A Better Night’s Sleep for Your Kids

sleep for Kidskids continually waking up in the middle of the night could be a nightmare for both parents and children. But here are some advice and products to help get some “rest for the weary.”

There are three main causes of “night wakings.” The first is night terrors, or bad dreams. Adults are able to shake it off and go back to sleep. It’s not that easy, obviously, for kids. Very young children often do not know what woke them and older children usually end up in the parent’s bed because naturally, they’re scared.”

The second is because of restless sleep: without a solid bedtime routine, kids are subject to a restless night’s sleep. It is always better to develop a routine each night to help your child relax and wind down from the day. (i.e., keep the light off, speak calmly, don’t stay in the room for a long time, read them a bedtime story, etc). Also, avoid caffeine and sugar before bed.

The third reason could be because of medical issues. If your child is waking in the middle of the night often, or complains of aches or pains, check with your pediatrician. Children are not immune to sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia. Read the rest of this entry

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

sleepImageAcross the globe more than a million exhausted people with sleep apnea—a sleep and breathing disorder caused when throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep—get into car accidents, causing over a thousand deaths every year.

 Apnea is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, an additional $3.4 billion in medical costs, and $16 billion in auto collision costs. Even though apnea has telltale signs (loud snoring, daytime fatigue), it remains totally undiagnosed in almost 75 percent of the people.

Polysomnography, the only diagnostic sleep study for sleep apnea is not cheap generally. the standard medical sleep study, requires a medical technician to attach 22 wires to a person’s body and monitor them all night long. The average cost is nearly $3,000. This is quite an out of the pocket expense for anyone. Follow-up tests are even more cost bearing and burdensome. The idea of doing clinical sleep studies once a month to monitor progress is a diagnostic crack-pipe fantasy. Read the rest of this entry

melatoninSleep doctors say many people who are diagnosed with insomnia are actually suffering a condition called delayed sleep phase disorder.

Physicians say up to 15 per cent of people who are told they have insomnia actually have the disorder, which makes it very hard for people to fall to sleep at night and difficult to get up in the morning.

Professor Ron Grunstein from the Woolcock Institute in Sydney says it is difficult to diagnose delayed sleep phase disorder.

“Most people who have it don’t know they have a disorder,” he said.

“They just think they have trouble getting off to sleep and trouble waking up.” Read the rest of this entry

sleep geneticsSleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/COLUMBUS, Ohio/ As more and more data indicate that sleep apnea is linked with cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and even an increase in deaths related to car accidents, an international consortium spanning five continents is working together to unravel the genetic basis for the condition.

From a scientific discovery standpoint, researchers in the Sleep Apnea Genetics International Consortium (SAGIC) are embarking on a massive undertaking. Considering those researchers are working in seven different time zones, the amount of biomedical information the group is intending to gather, combine and analyze, becomes even more remarkable. Read the rest of this entry

Dream Water To Sleep Better and Naturally

dream waterSleep is so important that even if you lose one hour in sleeplessness it can wreak havoc on your health.

Lack of sleep could lead to multiple health problems including sleep disorders, weight gain, inflammatory diseases, inattention while driving, just plain crankiness.

Dream Products has created a natural sleep aid meant to help people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep: Dream Water. It’s a zero-calorie, 2.5-ounce shot of drug-free sleep aid.

The company is promoting the “Dream Water” as a natural treatment. The main ingredients include GABA (gamma-amino buteric acid), an amino acid that helps you relax; melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleep; and 5-HTP, an amino acid to improve sleep quality, meaning it helps you stay asleep.

The amino acid 5-HTP is similar to what is in turkey, to which people attribute sleep-inducing characteristics.

Dream Water flavors have clever names like Snoozeberry, which is pomegranate and blueberry; NighTea Night, citrus flavors; and Paradise PM, tropical flavors.

Shots come in a four-pack for about $14, a 12-pack and a 24-pack, and are available at most drug stores and online. The website is promoting a free Snoozeberry sample now. Find out more at www.drinkdreamwater.com.

Sleep Disorders Open House At Devenport

devenport sleep centerThe Genesis Sleep Disorders Center will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at its Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park location, 1401 W. Central Park, Davenport.

Staff from Genesis Home Medical Equipment will be available to show new CPAP equipment used to treat sleep apnea. Board-certified sleep specialists will be available to answer sleep questions.

The Genesis Sleep Disorders Center offers treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, apnea, insomnia, sleepwalking and childhood sleep problems with the help of board-certified sleep physicians and registered sleep technologists. Genesis sleep programs are located in Davenport, DeWitt, Silvis, Maquoketa, and Aledo.

For information, call (563) 421-1525, or go to www.genesishealth.com/sleep.To see a board-certified sleep specialist at the Genesis Sleep Clinic, call centralized scheduling at (563) 421-3200, or toll-free at (866) 829-8108.

sleep center1WellStar Health System is celebrating helping people sleep better with the 20th anniversary of WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program.

The Sleep Medicine Program was launch in March of 1993 with a two-beded sleep center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Today, WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program has 20 beds at four locations in metro Atlanta and has performed nearly 30,000 sleep studies.

About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems. The WellStar Sleep Medicine Program treats sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea.

Sleep centers are located at WellStar Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill Hospitals and the WellStar Acworth Health Park. The Sleep Medicine program now offers home sleep testing and plans to open two additional sleep centers at South Cherokee Medical Center in Woodstock and at the new East Cobb Health Park, slated to open September 2014. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit wellstar.org.

Sleep Deprivation Makes People Feel Less Grateful

be gratefulA recently concluded research revealed that sleep deprivation makes people feel less grateful in their daily lives. The problem gets aggravated with one of the partners not getting enough sleep because of the sleep problems faced by other partner and this increases overall chances of feeling grateful than usual toward them the next day.The sleep disorders may cause serious relationship problems among the partners.

At the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Amie Gordon, the researcher and a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley  said ,”It really takes two well-rested partners for people to feel the most grateful,” Gordon said”. Read the rest of this entry

Advanced Sleep Institute Opens in Carbondale

sleep centerSleep disorders affect millions of Americans each year, and for the cause of addressing the issue Dr. Fakhre Alam decided to open a laboratory, research and treatment facility, the “Advanced Sleep Institute” in Carbondale in October. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffered from sleep-related difficulties in 2011, according to self-reporting statistics compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control. Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, and it can affect memory, concentration and mood.

Dr. Alam chose Carbondale because the city lacked a sleep disorder center. He also thought it would be convenient for his and others’ patients in Carbondale who suffer from sleep disorders.

Advanced Sleep Institute features four observation rooms with full-size beds, fans, private bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and other amenities. Subjects are monitored using sensors attached to their bodies while technicians observe them with cameras capable of zooming in close enough to read the face of a wristwatch. Read the rest of this entry

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