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Cures for Sleep Disorders

The Washington Post: Health & Science

Obstructed breathing affects many people while they’re sleeping

You wake up tired after a full night’s sleep. Maybe you’ve become a bit forgetful, and you struggle to stay awake at work or behind the wheel. The problem might be obstructive sleep apnea, an often overlooked condition that has increased sharply in the past 20 years.

In the United States, more than 40 percent of men and 28 percent of women between the ages of 50 and 70 experience obstructed breathing while asleep, according to researchers whose work was published online in April by the American Journal of Epidemiology. About 17 percent of the men and 9 percent of the women have cases serious enough to meet the Medicare criteria for a sleep apnea diagnosis. But even milder cases can affect your health.

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PHS GRAND ROUNDS

(Multidisciplinary)

 

By Barry Krakow, M.D.
Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences
Albuquerque, NM

 

Objectives-- At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Examine new physiological evidence on the nature of sleeplessness alters evaluation and treatment approaches to chronic insomnia and mandates the use of polysomnography in a very large proportion of cases.
  • Explain why prescription sedatives may be a premature step in the treatment of chronic insomnia, which in some cases delays comprehensive care.
  • Review why co-morbid sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is not only very common in treatment-seeking chronic insomnia patients, but also evidence to date suggests treatment of SDB decreases insomnia symptoms.

 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
CME Program at 12:00 p.m.
Savage Auditorium - Presbyterian Hospital

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On a good night, I get five hours. Like 60 million other Americans, I suffer from insomnia. But I have a peculiar kind of sleeplessness: most nights, it is nightmares that wake me. Some are petrifying--a spectral beast is about to kill me--and some are mere stress dreams: I turn in a story that is just a blank page. For years, I thought nothing could be done about my nightmares. After all, dreams are encased in the unconsciousness of sleep. Right?

Maybe not. Recently, researchers have begun to discover not only that we can learn to have fewer nightmares but also...

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