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REM Behavior Disorder (RBD) Sleep Disorder

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A person with RBD sleep disorder acts out dramatic as well as violent dreams while he or she is in a rapid eye movement (REM) stage sleep. It is also accompanied by shouting as well as grunting, and seems to resemble other sleep disorders that involve motor activity such as sleepwalking or periodic limb movement disorder. However, these conditions do not occur during REM sleep as is the case with RBD sleep disorder, and is characterized by sleep paralysis. One will notice RBD sleep disorder in men of 60 years of age or above though it can occur in those who are still quite young as well. This condition is the subject of many family anecdotes, and may often not reach the ears of those that matter most – doctors. It has thus led to inexact statistics relating to such incidences. In fact, it was first described in 1986, but there is no sure known cause why such a condition arises. RBD sleep disorder does occur while there is rapid eye movement sleep in which brain activity patterns

Getting Sleep Naturally - Natural Sleep Aids

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A good night sleep can make all the difference to your day. It has been proven that people who have an uninterrupted sleep perform at the peak level of efficiency. Taking natural sleep aids, can help you sleep quickly and enable you to get a good night sleep, so that you feel fresh and charged up the next day. It is true that some people have no problem getting the right sleep but then there are people who can never get proper sleep no matter how tired they are. Lack of sleep can make a person feel tired, groggy and irritable. Muscle aches, headaches and blurred vision are common symptoms of a bad night sleep. Individuals who do not get proper sleep on a regular basis often complain that they are unable to focus and think clearly in situations where they have to concentrate on critical and analytical reasoning. They also complain of mental exhaustion and depression. Doctors often prescribe the use of Ambien and Lunesta to aid sleep, but these medications are not without side effec

Sleep Aids and Medications For Insomnia

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There are many instances in which behavioral and environmental changes aren't effective at treating or curing insomnia. There are also times when insomnia sufferers simply don't wish to try these other types of treatments and cures. Fortunately for those individuals, several effective sleep aids and medications are available. If taken correctly and only as needed for short periods of time, prescription medications need not cause any problems with addiction. That's good news especially since sleep medications are the most common treatment for insomnia. Medications to treat insomnia are available by prescription and over-the counter. To obtain a prescription, you of course need to be under the care of a physician. This is actually wise since effective treatment begins with a firm diagnosis and an identification of any underlying causes for the insomnia. For example, if insomnia turns out to be a symptom of depression or anxiety, the patient will fare better when given a pr

Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea

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There are many different ways to treat sleep apnea ranging from medicines, facial masks, and dental treatments. But before you can treat it, you must understand what sleep apnea is. The simple definition of sleep apnea is the disruption of breathing while you are asleep. The disorder affects the sleep of thousands of people each night and can become a very serious problem if gone untreated; it can even become life threatening. Generally, sleep apnea goes virtually undiagnosed as 90% of those who actually have the disorder do not even know it simply because they do not remember not being able to breathe in their sleep. There are many different symptoms associated with sleep apnea however the most frequent factor is the cessation of breathing during sleep. People suffering from sleep apnea also may choke or gasp during sleep to draw in breath, experience loud snoring, awake suddenly to restart breathing, sweat frequently through the night, experience headaches, sore throat, or dry mout

Sleep Measuring Tools

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The following instruments are used by scientists to measure sleep in humans. 1. EEGs (electroencephalograms) - This machine is used by the scientists to study electrical changes in the brain through electrodes and the data is represented by graphs as per their frequencies and termed as ‘waves’. 2. EOGs (electrooculograms) - The scientists use electrodes on the skin near the eye to measure changes in voltage as the eye rotates in its socket. 3. EMGs (electromyograms) - The scientists when using this technique, place electrodes on the skin overlaying a muscle. In practice, EEGs, EOGs, and EMGs are recorded simultaneously on continuously moving chart paper or digitized by a computer and displayed on a high-resolution monitor. This allows the relationships among the three measurements to be seen immediately and the studying these data scientists decipher the sleeping pattern in human beings. Five stages of sleep 1. First Stage - In this stage eye and muscle movements are slow.

Process of sleep in humans

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Human beings spend one third of their life sleeping. Hence it is a behavioral state that is natural for all individuals. Prior to 1950 it was believed that a person’s body and mind is shut up when sleeping. But later intensive scientific research carried out by various scientists proved that various parts of our brain remain active even when we are asleep. Sleep is an activity not an option. A person deprived of sleep often suffers from lack of concentration, memory loss, fatigue, depression and as a consequence emotional instability. Hence it is important to gather scientific information about changes that occur in the body during sleep and how those changes affect our ability to move and behave rationally. Why do we fall asleep? The scientific explanation which gives the reason of sleeping is that through out the day a chemical called adenosine is accumulated in the human beings. It makes people feel more and more tired. Once a person goes to sleep this adenosine breaks down. Mor

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep

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One of the most important processes that your baby has to go through is getting enough sleep. However, this does not happen all the time. Parents, especially the new ones, are often suffering from sleep deprivation because their babies are always awake during the wee hours of the day. Their babies are often agitated, and most of the time, parents do not have any idea for their behavior. What do you do when it is difficult to get your baby to sleep? Are you one of the clueless parents who would love your child to sail off the seas in dreamland so that you can finally rest on your own as well? Here are some proven methods on how to get your baby to sleep in no time. First, make sure that you limit the sleep that your baby gets in the daytime. Keep him busy during the day by spending time with him by playing around. Playing with your baby also ensures that he would get some exercise to keep his body in shape. Once you keep your baby busy during the day, he will have a good night’s sleep