10 Scary Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are always a problem, but some can be downright scary. Learn about 10 of the most serious sleep issues and how you and your doctor can put a stop to the symptoms.

We all remember waking up from nightmares as children. But for some people, that fright can manifest itself in real life in the form of a scary sleep disorder.

Some of these sleep disorders are frightening for the risk that they pose to you and your loved ones. ...

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10 Health Conditions That Disrupt Sleep

Depression and menopause are just two medical conditions that can rob you of sleep. Discover other culprits that can cause insomnia.

Having problems going to sleep or staying asleep? A health condition could be to blame. Research suggests that sleep disturbances such as insomnia are rooted in certain medical conditions.

“We’re finding that both the quantity and quality of sleep a person gets can be linked to a number of health issues and diseases,” says James Wellman, MD, medical director of the ...

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‘Violent Behavior’ Occurs in Many Adult Sleepwalkers, Study Finds

Those with disorder risk injury, fatigue and other health problems, researchers report.

Adults don’t always outgrow sleepwalking, and among those who don’t, 58 percent may become violent and sometimes injure either themselves or their sleeping partner, a new study shows.

Not only that, these sleepwalkers suffer a host of health problems during their waking hours, the researchers noted.

“Daytime sleepiness is a frequent problem in adults affected with sleepwalking,” said study author Dr. Yves Dauvilliers, director of the sleep lab at Gui-de-Chauliac Hospital ...

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‘Sleeping On It’ Works for Difficult Problems

If a complex issue is weighing you down, nabbing some solid Zzzs might help you solve it, new research confirms.

Some adages about sleep and your emotional health — think “don’t go to bed angry” — don’t necessarily ring true, experts say.

But the famous saying “sleep on it” recently got a boost from researchers at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. They tested whether sleep or time spent awake helped people solve problems and found that sleeping works as a problem ...

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‘Nightcaps’ Don’t Help You Sleep Better After All

Alcohol may help you get to sleep faster and sleep better at first, but it disrupts your sleep later in the night, according to British researchers who reviewed all known scientific studies on alcohol’s impact on sleep.

The authors said they hope their findings will help people understand that drinking alcohol only gives the impression of improving sleep, and that it should not be used as a sleep aid.

The review found that alcohol consumption shortens the time it takes to get ...

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‘Highway Hypnosis’: Train Crash Is Clear Case of Sleep Deprivation, Experts Say

News reports say that William Rockefeller, the driver of the train wreck, may have experienced “highway hypnosis,” but experts say that’s really just a way to say he was sleep-deprived, likely due to his odd work hours

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 — On Sunday, a Metro-North train took a turn at 82 miles per hour — nearly three times the 30 MPH speed limit — and derailed, killing four passengers and injuring more than 60 others. As the victims’ families ...

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‘Crying’ to Sleep Safe for Babies

Sleeping alone strategies do not alter likelihood of sleeping disorders later in life.

Behavioral techniques for getting babies to sleep by themselves, such as camping out in the child’s room initially, can be effective without any long-term downside for parents or children, clinical trial follow-up showed.

Sleep problems at age 6 weren’t significantly more common among kids trained to go to bed with such methods as infants, reported Anna M.H. Price, PhD, of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville, Australia, and colleagues.

The ...

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Check Kids for Sleep Apnea

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening all children for snoring and polysomnography for those who regularly snore and have any associated symptoms such as snorting or gasping, daytime sleepiness, or labored breathing during sleep.

Children who frequently snore should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Clinicians should evaluate kids who snore for co-occurring symptoms such as labored breathing during sleep or daytime sleepiness, and refer them for polysomnography, Carole ...

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You Can Learn While You Sleep

Participants reacted to information given as they slept, after waking.

People may be able to learn while they sleep, according to a new study.

Israeli researchers played tones followed by certain odors to people who were sleeping. The participants started sniffing when they heard the tones alone — even when there was no odor present — both during sleep and when they were awake.

The results show that people can learn new information while they sleep, and this can unconsciously affect their behavior ...

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Sleep Apnea Affects Many Women, Too

Study finds obesity, high blood pressure raise the odds for disorder.

Although sleep apnea is a condition often associated with men, new research reveals that many women also have the disorder, especially those who are obese or have high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, and rates of the condition increase as people age.

For the study, researchers from Uppsala University and Umea University in Sweden surveyed 400 women, aged 20 and older. The women also underwent a ...

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