Posted: February 23, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized
Study Attempts To Find Definite Link Between Marijuana Use and Increased Sleepiness in Teenagers – Pioneer News.
Senior study author Mark. Splaingard, MD, reports, “Our findings highlight and support the important step of obtaining a urine drug screen, in any patients older than 13 years of age, before accepting test findings consistent with narcolepsy, prior to physicians confirming this diagnosis.”
The director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital goes on to say,”Urine drug screening is also important in any population studies looking at the prevalence of narcolepsy in adolescents, especially with the recent trend in marijuana decriminalization and legalization.”
The research actually looked back over 10 years of study to determine the potential for increased risk for sleepiness from marijuana use. Diagnosing a condition like narcolepsy (suddenly falling asleep) usually involves a lengthy clinical evaluation of daytime sleepiness followed by a standard sleep test, but studies have also shown that drugs can alter this.
Dr. Splaingard, who is also a faculty member with the Ohio State University College of Medicine, continues, “We believe that many of the children who had positive urine drug testing for marijuana and testing consistent with narcolepsy had improvement of the symptom of excessive day time sleepiness after enrollment in a community drug program, because most didn’t come back for repeat diagnostic studies once they were drug-free.”
Furthermore, Splaingard extends, “A key finding of this study is that marijuana use may be associated with excessive daytime sleepiness in some teenagers. A negative urine drug screen finding is an important part of the clinical evaluation before accepting a diagnosis of narcolepsy and starting treatment in a teenager.”
Posted: February 13, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized
Long Sleeper Syndrome.
What is Long Sleeper Syndrome?
Long Sleeper Syndrome basically falls under the category of proposed sleep disorders. The reason for this classification is the lack of information that usually supports a standard diagnosis for a typical sleep disorder. At present, it is still indefinite whether Long Sleeper Syndrome is an proper sleep disorder or not. Some studies, on the other hand, view the syndrome as merely an extreme in the normal range of sleep functions.
In Long Sleeper Syndrome, the body requires a longer period of slumber before it could actually restore lost energy and feel refreshed. The structure and quality of sleep is typically normal. The distinctive deviation lies in the number of hours spent in slumber. As a result, people suffering from this kind of syndrome are in need of more sleep compared to the conventional sleeping patterns of normal individuals.
Studies have shown the incidence of Long Sleeper Syndrome in approximately 2% of the population. Men have a higher propensity of exhibiting such condition compared to women. In most cases, Long Sleeper Syndrome begins at an early age and persists throughout the persons life.
Posted: February 8, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized
How I Learned To Fall Asleep In Under 1 Minute | Byrdie.com.
Describes the popular 4-7-8 technique for falling asleep. For more reports, see also:
Posted: February 7, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized
Will You Sleep Better in a $55,000 Bed? – Forbes.
Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson, the only person ever to receive Academy Awards for both acting and writing, claims just such a bed cured her insomnia, according to Savoir, the manufacturer of the pricey mattresses. Savoir counts among its other celebrity clients Liza Minnelli, King Hassan of Morocco, and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who owns eight of the decadent beds.
Savoir Beds began in 1905 when a factory in the United Kingdom, already known for its opulent custom tailoring of clothes, began hand-crafting and stitching the box springs, mattresses, and frames out of the finest materials available, most famously tufts of hand-laid loose horse tail, believed to provide a better sleep. 30 years later the company was acquired by London’s Savoy Hotel, then one of a handful of truly top tier luxury hotels on earth (and still pretty darn nice), for exclusivity purposes, so they could make the claim that only Savoy guests could sleep on the opulent mattresses. The Savoy Group spun the company off in 1997, and Savior began opening independent showrooms, but did not really pick up steam until the past few years when it opened shops in Berlin, Shanghai, New Delhi, Paris, and New York. Additonal showrooms are in Moscow, Stockholm, LA, Scottsdale, Miami, and London, which has four including one at Harrods.To be fair, you can get into one of Savoir’s bespoke mattress sets for as little as $8,000 – making the entry level bed the same price as an entry level car. Their slogan, which I have to admit is pretty cool, is “Spend a third of your life in First Class.”
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Posted: February 7, 2015 Filed under: CEAMS publications, DNL publications, Media coverage
Culinary Culprits of Bizarre and Disturbing Dreams | Psychology Today.
blog post by Michelle Carr
PDF: Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: food and diet as instigators of bizarre and disturbing dreams
Tore Nielsen and Russell A. Powell
In the early 1900s, the Dream of the Rarebit Fiend comic strip conveyed how the spicy cheese dish Welsh rarebit leads to bizarre and disturbing dreams. Today, the perception that foods disturb dreaming persists. But apart from case studies, some exploratory surveys, and a few lab studies on how hunger affects dreaming, there is little empirical evidence addressing this topic. The present study examines three aspects of the food/dreaming relationship; it attempts to: (1) assess the prevalence of the perception of food-dependent dreaming and the types of foods most commonly blamed; (2) determine if perceived food-dependent dreaming is associated with dietary, sleep or motivational factors; and (3) explore whether these factors, independent of food/dreaming perceptions, are associated with reports of vivid and disturbing dreams. Three hundred and ninety six students completed questionnaires evaluating sleep, dreams, and dietary habits and motivations. Items queried whether they had noticed if foods produced bizarre or disturbing dreams and if eating late at night influenced their dreams. The perception of food-dependent dreaming had a prevalence of 17.8%; with dairy products being the most frequently blamed food category (39–44%). Those who perceived food-dependent dreaming differed from others by reporting more frequent and disturbing dreams, poorer sleep, higher coffee intake, and lower Intuitive Eating Scale scores. Reports of disturbing dreams were associated with a pathological constellation of measures that includes poorer sleep, binge-eating, and eating for emotional reasons. Reports of vivid dreams were associated with measures indicative of wellness: better sleep, a healthier diet, and longer times between meals (fasting). Results clarify the relationship between food and dreaming and suggest four explanations for the perception of food-dependent dreaming: (1) food specific effects; (2) food-induced distress; (3) folklore influences, and (4) causal misattributions. Research and clinical implications are discussed.
Posted: February 7, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized