Sleep Disorders, Attention Problems Linked
In the case of sexsomnia, the problem is usually a “disorder of arousal” from non-dream sleep. This means that people are partially aroused from deep sleep, resulting in a “twilight sleep-wake state” where they unconsciously act, with seriously impaired judgment. In their report, Schenck and his colleagues detail the range of sleep disorders that can be accompanied by sexsomnia or waking-hour sexual problems. The parasomnias and Kleine-Levin syndrome are the disorders most commonly associated with abnormal sexual behaviors.
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25, 2004 — Sleep disorders are associated with numerous health consequences, now a new study shows that a link may exist between sleep difficulties and attention deficit disorder in adults. People with sleep disorders may also have mood disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and other problems, according to Clifford Risk, MD, PhD, director of the Marlborough Center for Sleep Disorders in Marlborough, Mass. Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The most common complaints are loud snoring, disrupted sleep, and excess daytime sleepiness.
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Sleep apnea treatment may add healthier look to patients’ faces
Photograph by: Thinkstock , canada.com Treatment for a common sleep disorder may help patients improve their appearance, reducing bagginess under eyes, puffiness and other common “sleepiness” indicators. According to a new study from the University of Michigan and Michigan Technological University, an at-home treatment for sleep apnea, a condition marked by snoring and breathing interruptions, has been related to specific improvement in facial appearance of patients. Using a sensitive “face-mapping” technique usually used by plastic surgeons, as well as a panel of faceappearance raters, the researchers identified noticeable changes in 20 middle-aged sleep apnea patients just a few months after they began using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This system helps them breathe better during sleep and overcome chronic sleepiness. Sleep neurologist Ronald Chervin, director of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center, led the study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
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