Get the sleep you need, and don’t remain a victim to sleepless nights and to Insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that involves trouble falling asleep and in some cases difficulty staying asleep. If you find yourself waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, and feeling tired upon waking you are experiencing symptoms of Insomnia. Whether you are experiencing one or all of these symptoms, you need to talk to your doctor and get help for your Insomnia.
There are two types of Insomnia: primary and secondary. Primary Insomnia is when you are experiencing sleep problems that are not directly associated with any other health condition or problem. Secondary Insomnia is when you are having trouble sleeping because of something else such as; a health condition, pain, and/or medication and using some substances.*
It is imperative that you are open and honest with your physician when explaining your medical history, sleep history, routines, and habits. By doing this, your doctor can better assist you in helping you attain the relief you need. People who have insomnia don't feel as if they get enough sleep at night. Insomnia is a problem if it affects your daytime activities.
Insomnia has many possible causes, including stress, anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, circadian rhythm disorders (such as jet lag), and taking certain medications.* The leading cause for Insomnia is stress, however. Whether work, family, financial, or personal issues, if you have a problem that’s causing you stress it could be having a severe effect on your sleep. If you are prone to stress, then you are more likely to suffer from insomnia.
You don't have to put up with sleepless nights, and simple changes in your daily habits can help. Insomnia is a disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or both. With insomnia, you usually awaken not feeling refreshed, taking a toll on your ability to function throughout the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.* Many adults experience insomnia at some point, but some people have long-term (chronic) insomnia.
How much sleep is enough varies depending on the individual; although, it is recommended that most adults need seven to eight hours a night. If insomnia makes it hard for you to function during the day, see your doctor to determine what might be the cause of your sleep problem and how it can be treated. Source: Chanin M.D., Louis R. (2012, July 29). An Overview of Insomnia. WebMD.com. Retrieved on July 28, 2013, http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes
Are Your Morning Headaches a Result of Sleep Apnea?
Do you frequently wake up with morning headaches? If so, your headaches may be a result of sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that affects breathing while sleeping. There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive and Central. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in the airway and Central sleep apnea is a result of the brain failing to signal the muscles to breathe. Both restrict oxygen and blood flow to muscles and the brain.
So what causes morning headaches? Those with sleep apnea stop breathing during sleep, restricting oxygen and causing a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood. This alteration in blood oxygen levels affects the nervous system and blood flow to the brain, causing morning headaches and affecting memory and mood.
Studies conducted on patients with sleep apnea found that 67% suffered from frequent morning headaches. It was also found that those with frequent headaches are 2.5 times more likely to snore than those who do not, proving that lack of oxygen during sleep causes chronic headaches.
Many people come to our offices believing their headaches to be the cause of their sleeping problems, when in fact it is the other way around and their headaches are a result of poor sleep. Sleep apnea should not be taken lightly, and if left untreated can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Meanwhile, the uncomfortable symptoms like chronic headaches or fatigue are just as destructive to your health. We conduct in-home sleep studies to determine whether you suffer from Sleep Apnea.
Remember, not all headaches are a result of a sleep disorder. Take this quiz to see if you are at risk for Sleep Apnea: http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/app/index.cfm?fuseaction=sleepQuiz.view
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Those suffering from sleep apnea stop breathing while sleeping, sometimes literally hundreds of times, resulting in a loss of oxygen to the brain and body. This is a chronic condition that takes a lot of time to treat. The worst part of sleep apnea? You might not even know you have it. The most obvious signs of occur while sleeping, so unless those around you tell you about it you may not even have a clue.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of Sleep Apnea, the most common being Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition is the result of the airway collapsing or becoming blocked which then causes long pauses or shallow breaths. OSA is most common in those overweight but it can affect anyone.
The other type is called Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). The airway is not blocked, however the brain does not send signals to the muscles to breathe which also causes lack of oxygen to the brain and body.
Both forms of Sleep Apnea disrupt the natural sleep cycle. Lack of oxygen to the brain and body causes a variety of health problems including:
• Heart failure
• Heart attacks
• Heart palpitations
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:
• Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
• Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
• Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by another person
• Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
• Morning headache
• Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
• Attention problems
In addition to the illnesses listed above, Sleep Apnea disrupts the natural sleeping process and moves us out of deep sleep to shallow sleep. This will affect you throughout the day and can leave you feeling fatigued and irritable. Treatment for sleep apnea is a long work in process and may require breathing assistance or possible surgery. Call our offices today to learn more on Sleep Apnea and how we can help.
