Originally posted in Tech Times By Rina Marie Doctor, Tech Times | July 27, 9:54 AM
Previous studies suggest that both depressive and anxiety disorders emerge after a diagnosis of sleep apnea had been made. However, the exact association between sleep apnea and panic disorder is not clearly established and so a group of researchers decided to investigate on their relationship. Migraines and hearing impairments are also being linked to sleep apnea in other literatures.
A group of researchers, who studied the association of panic disorder and sleep apnea obtained their data from patients diagnosed with sleep apnea from 2000-2010 through the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The researchers found that out of 43,496 participants, 263 were stricken by panic disorder after a mean follow-up period of 3.92 years. With this, the researchers acknowledge that sleep apnea may be a risk factor for panic disorder and recommend physicians to consider the comorbid factor of panic disorder in patients with sleep apnea.
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep also spells trouble for your waking hours. For better sleep, you can start by putting your smart phone away.
At night you lie in bed, watching the clock and stressing out that you will have to get up in a few hours. During the day, you’re exhausted, sleepy and unfocused.
You’re not alone. At least 40 million Americans suffer each year from sleep disorders such as apnea, narcolepsy or restless leg syndrome, says the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Another 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.
The amount of sleep each person needs depends on many factors, including age. For most adults, the best amount of sleep is seven to eight hours a night, the NIH says. Some people, though, may need as few as five hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep, the NIH says.
If you are sleep-deprived for a long period of time, talk to your doctor.
“I was really, really trying — fighting to stay awake in the morning and at work,” said Pfeifle, now 74, who started the job in 2006.
He underwent a sleep study, in which he slept overnight in a sleep lab with dozens of leads that monitored his respiration, heart rhythms, leg movements, snoring and several other processes, and was diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Pfeifle’s breathing stopped over and over again while he slept when a muscle closed his throat and prevented him from inhaling oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide.
Now Pfeifle uses a CPAP machine that keeps his airway open and allows him to breathe while he sleeps.
The sleep disorder in particular, called REM behavior disorder, could be a sign of impending neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson’s and dementia, scientists have claimed, reports ANI.
Presenting their research at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2014 Annual Meeting, researchers are not sure why spontaneous and unexplained disturbance in REM sleep should lead to a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s, but new longitudinal imaging data show a clear correlation between idiopathic REM behavior disorder and dysfunction of the dopamine transporter system involved in a wide range of vital brain functions, including memory and motor control.
Dysfunction associated with dopamine in the brain marks the first hints of Parkinson’s disease. In order to gauge the relationship between the REM sleep disorder and neurodegeneration, scientists performed molecular neuroimaging using a technique called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), which allows clinicians to evaluate bodily functions instead of focusing on structure, the forte of conventional radiology.
WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who use marijuana may have trouble falling and staying asleep and feel drowsy during the day, new research suggests.
And adults who started using the drug before they were 15 seem to be twice as likely as nonusers to have problems falling asleep, not feeling rested after sleep and feeling tired during the day, the University of Pennsylvania researchers said.
It’s possible that people who already suffer from insomnia turn to marijuana as a way to help them sleep, said study lead researcher Michael Grandner, an instructor in psychiatry at the university.
“The type of person who reports marijuana use in the U.S. is more likely to also be the type of person who has sleep problems,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that one is causing the other.”
It’s more likely that people with sleep problems and stress may turn to marijuana as a way to self-medicate, Grandner said.
More than half of the patients seeking consultations at the Mayo Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center are pet owners whose sleep is disturbed by their furry friends.
Thu, Jun 05, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Is a snoring dog or yowling cat keeping you from getting enough shut-eye? You’re not alone.
A Mayo Clinic study found that more than half of the patients seeking consultations at its sleep
clinic are pet owners whose sleep is disturbed by their kitty and canine companions.
Forty-one percent of the sleep-deprived pet owners said the disturbances come from allowing their cats or dogs to share the bed, while 58 percent say the disruption comes from simply letting their pets sleep in the same room.
And snoring isn’t just a people problem. The study found that 21 percent of sleep clinic patients had snoring dogs and 7 percent had snoring cats.
By Vishakha Sonawane | Jun 05, 2014 08:00 AM EDT
People suffering from sleep apnea have greater chances of getting pneumonia, a latest study shows. (Photo : REUTERS/Max Rossi)
Poor sleep increases the levels of a particular protein tied to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows.
For the study, researchers examined 26 middle-aged men who reported normal sleeping habits. Half the participants were randomly assigned to the sleeping group and the rest were told to stay awake throughout the night.
The researchers inserted a catheter into the spines of all the participants so that the team could measure the levels of amyloid-beta protein before and after the night session. High levels of amyloid-beta have been identified as a potential risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers found that men in the sleeping group had amyloid-beta levels that were 6 percent lower than the levels measured at the baseline. The protein levels in the men who stayed awake remained the same.Read More