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The 2003 Sleep in America™ poll finds that while some older adults are very healthy and have normal sleep patterns, frequent untreated sleep problems may be interfering with the ability of many others to cope with chronic medical conditions.

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Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and in some cases episodes of cataplexy (partial or total loss of muscle control, often triggered by a strong emotion such as laughter). Narcolepsy occurs equally in men and women and is thought to affect roughly...

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The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has recently released an expert report on the key indicators of good sleep quality.

Given the increase in the use of sleep technology devices, the key findings from the report are timely and relevant. This information complements the data these devices provide, helping millions of consumers interpret...

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Is there a perfect time to take a nap? It depends. Your personal situation will determine the best time for you to take a nap. There are three types of naps you can take; planned, emergency and habitual napping.

 

  1. Planned napping (also called preparatory napping) involves taking a nap to delay getting tired early or to help...
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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic sensorimotor disorder that is characterized by an overwhelming urge to move the legs when they are at rest. The urge to move the legs is usually, but not always, accompanied by unpleasant sensations. It is less common but possible to have RLS symptoms in the arms, face, torso, and genital region. RLS...

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It may seem strange to consult a dentist about sleep trouble, but oral appliances (dental devices) aren’t just used to protect or straighten the teeth—they are also prescribed for a variety of sleep issues. Read on to find out whether using one might help you get rid of your sleep problem and improve your zzz's.

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People with shift work disorder can have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep for as long as their bodies require. They often wake up after just a few hours, or at least before sleeping a full seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period.

NSF's 2004 Sleep in America poll found that two-thirds of children experience frequent sleep problems and that children's poor sleep habits take a toll on parents/caregivers, some of whom lose an estimated 200 hours of sleep a year due to their child's nighttime awakenings. NSF's 2007 Sleep in America poll found that 20% of...

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One of the most difficult aspects of Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) is trying to maintain employment and some semblance of a normal social life. Here are some strategies that can help you do both.

Non-24 and Your Social Life

  • Explain Non-24 to your family and friends so that they understand how it may...

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A recent piece on NPR examines snoring and how it can be a strong indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. More than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea, and it occurs in all age groups and both sexes. There are a number of factors,...

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Paul P. Doghramji, MD

Paul P. Doghramji, MD, is co-founder of Brookside Family Practice & Pediatrics, a current affiliate of Pottstown Medical...

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It may seem like an easy form of entertainment and distraction, but tots and tech don’t mix well. For starters, research shows that heavy use of touchscreen devices is associated with weight gain and cognitive delays in little ones. What’s more, it can also negatively impact a child’s sleep: Those who spend a lot of time in front of a...

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Feeling sad every now and then is a fundamental part of the human experience, especially during difficult or trying times. In contrast, persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness and disinterest in things that were once enjoyed are symptoms of depression, an illness that affects at least 20 million Americans. Depression is not...

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What are the typical behavioral and psychological factors that contribute to weight gain?

Everything revolves around food. Every time we celebrate, every time we have a meeting it revolves around food. A lot of it is our sedentary lifestyle. Another part of the behavioral problem is that we misinterpret some of our basic needs. We may...

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Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2016) —The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recent fielding of the Sleep Health Index®(SHI) reports staggering drowsy driving statistics, revealing a clear need for significant...

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Two new studies show that fatigue may impair strike-zone judgment during the 162 game Major League Baseball season, and a MLB player’s sleepiness can predict his longevity in the league.

One study found that MLB players’ strike-zone judgment was worse in September than in April in...

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Detrás del Volante- Lo que jóvenes conductores necesitan saber sobre manejar cansados

Llegar a ser conductor es un paso gigantesco en la vida de una persona. Tener licencia y poder manejar significa que ya no necesitas depender del transporte público, bicicletas o de tus padres para poder ir de un lugar a otro. Pero el manejar puede...

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If your doctor suggests you undergo a sleep study, or polysomnography, you may be wondering what is involved in this test and what to expect. Sleep studies help doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder,...

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The impacts of pain-related sleep loss on millions of Americans are far-reaching. The problem is a notable one given the number of Americans who suffer from pain. The 2015 Sleep in AmericaTM Poll finds that 21 percent of Americans experience chronic pain...

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Let’s face it –electronics are a part of life in the 21st century. Pros and cons to our increasing connectivity certainly exist; we are able to stay engaged with the world from the privacy of our own homes late into the evening. However, in doing so we are exposed to the light that our devices emit; and both mental activity and...

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While factors like lifestyle and mental health can raise your risk for sleep disorders, so can something else: your race. Racial minorities have a higher risk for sleep disorders like insomnia than...

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If your doctor has prescribed medications for your shift work disorder to help you stay alert on the job (a wakefulness-promoting medication) or sleep when you’re off duty (a sleep aid), it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions. 

  • 24% of those ages 65-84 have been diagnosed with four or more medical conditions. Of this group, 80% reported having a sleep problem.
  • Older adults were found to have more consistent sleep patterns for both weeknights and weekends. As compared to younger adults, persons 55-84 years of age sleep on average 7.0 hours on...
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Excessive sleepiness is widespread. Roughly 20 percent of people feel excessively sleepy on a regular basis—enough to interfere with work, school, hobbies, or...

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