Archive for the “Sleep” Category

Posted on 19 Sep 2012

The Benefits of Sleep

Who doesn’t enjoy a good night’s sleep? But what if someone asked you about the benefits of sleep? Well, the answer is very simple, “first and foremost, for your health”. Everyone dreams of one day becoming a millionaire, but the fact is, most millionaires work more than 60 hours a week. Wouldn’t you think that this is a great risk to their health? Is all that money worth sacrificing your health? Of course not all millionaires do this, but you understand my point. In this article I will take you through the benefits of sleep in an exclusively deep manner.

1.Appetite stimulation:

An increased appetite is one of the items you can file under the benefits of sleep. Appetite is brought about by hormones known as leptin and ghrelin. Having a good sleep will ensure that there are enough leptin and ghrelin hormones in your body. These two hormones are responsible for increasing your appetite. If you have more of an appetite, then you will be eating more meals. And from research, it has been shown that eating more meals is one way of getting rid of body fats through increased rate of body metabolism.

2. Stress Reduction:

This is second among the benefits of sleep, through better sleeping you can ensure that the levels of hormones responsible for stress are kept at acceptable standards. Doctors have also argued that lowered blood pressure, which brings about stress in people, is one of the benefits of sleep. We are all aware of the problems that can be associated with increased blood pressure. In fact,it is a serious disease that should be avoided at all costs. Reduced blood pressure hastens the aging process by enhancing degeneration of cells in the body. To do away with all these life threatening issues and stay stress free, ensure that you have a good night’s sleep.

3. Diabetes:

The ability to avoid Diabetes is another advantage that is vital among the benefits of sleep. Diabetes, especially, type 2 diabetes is associated with a lot of glucose in our body. Researchers have revealed that sleep affects the rate at which our body processes glucose. Reduced number of hours of sleep leads to slow processing of glucose in our body. This will subsequently lead to accumulation of more glucose in our body, which can lead to the development of diabetes. It has also been proved that people who sleep less than 5 hours a day have increased chances of getting this disease.

4. Enhanced Memory:

The final point in list of the benefits of sleep is having an improved memory. Sleep deprivation may lead to a fuddled feeling that may make it hard for you to concentrate. This problem may be accompanied by memory issues. Having a good night’s sleep will not only ensure that you are safe from type 2 diabetes but also enhance your memory by organizing your brain and ensuring that your brain is properly functioning thereby facilitating your understanding and retention capability.

By now I am very certain that if someone asks you about the benefits of sleep you will be able to tell them more than they ever expected you to know! Take the benefits of sleep seriously and it will help your health greatly.

Posted on 13 Apr 2011

Try Stop Snoring Solution for Everyone’s Sake

Snoring can be annoying to those who hear it during bed time. While the person snoring is sound asleep, those around them will have to bear with it for the entire night. The end result is a bad sleep. And during the entire course of the night, there will be occasional arguments between the snorer and the people affected. And when everyone is up during the day, the snorer will be the star for the day, with discussions about how annoying he had been during the night. Now, who would want that?

Now, why does snoring happen anyway? It begins when the air passage in the throat narrows down to a point that it causes vibration. This vibration is the very thing you hear when someone is snoring. There are ways to stop this such as the stop snoring aid that help in keeping the air passage wide. The end result is a soundless sleep. There are also pills which make the throat muscles tense, this will make it impossible to vibrate.

Another method of keeping the throat muscles at bay are throat sprays. These function similarly as the pills by coating the throat surface. An obvious solution showing that you have problems with snoring are chin straps. This snaps the mouth shut. Oral breathing is associated with snoring so with the mouth shut, the snoring goes away.

A medical tape can also be used. The mouth is taped before sleeping. It functions just like the chin straps. The only thing is that these are difficult to remove so it is not for those who want their day to start just fine.

Another solution to the problem is a nasal strap. These are stuck on the nose to keep it clear. Of course, for someone who is asleep, a nose that is stuffy prompts them to use their mouth to breath in and again snoring will have the tendency to manifest.

Some more odd anti snoring aids are Aveo TSD and mandibular. Aveo TSD is a device that holds the tongue forward to keep the air passage clear of any obstructions. A mandibular is a device placed inside the mouth to keep it shut. Chin up strips are also tapes that are taped under the mouth to keep the mouth shut.

If you try to look at what these treatments do, majority are into keeping the mouth shut to encourage nasal breathing. At this point there is no permanent cure to snoring and it is unlikely to go away any time soon, so basic remedies have been developed to deal with it. While for some it can be a hassle to strap yourself with chin straps before sleeping and removing them again after sleeping, the people who will be sleeping with them, is sure to have a peaceful sleep. But just like anything else, there are no guarantees that these aids will work. It’s all down to picking the right aid that contributes the most to keeping the snoring away.

Posted on 08 Apr 2011

About Sleep Apnea

For those of you that are diagnosed with sleep apnea, then you most certainly will be in search of sleep apnea information and/or cures. Certainly this is not a matter in which should be taken lightly, as sleep deprivation (lack of sleep) will put one’s entire wellness in serious jeopardy.

Sleep Apnea can cause anxiety, depression, irritability, restless leg syndrome, yes-even chest pain, and much more. Some of the most common symptoms appears to be snoring, anxiety, a dry throat when you wake up, depression, morning headaches, even memory or learning problems.