GET BETTER SLEEP WITH PROVENT
Do you snore so uncontrollably loud that it drives your family crazy? Snoring occurs when the muscles in the back of your mouth and throat relax too much and shrink your airway, causing your soft palate and uvula to vibrate and hit the back of your throat. This vibration and hitting is what causes the sound that bothers your family at night. Many people think snoring is a harmless annoyance but they don’t know the harmful medical issues it could be associated with, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be very serious because it can stop your breathing at random times during your sleep.
The best way to treat your snoring is by making certain lifestyle changes such as losing weight or quitting smoking. If making these lifestyle changes doesn’t help there is a new device called Provent that will prevent your breathing from being disrupted while you sleep. Provent is a simple device that you attach to the outside of your nostrils so that air can come in but makes it more difficult for air to go out. The air builds up pressure so that your airways will stay open during your sleep. Unlike other forms of treatment for sleep apnea, such as CPAP, Provent is not as uncomfortable. Many couples who have used CPAP thought that it was much more troublesome than the snoring that bothered them at first.
While Provent is a great device to treat sleep apnea, it still requires a prescription from a doctor. Visit Sleep Services of Maryland so that we can find out whether Provent is right for you or if you should try a different treatment method. Make sure to visit Sleep Services of Maryland or give us a call at 240.491.0164 so that we can diagnose any sleep disorders you might be suffering from and treat it. If you want to find out more about Provent, go to this website. http://www.proventtherapy.com/index.php
SLEEP DISORDERS AND PREGNANCY
Pregnancy is a very important time for women. Their body is going through changes, both physical and hormonal, that could lead to a variety of different symptoms including sleep disorders. These sleep disorders can change through the different stages of pregnancy. During the first trimester, many women experience different sleep disorders such as insomnia and suddenly waking up at night. This will lead to women feeling very tired and sleeping throughout the day. The severity of these symptoms and more will begin to fluctuate as you go through the different stages of pregnancy.
What should you do if you are suffering from some of these sleep disorders while pregnant? It is not recommended to take medication to treat the sleep disorder due to how it could affect the growing baby. Various home remedies, such as certain teas, can help you fall asleep if you have trouble sleeping or are constantly waking up during the night. Other simple remedies that can help you fall asleep include drinking warm milk or avoiding certain foods that keep you awake. If the sleep disorders are becoming too intrusive you can visit Sleep Services of Maryland and we will find the cause and treat your sleep disorder.
SLEEP DISORDERS IN KIDS
Sleep disorders don’t just affect adults, they even affect kids. Sleep disorder for kids, if left untreated, can have a variety of different negative effects on their health, learning, and social life. Sleep disorders affect kids at any age, from newborn to toddler and even through high school. What are some of the most common sleep disorders children suffer from? They include insomnia, obtrusive sleep apnea, and night terrors. Insomnia is when your child’s sleep cycle is not right, such as your child is having trouble falling asleep, can’t stay asleep, or is waking up too early. Sleep anxiety may be linked to insomnia or your child might have a variety of other causes such as stress or pain. Many kids suffer from night terrors, which causes your child to suddenly wake up from sleep screaming or crying and feeling very agitated.
Certain sleep disorders for kids tend to go away with age but it can take some time. If you visit Sleep Services of Maryland we can find the root of the cause and treat it. We have treated a variety of different sleep disorders for patients ranging from kids to adults so you have nothing to worry about. If you have any more questions about the services we provide or what we can do for your child please do not hesitate to call and ask.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP FOR KIDS
Sleep is very important, especially for kids. Younger kids need to get the right amount of hours of sleep in order to be refreshed for the next day. Newborns babies require 10 to 18 hours of and as your kids age they will be sleeping less and less. Kids in school need to be well rested before going to school. A good night’s sleep will give them the energy they need to do well in school. When kids suffer from lack of sleep they become grumpy and easily agitated. Some kids are affected differently from lack of sleep and end up being more energetic than usual. Sleep is also important because it allows the body to grow and sleep has even been link to the improvement of memory.
Don’t let your child suffer from lack of sleep. Make sure to set up a right routine so that you kids goes to sleep at the right times and wake up at the right times. Certain sleep disorders also make it harder for kids to sleep. If you believe that your kid might be suffering from some type of sleep disorder than make sure to visit Sleep Services of Maryland. We have treated a variety of different sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and much more so you know your child is getting the best care possible.
HAVING TROUBLE FALLING ASLEEP?
