CategorySleep Disorders

Fatal Familial Insomnia

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Fatal familial insomnia is a very rare disease of the brain which causes the fatal inability to sleep. Caused by a mutation on the PrPc gene and primarily inherited (offspring of a patient with FFI stand a 50% chance of developing it themselves), it can also develop spontaneously in otherwise healthy adults (‘sporadic fatal insomnia’) – though only a handful of cases of sporadic FFI...

The High Cost of Insomnia

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Many articles have been written about the effects of insomnia on individual health. Studies of those suffering from insomnia have indicated that chronic sleeplessness can lead to sharply increased mortality rates and a weakening of the immune system that leaves sufferers more prone to contracting conditions such as hypertension and psychological disorders. But two studies indicate that the cost...

Wearing Support Stockings to Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Snoring doesn’t tend to bother the person doing it, just the person who shares a bed with them or, in the case of really loud snoring, the person who shares adjoining walls with them. But snoring can often be a sign of a much more serious condition, sleep apnea. That condition – in which up to 30 times an hour your breath stops during sleep – affects millions, and can adversely affect their...

Lack of Sleep Doesn't Just Make You Tired… It Can Make You Sick

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Are you getting enough sleep? If so, that makes you almost unusual. Reporting on the results of a recent survey of 74,571 adults, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 50 to 70 million adults suffer from sleep disorders, so many that sleep problems are considered the number one health problem in America. 35.3% of the people surveyed said that they regularly get less than seven hours of...

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

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Do you stop breathing during your sleep? More important, if you do, how would you know? Sleep apnea is a condition that afflicts millions, and can have serious effects on their health. The term means “without breath during sleep,” and what this means is that periodically, up to 30 times an hour, you experience a short stoppage of breath. This corrects itself quickly, usually within...

Six Drug-Free Products That Make You Sleep Better

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Getting a good night’s sleep can have knock on effects for the whole rest of our day, and for many of us this is the number one deciding factor in whether we have a great day that goes well or a bum day that sees everything going wrong. Lack of sleep can lead us to be more forgetful, more moody, more disorganized and more prone to illness and all of this can cause damage in our personal and...

Sleep Paralysis: Awake But Still Asleep

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Sleep paralysis can be a highly frightening phenomenon the first time it happens to you. You wake up after a heavy night’s sleep, only to find that your entire body is paralyzed and try as you might you are unable to move. At the same time you might feel as though your chest is being sat on and while you worry about your health, you simultaneously get the distinct impression that there is someone...

Newest Sleeping Disorder – Texting While Sleeping

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If you sleepwalk regularly then you may find that you have to lock your fridge to prevent yourself raiding it, and you may have even heard of people who have to hide their car keys to prevent ‘sleep-driving’. It seems strange to be able to perform such complex activities in your sleep, but in that case even stranger is the ability to write and send texts in your sleep – and even to...

What’s the Best Way to Sleep?

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Our sleep is one of the most important factors in our health and if we don’t get good sleep then we will be likely to suffer in many ways. Our sleep is an ‘anabolic’ state which means it is a state in which the body is repairing itself and rejuvenating itself. All the chemicals our body produces are produced to this end such as growth hormone, and as we aren’t using up...

Restlessness at Night

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Being restless at night is one of the most frustrating experiences that we can go through but one that all of us have felt at one time or another. You’re lying awake and it feels like everyone else in the world is a sleep. No doubt you’re feeling hot, your mind is racing and you find yourself tossing and turning. The more you stress about not sleeping the worse it gets and before long...

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