This sleeping condition is caused by a blockage of the air way while sleeping. Blockage to the point of waking you up to breath, This will happen many times during the night, and as time goes on you will notice feeling more and more fatigued to the point were you will want to sleep or try to sleep more often. Soon will come the irritability and depression, anxiety, and so on, until you have a cabinet full of pills.

Between the lack of activity and the drugs you probably will start gaining weight and of course this adds to the problem a lot. Does this sound like something you are going through? The first thing, I recommend is see your doctor! Ask about sleep apnea and a sleep study. A sleep study monitors all stages of your sleep they record sudden leg or body movements, eye movements, heart rate, brain waves, oxygen in your blood, breathing and more.

After they gather all the information your Doctor will decide if you have Sleep Apnea. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea most likely the doctor will prescribe the C.P.A.P. machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). This should in most cases, fix the problem and you will be able to sleep again. There are other cures, some have to do with surgery, and others are said to be as simple as losing weight, and changing your diet and life habits.

My goal has been explore options for people struggling with sleep disorders to further my knowledge of this condition since my wife has been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. As you see my wife has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and it would seem she has had it a very long time. It truly explained a lot, right down to her depression, yes folks I dared said it, depression. You see I did it again.

She has suffered from some major Depression and anxiety and yes she has a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions. From what I have read and heard from the doctor, it explains it all, And why not, if one is sleep deprived. It also explains the chest pains, when nothing seemed to be wrong. The kicker was when the ambulance came to the house and she was lethargic and completely out of it.

They rushed her to the hospital. The doctor after a few tests came to the conclusion that she is exhausted, because she wasn’t sleeping at night, and her other doctor ordered a sleep study. Well you might lock the doors, because people with Sleep Apnea have a tendency to sleep walk, and by the way they will wake themselves up and say you woke them with your snoring, when it was their sleeping condition that woke them up, and snoring they heard as time goes on.

Posted on 09 Feb 2011

Heavy Snoring Can Help Burn Calories

Snoring occurs when the air passage in the throat is narrowed or blocked and the soft tissues like soft palate, airway walls and uvula vibrate.

Snoring is known to cause sleep deprivation to snorers and the people around them. The condition affects snorers as well as their room partners. Snoring basically has a disturbing influence on the snorers’ mental and sexual health. It may also affect their personal relationship.

In young children, snoring may trigger behavioral and cognitive problems.

Also, snoring has long been documented as a risk factor for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Link found between snoring and calorie burn

But a new study, published in the ‘Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery,’ one of the JAMA/Archives journals, underscores the healthy side of snoring, saying the habit which often interferes other people can actually burn calories.

The study suggests that people who frequently snore in their sleep can burn more calories than those who rarely snore, according to Times of India.

“Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of sleep-disordered breathing, and changes in body weight are associated with changes in sleep-disordered breathing severity,” TOI quoted the researchers as saying.

“It is unclear whether weight gain is simply a cause of sleep-disordered breathing or whether sleep-disordered breathing may be associated with alterations in energy metabolism that, in turn, lead to weight gain and complicate the treatment of these two disorders that often coexist,” they added.

Study details

To find out a link between snoring and calorie burn, Eric J. Kezirian, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues assessed the resting energy expenditure in 212 adults with signs or symptoms of sleep-related breathing disorders, which include snoring, sleep apnea, and other conditions in which airways are partially or completely obstructed during sleep.

The research team then examined study participants’ medical history, and assigned them to undertake a physical examination and sleep monitoring through polysomnography. They determined the study subjects’ resting energy expenditure using a device known as an indirect calorimeter.

Study results

After assessing the data, the researchers found that the more severe patients snored, the more calories they burned while resting. Among the total study participants, the average resting energy expenditure was 1,763 calories per day. The researchers found that those who snored regularly burnt 1,999 calories per day, while those who snored from time to time burned 1626 calories.

“This study advances our knowledge concerning sleep-disordered breathing and metabolic rates, but it does not define the connection between sleep-disordered breathing and body weight,” the authors wrote, according to TOI.

“Body weight is determined by the balance between energy intake and expenditure. Although the findings of this study suggest that sleep-disordered breathing increases energy expenditure, it ignored two important aspects of this balance,” they added.

“First, sleep-disordered breathing often results in fatigue and other decrements in daytime functioning that can limit physical activity. Second, this work does not specifically incorporate the emerging evidence that suggests that sleep-disordered breathing may alter energy intake, whether through hormonal or other mechanisms.

“Future research considering the effect of sleep-disordered breathing on body weight can include the effects on energy intake and expenditure,” they said.

What is snoring?

Snoring is a rough, vibratory sound made while breathing during sleep. It is known to cause sleep deprivation to both the snorers and those who hear them, as well as knock-on effects: daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus, decreased libido.

Snoring occurs when the soft palate, uvula, tongue, tonsils, and/or muscles in the back of the throat rub against each other and generate a vibrating sound during sleep.

Some simple measures to treat snoring

Heavy snorers can also try some self-help measures like losing weight, stopping smoking, and avoiding too much alcohol, to fight the condition, according to

Avoiding too many pillows while sleeping, and different sleeping positions, such as lying on your side, may also prevent snorers from snoring.