Sleep Health

Sleeping With Tinnitus

Sleeping With Tinnitus

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One of the biggest challenges that I hear from Tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears) patients is their inability to get a good night's sleep. I used to have this problem as well, so I am very familiar with how frustrating that is. Imagine what it might be like to sleep on a busy airport runway with jets taking off all around you. That's what it's like for me. For many people who suffer from this debilitating disease, they can be kept awake by constant hissing, roaring, pulsing, whooshing, chirping, whistling and even clicking sounds that interfere with their regular sleep patterns.

Unfortunately, the less sleep you get, the more your tinnitus will bother you. Why this is I'm not sure, except to know that if you're tired it's much harder to keep motivated and do the things you need to do to keep your mind off tinnitus. I do know, however, that it's very important to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night in order to avoid what often feels like an increase in the tinnitus volume.

Brain Stem Defect May Be Cause of SIDS – Serotonin Regulation Could Help Explain Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Brain Stem Defect May Be Cause of SIDS – Serotonin Regulation Could Help Explain Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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New research suggests that an abnormality in the brainstem which regulates breathing, blood pressure, body heat, and arousal, may be the cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The American SIDS Institute says placing babies to sleep on their back even though they sleep more soundly on their stomach and the use of firm mattresses can reduce SIDS risk.

Researchers examined brain autopsy specimens from 31 infants who had died from SIDS and 10 who had died acutely from other causes. After examining the lowest part of the brainstem, known as the medulla oblongata, they found abnormalities in nerve cells that make and use serotonin, one of over 100 chemicals in the brain that transmit messages from one nerve cell to another.

Children with High Blood Pressure may also have Sleep Disordered Breathing – Sleep Apnea

Children with High Blood Pressure may also have Sleep Disordered Breathing – Sleep Apnea

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A study reported at the American Heart Association’s 60th Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, found that children that had high blood pressure could be at a higher risk for sleep disordered breathing (SDB).

Sleep disordered breathing (SBD) is a condition where there is short periods (sometimes longer) of upper airway obstructions that are either complete (apnea) or a partial (hypopnea) of inadequate air flow which is termed obstructive hypoventilation.

Viagra May Aggravate Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder – Sildenafil Increases Nitric Oxide Promoting Congestion

Viagra May Aggravate Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorder – Sildenafil Increases Nitric Oxide Promoting Congestion

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Researchers say that Viagra (sildenafil) taken at bedtime may worsen the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is an unexpected finding because patients with erectile dysfunction (ED) are more likely to have OSA. Evidently, treating ED can aggravate OSA.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea, and is caused when the throat relaxes during sleep obstructing the airflow. Common symptoms include snoring or wheezing. The sleeper is usually unaware of the condition because it occurs when they are asleep.

The Common Allergy May Be Linked to Difficulty Sleeping – Rhinitis May Be Associated With Sleep Apnea and Snoring

The Common Allergy May Be Linked to Difficulty Sleeping – Rhinitis May Be Associated With Sleep Apnea and Snoring

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Researchers say that patients with allergic rhinitis have more difficulty sleeping and more sleep disorders than those without allergies. Allergic rhinitis affects about 20 to 50 percent of the population and occurs when pollen or other allergens irritate and inflame the nasal passages.

Allergies could be a contributing factor to sleep apnea, snoring and other sleep breathing problems. Sleep apnea is a commonly undiagnosed problem that has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure in previous studies. There are non-surgical and non-drug treatments for snoring and sleep apnea.

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