Tag: REM sleep

Common but Lesser Known Sleep Disorders

Most people are familiar with insomnia (the inability to fall or stay asleep), and sleep apnea (a disorder of obstructed breathing that interrupts sleep). These are just two of many sleep disorders that can rob you of needed rest. Quality sleep is essential for good health. We all need our

Is My Daytime Sleepiness Really Narcolepsy?

Is My Daytime Sleepiness Really Narcolepsy?

The term “narcolepsy” may conjure up almost comical images of someone falling asleep in the middle of a conversation. But this sleeping disorder is no laughing matter to those who struggle with it. Narcolepsy symptoms include more than excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). They include bouts of muscle weakness (cataplexy) and

“Sleep Hygiene” Can Help You Slumber Peacefully

Poor sleep predicts disability in older age, according to a recent study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 14, 2016). Previous research has linked sleep problems to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cognitive issues. Daytime tiredness due to poor

7. Sleep Hygiene and Sleep Strategies

What is Sleep Hygiene?
Sleep hygiene is the term specialists use for good habits that promote sleep. These include keeping regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time every day to keep your sleep schedule consistent. A nighttime

6. Other Sleep Stealers

Plenty of other factors can disrupt sleep. Traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, the effects of illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even taking it easy in your retirement are some of them. In many cases, simple steps can help restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
When

5. Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the more common type of sleep apnea. In OSA, breathing is interrupted when the upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth during sleep (see Box 5-1, “The Anatomy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”). The

4. Insomnia

“To sleep, perchance to dream,” was the desire of Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare’s drama. It’s also the desire of thousands of insomnia suffers, who can’t get a normal night’s sleep for a variety of reasons.
The National Sleep Foundation identifies two primary categories of insomnia:

Short-term (acute) insomnia lasts a few nights

3. Common Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can be caused by internal factors, such as medical problems, or by external factors, such as stressful situations. Some sleep disorders affect your ability to get to sleep and stay asleep, while others disrupt the structure of your sleep.
The most common sleep disorders by far are insomnia and

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