Over the shelf sleep drugsAlmost everyone suffers from trouble sleeping at one time or another. Insomnia – the inability to sleep – isn’t a single disorder itself, but rather a general symptom like fever or pain.

People with insomnia may be plagued by trouble falling asleep, unwelcome awakenings during the night, and fitful sleep. They may experience daytime drowsiness, yet still be unable to nap, and are often anxious and irritable or forgetful and unable to concentrate.

Nearly half of insomnia stems from underlying psychological or emotional issues. Stressful events, mild depression, or an anxiety disorder can keep people awake at night. When the underlying cause is properly treated, insomnia usually improves. If not, additional strategies to help promote sleep may be needed. Read the rest of this entry

Poor Sleep Leads To Migraines

chronic-migraine-headachesExperts are of the opinion that spending hours hunched over a computer screen, not sleeping enough or even overdoing it at the gym could be blamed for migraines.

According to health specialists the pressures of modern life can be as disabling as dietary triggers like takeaways, red wine, cheese and chocolate.

There are cases when some of the sufferers were falling victim to attacks because they were desperately trying not to eat certain foods but neglecting their posture and becoming over-dependent on painkillers. Read the rest of this entry

sleep disorder in military personnelA recently concluded research study attempted describing the prevalence of sleep disorders in military personnel referred for polysomnography and identify relationships between demographic characteristics, comorbid diagnoses, and specific sleep disorders.

This retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted with the military medical treatment facility involving active duty military personnel with diagnostic polysomnogram in 2010.

Primary sleep disorder rendered by review of polysomnogram and medical record by a board certified sleep medicine physician. Demographic characteristics and conditions of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), anxiety, depression, and pain syndromes determined by medical record review. Read the rest of this entry

Extended Sleep Ease Out Pain

sleepA  research published in the journal SLEEP, revealed that enhanced sleep time and reduced sleepiness in mildly sleepy, but otherwise healthy, individuals increases alertness and in turn reduces pain sensitivity.

“Our results suggest the importance of adequate sleep in various chronic pain conditions or in preparation for elective surgical procedures,” says Timothy Roehrs (Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan).

“We were surprised by the magnitude of the reduction in pain sensitivity, when compared to the reduction produced by taking codeine.” Read the rest of this entry

Antidepressants Can Lead to Insomnia,Hot Flashes

hotflashesHot flashes and night sweats create a sudden feeling of warmth and often a breakout of sweating in the upper half of the body. These flashes are experienced by 80% of women around the time of menopause, and also by men due to a lessening of testosterone in middle age. Another source of hot flashes can be medications. According to WebMD, “Taking certain medications can lead to night sweats. Antidepressant medications are a common type of drug that can lead to night sweats. From 8% to 22% of people taking antidepressant drugs have night sweats. Other psychiatric drugs have also been associated with night sweats.”

The “Sleep in America” poll results from the National Sleep Foundation recently found that more than half of all Americans (60%) experience a sleep problem every night or almost every night. Interestingly, a ten-year study to discover which drugs are used to treat insomnia was published in the journal “Sleep”. The study found that prescriptions for sleeping medications have decreased by 53.7%, but that antidepressant drugs prescribed for insomnia have increased by a surprising 146%. Examples of antidepressants prescribed for insomnia are trazodone, doxepin, trimipramine, and amitriptyline. Read the rest of this entry

OSAThe American Sleep Apnea Association reports that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 1 in 4 men and 1 in 9 women in the United States. Eighty percent to 90 percent of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) cases remain undiagnosed.

If left unattended and untreated, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is directly linked with an increased incidence of hypertension, stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and memory loss.

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are also 10 times more likely to die from a motor vehicle accident because of impaired driving performance. Read the rest of this entry

Researchers have measured and confirmed the existence of a possible link between sleep apnea and post-surgical delirium.

“The association between sleep apnea and postoperative delirium is big news because it may offer us a way to control postoperative delirium which can be devastating,” said senior author Madan Kwatra, Ph.D., a research team member  at the Duke University Medical Center.

The study findings will be published in the April 2012 issue of journal Anesthesiology.

Delirium is not a minor consequence. The condition involves an acute and fluctuating consciousness and ability to understand, and is associated with health problems and higher risk of death right after surgery. Delirium is a strong predictor of mortality even 10 years after surgery. Read the rest of this entry

Treatment with pregabalin significantly improved sleep and pain in patients with fibromyalgia, according to research presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, in Honolulu (S27.003).

According to the researchers the improvement in total sleep time was comparable to that seen with standard, FDA-approved sleep-promoting agents such as zolpidem [Ambien, Sanofi-aventis] or eszopiclone [Lunesta, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals],

The researchers enrolled 119 patients, 103 of who were women, to treatment with pregabalin (300-450 mg per day) or placebo in a randomized double-blind fashion. Patients had a mean age of 48.4 years. Dose adjustment took place in the first 14 days, followed by maintenance dosing until day 29. After a two-week taper and washout period, patients repeated the protocol in the other study arm. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Eludes Women With Bladder Disorder

The first study to document sleep problems in women with interstitial cystitis (IC), a painful and chronic bladder condition, has revealed the vast majority of sufferers are plagued by restless nights and ongoing sleep problems.

In the May-June 2011 issue of Urologic Nursing, Dr. Alis Kotler Panzera and her Philadelphia associates found 100% of the 407 study participants reported poor sleep, caused mainly by the need to urinate or from pain associated with IC. For the women, the sleepless nights cause daytime fatigue, loss of productivity, depression and an overall drop in quality of life.

The majority of the participants were from the United States, post-menopausal and between 55 and 60 years of age. The cause of IC, which
affects 1.2 million American women, is unknown, and there is no known cure. The main symptoms are urinary frequency, urgency and pain.

In analyzing the results of the study, Panzera encourages nurses to use cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia and to educate patients about ways to improve sleep.

“Nurses should be aware that the cause of the poor sleep quality may be multi-factoral,” she writes. “Therefore, appropriate screening of
all conditions that may interfere with sleep in this population, such as chronic insomnia, depression and obstructive sleep apnea, should be performed.”

As this was the first study to describe sleep quality in women with IC, Panzera says there are many issues remaining for future investigation, including better tests and treatments.

(Research: Sleep Disruption and Interstitial Cystitis Symptoms in Women; Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, APN-C, RN; Judith Reishtein, PhD, RN; & Patricia Shewokis, PhD, Urologic Nursing, May-June 2011.)

Source: Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA)

By Jobee Knight

The abuse of prescription pain medications is at an all-time high.  A recent White House study reported a 400 percent increase in the number of people admitted to treatment centers and emergency rooms for abusing prescription pain drugs. The increase was tracked during the 10-year-period from 1998 to 2008 and it spans every gender, race, education and employment level, and all regions of the country. A government representative from the Substance Abuse program said, “The non-medical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second-most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the Nation”

A battle has been raging for some time between potent natural remedies and addictive drugs and medicines.  This is mostly due to the lack of easily understood knowledge about which natural options have been proven effective.  In 400 B.C. the “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates said to his students “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”.  Mother Nature has provided us with two natural remedies for pain and insomnia that are backed by scientific studies as well as the test of time – calcium and magnesium.  Read the rest of this entry

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