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Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • New Sleep Disorder being considered

    It is a pretty unusual thing for a new medical condition to be identified, but that is a goal that several Army physicians are working towards. The doctors have been treating patients for a combination of nightmares and outbursts that are unique to those who are combat veterans who have experienced traumatic wartime events. The experiences that this group has been having are not at all like normal nightmares experienced by civilians. These soldiers are reliving pivotal moments from their combat days in their dreams, and experiencing very real terror that is causing them to lash out at unseen enemies. Their bed partners are paying the price, both in lost sleep and in injuries. Many have been kicked, punched, and even choked, yet the next morning the soldiers don’t remember any of their nighttime actions. Continue reading

  • Daylight Savings Time Ends

    With the passing of Halloween comes the arrival of Christmas decorations at all of the retail stores, and one other annual tradition – the chance to get an extra hour of sleep as we revert to standard time. According to Dr. Alexander Gelfer, a sleep specialist and pulmonologist who runs the SleepCare centers at Sisters Hospital St. Joseph’s Campus in Cheektowaga and Kenmore Mercy Hospital in New York state, this time of year should be seen as “an opportunity for someone to compensate on some of the sleep they’ve been losing.” Continue reading

  • Elderly Insomnia May Be A Matter of Poor Sleep Quality

    It is widely acknowledged that as we age, our ability to fall asleep easily and stay asleep throughout the night diminishes. Anybody who has an elderly person in their family is familiar with the complaints about middle-of-the-night awakenings combined with the frustration of being unable to get back to sleep, or else of waking up before the first light of dawn and then being tired and needing a nap in the middle of the day. Though this has long been accepted as being simply a natural part of aging, with over half of older adults complaining of experiencing symptoms of insomnia including either the inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep, recent studies are showing that sleeplessness in old age is not necessarily a foregone conclusion, and may in fact be simply a symptom of something that has gone wrong but which may be fixed.  Continue reading

  • ResMed Introduces New Sleep Tracker

    ResMed is a company whose stated mission is the development of products that improve the health and quality of life for those suffering from sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders. Though ResMed’s products have traditionally been in the medical arena, they have just introduced a consumer product, the S+ by ResMed. The S+ is a sleep tracker with a different. It offers a completely contactless system, eliminating the need for any kind of fitness wristband or watch, strips under the mattress, or any other type of sensor. It utilizes biomotion sensors that can track an individuals breathing patterns, body movements, and sleep stages, while also keeping track of the environment’s light, temperature and sounds. The unit includes a smart phone app that provides personalized feedback that users can utilize to track and compare themselves to their own sleep patterns or to a collection of proprietary sleep information that the company has gathered over its many years in business. Continue reading

  • Sleeping With a Snorer

    We all remember watching cartoons featuring our favorite characters snoring so loudly that it rattled the windows and shook the doors in their frames. The image was meant to be comical, and as a result when we sleep with a snorer in the house, it is often a source for many good-natured jokes. But the truth is that snoring is no laughing matter. If your bed partner’s snoring is keeping you awake then there’s a good chance that it is having a detrimental effect on both of you. You are missing out on the quality and quantity of sleep that you need in order to look and you’re your best and function at the top of your game, and they are at risk for several serious problems that are linked to their nocturnal noises. Continue reading

  • New Smart Sleep Mask Will Aid in Efficient Napping

    As sleep researchers learn more about the most efficient way to benefit from taking a nap, technology is working hard to keep up with their findings. A team that originates in Taiwan has recently announced that they have created a smart eye mask that will allow a person to take a nap that provides them with the highest levels of refreshment and which will wake them at the optimum time to ensure that they do not suffer any ill effects. Continue reading

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