Illnesses

Sleep Disorders

"Insomnia is the most common of all sleep disorders. Insomnia includes difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep, or going back to sleep when you awaken early. It may be temporary or chronic."

"About one out of three people have insomnia at some point in their lives. But you don't necessarily have to live with sleepless nights. Some simple changes in your daily routine and habits may result in better sleep."    MayoClinic.com


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

All About Insomnia
by DrKoop.com
Good, brief summary

Insomnia
from MayoClinic.com
Detailed

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Insomnia: Causative Factors
by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Insomnia.

Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Disorders
by John R. Ruddy, M.D.
For doctors

Articles by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Too Little Sleep May Accelerate Aging
"Regularly catching only a few hours of sleep can hinder metabolism and hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging and the early stages of diabetes. Chronic sleep loss may speed the onset or increase the severity of age-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and memory loss."

Get Enough Sleep to Avoid Diabetes

Lack of Daylight May Cause Insomnia
"Lack of exposure to sunlight might explain why sleep disturbances grow more common as people age, researchers in Japan suggest."

Light During Sleep Affects 'Body Clock'
"Researchers say sudden exposure to light can upset a sleeping individual's 'body clock,' even if snoozing continues uninterrupted. The experts believe their insights into light's effects on the sleep/wake cycle could further research into the treatment of common sleep disorders."

Exercise: One of the Best Cures for Insomnia
by David S. Sobel, M.D.
"After 16 weeks in a moderate intensity exercise program, subjects were able to fall asleep about 15 minutes earlier and sleep about 45 minutes longer at night."

Overactive Adrenals Leads to Insomnia
"Scientists have found increased blood levels of stress hormones in people with chronic insomnia, suggesting that these individuals suffer from sustained, round-the-clock activation of the body's system for responding to stress."

Guide to a Good Night's Sleep
"If you are having sleep problems, whether you are not able to fall asleep, wake up too often, don't feel well-rested when you wake up in the morning, or simply want to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, try as many of the following techniques below as possible."

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Insomnia and Daytime Sleepiness
from Life Extension Foundation
Includes discussion of melatonin and prescription drugs.

Graedon's Guide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep
Includes detailed list of drugs that may cause insomnia

The Dark Side of Sleeping Pills
by Daniel F. Kripke, M.D.
A little book explaining the dangers of sleeping pills and also the advantages of alternative treatments.

Brighten Your Life
by Daniel F. Kripke, M.D.
A little book explaining how people can use light treatment to improve depression and sleep.

10 Tips for Better Sleep
by John W. Shepard, Jr., M.D.
from MayoClinic.com
Good summary

5-HTP and L-Tryptophan: Sleep Aids for Many People with Fibromyalgia
by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
Brief article

Suggestions for Treating Insomnia Naturally
by Julian Whitaker, M.D.
Brief discussion of alternatives

Bedtime Blues, What To Do When You Canít Sleep
by Carrie Angus, M.D.

Treatment of Insomnia: An Alternative Approach
by Anoja S. Attele, D.D.S., Jing-Tian Xie, M.D., and Chun-Su Yuan, M.D.
"Hypnotic drugs are often prescribed long-term to relieve insomnia in psychogeriatric patients, despite recommendations for short-term use only. Serious side-effects with long-term prescriptions complicate treating insomnia effectively."

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy For Insomnia Reduces Overall Medical Costs
by W. A. Thomasson
"Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia, which has been shown to be effective and to have more durable benefits than pharmacologic therapy, significantly reduces the number of medical visits and overall medical costs."

A Good Night's Sleep
by Rama Kant Mishra
The Ayurvedic Perspective

Articles from Healthwell.com

No More Sleepless Nights
by Vonalda M. Utterback, C.N.

Good Night
by Wendy DuBow, Ph.D.

Trouble-Free Snoozing with CBT
"According to the New York Institute for Cognitive and Behavior Therapy, CBT is a combination of cognitive therapy, which modifies patterns of thinking, and behavior therapy, which weakens the connection between situations and habitual reactions."

OTHER RESOURCES

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Sleep Apnea Association

Center for Narcolepsy at Stanford

National Center on Sleep Disorders

National Sleep Foundation

New York University School of Medicine Sleep Dosorders Center
New York, New York

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Sleep HealthCenters
Massachusetts locations

Sleep Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel
Newark, New Jersey

Sleep Home Pages at UCLA

Sleep/Insomia Program

Sleep Medicine Home Page

Tools For Wellness
Sound Therapy, Sound Machines, Verilux Lamps, etc.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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Dian Dincin Buchman and Don R. Bensen, The Complete Guide to Natural Sleep

Stanley Coren, Sleep Thieves: An Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep
William C. Dement, The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explains the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D., Say Goodnight to Insomnia

James B. Maas, Ph.D. et al., Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance

Herbert Ross, et al., Sleep Disorders: An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide

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