Having trouble sleeping? This could be caused by a variety of different reasons, such as certain habits that you do or it could possibly be related to a sleep disorder. Some people tend to use their bed for things other than sleeping, such as surfing the web or working on your laptop. This leads to someone not associating their bed with sleep and instead with work, thus making sleeping more difficult. Staying up late can make it very difficult for the body to get used to what time it should normally go to sleep. Keeping the time you go to sleep consistent will improve your sleep and get your body more accustomed to sleeping at the right time.
Sleep disorders are also one of the reasons why it can be pretty difficult to fall asleep. There are many different types of sleep disorders out there, such as restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and insomnia. If left uncheck the symptoms can become worse and further disrupt your sleep. If changing some of your habits still doesn’t help you sleep better then make sure to come visit us at Sleep Services of Maryland so that we can diagnose any sleep disorders that you might be suffering from. We want to help you sleep comfortably again so make sure to call and set up an appointment.
Do your friends or family ever tell you that you talk in your sleep? Have you ever heard a friend or family member talking in their sleep, sometimes sounding like they are having a conversation with someone? People who are sleep talkers will randomly say something, fall back asleep, and won’t even remember anything happening. While it may seem funny to some people, sleep talking could be a sign of a more serious sleep disorder. Sleep talking affects anyone, even kids or adults, and it is believed that it could possibly run in the family. The sleep talking can occur at any stage of sleep, not just during dreaming. Sleep talking could be a sign of a more serious sleep disorder, such as REM sleep behavior disorder and sleep terrors.
Come to Sleep Services of Maryland and we can help diagnose the severity of your sleep talking and how to treat it. A couple tips that could help reduce the amount of sleep talking include avoiding stress and getting more sleep. Certain foods and medicine can also affect the rate at which you talk in your sleep so make sure to keep track of them and how often and severe your sleep talking may be.
GET BETTER SLEEP
As many of you know, sleep is very important. The lack of sleep will leave us drained and tired for the next day. Sleep deprivation can even lead to serious accidents when behind the wheel. Comfortable sleep is great sleep. So how do you go about improving your sleep? Many people who are stressed tend to not get very good sleep. Stress will make you more tense and anxious, thus making it harder to get a more comfortable sleep. Managing your stress is one way to get a better sleep. Do not take naps throughout the day because this will make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. If you feel like you are very tired then try going for a walk to get some fresh air, or even get in touch with a friend to keep you up. Some people have found that a pillow between the legs can help get rid of any back pain that occurs throughout the night. Another great way to give yourself a great sleep and even keep yourself fit is to exercise 3 hours before sleeping so that you are tired but not too energized.
At Sleep Services of Maryland, we want to help you experience the best sleep in your life that won’t ruin your day. Great sleep will get you ready for your day and will give you the energy you need. If you are still suffering from lack of sleep after trying these tips, then a sleep disorder could be at fault. Come to Sleep Services of Maryland so that we can diagnose and treat your disorder and get you sleeping right again.
SLEEP AND MENOPAUSE
During menopause, the fluctuation of hormones can lead to sleep trouble and sleep disorders. While most of the sleep disorders related to menopause don’t decrease the amount of time you sleep, it does ruin the quality of your sleep. A study by National Sleep Foundation showed that women suffer the most sleep problems during premenopause and menopause. One of the main causes of the sleep trouble during menopause is hot flashes. The hot flashes can occur in the early on in the night and disrupt your sleep. As your estrogen levels drop is also decreases the level of melatonin, which is necessary for sleep. Other symptoms that aren’t directly caused by menopause, such as anxiety and depression, can also cause sleep trouble.
So what can you do to improve your sleep? Balancing out your hormones with hormone replacement therapy can help, and you can improve your sleep by keeping the temperature in your room at a more comfortable temperature. At Sleep Services of Maryland we can provide a variety of tests and treatments to try to get your symptoms under control.
THE DANGERS OF NARCOLEPSY
Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day and are known to fall asleep at random times? These are symptoms of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that affects your sleeping pattern. While narcolepsy can affect people of any age, it is most common in individuals between the ages of 15 and 25. While there is no known cause of narcolepsy, it is believed that there is a certain gene that controls the production of a certain chemical that could signal the start of sleep and when to wake up. There are other possible causes that some scientists believe, such as that it is caused by a deficiency in the production of hypocretin. Narcolepsy can negatively affect your social and professional life because it causes you to be excessively sleepy throughout the day. You will feel too tired to do anything throughout the day and your sleep attacks will make you fall asleep at the most inappropriate times.
