Sleep Disorder Multiplies Depression Risk

Sleep Disorders in AD

Obstructive, Central and Complex Sleep Apnea

The data was drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an annual survey conducted by the CDC. 7 tips for the best sleep ever Six percent of men and 3% of women had received a sleep apnea diagnosis, the survey found, while 7% of men and 4% of women reported breathing problems on at least five nights per week. Depression was assessed using a standard questionnaire that asked how often during the past two weeks the participants had “little interest or pleasure in doing things” or felt “down, depressed or hopeless,” for instance. Five percent of men and 8% of women had scores indicating “probable” depression, according to the researchers. A complicating factor is that the effects of depression and sleep apnea can be difficult to distinguish, says psychiatrist Michael Weissberg, M.D., co-director of the insomnia and sleep disorders clinic at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Denver.
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Over time, chronic sleep deprivation leads to excessive daytime sleepiness and conditions of morning headache, high blood pressure, heart attacks, heart-rhythm disorders, stroke, and decreased life expectancy. Restless Leg Syndrome Restless leg syndrome, which is also known as Witttmaack-Ekbons syndrome, Jimmy legs, spare legs, and nocturnal myoclonus, is a sensory motor neurologic disorder causing uncontrollable urges to move the limbs especially during sleep. Restless leg syndrome is frequently associated with an underlying condition of iron deficiency, diabetes, Sjogrens syndrome, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, anemia or peripheral neuropathy. Restless leg syndrome has four major characteristics: an urge to move, usually due to uncomfortable sensations (of creeping, crawling, pins and needles, tingling, pulling, twitching, tearing, throbbing, prickling or aching) occurring primarily in the legs, particularly the calves; motor restlessness, expressed as activity, that relieves the urge to move; worsening of symptoms by relaxation, with symptoms increasing during long periods of sitting; variability over the course of the day-night cycle, with symptoms worse in the evening and early in the night. Another common feature is having a co-existing periodic limb movement disorder, with 80-90 percent of patients with restless leg syndrome also having periodic limb movement disorder. About 15 percent of the adults in North American and Europe have restless leg syndrome, and in these populations there is a high incidence of familial cases, suggesting a genetic tendency.
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Bad Night’s Sleep Is Norm for People with Health Conditions, According to PatientsLikeMe Survey

Sleep Affects it All: Driving, Relationships and Sex As part of a series of questions on the impact of sleep on their emotional, physical and social well-being, respondents answered questions about topics such as driving, relationships and sex. In the survey, people who reported at least a mild sleep problem (n=3,975) were asked how it affects their driving. Of the 81% who drive, 36% have felt drowsy either sometimes, often (10%) or very often (7%) while driving; approximately one out of three (31%) admitted to nodding off or falling asleep at least once while driving because of their sleep problem. Regarding relationships, 61% of respondents who experience sleep problems said their workmates, family or friends would describe them as a bit or super irritable; 21% say theyd be perceived as irritable as usual. When the questions got more intimate,two thirds of the respondents with at least mild sleep problemsanswered how lack of sleep affects their sex life. Of those, one third (32%) said their sex life is negatively affected by their sleep problems, while 27% said its the same. Just 17 people, or 0.43%, reported an improvement.
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