100, 99, 98, 97 … 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … and let’s start counting those sheep all over again.
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You’re not alone. Most of us have experienced occasional insomnia but for some people, lack of sleep is a chronic issue.
Every once in a while probably won’t cause any problems, but when it’s a nightly occurence, insomnia can lead to a number of physical and mental health issues.
What can happen if you have chronic insomnia
- Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Lower performance on the job or at school
- Slowed reaction time while driving and higher risk of accidents
- Weight gain
- Substance abuse
- Weakened immune system
- Memory impairment
What the brain does when you’re sleeping
Exactly what happens during sleep that is so important to our brain function is still a scientific mystery.
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
By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter
Originally posted TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sleep difficulties, particularly problems falling asleep, are common among toddlers and preschoolers with mental health issues, according to a new study.
“Sleep problems in young children frequently co-occur with other behavioral problems, with evidence that inadequate sleep is associated with daytime sleepiness, less optimal preschool adjustment, and problems of irritability, hyperactivity and attention,” said the study’s leader, John Boekamp, clinical director of the pediatric partial hospital program at Bradley Hospital in Providence, R.I.
However, he said, sleep disorders may be unrecognized and underdiagnosed in young children, particularly when behavioral or emotional problems are present.
The study, published online in Child Psychiatry & Human Development, involved 183 children aged 6 years or younger receiving outpatient treatment for psychiatric problems. The researchers examined the prevalence of sleep disorders among these children and the nature of the sleep problems.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
I am really excited to share with you that Theravent and Talk About Sleep are partnering to help build and expand the conversation around snoring including its causes, effects, and remedies. We are collaborating to expand and educate this robust community, while giving the average snorer more representation and resources online.
To facilitate educating and connecting those in the snoring community, Theravent will lend its expertise to offer snorers solutions as well as promote the importance of recognizing snoring as a sleep disorder. Theravent plans to use its knowledge-base to share the latest innovations and research and feature insights from respected sleep experts. Towards this end, Talk About Sleep has added multiple levels of exciting and insightful content including general information, diagnosis, treatment and disease management. In addition, a snoring forum has been added which I will moderate. I look forward to connecting with you via the forum and I hope you will participate.Read More
Limited () has received FDA 510(k) approval from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its sleep apnea devices, allowing it to start sales in July.
The approvals were received for its new SomnoDent® Fusion Classic and SomnoDent® Fusion Flex oral appliances that were introduced at conventions at the beginning of June.
These have exchangeable wings, which makes adjustments of the forward position of the SomnoDent® device easier for the practitioner and patient.
Both products offer improvements over existing sleep apnea devices and a greater level of patient comfort.
The company’s products are already distributed throughout 16 countries in Europe, which represents 40% of its global sales.
Outlook for European sales volume and revenue growth in FY14/15 is strong.
Originally posted in Proactiveinvestors.Read More
By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
How do you feel at 8:00 each day, in the morning and in the evening? These used to be really unpleasant times for me. I would be groggy when the sun rose and sluggish when the sun went down. And I would struggle to relax—contending with hot flashes, joint pain and restlessness during the twilight hours in between.
I am an ambitious person. Like most of you, I am juggling work, volunteering and spending time with loved ones. And I always strive to make a positive impact through what I do. But I also know that if I don’t take care of myself, then I can’t be a source of support to others.
That’s why I came up with these healthy nighttime habits to help make sure I wake up empowered for the day. I think you deserve these too!
1. Maintain an evening routine to unwind and disconnect
When bedtime rolls around, my mind is usually still active with ideas and thinking of my long to-do list.
Read More A resting panda. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
Sleep is the white whale of American life, the alpha and the omega of all that we are and all that we could possibly be, if only we could get a little more rest. The lack of sleep among Americans is a “public health epidemic,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Somewhere between 50 million and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders or deprivation, reports the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The benefits of sleep are fairly obvious (you are well rested); the drawbacks of not sleeping enough are legion (a lack of sleep has been linked to making children more obese, preventing the brain from flushing out toxins and generally increasing a person’s risk of developing all sorts of major illnesses).
The desire for a better, deeper, more restful sleep has spurred more and more people to purchase and use sleep aids.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Psych meds are supposed to help conditions like depression, irritability, and memory problems, to name a few. One doctor says many of these kids don’t need drugs, but instead they just need a good night’s sleep.
“I want to be on Broadway,” William Einbinder is an energetic young man, but one day his father could see a big difference psychologically.
“He’d come home from school in the afternoon, and fall asleep, which is not like him. He’s a very outgoing kind of a kid, and also his grades started dropping,” says Morgan Einbinder.
Even William could tell something was wrong, “I dropped from an A in math to a C.”
So the family went together to see a doctor. ” A lot of these disorders, a lot of these psychiatric disorders could be brought back to a sleeping issue at night,” says Dr.