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Light Therapy for Insomnia Sufferers - Insomnia. In some cases, light therapy can be helpful for people with insomnia.

Light Therapy for Insomnia Sufferers - Insomnia

If you are working with your primary care doctor or a sleep specialist for insomnia, you can ask if this is an appropriate treatment for you. Light therapy might be indicated if you have tried other forms of treatment or if your doctor thinks your particular insomnia symptoms call for this mode of therapy. In light therapy, you sit near a special light box for a certain amount of time each day. How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body. I awoke in a bed for the first time in days.

How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body

My joints ached and my eyelids, which had been open for so long, now lay heavy as old hinges above my cheekbones. I wore two pieces of clothing: an assless gown and a plastic bracelet. I remembered the hallway I had been wheeled down, and the doctor’s office where I told the psychiatrist he was the devil, but not this room. What are the odds that your medication will help you get better? Gut Check looks at health claims made by studies, newsmakers, or conventional wisdom.

What are the odds that your medication will help you get better?

We ask: Should you believe this? The Claim: Drugs and other treatments are likely to help patients get better. Tell me more: Although we think if a doctor prescribes a treatment it’s going to help, a lot of therapies benefit very few patients. The-PRECISE-working-of-sleep-and-sleeping-pills.pdf. Fatal familial insomnia. Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is an extremely rare autosomal dominant inherited prion disease of the brain.

Fatal familial insomnia

It is almost always caused by a mutation to the protein PrPC, but can also develop spontaneously in patients with a non-inherited mutation variant called sporadic fatal insomnia (sFI). FFI has no known cure and involves progressively worsening insomnia, which leads to hallucinations, delirium, and confusional states like that of dementia.[1] The average survival span for patients diagnosed with FFI after the onset of symptoms is 18 months.[1] UK addicted to sleeping pills: Stress-related insomnia on rise since start of the economic crunch. NHS spending £50million a year on the drugsThat's a rise of one-sixth over the past three yearsExperts fear patients may be getting hooked By Sophie Borland Published: 23:11 GMT, 10 May 2012 | Updated: 07:06 GMT, 11 May 2012.

UK addicted to sleeping pills: Stress-related insomnia on rise since start of the economic crunch

Sleep deprivation. Physiological effects[edit] Main health effects of sleep deprivation.

Sleep deprivation

Minor dark circles, in addition to a hint of eye bags, a combination suggestive of minor sleep deprivation. Treatment of Primary Insomnia. + Author Affiliations Address correspondence to Erika Ringdahl, MD, Family Practice Residency Program, Department of Family and Community Medicine, MA303 Medical Sciences Building, Columbia, MO 65212 (e-mail: ringdahle@health.missouri.edu) Abstract Ten percent to 40% of adults have intermittent insomnia, and 15% have long-term sleep difficulties.

Treatment of Primary Insomnia

This article provides a review of the classification, differential diagnosis, and treatment options available for insomnia. We performed a MEDLINE search using OVID and the key words “insomnia,” “sleeplessness,” “behavior modification,” “herbs,” “medicinal,” and “pharmacologic therapy.” Sleeping Pills Linked with Early Death. There’s a lot to keep you up at night — including this: new research suggests that the sleeping pills that many Americans use to help them rest may increase the risk of early death.

Sleeping Pills Linked with Early Death

In the study, which compared 10,529 people who received prescriptions for sleep aids with nearly twice as many people with similar health histories who did not take sleeping pills, researchers found that those who had prescriptions were more than four times as likely to have died during the study’s 2.5-year follow-up as those who didn’t take the drugs.

What’s more, the researchers also documented a 35% increased risk of cancer among people taking sleeping pills, compared with the non-prescription group. The risk of developing lymphoma, lung, colon or prostate cancer associated with sleeping pills was greater than the effect from smoking, says the study’s lead author, Dr. Daniel Kripke, co-director of research at the Scripps Clinic. PHOTOS: How the Lion — and the Platypus — Sleeps at Night.