Narcolepsy will also cause sleep paralysis, cataplexy, and even hallucinations. Sleep paralysis is a brief moment of paralysis when either trying to fall asleep or wake up. While these experiences can be quite frightening, they only last a few seconds to a couple of minutes and you will be able to move regularly right after. Cataplexy is the sudden loss of muscle tone and voluntary muscle control that leaves you feeling weak. This symptom is mostly triggered by intense emotions, such as anger or surprise, and can even cause you to lose total control of your body for a short period of time. The hallucinations can occur either when you are about to sleep or when you are about to fall asleep, they can be very vivid and frightening. At Sleep Services of Maryland we are here to help you control the symptoms so that they don’t affect your life too much. We will create the perfect treatment plan just for you.
WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULDN'T EAT BEFORE BEDTIME
Craving a snack before you fall asleep? Better be careful, certain foods can actually hinder you sleep while others can improve it. We all heard that milk will help you sleep better, but did you ever wonder why? It is because milk and other dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, have tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that has been shown to help people feel drowsy and fall asleep. The same substance can be found in various other foods, such as seeds, bananas, honey, eggs, and certain cereals. Dairy products and foods high in carbohydrates both work well to stimulate sleep, which is why many common snacks include both, such as cereal and milk and any type of sandwich with cheese.
So what should you not eat when trying to sleep? Avoid foods high in fat because they can disrupt your digestive system, which leads to a less comfortable night sleep. Certain examples of foods high in fat are any type of fast foods, such as burgers and fries. It is also very important to not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages before you go to sleep. Caffeine will keep you awake, and while alcohol will help you sleep faster it will also cause you to wake up frequently and can cause headaches, night sweats, and nightmares. While it is okay to eat a little bit before you fall asleep, do not sleep on a full stomach. This can be uncomfortable and can cause your digestive system to slow down.
THE DANGERS AND CONSEQUESNCES OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION
The amount of hours a person sleeps is very important. The amount of hours you need to sleep changes as you age, infants need 16 hours of sleep while teenagers need about 9 hours of sleep. For adults the amount of time they need to sleep can vary. Some adults only need 5 hours and others need as many as 10, but generally they need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day. If you start sleeping less more often it will start to pile up on you. Those two hours less that you don’t sleep will add up to 14 hours by the end of that week, making you much more tired than you would be if you have slept the right amount of hours. Your sleep is what gets you feeling energized and ready to start your day off right.
Too little amount of sleep will cause you to become sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation will leave you feeling tired and grouchy throughout the day. Sleep deprivation will cause you to fall asleep frequently throughout the day, which can negatively affect your professional and social life. An employer won’t want someone who tends to fall asleep on the job and your friends won’t want to be with someone who is always too tired to do anything. What are some of the other symptoms of sleep deprivation? Sleep deprivation has been connected to memory problems, depression, a weaker immune system, and an increased reception of pain. Driving while sleep deprived has caused thousands of auto accidents over the years and caused hundreds of deaths. Many people try to fight of their need to sleep with the help of coffee and other stimulants, such as energy drinks. These stimulants have been found to not be effective against severe sleep deprivation.
Without an adequate amount of sleep every night your mind and body will starts to become sluggish leading to worse work quality, memory issues, body pain, and can make driving very dangerous. At Sleep Services of Maryland we offer comprehensive examinations that will help us find out if you are suffering from any kind of sleeping disorder. If you are suffering from a sleeping disorder that is causing you to become sleep deprived than we can create a treatment plan specifically for you .
WHAT IS RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME?
Trying to fall asleep but you keep getting a tingling sensation in your legs that makes you want to get up and walk around? That tingling, creeping sensation you get is caused by Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). Patients usually feel the sensation around the thighs and down to their ankles on one or both of their legs. Studies have shown that the symptoms of RLS are set to a daily cycle where the symptoms are more severe in the afternoon and later in the day than they are earlier in the morning. Restless leg syndrome gives patients a tingling, unpleasant sensation that can only be relieved when the patient walks, stretches, massages, or a bathes. The symptoms only allow the patient to get a few hours of sleep every night thus leaving them sleepy and tired throughout the day.
Although there is no definite cause for Restless Leg Syndrome it has been known to be hereditary and gets passed down from parent to child. RLS can occur in people of all ages but has been shown to be very common in older patients and in some cases even more severe. Diagnosing Restless Leg Syndrome can be very difficult because there are no abnormalities that the doctor will be able to examine physically so any diagnosis will need to be made on the description of the symptoms that the patient gives the doctor. The doctor will also ask you about your family history and if anyone in your family ever had RLS. We might even recommend having a physical and neurological exam just in case you might be suffering from nerve damage.
