Sleep Disorders Community Forum
Support for patients with sleep disorders and related neurological conditions. Discussions among patients, families, caregivers and professionals on topics related to diagnosis, treatment, and activities of daily living.
Study draws connection between narcolepsy and influenza
Aug 22, 2011
The onset of narcolepsy appears to follow seasonal patterns of H1N1 and other upper airway infections, according to a new study of patients in China that was led by a Stanford University School of Medicine narcolepsy expert.
Patients in a minimally conscious state remain capable of dreaming during their sleep
Aug 17, 2011
An EEG study has revealed that the sleep of patients in a minimally conscious state has characteristics very close to that of normal sleep in a healthy subject. They show changes in “slow wave” activity in the front of the brain considered important for learning and neural plasticity, and produce NREM (non rapid eye movement) slow wave sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the support for dream activity.
Sleep disordered breathing may increase risk of dementia in older women
Aug 10, 2011
Older women who have sleep-related breathing problems may be at greater risk of problems with mental function, including dementia, according to a new study in the August 10, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nighttime-breathing machine effective treatment for sleep apnea
Aug 08, 2011
Among the treatments for obstructive sleep apnea, the effectiveness of the continuous positive airway pressure machine was backed by the strongest evidence, and a mouthpiece worn at night was also shown to be effective, according to a new report funded by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Clinical study for insomnia uses new technology
Jun 30, 2011
Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder, affecting up to 50 percent of the adult population in the United States on a weekly basis. The first ever, randomized, controlled clinical research study is using Brainwave Optimization™ to treat people with insomnia.
Potential genetic cause of REM sleep behavior disorder discovered, Parkinson disease implications
Jun 15, 2011
Researchers at the University of Toronto are the first to identify a potential cause for a severe sleep disorder--REM sleep behavior disorder--that has been closely linked to Parkinson disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The good life: good sleepers have better quality of life and less depression
Jun 14, 2011
Getting 6 to 9 hours of sleep per night is associated with higher ratings for quality of life and lower ratings for depression, suggests a research abstract that will be presented today in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
Cooling the brain during sleep may be a natural and effective treatment for insomnia
Jun 13, 2011
People with primary insomnia may be able to find relief by wearing a cap that cools the brain during sleep, suggests a research abstract that will be presented today in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.