About a quarter of people who are married or live with someone say that they’ve lost sleep because of their bed partner, according to a 2005 National Sleep Foundation survey.
And one of the biggest culprits — unsurprisingly — is snoring.
“Today” show viewers sent in video snapshots of what keeps them up at night. And while the results, seen in the clip above, are easy to laugh off, snoring can actually be serious.
Snoring “can be a sign of something more serious, called sleep apnea,” said Eric Cohen, M.D., an obstruction of the airways that can cause a snorer to stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night.
“Your body has to work harder, your heart has to work harder,” Cohen said about sleep apnea, which can lead to health concerns like increased risk of depression, diabetes and heart attack.
Sleep problems could be a major factor in explaining why more than 60 percent of firefighter deaths are caused by heart attacks and traffic accidents, a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found.
Researchers sampled almost 7,000 firefighters across the U.S. and examined how many tested positive for sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, shift-work disorder and restless leg syndrome, the New York Times reports.
They found that 37 percent of firefighters suffered from at least one type of sleep disorder.
“Our findings demonstrate the impact of common sleep disorders on firefighter health and safety, and their connection to the two leading causes of death among firefighters,” said lead author Laura K. Barger. “Unfortunately, more than 80% of firefighters who screened positive for a common sleep disorder were undiagnosed and untreated.”
Barber’s team found that when compared with those who had a good night’s sleep, firefighters who had a sleep disorder were more likely to crash their car or fall asleep at the wheel. Read More
A common therapy to tackle obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) does not become a hindrance between the sheets, says a study, allaying fears of OSA patients who believe the therapy interferes with sex.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is somewhat common in patients with OSA who are often recommended to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask to get rid of the ED symptoms.
The machine uses a constant flow of positive air pressure to ensure the wearer gets adequate oxygen.
“However, some patients may feel that the PAP interferes with foreplay and sex,” the study said.
For their research, the team from Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago analysed 52 participants who were screened about their sex life, compliance of PAP use, body mass index (BMI), presence of ED and use of drugs like Viagra.
Results showed that when adjusting for all confounding variables, CPAP compliance does not predict sexual quality of life. Read More
Hispanics in the U.S. at risk for cardiovascular disease also have a high prevalence of sleep apnea, which is often undiagnosed, suggesting the untreated sleep disorder can lead to diabetes and hypertension in this population, according to an analysis of the results of the landmark Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (SOL).
Alberto R. Ramos, M.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor of clinical neurology and co-director of the Sleep Medicine Program at Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, co-authored the report that examined the prevalence of sleep apnea and its relation to high blood pressure and diabetes among 14,440 middle-aged Hispanic men and women from 2008 to 2012. Participants for SOL were recruited from four field centers across the country in Miami, San Diego, Chicago and the Bronx.
The study, “Sleep Disordered Breathing in Hispanic/Latino Individuals of Diverse Backgrounds: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos,” was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Read More
Researchers at the Sleep and Human Health Institute and Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences, Ltd investigated drug failure in 1210 chronic insomnia patients and found 91% of those who completed sleep studies actually suffered from previously undiagnosed sleep apnea, a critical factor likely to be aggravating their insomnia.
Albuquerque, N.M., /2014 — Millions of people suffer from chronic insomnia. Complaining of stress, racing thoughts, and other relevant nighttime symptoms, these individuals feel incapable of sleeping all through the night. As their frustrations mount, they try drugstore or online over-the counter (OTC) remedies and many consult physicians who prescribe even stronger medications. Yet, most of these sleep aids fail to alleviate insomnia symptoms, leaving them Sleepless in “Fill-in the City.” The Sleep and Human Health Institute conducted research identifying the cause of drug failure in chronic insomniacs and found overwhelming evidence indicating that most treatment-seeking insomnia patients suffer from unrecognized sleep apnea. Read More
Posted: 10:29 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014
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