Category Archives: Sleep Disorders

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) is a medical condition that causes you to fall asleep two or more hours later than the average person, and results in you staying asleep for longer in the morning. According to the American Sleep Association, approximately ten percent of chronic insomnia cases are a result of Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder.

Is a Blood Test for Narcolepsy on the Forefront?

Narcolepsy, the rare and long-term sleep disorder, may have a new way to be diagnosed — with the help of a unique type of blood test. The findings come from Alberto De la Herran-Arita who published a paper after discovering distinctions in the blood of people who have narcolepsy. The Huffington Post reported that his team of researchers found that autoimmune diseases may be linked to narcolepsy and that in the future, a simple blood test might indicate narcolepsy for that individual.

Sleep Texting: New Sleep Disorder on the Increase

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In today’s digital world, sleepwalking and sleep talking are old news. Today, a new disorder, called sleep texting, is on the rise. Medical experts believe there are roughly 70 sleep disorders, and sleep texting is one of the newest on the list.

Sleep Disorders and Their Treatments on the Rise

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The number of sleep disorder diagnoses worldwide is discouraging enough in its own right. However, the really alarming information is the rise in number of sleep disorders diagnosed among children and teens. The problem is, it isn’t just children. Sleep disorders among women are also on the rise, according to Living Healthy News, as are emergency room visits related to prescribed sleep medications such as Ambien.

Snoring: Causes and Cures

 

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Medical Disclaimer: No claims are made for cures of any type within the following blog post. Check with your physician before following any regimen for snoring or any other medical issues you may be facing.

Snoring is a common phenomenon, with a recent survey estimating that approximately 50% of the population of the United States snore at some time or other during their life. Snoring can affect people of all ages, including children, although it is more common in people who are between the ages of 40 and 60. Twice as many men snore than women.

Is ADHD a Sleeping Disorder in Disguise?

 

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A recent editorial published in the New York Times from Vatsal G. Thakkar, professor of psychiatry at N.Y.U. School of Medicine, discusses his beliefs that many cases of diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, are in reality sleep disorders in camouflage.

Hypersomnia

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Excessive sleepiness, particularly excessive daytime sleepiness, is the hallmark sign of hypersomnia. Hypersomnia can also be characterized by prolonged sleep at night. Up to 40 percent of people experience symptoms of hypersomnia at one time or the other, reports WebMd. Some people inflicted with this sleep disorder have trouble functioning at work and school and interacting with family, friends, and in other social situations.

How to Sleep Better with Spring Allergies

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For many people, spring is a welcome sight after a cold and dreary winter. For allergy sufferers though, the sight of blooming flowers, budding trees, and green grass is greeted with less of a warm-and-fuzzy welcome. The sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, congestion, sinus pressure, itchy and watery eyes, and even difficulty sleeping are all signs that it’s allergies are in full bloom.

How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep?

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Excessive alcohol use can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns for a number of reasons. While some people may believe that alcohol aids in being able to sleep, it actually creates the opposite effect and can seriously disturb your sleeping patterns.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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If your bed looks like a war zone when you wake up, then you may be suffering from the sleep-related parasomnia disorder known as Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, or PLMD. Another clue of the disorder is thread bare spots on your bedsheets in the area that you normally position your feet. While anyone can suffer from the disorder, it is more common in middle- and older-aged people.