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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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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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Persistent insomnia symptom risk high

Published on January 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

 By Lucy Piper, Senior medwireNews Reporter

Insomnia symptoms are often persistent, report researchers who found that targeting sleep-interfering behaviors may be one method of prevention.

The team estimates that only one-third of individuals with insomnia will experience spontaneous remission of their symptoms over a 4-year period.

Engaging in sleep-interfering behaviors was one of the primary risk factors associated with persistence, note the researchers.

“This finding raises the intriguing possibility that behavioral treatments that directly target sleep interfering behaviors, such as those taught in the course of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), might be an effective preventative intervention,” says the team, led by Rachel Manber (Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA) and Chol Shin (Korea University Ansan Hospital).

“The public health impact of such an intervention could be high, given that persistent insomnia symptoms was associated with higher depression scores and lower physical or mental health QoL [quality of life].”

The researchers assessed insomnia symptoms in 1247 individuals, aged an average of 54 years, using a 4-point Likert scale on which they rated difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, and experience of early morning awakenings and not feeling refreshed in the morning.

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Nocturnal Teeth Grinding May Suggest a Sleep Disorder

Originally posted in HuffPost Healthy Living on 10/24/2013 8:21 am
By Gerard Meskill, M.D.

The occurrence of gnashing or grinding of teeth is not new. The Bible makes reference to this phenomenon both in the Old Testament, “His anger has torn me and hunted me down; he has gnashed at me with his teeth,” (Job 16:9) and in the New Testament, “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12). While this problem is many centuries old, it is only recently that we have come to understand why this may occur, particularly at night while we are asleep.

Teeth clenching or grinding — a behavior known as bruxism — is a common problem that can lead to broken teeth, enamel damage, headaches, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. The term “bruxism” comes from the Greek word “brychein,” which means “to grind or gnash the opposing rows of upper and lower teeth.” The American Academy of Orofacial Pain defines bruxism as “diurnal or nocturnal parafunctional activity which includes clenching, gnashing, gritting and grinding of teeth.” Data on the prevalence of bruxism varies based upon research criteria, working definition, population samples, and clinical criteria.

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Back to School Is a Great Time for Teens to Sleep

Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 6:59 pm in Huffington Post Healthy Living

By Rafael Pelayo, M.D.

As teenagers return to school, the nightmarish reality of increased homework along with more social demands may make getting a full night sleep just a dream. They may feel trapped for time and feel forced to sacrifice their sleep. Teens may model themselves on their sleep-deprived parents and peers and think they are supposed to get less sleep as they mature. Yet science confirms that making healthy sleep a priority will help teens and their families in many ways. Alternatively, sleep deprivation is associated with serious problems including irritability, learning difficulty, motor vehicle accidents, and increased risk of suicide.

For a maturing teenager, developing an autonomous lifestyle is a matter of choices. When they make a decision, they must weigh what is in it for them. Making sleep a priority is a lifestyle choice that quickly pays off.

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