Sleep Medicine

Binge watching TV and its effects on sleep

Binge watching TV and its effects on sleep

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Recent evidence has shown that binge watching television could lead to poor sleep.

What do my dreams mean?

What do my dreams mean?

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We are still not sure why we dream, but many patients are still curious about their significance.

Sleep disorders may increase risk for Alzheimer's disease

Sleep disorders may increase risk for Alzheimer's disease

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Obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing are associated with amyloid deposition.

Sleep disturbances after traumatic brain injury

Sleep disturbances after traumatic brain injury

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A traumatic brain injury can change physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning, which can include changes in the patient's sleeping patterns.

Catathrenia: Parasomnia or breathing disorder?

Catathrenia: Parasomnia or breathing disorder?

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Individuals with catathrenia experience a moaning, groaning, or high-pitched squeak during sleep.

Sleep paralysis: A world between wakefulness and sleep

Sleep paralysis: A world between wakefulness and sleep

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Patients who experience sleep paralysis may find themselves unable to move or speak and may have difficulty taking a deep breath.

The characteristics of nightmares vs sleep terrors

The characteristics of nightmares vs sleep terrors

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Many patients experience ongoing issues with nightmares or night terrors.

Identifying parasomnias in the sleep cycle

Identifying parasomnias in the sleep cycle

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Parasomnias are undesirable physical or experiential events that occur during sleep as movements, emotions, perceptions, and dreams.

Pharmacologic treatment of insomnia: a new clinical practice guideline

Pharmacologic treatment of insomnia: a new clinical practice guideline

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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that the new pharmacologic guidelines be used in conjunction with other AASM guidelines for insomnia.

Managing headaches in patients with sleep disorders

Managing headaches in patients with sleep disorders

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Some well-known sleep disorders are associated with headaches, including sleep apnea and parasomnias.

USPSTF: Evidence lacking for obstructive sleep apnea screening

USPSTF: Evidence lacking for obstructive sleep apnea screening

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The USPSTF found that there is uncertainty about the accuracy of screening tools for obstructive sleep apnea in adults.

The importance of sleep hygiene

The importance of sleep hygiene

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Read these tips that could help patients improve their sleep hygiene.

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

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Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have a higher rate of sleep difficulties than children from high-income households.

The importance of dreams

The importance of dreams

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Dreaming may allow us to learn and process emotional issues while we sleep.

Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

Shortened sleep increases risk of diabetes

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Lack of sleep may be one reason for the increase in diabetes in the United States.

Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

Melatonin use in children with a neurodevelopmental illness

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Melatonin has few side effects and could be a good alternative for those suffering from insomnia.

Using caffeine to promote alertness

Using caffeine to promote alertness

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If used appropriately, caffeine can help medical personnel stay alert throughout the day.

Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

Increased mortality rates in patients with nocturia

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Patients who experience nocturia, or frequent urination during the night, may have increased mortality rates.

A true confession – or maybe not

A true confession – or maybe not

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Sleep deprivation can cause hallucinations, decreased cognitive function, and anxiety.

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for widespread obstructive sleep apnea screening

USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for widespread obstructive sleep apnea screening

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The USPSTF gave existing evidence an "I" recommendation.

Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

Hyperarousal and use of prescription sleep aids

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Hyperarousal is linked to an increased likelihood of a patient using prescription sleep aids.

Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

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When patients don't get enough sleep, lipid levels in their blood may make it more difficult for them resist overeating.

Insufficient sleep may increase risky behavior in teens

Insufficient sleep may increase risky behavior in teens

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Teens who have insufficient sleep are more likely to engage in risky behavior, including drunk driving.

Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of restless legs syndrome

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Patients who are sedentary, obese, or smokers have an increased risk of developing restless leg syndrome.

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Young adults with sleep problems have increased risks of developing chronic pain and experiencing worsening in pain severity.

Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

Is obstructive sleep apnea linked to low levels of vitamin D?

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Understanding the link between vitamin D deficiency and obstructive sleep apnea can be challenging.

Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

Sleepwalkers don't feel pain during sleep

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Although people who sleepwalk may injure themselves, they often do not feel pain until they are awake.

How food can affect your sleep

How food can affect your sleep

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A new study found that dietary intake of fiber, saturated fats, and carbohydrates can influence sleep quality.

Understanding the Mallampati score

Understanding the Mallampati score

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The Mallampati score is a simple, quick test that can be a good predictor of obstructive sleep apnea.

Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

Quantity of sleep continues to decline in Americans

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A growing number of adults in the United States are not getting the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

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