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Sleep Apnea Linked To Migraine, Panic Disorder, Hearing And Other Things You Need To Know

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.

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Got Insomnia? Eight Tips to Help You Get the Sleep You Need

Cartoon of man counting sheep

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
  • Irritability
  • 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.

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Wait, Americans say they’re getting almost 9 hours of sleep a night? That can’t be right.

 June 18

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.

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Around the Clock: Sleep disorders can have wide-ranging consequences


June 18, 2014 1:30 pm  •  

Ulcers, hyperglycemia, diabetes, hypertension, gastric intestinal problems are not always caused by diet – they could be linked to a disrupted internal clock.

Working a job that requires shift-work or experiencing chronic jet lag disrupts your circadian rhythm. It results in countless consequences to your body that simply can’t be fixed by counting sheep.

“Stimulants such as caffeine can disrupt a patient’s circadian rhythm but also irregular sleep habits, jet lag, Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, which is common in teenagers, Shift Work Sleep Disorder and Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, which is common in older people,” says Dr. Baqhar Mohideen, the medical director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Porter Regional Hospital.

“A quarter of American workers are on shift-work – 10 percent of which experience Shift Work Sleep Disorders.”

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder is when patients fall asleep late and have difficulty waking up in the morning.

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Better Sleep: 4 Simple Ways to Help

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.  

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Diagnostic tools help patients overcome sleep disorders

 Virgil Pfeifle noticed after beginning a new job with an early morning shift that he was tired during the day. He was certain he wasn’t getting a full night’s sleep.

“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.

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REM sleep disorder: A sign of impending brain diseases


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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.

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Study Links Pot Use With Poor Sleep


It’s possible that insomnia leads some people to turn to marijuana, study authors say

Study Links Pot Use With Poor Sleep

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

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.

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Not getting enough sleep? Blame your pet

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.

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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.
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Lack of Sleep Increases Levels of Protein that Cause Alzheimer’s Disease: Study

By Vishakha Sonawane | Jun 05, 2014 08:00 AM EDT

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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.

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