Can't Sleep? Sleep Expert Has The Answers

Where ever wondered why you are tired during the day, if you thought you sleep at night? Why your spouse snores so much? Sleep, whether your problems could be related to other health issues? Dr. Aparajitha Verma, neurologist with the Sleep Disorders Center at the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston, Texas, is here to answer those questions and help you, a good night's sleep.

, Q & A ,

, Q: How do I know if I have problems with severe sleep? ,

A: If you do not fall asleep within 30 minutes lying if you eberm�igen daily fatigue, or if you sleep seven or more hours and still wake up tired, you perhaps a sleeping bag disorder. We recommend people with these symptoms undergoing an overnight sleep study at a center, the accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as our center in the Methodist.

, F: My spouse says to me, I loud snoring or I sometimes stop breathing during the night. What could be the cause? ,

A: Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which, if untreated, can be life threatening. If an overnight sleep study results in a diagnosis of sleep disorders, we follow the philosophy that the patient should be the opportunity to choose. For example, good candidates for the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat patients with sleep-disordered breathing disorders break upper airway resistance syndrome, OSA, and central sleep apnea. The C-FLEX with CPAP is a good option for patients who breathes a hard time or complain that "air is always stuck in my chest or neck."

, F: I sleep all night and wake up in the morning tired. Sometimes I even fall asleep at work or, even worse, while I was driving. What am I doing wrong? ,

A: This could be a sign of narcolepsy, or OSA, which is a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain is unable to regulate sleep cycles - to normal. In some patients with narcolepsy also experience cataplexy, which is a state with loss of muscle function, ranging from slight weakness (such slackness in the neck or knee, sagging facial muscles, or the inability to speak clearly) to the body to collapse.

, Q: If I see a sleep disorder, I am at a higher risk for other health problems? ,

A: People with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, leading to a higher risk for stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs, also known as "mini-strokes"), coronary artery disease , heart failure, unregelm�iger heartbeat, heart attack and high blood pressure. Although there is no cure for sleep apnea, successful treatment may reduce the risk of heart and blood pressure problems.

, Q: Is there a connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain? ,

A: The risk of weight gain increased the number of hours a person sleeps every night. If you sleep less than six hours a night, you are 50% more likely than someone overweight who is sleeping seven to eight hours per night. Two hormones play a role in weight management. Leptin is associated with appetite and ghrelin It was noted that an appetite stimulant. During sleep deprivation, leptin and ghrelin levels are rising, which leads to increased appetite.

, Q: What are a few tips I can follow to help me sleep better? ,

: I say that the patient good "sleep hygiene" is just as important as diet and exercise: ,

-- sleep in a quiet, dark environment, and the thermostat to a slightly cooler temperature

-- Do not allow pets in bed

-- No reading, eating or TV in bed

-- Do not o'clock hour

-- Set a "wind" before bed time
< br> -- Do not take over the counter sleep aids, how can they disrupt sleep stages instead, try drinking tea or milk is heated to increase your body temperature, which helps to induce and maintain sleep

-- Exercise is good for sleep, but not within two hours to go to sleep

About the Methodist Neurological Institute ,

The Methodist Neurological Institute (NI) houses the practice and research activities of the departments of neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurophysiology and physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Methodist Hospital. The mission of the NI is the discovery of the causes, mechanisms and treatment of neurological disorders and a comprehensive care for patients with disorders and injuries in the brain and spinal cord.

Methodist is primarily in conjunction with Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Methodist is also in conjunction with the University of Houston. Methodist is the country a place among the leading centers in 14 specialties in U.S News & World Report's 2007 America's Best Hospitals. Methodist is in place more than any other specialty hospital in Texas, and is the 9th In the nation for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

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