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Study Reveals Military Spouse Sleep Disorders Are Common

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 11, 2018 3:52:00 PM

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, active duty military personnel have a high prevalence of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and short sleep duration. Results also show that these sleep disorders lead to medical issues, such as depression, anxiety, and more.  With sleep research growing for active duty military personnel, many are getting the help they need through professional sleep clinics.

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Topics: apnea, Sleep, insomnia, Family, Spouse, Military, sleep disorders

Six Types of Parasomnia

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 1, 2018 1:36:00 PM

Parasomnias are a group of sleep disorders in which something goes awry with a person’s sleep cycle.

If you break down the word “parasomnia,” you get “para,” which can mean abnormal or incorrect, “somnia,” which, of course, means sleep. Indeed, something is not normal or correct with the sleep of a parsomnia sufferer.

Parasomnias are oftened referred by those in the sleep medicine field as those things that go "Bump in the Night" since many are associated with some type of movement during sleep.

Outside of sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and periodic limb movement disorder, many disruptive sleep disorders can be considered a parasomnia. And most of them can lead to sleep deprivation—after all, even if you get the ideal 7-9 hours of sleep, the quality of those hours can be diminished if your sleep cycle is interrupted. Here are six common parasomnias that afflict sleepers:

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Topics: sleep apnea, sleep disorders, parasomnia, night terrors, nightmares

Coping with Sleepwalking (Somnambulism): From Symptoms to Treatment

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 30, 2018 9:51:00 AM

Sleepwalking is often portrayed in movies, on television, and even homemade Youtube clips in either one of two lights: hilariously funny or supernaturally terrifying. But for the sleepwalkers themselves and the loved ones they share a home with, the reality of sleepwalking may be found somewhere in the middle.

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Topics: sleep disorders, parasomnia

Fatal Familial Insomnia: What Is It and Is It Common?

Posted by by Michael Nedelman, CNN on Sep 28, 2018 4:11:00 PM

A 'family curse': First insomnia, then death

"Look, I'm so sorry to do this to you on your birthday," Hayley Webb, a television reporter in Australia, recalled her mom saying in 2012. "I have six months to live."

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Topics: sleep disorders, rare


Posted by Guest Blogger from National Sleep Foundation on Sep 26, 2018 3:25:42 PM

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Topics: Pediatrics, sports, sleep habits, sleep disorders

The Link Between Sleep Disorders in Soldiers and Veterans and Their High Suicide Rate

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 13, 2018 4:00:00 PM

September is Suicide Prevention Month. According to the most recent report published by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, which analyzed 55 million veterans' records from 1979 to 2016, the current analysis indicates that an average of 20 veterans a day die from suicide. Service members and Veterans who have defended our freedom have earned our enduring gratitude. They should have the opportunity to live meaningful, productive lives, in the same freedom and peace that their service and sacrifices made possible for so many other Americans.

Sleep problems among active-duty military and veterans are all too common. We’ve seen a growing body of research exploring the problems associated with soldiers’ sleep—and much of the news is not good. Both are at significantly greater risk for sleep disorders than the public.

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Topics: sleep disorders, ptsd, depression, suicide

The 4 Most Common Sleep Disorders: Symptoms and Prevalence

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 10, 2018 9:50:00 AM

Do you constantly struggle in some way with sleep? Do you have trouble getting or staying asleep? Do you wake in the middle of the night unable to return to sleep, or wake in the morning feeling as if you never really slept at all? Or maybe you've even been told that you exhibit strange behaviors during sleep. Do you feel tired and worn down nearly everyday? If so, you might just have a sleep disorder.

Approximately 80 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. And while there are over 70 recognized sleep disorders, some are much more prevalent than others. Here we describe the four most common sleep disorders that could be robbing you of quality sleep.

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Topics: sleep disorders

6 Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders that May Be Disrupting Your Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 25, 2018 4:54:00 PM

Your circadian rhythm is an ingrained biological clock that regulates the timing periods of tiredness and wakefulness throughout the day. Your body clock is calibrated by the appearance and disappearance of natural light in a 24-hour period. The term circadian is derived from the Latin "circa diem" meaning "approximately a day."

The functions of your circadian rhythm are based in the part of the brain known as the hypothalamus. Within the hypothalamus are a group of cells known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which is connected to our optic nerves that sense changes in light. The SCN is also responsible for regulating many body functions that revolve around the 24-hour cycle including: body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and the release of hormones such as melatonin which helps us with sleep.

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Topics: circadian rhythm, sleep disorders, sleep problems

Bedwetting (sleep enuresis) in Adults: Causes, Diagnosis, & Treatment

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 16, 2018 2:40:00 PM

Bedwetting (also known as sleep enuresis and urinary incontinence) is a fairly common condition in young children and is seen as a sign of an immature, developing bladder. It is estimated that 15% of children over three, and 10% over five wet the bed occasionally. In fact, most doctors don't consider bedwetting in children to be a sign of a problem unless the child is older than seven years old, or the child has begun wetting the bed again after six months of maintaining overnight bladder control.

However, when adults wet the bed it is often an indication of an underlying illness, disease, or a symptom of other untreated medical conditions.

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Topics: sleep disorders

What is Idiopathic Hypersomnia? The Burden of Always Feeling Sleepy

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 15, 2018 4:20:00 PM

Nearly everybody has experienced those days where you didn't get hardly any sleep the night before (or maybe even a few nights in a row). You're groggy all day, have trouble focusing, your mind drifts as you try to perform mundane tasks, and you may even feel a little more irritable than normal. However, with just one night of good rest, you're back to your normal, focused, alert self in no time.

Now try and imagine what it must be like to live in a state of perpetual drowsiness, chronically plagued with sleepiness. To make matters worse, imagine that you actually sleep just as much, if not more, than the necessary amount, and take frequent naps on top of that. Imagine living a life where you sleep as much as you can, but never get that rested, recharged feeling that sleep is supposed to give you. This is what it's like for those suffering from the rare disorder known as idiopathic hypersomnia.

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Topics: sleep disorders

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