Hypersomnolence: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

On July 31, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Hypersomnolence is when someone is excessively sleepy, regardless of how much sleep they get. Hypersomnolence is a condition where a person experiences significant episodes of sleepiness, even after having 7 hours or more of quality sleep. Other terms used to describe hypersomnolence include excessive daytime sleepiness, excessive daytime somnolence, and…

Periodic limb movement disorder: Symptoms and treatment

On June 14, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Periodic limb movement disorder is a condition characterized by repetitive movements of the limbs during sleep. It is the only movement disorder that occurs during sleep and, as such, is considered to be a sleep disorder as well. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) can occur at any stage…

Neurofeedback treatment for insomnia no better than placebo

On February 25, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Insomnia is notoriously difficult to treat. One potential intervention that has received attention over the years is neurofeedback. Although it has shown some promise, a recent study comparing it with a placebo calls its abilities into question. How effective is neurofeedback? A new study reopens the debate. …

Respiratory Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

On September 27, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Respiratory acidosis develops when air exhaled out of the lungs does not adequately exchange the carbon dioxide formed in the body for the inhaled oxygen in air. There are many conditions or situations that may lead to this. One of the conditions that can reduce the…

Sleep apnea treatment improves wellbeing, no cardiovascular benefit

On September 3, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

The largest sleep study ever undertaken has found that the leading therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), does not reduce recurrent strokes and heart attacks in people with cardiovascular disease but does significantly improve their quality of life and mood. Researchers…

SAVE – Sleep apnea treatment: No cardiovascular benefit

On August 30, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

More than 3 years of nightly treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine did not reduce cardiovascular risk more than usual care among patients with cardiovascular disease and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Findings from the Sleep Apnea Cardiovascular Endpoints (SAVE) study were presented at ESC…

Clinical trial underway for treatment of sleep apnea in adolescents with Down syndrome

New technology may benefit unique population of patients who cannot tolerate CPAP machines. An FDA-approved clinical trial is underway at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children to evaluate the use of a hypoglossal nerve stimulator — a technology currently available to adults with severe…

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,…

Truck drivers who fail to adhere to sleep apnea treatment have higher crash rate

On March 21, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Truck drivers with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who failed to adhere to treatment had a rate of preventable crashes five times higher than that of truckers without the ailment, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Morris, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)…

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…