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The effects of guided imagery on sleep and inflammatory response in cardiac surgery: a pilot randomized controlled trial

The goal of this preliminary investigation was to lay the groundwork to test the applicability of using guided imagery as a sleep-promoting intervention immediately following cardiac surgery. Specific aims include:

1. evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of integrating the guided imagery program in order to promote sleep and reduce the inflammatory response following cardiac surgery

The Physical and Social Environment of Sleep in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Postpartum Women

Objective:to describe the physical and social environment of sleep self-management in postpartum socioeconomically disadvantaged women.

Design: Descriptive, exploratory design.

Setting:Participants were recruited in the hospital after giving birth. Data were collected in participant homes after discharge.

Participants: Postpartum women on Medicaid with normal healthy infants.

Sleep disturbance in menopause.

Sleep problems (i.e., insomnia) affect midlife women as they approach and pass through menopause at rates higher than at most other stages of life. The purpose of this article is to critically review what is known about insomnia (perceived poor sleep) and physiologically assessed sleep, as well as sleep-related disordered breathing (SDB), in women according to menopausal status and the role of hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) hormones. Self-report evidence that sleep difficulties are related to the hormonal changes of menopause is mixed.

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