REM sleep behavior disorder is a very interesting disorder of REM sleep. In a nutshell, patients with this disorder act out their dreams. Frequently the bed partner may discover that the actions witnessed may correlate relatively well with what the patient later describes as what was occurring in the dream.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common medical condition that has been estimated to occur in one in four American adults as per the results of the 2005 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America poll. What may be overlooked is that children with Down syndrome frequently have OSA.
It is well known that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a very common risk factor for hypertension, and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy decreases blood pressure among those with OSA and may help prevent hypertension.
Pediatric sleep disorders are common, affecting approximately 25% to 40% of children and adolescents. Sleep disorders in children can have a significant impact on daytime functioning and development, including learning, growth, behavior, and emotion regulation.
Insomnia is a frequent symptom of depression. Although never approved by the FDA for the treatment of insomnia, the older antidepressant medication trazodone is one of the most widely prescribed medications for the treatment of insomnia.
Our last newsletter on dreaming through depression came to some interesting conclusions:
1. Although some antidepressant medications suppress REM sleep, this effect is neither necessary nor sufficient for clinical efficacy.
What is exactly is different about the quality of sleep of depressed patients? Not surprisingly, insomnia is a common complaint. This may mean that patients have a difficult falling asleep initially, difficulty getting back to sleep after early morning awakenings, or both.