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Medical Marijuana May Not Help Your Sleep Apnea: Experts

Posted 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – Medical marijuana shouldn't be used to treat sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a new position statement. The group warned that the drug and its synthetic extracts haven't been shown to be safe, effective or well-tolerated by patients with this condition. "Until we have further evidence on the efficacy of medical cannabis for the treatment of ...

Even When You Think You're Not Sleepy, Your Car Crash Risk Rises

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – You might be a drowsy driver without knowing it, and new research finds that can make you more dangerous on the road. People who suffer from chronic sleep apnea are more likely to crash, the study showed: For those with severe apnea, the increased risk hit 123 percent, while those with mild to moderate sleep apnea saw their risk go up by 13 percent. And you don't have ...

Health Tip: Understanding Testosterone Treatment

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The hormone testosterone is responsible for male characteristics such as facial and body hair, muscle development, regulating sex drive, sperm production and bone health. Low testosterone can result in loss of hair and muscle, mood changes, less energy and smaller testes, the Endocrine Society says. If your doctor detects low testosterone, he or she may prescribe hormone replacement therapy. ...

Health Tip: When Noise Interrupts Sleep

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Even when you are asleep, your brain continues to hear and process sound, the National Sleep Foundation says. Noise can wake you, shift you between different stages of sleep and even cause a change in your heart rate and blood pressure. It's more likely that noise will affect sleep during sleep's earlier stages. And it has been shown that people are more likely to awaken if a sound is an ...

Health Tip: Taking Fewer Naps

Posted 12 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Has your doctor suggested taking fewer naps? Or are you ready to wean a child from napping? The National Sleep Foundation suggests how: Don't expect to accomplish the deed overnight. Napping isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. An occasional nap is to be expected. Turn nap time into quiet time. Allow for a period of calm, such as by reading or listening to quiet music. If necessary, move ...

People With Epilepsy May Gain From Common Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted 3 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Dec. 2, 2017 – It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) involves wearing an airflow mask over the nose or mouth each night, to help keep the back of the throat open for better breathing. Many people with epilepsy often have sleep apnea, ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Snoring

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Snoring is not only an annoyance, but also a potential health concern. Chronic snoring may be associated with sleep apnea, which can lead to sleep deprivation and potential heart issues. The National Sleep Foundation says certain exercises may strengthen muscles surrounding the airways and help prevent snoring: Push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and slide the tongue ...

Sleep Apnea May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 – If your sleep is continually disrupted by a condition called sleep apnea, you might face a higher chance of developing Alzheimer's down the road. So claims a new study that has linked sleep apnea with an increase in the development of amyloid plaque in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers found that the more serious the sleep apnea was, the more ...

Here's Why You 'Space Out' After Too Little Sleep

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Ever notice that too little sleep at night can cause you to "space out" the next day? New research suggests that a lack of sleep hampers communication between brain cells, causing temporary mental errors that affect memory and visual perception. That can lead to problems ranging from minor ones such as forgetting your keys when you leave the house, to more serious ...

Remede System Approved for Sleep Apnea

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – The Remede sleep system, an implanted device that treats central sleep apnea by activating a nerve that sends signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the diaphragm, triggering lapses in breathing that can last a few seconds to minutes, the ...

Health Tip: Music May Help You Sleep

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Listening to calm, quiet tunes before you hit the pillow may help you sleep better. Music has a direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps your body relax and prepare for sleep, the National Sleep Foundation says. Music may help slow your heart rate, lower blood pressure, regulate breathing and may trigger muscle relaxation, the foundation says. Ideal music includes ...

1 in 3 Seniors Take Sleep Aids

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – One-third of older Americans take something to help them sleep, but most don't discuss their sleep problems with a doctor, a new survey finds. "Although sleep problems can happen at any age and for many reasons, they can't be cured by taking a pill, either prescription, over-the-counter or herbal, no matter what the ads on TV say," said poll director Dr. Preeti ...

Nerve 'Zap' Treatment Could Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – People with more serious cases of sleep apnea may get lasting relief from an implanted nerve stimulator, a new study finds. One specialist says the device might benefit those who can't tolerate the current standard treatment for sleep apnea: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP involves wearing a mask over the nose and/or mouth every night, and many people ...

Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical ...

Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Road

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than 400 people will die and another 48,400 will be injured seriously enough to require medicalattentionin car crashes duringany holiday weekend, the U.S. National Safety Council estimates. Here's what the council suggests you can do to minimize your chances of risk: Always wear your seatbelt. Use proper car seats for children that are appropriate for their height, weight and age. Don't ...

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