Tips to Achieve Better Sleep

better sleepSleep influences so many aspects of people’s daily lives, from mood to work performance, and even health and weight.

The objective of better sleep needs few basic useful tips and strategies ranging from choosing a better mattress to improving sleep hygiene. It is now right time to begin developing a plan to get more, higher quality shut-eye.

Because mattresses provide the foundation for sleep, you must know all possible details about how to choose the best mattress. A well prepared checklist will help determine if a new mattress might be in order and if you have the right type of bed to sleep in night or not. Memory foam is the best-rated mattress among consumers.

Some of the bad sleep habits need to be kicked off. Habits like watching television, using laptops and cell phones in bed, as well as late night snacks and caffeine must be controlled properly.

Compromising on comfort should be given zero tolerance. Suggestions like white noise machines, blackout drapes and decluttering to make bedrooms more conducive to sleep. A prioritized “sleep better plan” will sure help stick to pre-decided goal achievement.

Home Sleep Apnea Testing At Kendallville

home sleep apnea testingSleep apnea is a deadly disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.

The home sleep apnea testing started in the month of January. Till the availability of home based sleep apnea testing only the sleep centers at Cameron Hospital in Angola, DeKalb Health in Auburn, Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville and Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange used to offer such tests. Sleep testing at a sleep center involved spending the night in the hospital and wearing wires connected to monitors.

Weldon Cline, the Parkview Noble polysomonographer technologist says that some people may be eligible to have these tests done in the comfort of their own homes.  Read the rest of this entry

sleep apnea riskA recently concluded research has revealed that people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea but not diabetes have the same quantum of heart risks as those with both diabetes and the breathing disorder.

Romanian researchers examined the arterial function of 20 people without diabetes who had moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, 20 people with diabetes and OSA, and 20 healthy individuals.

After analysing how well their arteries were able to function through a series of tests, the researchers  found that all participants with OSA had stiffer arteries than those without the condition, regardless of whether or not they were diabetic . In addition, arterial stiffness was similar in both the non-diabetic OSA and diabetic OSA groups. Read the rest of this entry

chronic-fatigue-syndromeFibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja), is a condition that affects five to six million Americans. Eighty to ninety percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women and most people are diagnosed during middle age. Fibromyalgia presents itself as widespread chronic pain, multiple tender points in joints and muscles, sleep disturbances and insomnia, chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety, and an interference with basic daily activities. A high percentage may also have irritable bowel syndrome, which could suggest a food allergy component.According to the National Institutes of Health web site, many people with fibromyalgia report varying degrees of success with complementary and alternative therapies such as massage, low impact exercise or stretching, chiropractic treatments, vitamins and minerals, eliminating allergic foods, avoiding caffeine or alcohol, and drinking a lot of water. Read the rest of this entry

Vitamins and Minerals to Stay Healthy

health vitamins mineralsVitamins and minerals are so important that health fails if you don’t get a steady supply of them. Do you know what you can do to make sure your body gets enough of all the vitamins and minerals it needs? Or how these nutrients lower the risk of diseases, including stroke, diabetes, sleep disorders, and cancers?

You can find out in Vitamins and Minerals, a Special Health Report from the doctors at Harvard Medical School. This instructive and empowering report will give you a practical understanding of the roles these nutrients play in protecting health and preventing illness. Read the rest of this entry

sleep drugThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requiring the manufacturers of Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar and Zolpimist, widely used sleep drugs that contain the active ingredient zolpidem, to lower current recommended doses. Ambien and Ambien CR are also available as generics. New data show that zolpidem blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving.
Using lower doses of zolpidem means less of the drug will remain in the blood in the morning hours. Since women eliminate zolpidem from their bodies more slowly than men, the FDA has notified the manufacturers that the recommended dose should be lowered for women and that the labeling should recommend that health care professionals consider a lower dose for men. Data show the risk for next-morning impairment is highest for patients taking the extended-release forms of these drugs. The FDA urges health care professionals to caution all patients (men and women) who use these products about the risks of next-morning impairment for activities that require complete mental alertness, including driving. Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive Sleep Apnea:New Research Explorations

OSA1An important new finding has come from an observational study linking obstructive sleep apnea with cancer mortality. Based on 22 years of follow-up data from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, investigators reported that mortality was higher for people with mild obstructive sleep apnea , moderate obstructive sleep apnea , and severe obstructive sleep apnea .

Cancer mortality in this context refers to all types of cancer, with lung cancer the most frequent. The researchers cited preclinical studies showing that chronic or intermittent hypoxia—the latter mimicking clinical obstructive sleep apnea—can lead to tumor growth and resistance to radiotherapy. This new research provides a possible mechanistic link between obesity and cancer, and will help to increase awareness of obstructive sleep apnea by broadening its potential detrimental outcomes beyond the cardiovascular system. Whether the purported effects of obstructive sleep apnea on cancer mortality will be reported in other cohorts or can be mitigated by intervention is unclear. Read the rest of this entry

cpapContinuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) effectively decreases the risk of cardiovascular death in elderly patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA),

Findings of a research study conducted in Spain attempted assessment OSA and the effectiveness of CPAP treatment in cardiovascular mortality in the elderly and revealed that the younger patients, elderly patients with severe, untreated sleep apnea have a higher cardiovascular mortality than those with mild to moderate disease or those without sleep apnea.

The research also revealed that treatment with CPAP can reduce cardiovascular mortality in elderly OSA patients to levels similar to those found in patients without disease or with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

Breathing Disorders Linked with Insomnia

 Insomnia is a sleep disorder that compels the sufferer to stay awake or reduces the capacity to fall asleep.Insomnia is also a transient condition due to emotional stress, anxiety or a response to certain medications or medical conditions.

Insomnia occurrence without any known medical reason is termed as primary insomnia. Chronic insomnia is diagnosed if the condition lasts for longer than a month.

insomniaInsomnia has significant physiological and psychological consequences. Restorative sleep is as important to our well-being as healthy food and regular exercise.

Insomnia diminishes quality of life up to large extent. If unresolved, chronic insomnia causes slowed reactions, mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, physical ailments such as obesity and increased risk for cardiovascular diseases as well as lower performance at work or at school. Read the rest of this entry

Weight Loss May Help Sleep Apnea Symptoms

lose weightFor those people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea it is possible to reduce the impacts of the obstructive sleep apnea by losing a significant amount of weight.

When in sleep , people with sleep apnea wake up multiple times throughout the night as they struggle to breathe. The condition can cause severe daytime tiredness and other symptoms. People who suffer from sleep apnea are treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a treatment that uses a machine to keep their airways open during sleep.  Read the rest of this entry

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