Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 2:57 PM
Across 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
Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Vitamin D is known as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because spending time outdoors in the sun is known to increase vitamin D in the body via the skin. Our ancestors spent a considerable amount of their time outdoors, but for the first time in history, large amounts of the world population spend most of their time inside their offices and homes. Researchers at the East Texas Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have discovered that vitamin D helps to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. They’ve found a definite link between vitamin D deficiency and the current global epidemic of sleep disorders.
Rapid eye movement sleep (REM) is one of the deepest levels of sleep. It is the level in which dreaming occurs, and its related to good memory and learning. A disruption of REM sleep or an absence of it, is one form of insomnia. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 4:13 PM
Fibromyalgia (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, extreme 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
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 7:05 PM
Not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy the life’s simple pleasure, a good night’s sleep.
It is estimated that at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic or long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. Obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy are some of the most common sleep disorders.
A chronic and little-known sleep dysfunction, mostly observed in blind people, is non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, also known as N24HSWD, which results in symptoms of insomnia and/or excessive sleepiness.
This debilitating circadian rhythm sleep disorder affects individuals who are unable to synchronize their internal body clock to the standard 24-hour light-dark cycle, and therefore they do not necessarily associate night with sleep, and day with being awake. The chronic sleep deprivation due to N24HSWD may lead to impairment in daily functioning, social interactions, school and work performance, and increases the risk for accidents. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 9:21 PM
For years, you’ve been through the loss of an hour in the spring and the gain of an hour in the fall as part of daylight saving time. With the upcoming time change slated for 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, adults may be used to it, but children, including teenagers, may not be.
According to a sleep specialist, “the spring’s loss of an hour is usually the one that causes the most sleeping havoc”.
However, parents can lessen the effects of potential sleep deprivation with a few simple steps, says Dr. Philip Alapat, medical director, Sleep Disorders Center, Harris County Hospital District, and assistant professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine.
“While some adults are significantly affected by the time changes, children tend to have the most difficult time,” he says. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 4:33 PM
The perfect pillow is the pillow that suits you best’ is the new launch statement for an Australian company that has a developed a unique way of selecting the perfect pillow. No longer is it a guess as to which pillow suits you perfectly and they guarantee it 100%.
Sleeping problems are now recognised as one of the greatest health issue facing us today with the rise in snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia increasing at an alarming rate. Sleeping is often taken for granted until it no longer happens and an Australian company is doing its part in helping people develop a comfortable sleeping pattern.
Pillows Made to Measure is a company that specialises in pillows and was founded by Dr Andrew Macfarlane D.C, D.O. a Chiropractor and Osteopath with over thirty years of clinical experience dealing with patient’s trying to find the perfect pillow. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 2:18 AM
By Jobee Knight
Stress can come from a variety of sources such as a troubled relationship, a bad job condition, illness, financial pressures, the hormonal changes that accompany aging, or just plain old not getting enough good food and rest. Sometimes the pressures of life can interfere with our sleep. Stress manifests on the physical level by an outpouring of the adrenal hormone cortisol. The adrenal glands are small triangular-shaped glands that sit on top of each kidney.
Cortisol has a stimulating effect and can promote wakefulness at the very time when one is trying to fall asleep. Scientists have recently discovered that increased blood levels of cortisol exist in people with chronic insomnia. Research has also uncovered that in the presence of elevated cortisol levels, the amount of calcium is rapidly reduced in the body – a mineral that’s widely known to assist with relaxation and sleep. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 at 9:45 PM
National Sleep Awareness Week ends this Sunday when, guess what, the clocks move forward and you lose another hour of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation found that more than 75 percent of American adults are experiencing sleeping problems in one form or another. There are over 90 official sleep disorders including sleep apnea,insomnia,narcolepsy and many others that have been identified, with insomnia leading the list, followed by sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, increase in obesity, increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, increased risk for psychiatric conditions including depression and substance abuse, and an inability to concentrate and learn new information.
Those most at risk for sleep disorders are students, night-shift workers, travelers and persons suffering from acute stress, depression or chronic pain. People who work several jobs can also experience sleep disorders. [ Read Complete Post By Dr. Cynthia Paulis At NYPress.Com … ]