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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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Shift work sleep disorder, or circadian rhythm sleep disorder--how do I know difference?

Shift work sleep disorder, or circadian rhythm sleep disorder--how do I know difference?

One type of: Circadian rhythm sleep disorder is a persistent or recurring pattern of sleep disruption resulting either from an altered sleep-wake schedule or an inequality between a person's natural sleep-wake cycle and the sleep-related demands placed on him or her. the dsm-iv-tr lists four types of circadian rhythm sleep disorder: delayed sleep phase type, jet lag type, shift work type, and unspecified type. ...Read more

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Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Yes and no: Patients who have epilepsy and seizure activity and have obstructive apnea can see an increase in seizure activity if the apnea is untreated. ...Read more

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Can an autonomic disorder cause sleep apnea?

Can an autonomic disorder cause sleep apnea?

Certainly: 'obstructive' sleep apnea is due to anatiomical causes. The tongue, soft palate and the tonsils can block the airway during sleep. An intraoral appliance constructed by a trained dentist can alleviate this problem. ...Read more

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What disorders are associated with sleep paralysis?

What disorders are associated with sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis does not have to be associated with a sleep disorder as it can be a normal phenomenon especially in people that are sleep deprived. It is simply a marker of being sleepy for whatever reason. It can be seen in narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, sleep apnea, and chronic sleep deprivation. It can also be a normal phenomenon in individuals without any of those circumstances. ...Read more

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What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

Psychiatric eval: Psychiatric evaluation would be the first thing you need here, to determine the most likely diagnosis that could explain your symptoms. There are various medications that help mood disorders, psychosis, and anxiety; psychotherapies are important treatments in all of those and in conduct disorder. You can receive comprehensive treatment once we understand what's wrong & what's needed. ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders? Examples?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders? Examples?

Sleep phase disorder: Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders can occur for a number of reasons, and can best be assessed initially by a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders. A sleep study is usually ordered if the Doc believes it is a true Circadian Rhythm disorder as opposed to sleep habits. Don't let it go, sleep is a central component to overall health and emotional health. ...Read more

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Why do neurologists handle obstructive sleep apnea?

Why do neurologists handle obstructive sleep apnea?

Sometimes they do: Because sometimes sleep apnea (sa) is a problem with the brain not initiating the proper breathing. This is a neurological issue. On the other hand, many times sa will be handled by your pulmonologist, your ent, or even your primary care physician. Dentists can help too. Sleep studies are important in determining the correct diagnosis, and who should be on your team. ...Read more

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How are sleep disorders linked with dementia?

Sleep and dementia: Melatonin is a molecule, which is released as a hormone of the pineal gland predominantly during night. Melatonin secretion decreases during aging. Reduced melatonin levels are also observed in various diseases, such as types of dementia. A common symptom of insufficient melatonin signaling is sleep disturbances. Melatonin immediate release is already effective for reducing difficulty in sleeping. ...Read more

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Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Yes: In general narcotics or any sedating medications (benzos for anxiety) will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Anxiety in general may cause insomnia, but should not necessarily influence sleep apnea itself. Talk with your physician and sleep specialist if you're having trouble. ...Read more

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Can vocal cord dysfunction be related to obstructive sleep apnea or sleep disturbances?

Can vocal cord dysfunction be related to obstructive sleep apnea or sleep disturbances?

Yes: If gerd is part of the picture, the stomach contents can cause vocal cord dysfunction. You need to be treated for the sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What herbs help sleep disorders?

What herbs help  sleep disorders?

Herbs: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy
Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ((Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) & are herbs which can aid with sleep. ...Read more

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Can sleep deprivation cause epilepsy?

Can sleep deprivation cause epilepsy?

No: Sleep deprivation will not cause epilepsy but can provoke a seizure in epileptics and non-epileptics. I can make anyone seize if i drop their blood sugar low enough or sleep deprive them enough. Epilepsy is recurrent unprovoked seizures. Sleep deprivation can provoke a seizure but not cause epilepsy. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is ptsd a neurological (brain) disorder or a psychological (mind) disorder?

Please help docs! is ptsd a neurological (brain) disorder or a psychological (mind) disorder?

PTSD and causes: Research is showing that ptsd has affected certain parts of the brain, which is associated with symptoms of ptsd. Treatment is usually psychological in nature, as other research (such as emdr and mindfulness) shows that there can be actual structural change in the brain as a result of treatment. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...Read more

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Could chronic insomnia be a psychiatric or neurological disorder?

Could chronic insomnia be a psychiatric or neurological disorder?

Sleep disorder: There can be many different causes for sleep disruption and both psychiatric and neurological problems can affect. See a sleep specialist, perhaps do an overnight sleep study and get back on schedule. ...Read more

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Sleep paralysis. Could this be linked to sleep apnea?

Sleep paralysis. Could this be linked to sleep apnea?

Sleep Paralysis: Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-paralysis#1 ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sleep disorders?

What are symptoms of sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders: If it takes more than about 30 min. to fall asleep, if you wake up often, can't fall back to sleep, don't get enough sleep, feel tired most of the day, any of these can be signs of a sleep disorder. My primary question is how rested do you feel during the day. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale https://www.slhn.org/docs/pdf/neuro-epworthsleepscale.pdf is a good simple measure. You can contact me also ...Read more

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What are symptoms of sleep disorders?

