Tag Archives: Sleep Disorders

Daytime Napping Mistakes

napping on sofa

Daytime napping has historically received a bad rap because it was thought to interfere with nighttime sleep. But lately, daytime naps have been peeling off their bad-for-you reputation layer by layer.  For one instance, a recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College in White Plains, N.Y, researchers concluded that significant cognitive benefits and increase in overall sleep time in older people were found as a result of napping, as reported in Harvard Health Publications.

LED Lights and Sleep

It doesn’t take much to throw your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal sleep clock) completely off balance. Unfortunately, once you’ve done that, it can take quite a while to get your rhythm back so you can get a good night’s sleep once again. The really strange news, however, is that your alarm clock may even be one of the culprits keeping you up nights.

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

 

snoring and sleep apnea

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.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

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Originated by Dr. Murray Johns out of Epworth Hospital in Australia, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale is designed to measure a person’s daytime sleepiness.

Is ADHD a Sleeping Disorder in Disguise?

 

boy with adhd

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

exhausted man

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.

Sleep Lab

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For people who have trouble sleeping, snore loudly, are overly tired, or have chronic fatigue, often the first step to a diagnosis is an overnight stay in a sleep lab. If your doctor has ordered you to have an overnight sleep study (referred to as a polysomnogram) in a sleep center, here’s what you need to know about the experience.

Sleep Hygiene

good sleep hygiene

You probably know that it’s advised to practice good hygiene to keep yourself healthy, and to help prevent the spread of diseases. But did you know that “sleep hygiene” plays an important role in getting the quality sleep that you need each and every night?

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.