If you’ve ever laid awake, staring at the clock and hoping for sleep, you’re one of the millions of people who have experienced the dreaded insomnia. Although it might seem like you are the only one awake in the early morning hours, there are many people out there that are in the same sleepless boat. For people suffering from neurological conditions, sleepless nights can be more than just a frustration. [Read more…]
Long linked to a whole host of problems, obesity is a far-reaching problem that affects millions of Americans today. And while it is well known that obesity can contribute to things like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, you may not realize that obesity is also linked to more common, and sometimes downright scary, conditions including migraine headaches, sleep apnea, carpal tunnel syndrome, narcolepsy and even dementia. [Read more…]
It seems that we are all on a quest to find ways to live longer these days. With increasingly stressful schedules, it seems there is never enough time for everything and as a result, our health sometimes suffers. There are literally thousands of suggestions on how to live longer from the commonly known things like “stop smoking” and “exercise and make sure you maintain good nutrition” to more unusual suggestions like “find religion” or “live on a mountain” or even “grow new body parts”. The information can be overwhelming and the discussion took on a new slant at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in China this September.
While hundreds of panels, workshops, meetings and social gatherings examined things like climate change, infrastructure and finances were happening, everyone in attendance brought one common thing to the table.. the human brain. One prominent focus of the meeting was how neurotechnologies will detect and record brain activity in detail never before thought possible; a focus of the White House BRAIN Initiative. [Read more…]
Sleep disorders are among the most commonly reported health problems in the US today. In fact, at least 40 million people suffer from sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to more serious conditions such as sleep apnea. Potentially serious in nature, sleep apnea is a chronic health problem that is progressive and left untreated can worsen over time. Some estimates show that a full 17 percent of American test subjects have obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients who suffer from sleep apnea are not even aware that they have it. Two to four percent of Americans have an undiagnosed case of sleep apnea… that is one in every 50 people. But there is some good news, sleep apnea, once diagnosed is relatively easy to treat and responds well to non-invasive treatment options. [Read more…]
Americans suffer from sleep disorders at an alarming rate. From insomnia to sleep apnea, these disorders have a great impact on our overall health and are increasingly being recognized as the reasons behind everything from motor vehicle crashes to industrial accidents and disasters and medical and occupation errors. In fact, this has become such an important issue that the CDC has set up surveillance of sleep related behaviors in recent yeas, in order to learn more about the effects of sleep, or lack of quality sleep, on our overall health. [Read more…]
As technological advances continue to show the brain’s ability to rewire itself and heal the body with regards to things like chronic pain and addiction, the study of neural plasticity is also giving doctors and scientists a detailed look at how the brain’s plasticity helps us learn and remember. One key factor that could impact our learning ability and how we hold on to memories is sleep. How does sleep affect healthy brain function and stave off memory loss? One study done by the Institute of Neurology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy seeks to answer that question. [Read more…]
Obstructive sleep apnea is a big health problem in our country today; nearly seven percent, or almost 1 in 15 people living in the United States today has some form of sleep apnea, while only 20 percent of those patients are getting the proper treatment. Apnea comes from a Greek word that means “want of breath” and in the case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, it is due to the airway becoming blocked during sleep. Fortunately there are effective treatments available and the symptoms can be corrected. [Read more…]