So how will we go about treating your Restless Leg Syndrome? In order to treat some of the mild symptoms we recommend taking a hot bath or massaging your legs to relieve the sensations. Some patients have found that exercising more and staying away from caffeine or using heating pads or ice packs can help get rid of the symptoms. While there is no perfect treatment for restless leg syndrome, the doctors at Sleep Services of Maryland will do whatever we can to relieve the symptoms and bring back comfortable sleep into your life.
WHAT IS INSOMNIA??
It is a common sleep disorder that has the following symptoms: difficulty falling or staying asleep, poor quality sleep, and waking up too early. Insomnia has been found to be most common in older people and also in women. Insomnia will leave you feeling tired throughout the day and there are two forms of insomnia, acute and chronic. Insomnia has many different causes such as stress, many medical conditions, physical discomfort, noise, and substance abuse. In order to diagnose whether you have insomnia we will ask you a series of questions about your sleep patterns, stress levels, medical history, medication, and how much physical activity you do every day.
At Sleep Services of Maryland you will get a comprehensive examination by a sleep specialist. He will then create a personalized treatment program with the appropriate diagnostic testing in order to get you sleeping better again. The professionals at Sleep Services of Maryland know what they are doing and will do everything they can in order to give a good night’s sleep so that you can wake up refreshed and ready for your day.
SLEEPING HABITS AND YOUR MEMORY
Your sleep patterns might be linked to memory loss as you age, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology. Sleeping in fragments, as opposed to getting a full night’s rest of about 7-8 hours, negatively affects the brain’s ability to build memories. “Disrupted sleep appears to be associated with the build-up of amyloid plaques, a hallmark marker of Alzheimer’s disease, in the brains of people without memory problems,” said study author Yo-El Ju, MD, assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. She also stated that "more study is needed" to determine whether lack of sleep causes Alzheimer's, or if it is just one factor.
Dr. Ju says sleep should be a priority, no matter your family history of Alzheimer's. "We don't value sleep as much as we should. Sleep is a very important function that allows the brain to rest," Dr. Ju advises. The study findings were simple: people, who woke up more than five times per hour and those with less efficient sleeping habits, were more prone to have amyloid plaque build-up compared to people who did not wake up as often. Amyloid plaque is a type of protein that is often found in the brain of Alzheimer's patients. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, and experts say that 1 in 85 people will be affected with the disease by 2050.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reports that approximately 40 million people suffer from an estimated 70 types of sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more often.
Here are some tricks to help you improve your sleep. Your bed should be associated with relaxing time. Avoid having arguments, eating or working in it. Right before going to sleep, play relaxing music or even try listening to a guided meditation DVD. Also do not sleep with pets or small children in your bed. They can be very disruptive at night. Keep your room as dark as possible. If street light sneaks up at night, invest in light blocking curtains. Your brain reacts to light, so the darker, the better! Finally try to create a bed schedule and go to sleep around the same time every night.
THE DANGER OF UNTREATED SLEEP APNEA
Everyone agrees how the breath-stopping kind of snoring is recognized as sleep apnea isn’t a good thing - it disrupts your nighttime rest, causes you to be sleepy during the daytime, increases blood pressure level, and increases the chances of developing heart trouble. Just how bad is it?
Pretty bad, according to a lengthy study of almost 1,500 snorers. Researchers followed the men, who were referenced to a hospital sleep clinic, with yearly checkups. All were offered the most successful treatment, called continuous positive airway pressure. It involves breathing through a breathing apparatus that delivers a stream of air into the nose. Many of the study volunteers decided not to use the device.
After 10 years, the researchers tallied up what percentage of the men had suffered a cardiac arrest or stroke, needed an operation to bypass or open a clogged heart artery, or died from heart related illnesses. About 1 in 7 men (14%) fell into this camp.
SLEEP APNEA AND HEART TROUBLE
Cardiovascular trouble was 3 times much more likely in males with severe untreated sleep apnea than it was in men with treated sleep apnea. Actually, rates of heart trouble were about the same in males with treated apnea as they were among simple snorers - who have noisy but regular breathing while asleep - and nonsnorers. The results appeared within the March 19, 2005, Lancet.
A somewhat related study from the Mayo Clinic established that individuals with sleep apnea are more likely to die suddenly from a heart rhythm problem during sleeping hours. In the general population, such sudden deaths are most frequent within the few hours after waking.