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How Does Anxiety Affect Sleep?

Anxiety and sleep troubles often go hand in hand, but you can kiss nighttime stress goodbye with these quick tricks.

The Connection Between PTSD and Sleep Apnea

Posttraumatic stress disorder can impact sleep in a negative way. Here’s what veterans and their families need to know.

The Latest Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Are you looking for ways to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Here's a recap of the available therapies, including the latest arrivals!

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

Delayed Phase Sleep Disorder

Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorders

What causes RLS, is there a cure for RLS?

What causes RLS? In July of 2007, researchers discovered a gene variant for RLS, which helps explain why it may be traced through generations in families. Researchers believe this gene increases one’s risk for a type of hereditary RLS, known as primary or familial RLS. Is there a cure for RLS? There is currently no cure for RLS. However, in most cases RLS symptoms can be controlled through lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and medical treatments as appropriate.

Teeth Grinding - Treatment

Often, minimizing stress can alleviate symptoms of sleep bruxism among adults and symptoms often disappear on their own in children. For severe and persistent bruxism, a dentist may prescribe an oral appliance made of soft plastic to protect the teeth. Self-directed therapies, such as jaw-aligning exercises, may also help.

Reviewed by David G. Davila, MD (December 2009).

Teeth Grinding - Symptoms

Symptoms of sleep bruxism include:

  • Worn down teeth
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Sore gums, teeth, jaw, and face

The severity of these symptoms can vary. Some may experience interrupted sleep during the night. High stress levels and anxiety are linked to bruxism.

Reviewed by David G. Davila, MD (December 2009).

Pain and Sleep

Is pain keeping you awake? Find out why pain affects sleep and what you can do to sleep better.

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