Sleep Disordered Breathing: What Does It Mean?

Sleep disordered breathing or SDB is an all-encompassing term that describes a wide range of sleep disorders characterized by abnormal breathing patterns (pauses during sleep), quantum of ventilation, increased upper airway resistance including snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and obstructive sleep apnea–hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). In other words, sleep disordered breathing could mean a spectrum…

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Sleep Disorders in Children: What Every Parent Should Know

Lack of good sleep is not an adult problem; sleep disorders in children affect two-thirds of all kids in America who experience one or more sleep problems at least a few nights in a week. This is according to National Sleep Foundation’s 2004 Sleep in America Poll. In a study involving 2,463 children aged between…

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Sleep Paralysis Treatment: Coping and Preventing

For better understanding the various options for sleep paralysis treatment, one needs to know about sleep stages and muscle atonia (a condition when the motor neurons are not stimulated and hence the body’s muscles do not move) which is normally associated with REM sleep. Treatment should not rule out the presence of narcolepsy in case…

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Sleep Paralysis Causes: Why You Might Be Awake but Cannot Move

Myths surround sleep paralysis, a type of sleep disorder and the sleep paralysis causes make interesting reading. Most revealing is the fact that, it is relatively common in the general population and more frequent in students and psychiatric patients  What is sleep paralysis?  There are several types of cultural interpretations of this disorder ranging from…

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