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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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Why snoring gets worse as you age

  • By Melissa Erickson

    Originally Posted in Lenconnect on Jul. 24, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Whether you’re wheezing, snorting or snuffling while sawing logs, your snoring is not only upsetting to your family, it could be a sign of ill health.

    And it’s probably getting worse with age.

    There are reasons why a person’s snoring becomes more disruptive as the birthdays roll by, said Dr. Ilene Rosen, a member of the board of directors for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine who is board certified in sleep, internal and pulmonary medicine.

    Cause for concern?

    About 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women are habitual snorers, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. While snoring may be a nuisance to your family, it can also point to underlying medical issues, said Rosen, who is the program director for the University of Pennsylvania Sleep Fellowship and an associate professor of clinical medicine for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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 3 Healthy Sleeping Habits Every Woman Should Adopt

By Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter

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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.

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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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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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Mysterious sleep disorders

 Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:00 pm

LOS ANGELES (Ivanhoe Newswire) – At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders each year. Another 20-million experience occasional sleeping problems. Some disorders can disrupt your sleep and your life.

As hair icons for companies like L’Oreal and Paul Mitchell, John and Suzanne Chadwick have traveled the world together.

“It’s been quite a journey,” Suzanne told Ivanhoe.

However, their biggest adventures happened at night, while John slept. For years, he acted out his dreams by punching, kicking, and even biting.

“One night, he bit me, and that, the bite mark lasted for two days,” Suzanne explained.

It got so bad that he would tie himself to the bed with this contraption.

“You think, ‘what in the hell’s going to happen to me?’”, John told Ivanhoe. “What have I got?”

John had REM sleep behavior disorder, or RBD. It causes violent episodes and puts patients at risk for other problems.

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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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Nearly Half of All Cancer Patients Experience Sleep Disorders

Cancer Treatment Centers of America opens sleep diagnostic center to help patients overcome sleeplessness and achieve optimal health before, during and after treatment

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CHICAGOJune 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — According to a study by the National Cancer Institute, nearly 45 percent of all cancer patients experience serious sleep disorders, compared to just 25 percent of the general population. Undiagnosed sleep related breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, can be dangerous for patients undergoing anesthesia for surgical procedures. Patients with sleep disorders may also be more sensitive to narcotic pain medications, and prone to fatigue from lack of sleep, limiting their ability to fight their disease. In June, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) will open an in hospital state-of-the-art sleep diagnostic center to help patients overcome sleep disorders in conjunction with their cancer care. The sleep diagnostic center is the latest in a myriad of services available at the hospital designed to help patients maintain the health and strength they need to battle cancer.

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Experts connect sleep deprivation to elevated risk of developing diabetes

Excessive noise is a common cause for a loss of sleep. Now, experts connect sleep deprivation to an elevated risk of developing diabetes.

“There is some evidence that sleep deprivation could lead to a pre-diabetic state,” says Mark Mahowald, MD, director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Hennepin County.

For many people, the body’s reaction to sleep loss can resemble insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes according to Mahowald. Insulin‘s job is to help the body use glucose for energy. In insulin resistance, cells fail to use the hormone efficiently, resulting in high blood sugar.

Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells do not properly use the insulin. When insulin is not doing its job, high blood sugar levels build in the body to the point where they can harm the eyes, kidneys, nerves, or heart.

Assuring a good night’s sleep is vital to proper health.

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Beating Jet Lag: 8 Ways You’re Doing It Wrong And How To Do It Right

Now that humankind has been flying across time zones for generations, it’s easy to forget that our bodies were not designed to travel long distances at high speeds. Dr. Alon Avidan of UCLA’s Sleep Disorders Center calls the result “circadian rhythm disorder.” The rest of us call it jet lag.

“I fly a lot, and I observe the people sitting around me and how devastating a time zone change can be,” Avidan says. “I can also see how doing things incorrectly can be very harmful.”

Here, then, are eight common mistakes travelers make, with suggestions of how to do it right from experts at some of America’s leading sleep clinics.

1 – “I always try to sleep on the plane.”

“It is important to decide whether sleeping on the plane is in the best interest of the passenger,” says Dr. Lisa Medalie, behavioral sleep medicine specialist at University of Chicago Medicine.

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