Opioids and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders

Can general practitioners, pain therapists and oncologists reassure their patients regarding respiratory side effects in long-term treatment with opioids? The answer is “Not yet”. Opiate addiction is a growing and largely unsolved problem. However simply avoiding opioids as prescribed by a doctor out of fear of side effects, addiction or misuse is not effective when dealing with chronic pain. Improved knowledge of the negative effects of opioids combined with changing attitudes has helped to normalize the use of the most important relievers of pain. These changing attitudes and improved knowledge has led to a large increase in opioid prescription. Opioids …

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Circadian Rhythm – The Science behind Healthy Sleep

At Millennium Sleep Labs we are dedicated to not only diagnosing and treating sleep disorders but to educating what the effects of sleep loss can have on the system. Today we are getting a little technical by looking how having a sleep disorder can disrupt your Circadian Rhythm and affect the enzymes that your body produces. Circadian (∼24-hour) timing systems pervade all kingdoms of life and effect behavior and physiology in humans. The consequences of disruption to the circadian system and sleep are profound and include myriad metabolic ramifications. If not addressed, the effects of such disruption will continue to …

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Sleep Disorders and Depression

Here at Millennium Sleep Lab our focus is on helping individuals recognize and treat sleep disorders. Although our focus is on treatment the first step in any treatment program is recognizing there is a problem. If we can bring more awareness to sleep related health issues we can treat some of the symptoms before further harm is done before they lead to significant health risks. In appreciation of the good work at WebMD, we are reposting a checklist to help identify some of the warning signs of depression. Feeling down? Get checked out. Visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org. Help yourself If you have suicidal …

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Depression and Sleep Disorders

Normal sleep is a restorative state. However, when sleep is disrupted or inadequate, it can lead to increased fatigue, anxiety, and irritability. Stop The Cycle! – Talk today to your medical professional about your sleep! Many people have experienced a restless night’s sleep. An occasional night of tossing and turning for a few hours is an experience we can all relate to. Unfortunately for some people a good night’s sleep is more the expectation than the rule, and a restless night’s sleep becomes so common that it becomes the expected outcome. Those individuals who experience an occasional restless night often …

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Sleep problems in pre-term children

This is our last “SLEEPtember” post as September has now come and gone. Although the #ASAAbedhead and #sleeptember #MillenniumSleepLab campaign is drawing to a close it remains critical that awareness and healthy sleeping continue and that their counter effects continue to be discussed and understood in greater detail. Please continue to use our hashtags when posting your own experience and stories related to getting a good night’s sleep. #SLEEPtember – Sleep problems in pre-term children A recent study shows that preterm children displayed more medical sleep problems such as nocturnal movement, restlessness during the night, and breathing problems, compared with those …

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ADHD and Sleep

During this #sleeptember campaign we are trying to call to awareness that unhealthy sleeping habits lead to and contribute to other health risks. ADHD or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder is a condition that is described primarily for children with trouble focusing, impulsive behavior and so much energy that they are bouncing off walls. Educators, policymakers and scientists have referred to ADHD as a national crisis and have spent billions of dollars looking into its cause and treatment. It is being proposed by a growing number of researchers that many kids today simply aren’t getting the sleep they need, leading to challenging behaviors that mimic ADHD. That …

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Menopause and Sleep Disorders

September is a big month for sleep therapy and sleep awareness. Not only are we advertising the ASAA’s “Sleeptember” event, but we are calling to attention that September is Menopause awareness month. Why would Millenium Sleep Labs tie in menopause with the “Sleeptember” sleep awareness campaign? Very simple: “Menopausal women are 2 to 3 times more likely to have sleep apnea.  They are also at higher risk of insomnia and depression, which scientific research shows caused by the “domino theory” that sleep disruption leads to insomnia followed by depression.” “Research studies have shown: Women are 3.4 times more likely to …

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Panic Attacks and Sleep Apnea

Roughly 3% or more of American adults are living with a panic disorder. Many of these adults experience nocturnal panic attacks that could be a result of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. A panic disorder is when a person frequently experiences debilitating anxiety and fear without reasonable cause.  Symptoms of a panic disorder can include headache, dizziness, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and elevated heart rate. The symptoms of a panic disorder are similar to that of obstructive sleep apnea especially when experienced nocturnally. If a person suddenly awakens from a deep sleep with chest pain and difficulty breathing, it can leave that …

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African Americans may be at greater risk of OSA

Research collected by the National Institute of Health through their Jackson (Mississippi) Heart Study represents the sleep data of 825 African Americans with an average age of 63, and two-thirds of which were female. The data shows an increased incidence of sleep disorder related health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the African American participants. Further, three out of four participants were also found to have obstructive sleep apnea, based on an AHI level above 5. Yet only 2.1% of these participants had received a sleep apnea diagnosis from a physician, prior to this study. Researchers …

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Sleep Apnea in the Winter

Are your OSA symptoms more severe in the winter months? If so, you are not alone. More patients report severe sleep apnea symptoms in the colder months of the year. In fact the number of patients reporting their OSA symptoms as severe is 6% higher in the winter. The AHI, or measure of how disrupted your breathing is and how much it affects your oxygen levels, is often higher in the winter as well (17.8 Winter to 15 Summer). * So, why is winter more severe for OSA patients? There are many potential factors. First, there are more colds and …

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