Category Archives: Medical

Sleeping with Contacts

contact lenses

If you sleep in contact lenses that are not specifically indicated to be worn overnight, you probably received an earful from your optometrist warning you against sleeping in them. Sleeping with contact lens may cause all sorts of havoc on the health of your eyes, including eye scrapes, eye infections, and bacteria causing eye conditions. In medical speak, possible eye conditions you could develop by sleeping with contacts include corneal ulcer, conjunctivitis, and keratitis.

Halitosis (Morning Breath)

morning breath

You brush your teeth for the full two minutes before bed. You insert some plastic tape within your teeth at least once per day. You swish mouthwash until it makes your mouth burn. In other words, you do everything right in the oral hygiene department. So, why is it when you wake up that you have such offensive morning breath?

Flame Retardant PBDE Chemicals Tied to Hyperactivity and Lower IQs in Children

toxic chemicals

Flame retardant chemicals, known as PBDE, found in some common household items, such as carpeting, baby strollers, and certain types of mattresses, may be linked to cognitive problems in children, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

How to Sleep with Sciatica

sciatica

If you are dealing with the painful condition called sciatica, you’re not alone. It fairly common, plaguing between 15 percent to 40 percent of people at some point in their lives. At times, the shooting pain that runs from your lower back, through your buttocks, and even into the back of the leg can be unbearable. Not to mention the unnerving numbness and tingling sensation in various parts of the legs, feet, and toes. When you have sciatica, getting comfortable is often tricky, making it difficult to sit for long periods of time, let alone sleep. But sleep you must. So, it’s important to learn how to sleep with sciatica.

Fibromyalgia and Sleep

fibromyalgia

An estimated 10 million people suffer from fibromyalgia here in the U.S., and up to six percent of the population worldwide have this condition, reports the National Fibromyalgia Association.  While the disorder does occur in men and children, up to 90 percent of people who have fibromyalgia are women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are first diagnosed with fibromyalgia during middle age. Painful and baffling, fibromyalgia is a condition without a definitive cause, treatment, or cure.

Frequent Urination at Night

bathroom sign

Do you wake up once or more per night because you “gotta go”? Frequent urination at night is quite common. A Sleep in America poll revealed that as many as nearly two-thirds of us report having to get up at night to go to the bathroom.

Bed Sores

bed sores

Bed sores, also called pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers, are confined injuries to the skin and its underlying tissue as a result of prolonged and consistent pressure to the skin. This prolonged pressure against the skin inhibits blood supply, which causes the death of underlying tissue. While there are several stages of severity of bed sores, ranging from Stage 1 to Stage 4, It is important to note that in certain cases, bed sores can be life threatening.

What Causes Bags Under the Eyes

bags under eyes

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. They’re the first thing someone usually notices when he or she looks at you. Not only can they hint at your age, but they can signal how much sleep you had the night before or give clues to the bagful of salty chips you had yesterday. While sleep quantity and quality changes and dietary adjustments can help reduce bags under the eyes, medical conditions and genetics also play a role.

Sleeping Off a Hangover

sleeping with a hangover

People suffering from the ill effects of a hangover are often easy to spot. They’re the ones wearing sunglasses inside, moving at a snail’s pace, and wincing at whispers as though they were steel drums being beaten with hammers a mere two inches from their sensitive ears. If you’re one of these hangover sufferers, there’s only one thing on your mind at the moment. You want relief. And the faster the better.

Back Pain after Sleeping

back pain after sleep

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.” It is also among the most common reasons cited in America for missing work and the second most commonly stated reason for visiting a doctor. With that in mind, it’s probably no real shock that Americans spend more than 50 billion dollars each year trying to find relief from their back pain. But what are the common causes of back pain and how can you eliminate many of the factors from becoming a problem for you?