A study, "Prenatal Origins of Poor Sleep in Children, " in the Aug.1 issue of the journal SLEEP found that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and small body size at birth predict poorer sleep and higher risk of sleep disturbances in 8-year-old children born at term. Findings are clinically significant, as poor sleep and sleep disturbances in children are associated with obesity, depressive symptoms, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and poor neurobehavioral functioning. Results indicate that children exposed prenatally to alcohol were 2.5 times more likely to have a short sleep duration of 7.7 hours or less and 3.6 times more likely to have a low sleep efficiency of 77.
An international team of researchers led by scientists at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida have found what they believe is the first mutated gene linked to restless legs syndrome, a common neurologic disorder. The researchers, who reported the findings in the July 21 issue of Neurology, doubt that a large proportion of the millions of people who suffer from the syndrome have this mutated MEIS1 gene. They point out, however, that understanding the function of both the normal and abnormal genes will shed some insights into this mysterious disorder. Restless legs syndrome affects between 5 and 11 percent of the population in Europe and in North America.
Removal Of Tonsils And Adenoids Associated With Ongoing Benefits For Children With Breathing Problems During Sleep
Two and a half years after children with sleep-related breathing disorders had surgery to remove their tonsils and adenoids (glands in the back of the throat), they appear to sleep better than they did before the procedure but not as well as they did six months after, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Initial improvements in their behavior were maintained except when measured by an index of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) symptoms. "Since the publication of our previous report demonstrating improvements in both sleep and behavior at six months after adenotonsillectomy for children with sleep-disordered breathing, there have been several articles that continue to support the impact of sleep-disordered breathing on neurocognitive development, behavior and quality of life, " the authors write as background information in the article.
"Where care lodges, sleep will never lie, " says Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. Today, millions of Americans can attest to his insight. According to a poll from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), 27 percent of Americans say personal finances, the economy or unemployment concerns are keeping them awake at night. "Stress and anxiety can definitely impact sleep, " says Sunil Mathews, M.D., medical director of the Sleep Center at Baylor Medical Center at Irving. "And unfortunately, insomnia can turn into a vicious cycle." For example, according to the NSF poll, 47 percent of the sleepless are very likely to use caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and sodas during the day to compensate for their sleepiness.
SnoreSling trade; Introduced: Millions Of Sleep Apnea And Snoring Sufferers May Now Have A Non-Invasive, Comfortable Remedy
Dr. SleepGood, Inc. has announced the release of the SnoreSling™ , a non-invasive fabric product that could help millions of sleep apnea and snoring sufferers, as well as their bed partners, finally get a good night's rest. Sleep apnea and snoring, disorders that disturb millions worldwide, can be debilitating: sleep interruptions multiple times an hour, constant fatigue, embarrassing snoring, weight gain, low libido, and depression are just some of their effects. Additionally, these disorders can be a serious health concern for the sufferer's bed partner. People who share beds and sleeping areas with snorers can experience loss of sleep, irritability, and a diminished quality of life, as well as negative relationship effects.
An online insomnia intervention based on established face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy techniques appears to improve patients' sleep, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. About one-third of adults report symptoms of insomnia and approximately 10 percent meet diagnostic criteria for an insomnia disorder, according to background information in the article. The condition decreases quality of life, impairs daytime functioning, has personal and public health consequences and results in an estimated $41 billion in reduced productivity every year. Cognitive behavioral therapy-a psychological treatment focusing on the behaviors and dysfunctional thoughts that contribute to sleep problems-is one of the most effective treatments for insomnia.