Study shows strong prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans

On June 11, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Over 47% of female veterans reported insomnia symptoms. A new study sheds light on the prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans. Results demonstrate that more than 47 percent of female veterans reported symptoms of insomnia that resulted in functional impairment. Of this sample group, less…

Sleepwalking: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

On March 28, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Sleepwalking (somnambulism) is a type of parasomnia, an abnormal disruptive behavior that occurs during sleep. Most commonly seen in children ages 3-8 years old, sleepwalking is hereditary and typically resolves spontaneously during adolescence. Sleepwalkers may jump out of bed, walk around or even act out different activities,…

Cataplexy: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

On March 15, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Cataplexy is a sudden, brief loss of voluntary muscle tone triggered by strong emotions such as laughter. The condition is most commonly associated with narcolepsy, a sleep disorder affecting less than 1% of the general population. Cataplexy occurs during waking hours. Attacks can…

Sleep Deprivation: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

On March 7, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Loss of sleep is a common problem in our modern day society, affecting many individuals at some point in their lives. Although occasional sleep interruptions are generally no more than a nuisance, ongoing lack of sleep can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, emotional difficulties, poor job…

Review of menopausal symptoms and treatment options

On February 19, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

The vast majority of women going through the period of menopausal transition, or perimenopause, will seek medical help coping with symptoms that can significantly impact their health and quality of life, such as hot flashes, poor sleep, depression, and vaginal dryness. The pattern of common perimenopausal symptoms, how they…

Night Terrors: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

On November 2, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Night terrors (or sleep terrors) differ substantially from standard nightmares and can be incredibly distressing for the sufferer and their family. Although night terrors can be genuinely terrifying, they are not normally an indicator of anything more serious and tend to cease of their own accord. What…

Depression too often reduced to a checklist of symptoms

On October 27, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

How can you tell if someone is depressed? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the ‘bible’ of psychiatry – diagnoses depression when patients tick off a certain number of symptoms on the DSM checklist. A large-scale quantitative study coordinated at KU Leuven, Belgium, now shows that…

Melatonin and multiple sclerosis: Why MS symptoms may improve as the days get shorter

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers an answer to the MS ‘seasonal paradox’ For patients and clinicians alike, it’s long been a mystery: why do symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) seem to get better in the winter and worse in the summer? A group led by Francisco…

CPAP therapy reduces symptoms of depression in adults with sleep apnea

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study shows that depressive symptoms are extremely common in people who have obstructive sleep apnea, and these symptoms improve significantly when sleep apnea is treated with continuous positive airway pressure therapy. Results show that nearly 73 percent of sleep apnea patients (213 of 293 patients) had…