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How does ahi impact sleep architecture then?What does sleep architecture depend on?

How does ahi  impact sleep architecture then?What does sleep architecture depend on?

# of awakenings: Sleep architecture has more to do with the number of awakenings and arousals, and these do not necessarily correlate with the ahi. Some people awaken or go into an arousal state during apnea or hypopnea and many don't. ...Read more

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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What sleeping pills don't disrupt sleep architecture?

What sleeping pills don't disrupt sleep architecture?

Very good question: I hear all sorts of marketing claims regarding sleep meds and tendency to preserve various phases of sleep, but not really convinced that any do not disrupt patterns. However, your best bet prescription wise might be lunesta, and otc melatonin would also be relatively appropriate. Drugs such as ambien, sonata, (zaleplon) barbiturates and benzodiazepines all disrupt sleep patterns quite substantially. ...Read more

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Do nonbenzodiazepine z drugs like lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien disrupt sleep architecture?

Do nonbenzodiazepine z drugs like lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes-with chronic use: Good question. The "z drugs" disrupt sleep less than benzodiazepines but there is evidence that there is some disruption with chronic use that becomes a big problem when people try to stop taking these drugs. See http://www.Mylwi.Com/ehealth-newsletter/why-you-shouldnt-confuse-ambien-use-with-sleep/ & http://weeksmd.Com/2013/04/sleeping-pills-and-death/ & http://bit.Ly/17uogmu for details. ...Read more

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Do nonbenzodiazepines z drugs like Ambien and lunesta (eszopiclone) disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes: Actually, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) are benzodiazepines they have more specific activity for selective receptors directed at sedation, and have a short half life or time in your system, but they affect sleep architecture just like other benzodiazepines or alcohol, just in a milder manner. ...Read more

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Can a person who has moderate ahi , sleep architecture passing through all sleep cycles and moderate oxygen desaturation have strong headaches a fat?

Can a person who has moderate ahi , sleep architecture passing through all sleep cycles and  moderate oxygen desaturation have strong headaches  a fat?

Definitely: Moderate apnea–hypopnea index (ahi) is 15-30/hour. That's mean you a weakening up 15-30 times per hour. Here is the pain and sleep connection. See you sleep specialist for CPAP or oral appliance. ...Read more

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Do benzodiazepines disrupt sleep quality and sleep architecture to the same degree as alcohol?

Do benzodiazepines disrupt sleep quality and sleep architecture to the same degree as alcohol?

No: Alcohol puts you to sleep and increases slow wave sleep then awakens you about 4 hours later and you do not sleep well and becomes disruptive to sleep and the sleep is non restorative .Benzodiazepines increase stages 1&2 and decrease slow wave or stage 3 sleep. It is also not restorative sleep and has been shown in ICU patients to contribute to sleep deficit and delirium. ...Read more

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What are some sleep aids (natural or synthetic) that don't disrupt sleep architecture? (besides melatonin)?

Valerian Root but: Sleep hygiene is important too. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath. ...Read more

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