Firefighters May Have Undiagnosed Sleep Disorders

firefighters sleep problemsA recently concluded research study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has revealed that many firefighters may have undiagnosed sleep disorders.

Researchers examined nearly 7,000 firefighters from 66 fire departments across the United States. Of those, 37% suffered from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, shift-work disorder and restless leg syndrome.

“These firefighters have also been found prone to car accidents or to have fallen asleep while driving”, the study findings have recorded. Chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety also have large probability among these firefighters, according to the research revelations. Read the rest of this entry

Restless Leg Syndrome:Natural Remedies

restless leg syndromeRestless Leg Syndrome as a disruptive condition that affects the nervous system.  Up to 10% of the U.S. population have some form of it.  It results in an irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms), and is often accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs such as creeping, crawling, tingling, pulling or pains.  Because RLS most often occurs in the evening, it can disrupt sleep, contribute to insomnia, and greatly reduce a person’s quality of life.  RLS tends to run in families.  There are a few natural remedies that have been shown to help calm the symptoms of restless legs. Read the rest of this entry

sleep studyIt is not just the amount of sleep that is important for good health, but the right type of sleep is also needed for an individual to prevent some of these more serious health problems,

Slow brain wave sleep allows the body to restore at the cellular level. Without this cellular repair, the risk of disease increases for obesity, diabetes, depression and hypertension.

The measurement of these brain waves, heart rates, oxygen levels and other body functions during sleep can only be diagnosed through a medical sleep study. Read the rest of this entry

Is Your Child Getting Healthy Sleep?

Sleep is sleep, isn’t it?

But have you ever thought about whether your child is getting healthy sleep?

The sleep quality among infants and children generally vary just as the quality of their diets do.

Healthy sleep is as important as good nutrition and exercise for normal growth and development. Sleep also impacts daytime mood and functioning. If your child has poor grades or other difficulties in school, it’s possible that could be traced back to lack of sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Effects of Sleep Disorders Increase During Pregnancy

A research study focused on ‘Sleep and vigilance disorders in pregnancy’ revealed that the overall effect of sleep disorders increase during all trimesters of pregnancy.The research was conducted at the Department of Neurology, CHU La Miletrie, Poitiers, France.

Objectives of this study included evaluation of frequency of sleep disorders like sleep apnea disorder, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and daytime sleepiness according to three defined trimesters of pregnancy. In orders to study and evaluate the effects of sleep disorders like sleep apnea and daytime sleepiness researchers selected 871 young pregnant women on random basis.

The research study was based on a cross-sectional design and included retrospective survey of pre-pregnancy stage, symptoms, and prospective survey of current symptoms. Researchers used questionnaires and interviews to derive inferences. Alterations in the sleeping patterns of mothers were analyzed to evaluate their sleep before pregnancy and sleeping patterns during different trimesters of pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry

Two Cookeville sleep centers have announced merger this week. Sleep Solutions of Cookeville has consolidated with the Sleep  Lab of Cookeville Regional, a move that will allow the CRMC facility to expand  its services, double the number of beds for studies and increase its staff  two-fold. The hospital’s board of trustees approved a $250,000  purchase price for Sleep Solutions, its assets and equipment.

With the merger, Sleep Solutions’ rented  facility on North Washington Avenue will close. The Sleep Lab at CRMC,  meanwhile, located on West Fourth Street, will double in capacity.

“We  were both two busy four-bed labs, and we decided it would be best if we joined  efforts,” said Scott Clayton, former CEO of Sleep Solutions and the new director  of the Sleep Lab of Cookeville Regional. “We will increase to six beds on  Tuesday and we’ll be moving to eight beds here as soon as possible.” Read the rest of this entry

Insomnia, one of the most dreaded – yet highly common – is affecting more than 30% of the world’s population. Not surprisingly, people today have been found to experience 20% less of the good night’s sleep that people from 100 years ago tremendously enjoyed. Often caused by stress and anxiety or involving genetics, insomnia is prompting roughly 10 million Americans to pop prescription medicine to help them fall into a deep slumber.

As the number of “insomniacs” around the world soars, so does the need for trusted, relevant data on how alleviate the condition.

Established in 2005, aims to provide a wealth of facts and advice on a range of sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and shift work sleep disorder. The website contains insomnia definition to help visitors understand the condition, while tackling in detail what causes insomnia and how to treat it. Read the rest of this entry

Older adults need about 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep, but for many reasons they may often be sleep deprived.  Sleep deprivation may be caused by day time napping, anxiety, sleep apnea, or movement disorders such as restless leg syndrome, medications, or dementia.

Risks of sleep deprivation include: a decreased ability to fight infection, heart disease (48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease), high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, an increase incidence of accidents, impairment of attention, judgment, and problem solving.  Lack of sleep contributes to depression, aging of the skin, anxiety, and weight gain. Sleep maybe the fountain of youth but unlike that elusive natural wonder, sleep can be found and embraced.

There are many ways to get better nights sleep.  Most important is to minimize sleep during the day. A short daytime nap may be beneficial but multiple naps or extended daytime sleeping affects the quality and quantity of the primary sleep period.  Developing habits around bedtime, the waking hour, regular exercise, and a relaxing bedtime routine, help to maximize sleep.  Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and  large quantities of liquids and food should also be avoided close

Safe sleep is just as important and good sleep.  When getting up in the middle of the night from a sound sleep, disorientation, low blood pressure or generalized weakness may develop. Stay safe at night by keeping a phone with emergency phone numbers close to the bed, having a nightlight in the bathroom, removing area rugs and getting up slowly to make sure strength and balance are present before walking.  Falls are the leading cause of injury related visits to the emergency room, most of them happening at night.

People are affected by all kinds of sleep disorders — some genetically based and some because of our jobs — and those disorders can affect not only your health, but also safety.

Several studies in recent years have linked a lack of sleep to depression, intestinal disorders and heart disease. While there is no proof that getting more sleep prevents these diseases, it is clear that a lack of sleep, and shift work, affect how some people do their jobs.

A recent string of high-profile stories involving air traffic controllers missing planes while asleep on the job highlighted the issue and served as a wake-up call for the airline industry.

In one case, an air ambulance trying to land in Nevada had to wait after getting no response from the dozing controller. The air ambulance eventually landed on its own.

One US Airways pilot who spoke to Wiggin — but asked not to be identified — said it happens more often than some people might realize. Read the rest of this entry

The leading business intelligence provider, has released its latest research “Sleep Disorders Market to 2017- Generics Substitution Coupled with a Weak Pipeline Will Negatively Impact the Market”, which provides insights into sleep disorders therapeutics sales and price forecasts until 2017.

The report also examines the global sleep disorders treatment usage patterns. In addition, the geographical distribution of sleep disorders therapies across the US, the top five countries in the European region and Japan are also provided in the report.

The report also includes insights into the sleep disorders R&D pipeline. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the top four sleep disorders therapeutic indications, which are insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

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