Tag Archives: Sleep Disorders

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.

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

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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.

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.

Confusional Arousals

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Not being fully asleep nor fully awake, confusional arousals cause their subject to be dazed and confused during periods of transitions from sleep, usually upon waking. Along with sleepwalking and night terrors, confusional arousals are labeled as one of the three classical parasomnia arousal disorders.

Fibromyalgia and Sleep

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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.

Sleep Study Part 4: Human Peptide Hypocretin Linked to Happiness

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Happiness may not come from your family, friends, or wealth, at least according to a new study. Rather, it comes from a peptide.

Led by the University of California Los Angeles, an international team of researchers has linked levels of hypocretin (a human peptide and neurotransmitter) to happiness. They found that the levels of hypocretin soared when we are happy, and also decreased when we are sad.

How to Stay Asleep

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Anyone who has suffered from insomnia, particularly how to stay asleep at night, has spent a lot of time wondering about this very thing. Sleep problems due to interrupted or insufficient sleep can lead to a wide range of health conditions if allowed to go unchecked, according to Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, D.O., who is director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Cleveland Clinic. These health risks include heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The good news is that you won’t have to worry about how to stay asleep much longer if you put the practical, actionable advice below to work.

Causes of Night Sweats

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Ask any physician what is a common complaint they receive from women aged 40 and older, and you’ll likely hear the answer night sweats. In other words, they’re quite common. In a recent study of more than 2,200 patients, 41 percent said they had night sweats in the last month.