What are  symptoms of sleep disorders?

Insomnia/hypersomnia: The 2 most common symptoms of sleep disorders are: 1) insomnia - difficulty initiating and/or maintaining sleep 2) hypersomnia - daytime sleepiness. ...Read more

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What are the main types of sleep disorders in adolescents?

Delayed Sleep Phase: Sleeping late and waking up late also called dsps delayed sleep phase syndrome is common in adolescents. Good sleep hygiene and habits are important to counter this. ...Read more

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What are the safest treatments for sleep disorders?

Safe Treatment: Depends on the condition for insomnia it would be cbti, cogntive behavior therapy for insomnia for sleep apnea, it would be CPAP usually for narcolepsy, stimulants etc. It depends on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders? Examples?

Sleep phase disorder: Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders can occur for a number of reasons, and can best be assessed initially by a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders. A sleep study is usually ordered if the Doc believes it is a true Circadian Rhythm disorder as opposed to sleep habits. Don't let it go, sleep is a central component to overall health and emotional health. ...Read more

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How do you find a certified doctor for sleep disorders?

A little complex: Physicians from multiple specialties may obtain additional qualifications in sleep medicine. Some are psychiatrists, neurologists, pulmonologists, internists, ent, anesthesiologists, and family physicians -- others also. So it's not a stand-alone specialty with one referral list: http://tinyurl.Com/lztdouy ask your doctor for a referral, or google "sleep medicine" -- then ask their training. ...Read more

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What are some of the most common types of sleep disorders at the end of your job before you retire?

Insomnia: This is a complex subject. Sleep is of vital importance so there are many parts of the brain that are involved in the process of sleep. Thus, like all brain functions it requires good cellular chemistry. I suggest that you go tgo my blog "oxyygen the spark of life" where you may pick up some clues. You vcan google it. ...Read more

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What herbs help sleep disorders?

Herbs: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy
Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ((Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) & are herbs which can aid with sleep. ...Read more

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What are the causes of sleep disorders?

What are the causes of sleep disorders?

Many causes: There are many types and presentations of sleep disorders, ranging from inability to sleep (insomnia) to disrupted sleep to too much sleep. Excessive worries, medical problems, activity levels and day-night patterns, sleep apnea (sleep breathing problems) are among the common causes. When there is sustained sleep disturbance, daytime function is affected, resulting in fatigue, memory trouble, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of sleep disorders are there?

What kind of sleep disorders are there?

Sleep Disorders: There are numerous sleep disorders however the most common are sleep apnea (difficulty breathing at night due to anatomy), insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep), restless leg syndrome (creepy crawling sensation in legs prior to falling asleep), circadian rhythm disorders (sleeping at time that is too early or too late based upon your internal clock). ...Read more

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Do bosses take sleep disorders seriously?

Probably not: But i sure wish they would because it is a real medical problem that effects functioning at school and work! someone with a sleep disorder needs medical help. ...Read more

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How many basic types of sleep disorders are there?

How many basic types of sleep disorders are there?

Sleep disorders: The most common are Insomnias and parasomnias. Primary and secondary insomnia refer to inadequate sleep for various reasons. Parasomnias are abnormalities of sleep such as sleep walking, nightmares, sleep terrors etc. If you feel your sleep is disturbed you can contact me for an initial assessment. ...Read more

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What are the most common sleep disorders in the us?

What are the most common sleep disorders in the us?

Sleep disorders: Insomnia and sleep apnea are the most common sleep disorders. A thorough assessment by a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders can help find answers and solutions. ...Read more

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What percentage of americans suffer from sleep disorders?

What percentage of americans suffer from sleep disorders?

1 in 5: Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and affects many people at some time in their life. Persistent insomnia affects about 8% of the population. Sleep apnea is becoming more common and unfortunately most people have not been diagnosed. It probably affects 10% of the adult population. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sleep disorders?

Sleep problem: Sleep disturbance that causes clinically significant distress or impairment. ...Read more

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What's good for treating sleep disorders where you sleep but in the wrong stage(s) of sleep?

What's good for treating sleep disorders where you sleep but in the wrong stage(s) of sleep?

Sleep specialist can: Help sort out your sleeping problems, usually after a sleep study to see if you have sleep apnea, or rls, or plmd, or some other cause for the disturbance in your sleep stages. Ask your pcp to recommend a sleep specialist in your area. ...Read more

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How are sleep disorders linked with dementia?

Sleep and dementia: Melatonin is a molecule, which is released as a hormone of the pineal gland predominantly during night. Melatonin secretion decreases during aging. Reduced melatonin levels are also observed in various diseases, such as types of dementia. A common symptom of insufficient melatonin signaling is sleep disturbances. Melatonin immediate release is already effective for reducing difficulty in sleeping. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of sleep disorders in a short time?

Depends: It depends on the type of sleep disorder. I would suggest seeing a physician who has experience and training with sleep disorders to determine what kind of sleep disorder you have and then consider the treatment options available. Best of luck. ...Read more

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