Sleep Disorders

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: A Clinical Challenge

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: A Clinical Challenge

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REM sleep behavior disorder is commonly seen in older men, and symptoms include violent muscle movements or fighting during the night.

Digital Cognitive Therapy Eases Daytime Effects of Insomnia

Digital Cognitive Therapy Eases Daytime Effects of Insomnia

Benefits include better functional health, sleep-related quality of life, psychological well-being.

Sleep Duration, Stroke Link Varies With Race, Sex

Sleep Duration, Stroke Link Varies With Race, Sex

Short sleep duration linked to reduced risk for black men; risk up for white men with long sleep duration.

Light Therapy Offers Nonpharmacologic Treatment for Perimenopausal Depression

Light Therapy Offers Nonpharmacologic Treatment for Perimenopausal Depression

Light treatments successfully corrected abnormal timing of melatonin circadian rhythms in perimenopausal women with depression and improved mood and sleep within 2 weeks.

Assessing the Risks of Using Alcohol as a Sleep Aid

Assessing the Risks of Using Alcohol as a Sleep Aid

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Discussing alcohol use with patients is important as alcohol consumption before bedtime is shown to negatively affect patient sleeping patterns.

Call to Better Investigate the Associations Between Sleep Disturbances and Chronic Pain

Call to Better Investigate the Associations Between Sleep Disturbances and Chronic Pain

Although literature indicates bidirectional associations between sleep disturbances and pain, few longitudinal studies have examined the role of sleep disturbances in contributing to chronic pain.

Cancer Patients Treated With Step III Opioids Often Have Sleep Disturbances

Cancer Patients Treated With Step III Opioids Often Have Sleep Disturbances

The majority of patients with cancer who are being treated with World Health Organization Step III opioids were found to experience poor sleep quality, often due to pain.

Might Coffee Be Causing Your Poor Sleep?

Might Coffee Be Causing Your Poor Sleep?

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Although the beneficial effects of drinking coffee include increased mental alertness, stamina, muscle recovery, and wakefulness, unwanted effects can include restlessness, palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, tremors, and increased urine output.

Pediatric Ward Noise at Night Exceeds Recommended Levels

Pediatric Ward Noise at Night Exceeds Recommended Levels

Poorer quality sleep for children, parents attributed to high levels of noise.

Portable Sleep Monitoring Accurate in Heart Failure Patients

Portable Sleep Monitoring Accurate in Heart Failure Patients

Respiratory polygraphy can accurately diagnose sleep apnea in patients hospitalized with heart failure.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Asthma: Gaining Control by Losing Weight

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Asthma: Gaining Control by Losing Weight

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Poor control of asthma and obstructive sleep apnea can feed off one another, according to Michelle Zeidler, MD, pulmonologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the UCLA Sleep Fellowship Program.

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Linked to Elevated β-Amyloid Accumulation in Elderly Persons

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Linked to Elevated β-Amyloid Accumulation in Elderly Persons

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Elderly individuals without dementia who have elevated daytime sleepiness may be at greater risk for β-amyloid accumulation.

Will a New Cooling Device Benefit Patients With Insomnia?

Will a New Cooling Device Benefit Patients With Insomnia?

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Therapeutics to cool the brain may someday be a safer alternative to hypnotics.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Be Effectively Managed in Primary Care

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Can Be Effectively Managed in Primary Care

Findings based on a portable monitor and use of a semi-automatic treatment algorithm

Discrepancy of Sleep in Patients with Paradoxical Insomnia

Discrepancy of Sleep in Patients with Paradoxical Insomnia

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In patients with paradoxical insomnia, also called sleep state misperception, there is a significant discrepancy between objective sleep quality and subjective perception of sleep.

Frightening parasomnias of childhood sleep

Frightening parasomnias of childhood sleep

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Parasomnias usually occur in healthy children, but the differential can include neurologic, psychiatric, and mental disorders, so careful observation and a good history and physical are important.

Sleep wake regulation in progressive supranuclear palsy

Sleep wake regulation in progressive supranuclear palsy

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Patients with progressive supranuclear palsy may have difficulty with sleep/wake regulation that can lead to profound sleep deprivation.

Poor sleep exacerbates PTSD, chronic pain association in youth

Poor sleep exacerbates PTSD, chronic pain association in youth

The quality of sleep partly relieved the correlation between PSTD and pain intensity, interference.

Prazosin not effective in reducing nightmares in posttraumatic stress disorder

Prazosin not effective in reducing nightmares in posttraumatic stress disorder

Prazosin does not alleviate distressing dreams or improve sleep quality among veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder

Sleep disturbance in psoriasis leads to psychological and physical predictors

Sleep disturbance in psoriasis leads to psychological and physical predictors

Sleep complaints among individuals with psoriasis warrant greater clinical attention, as they have a greater chance for developing obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea in adults: a new clinical practice guideline

Obstructive sleep apnea in adults: a new clinical practice guideline

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Six guidelines establish updated clinical practice recommendations for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in adults.

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.

Restless legs syndrome: a new practice guideline

Restless legs syndrome: a new practice guideline

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Evidence shows strong support for prescribing pramipexole, rotigotine, cabergoline, or gabapentin enacarbil to treat adults with restless legs syndrome symptoms.

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.

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.

OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

OSA treatment linked to depression improvement

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Patients presenting with depression should be evaluated for sleep disorders.

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.

Behavioral interventions can provide significant sleep benefits in infants

Behavioral interventions can provide significant sleep benefits in infants

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No adverse stress reactions or long-term effects on parent-child attachment were noted.

Increased risk of Parkinson disease in female patients with sleep apnea

Increased risk of Parkinson disease in female patients with sleep apnea

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The sleep concerns of female patients are often diagnosed as depression rather than obstructive sleep apnea, leading to increased risks for certain diseases.

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.

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