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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint in the U.S., but a new study indicates that a lack of sleep could be associated with greater risk of high blood pressure.
According to the study, published in the journal Hypertension, researchers analyzing data from over 200 individuals with chronic insomnia and 96 normal sleepers found that the longer it took to fall asleep, the greater the risk of hypertension. Specifically, researchers measured the amount of time it took each group to fall asleep during four "nap episodes." Blood pressure readings were taken both before the naps and the morning after.
Participants who took more than 14 minutes to fall asleep had a 300-percent higher rate of high blood pressure, researchers found. They thus associated physiological hyperarousal with risk of hypertension.
Still, this study was limited in that it only monitored subjects for one night, and the blood pressure test was not completed directly after the nap. More research is necessary to determine whether there is a causal effect between difficulty sleeping and high blood pressure.
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Eva Pentel for Hunger TVNathan Sykes, formerly of the British boy band The Wanted, is officially launching his solo career.
The 21-year-old spoke about his new musical direction in an interview with U.K. fashion publication Hunger TV. “From being one fifth of a group to being a soloist, there is always the chance to surprise people as they are only now seeing 100% of me for the first time,” Nathan says. “It’s like a second, first impression and whereas I don’t necessarily think it’s important to change people’s perceptions, I do think it’s exciting that people won’t just see me as ‘the young one in The Wanted’ and can have the freedom to judge me as an individual and not just ‘that bloke from that band.’”
Nathan reveals that his debut album will arrive later this year and the first single will be released this spring. He also confirms collaborations with hitmakers Harmony Samuels, Babyface and Diane Warren.
“Working with Diane Warren and Babyface were two of the most surreal days of my life,” he said. “There is never a dull moment with Diane and she is one of my favorite people on the planet and the session with Babyface produced probably the most honest and emotional song I’ve ever written.”
The Wanted scored hits with songs like “Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun,” and even starred in an E! reality show together called The Wanted Life. During the height of their fame, Nathan dated Ariana Grande, but the two called it quits in 2013. The Wanted decided to take a hiatus in January of last year in order to pursue solo endeavors. They did not rule out reuniting in the future.
Nathan’s the first member of the group to strike out on his own. The other members -- Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Tom Parker -- have yet to announce solo plans.
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ABC/Lou RoccoDespite the success of her album Bangerz, Miley Cyrus was totally shocked when she found out she was nominated for a Grammy.
“I thought it was a joke,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “My friend was in my room and said, 'Hey! You just got nominated for a Grammy,' and I was like, ‘You're kidding… there’s no way.’ I Googled and I was like, 'Oh yeah! I am, I actually am!'”
She doesn’t put much stock in winning, though. “I'm pretty mellow with that kind of stuff,” she said. “I'm not a pessimist but I'm just saying I won't be crying myself to sleep if I don't win a Grammy. You know?”
The 22-year-old is likely too preoccupied working on a follow-up to Bangerz. She told ET she’s in the studio every single day. She wants to get new material out as soon as possible, but it’s been tougher than she expected. “Just when I think I have my record done, something new happens where I want to write about it,” Miley said. “I just, I don't know what I want to go out there.”
The “Wrecking Ball” singer is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys this year.
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Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons will be giving flight to their new album. The band has teamed up Southwest Airlines for the Destination Dragons promotion, which gives fans a chance to win tickets to intimate club dates with Imagine Dragons and to "Live at 35" -- a special in-flight performance taking place at 35,000 feet during a flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, Georgia.
Beginning February 3, fans can enter to win a grand prize package including travel to Las Vegas to attend the Imagine Dragons show on February 23, prime seating on the "Live at 35" flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, VIP tickets to the Atlanta show on February 25, plus a meet-and-greet with the band. The promo will run through February 16 via www.southwest.com/DestinationDragonspromo.
"We can think of no better way to unveil our new album than to travel together with our fans at 35,000 feet, and to play in the same clubs where we started this journey," says Imagine Dragons in a statement.
Additional club shows will occur February 20 in Los Angeles and February 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Imagine Dragons' new album, Smoke + Mirrors, will be released on February 17.
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