Deadly African Sleeping Sickness

African sleeping sicknessSleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis, is actually a potentially fatal parasitic infection that has ravaged populations in sub-Saharan Africa for decades, and it continues to infect thousands of people every year.

Since 1940 some of the drugs have been developed to treat sleeping sickness but these are highly toxic and sometimes cause painful side effects and even death.

Researchers at the University of Georgia have made a discovery that may soon lead to new therapies for this critically neglected disease that cause neither the risks nor the pain associated with traditional treatments.

The scientists at UGA’s Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases discovered a specific receptor tucked away in an organelle inside the disease-causing trypanosome parasite that regulates the release of calcium, which is responsible for numerous critical cell functions required for parasite growth and replication. Read the rest of this entry

sleep apnea disorderSleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person experiences one or more breathing pauses or shallow breaths while sleeping. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway collapses or becomes blocked. It can range from mild to severe.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, memory or learning problems or not being able to concentrate, feeling irritable or depressed, waking up frequently to urinate, dry mouth or sore throat upon waking.

Sleep Apnea Dangers: Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes; worsen heart failure; make irregular heartbeats more likely; and increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents. Read the rest of this entry

Understanding Couple’s Sleeeping Styles

couple sleeping styleIn order to understand sleeping behavior of people it is also important to evaluate how couples get along in bed.

These findings indicate the importance of a sleep surface that provides comfort and support from edge to edge, because a relatively small number of consumers sleep cuddled up with their partners.

Most consumers wind up on their own side of the bed at some point in night. And about one in 10 consumers reports sleeping in a separate bedroom from their partner. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea and Drowsy Driving Risks

drowsy drivingSleep Apnea and Driving

  • Sleeping less than six hours a night and/or snoring triples your risk of falling asleep at the wheel and untreated sleep apnea increases that risk seven times, says the National Sleep Foundation
  • Driving drowsy slows reaction time and impairs ability to make sound decisions
  • Driver fatigue causes 100,000 crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Impaired sleep impacts driving performance much the same way as alcohol; combined, exhaustion and alcohol yield dangerous results on the road 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

environmental heatStruggling to sleep through soaring temperatures is a matter of concern for many people around the world.

Sleep and body control of temperature (thermoregulation) are interlinked in a complex way.  Core body temperature follows a 24-hour cycle linked with the sleep-wake rhythm. Body temperature decreases during the night-time sleep phase and rises during the wake phase.

Maximum probability for sleep to occur is when core temperature is on decrease. This probability is minimum when the core temperature is on rise.Human hands and feet play a key role in facilitating sleep as they permit the heated blood from the central body to lose heat to the environment through the skin surface.

The sleep hormone melatonin plays an important part of the complex loss of heat through the peripheral parts of the body. At the onset of the sleep , core body temperature falls but peripheral skin temperature rises. But temperature changes become more complex during sleep as our temperature self-regulation varies according to sleep stage. Read the rest of this entry

Better Sleep Tips For Sports Persons

sportspersonsSports Persons need to get proper sleep every day to ensure he or she is rested for athletic activity. A good night’s sleep is vital for recovering from an injury, increasing energy, and it can also help increase overall athletic performance. Better sleep is an essential element for a sportsperson to perform at his or her highest level. There are few basic essentials that sports-persons must ensure to get better sleep, which can improve his or her performance, and help him or her recover from injury.

Sleeping and Waking up at Scheduled Time

Sports-persons must ensure that he or she is going to bed and wake up at the scheduled time every day. This process will help an athlete get back into his or her normal sleep cycle, and can help him or her feel more rested. An athlete will need to keep the same sleep cycle to help him or her feel energized, increase metabolism, and also prevent injuries. Not sticking to a scheduled sleep cycle could lead to serious injuries on the field.  Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Medication and Its Long Term Impacts

sleeping pillsSleeping pills are over-prescribed.  There should always be caution with prescribing these medications as some of the long-term effects on memory can be a problem. Instead more sex and cuddles with your partner are a better option for sleep.

Nationally nearly 680,000 sleeping pill prescriptions were doled out in the year to June 30. Before taking sleep medication, there were several things people could do to help with issues around sleep.

Avoiding stimulants like coffee and alcohol before bed, regular exercise and healthy eating are far better options. At the same time a hot bath, more sex and cuddles with your partner are among the highly recommended options. Read the rest of this entry

What Causes Night Sweats? Are there Remedies?

night sweating remediesA night sweat is a “hot flash” that occurs in the night, often while one is sleeping. A hot flash, also called a hot flush, is a sudden unexpected 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 men can also have them due to a lessening of testosterone.

At night time while a woman sleeps, her body temperature rises steeply just prior to a hot flash, causing her to wake up. The National Sleep Foundation writes that as many as 61% of post-menopausal women report having symptoms of insomnia and less satisfying sleep, due in part due to hot flashes interrupting their sleep with frequent awakenings. Read the rest of this entry

50% Women Have Risk of Mild-to-Severe Sleep Apnea

A recently concluded Swedish research study established that 50 % of the women who underwent the overnight sleep study turned out to have mild-to-severe sleep apnea.

The random population sample constituting 400 women were monitored while sleeping. Almost 50% of these women experienced at least five episodes an hour when they stopped breathing for longer than 10 seconds, the minimum definition of sleep apnea.

Among the obese and women with hypertension the risk factors for sleep apnea was recorded as high as 80 to 84 percent of occurrence.

Dr. Karl Franklin, the lead author of the study and a professor at Umea University in Sweden says,’ How important the mild sleep apnea is, we don’t know”. The study also recorded high occurrence of mild sleep apnea among the womenRead the rest of this entry

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