 factors and things that affect sleep the most. Check out the list below:

  • Uncomfortable mattressUncomfortable  mattress (over 90 per cent impact)
  • Uncomfortable pillows (up to 70 per cent impact)
  • Improper bedroom temperature (about 69 per cent impact)
  • A lack of bedroom darkness (57 per cent impact)
  • Uncomfortable and not fresh sheets (almost 53 per cent impact)
  • Partner snoring (up to 41 per cent impact)
  • Allergic reactions (about 37 per cent impact)
  • Kids sharing the bed (28 per cent impact)
  • Pets sharing the bed (about 27 per cent impact)
  • Partner moving at night (up to 27 per cent impact)

Since it became apparent that uncomfortable mattresses play a leading role among the factors that affect sleep, the researchers asked extra questions related to the issue. It turned out that 41 per cent of the respondent had certain problems with mattress causing some discomfort, from very low to the highest one. Almost two of ten respondent reported that they have problems with sleeping due to uncomfortable mattress more than 3 days a week. At that, bout 18 per cent reported about mattresses lacking support the their back or neck, or mattress sagging in the middle. 17 per cent of the participants said that their mattress feels comfortable to one partner but not the other, or about mattress causing uncomfortable temperature for sleeping.

A few per cents of the respondents reported about mattress being too soft, too firm, or not big enough. Consider the mentioned factors that affect sleep and analyze your sleeping environment. Maybe it is a snoring partner or a cuddly pat which makes your sleep too bad. Try to figure out the most effective solution and remember that getting the best rest is very important for everyone’s health and well being. It is also very interesting that when choosing bedroom products, many respondent reported about being concerned about the looks and aesthetic part of the issue. In particular, over 50 per cent of the respondents have reported that they choose bedroom products and items that will look great and attractive to the family members and guests.