The latest news from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Saving daylight, losing sleep: Insomnia Awareness Day is March 10
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is declaring Insomnia Awareness Day on Monday, March 10, reminding those who suffer from chronic insomnia that help is available from the sleep team at a local AASM accredited sleep center. As many as 10 percent of adults have a chronic insomnia disorder, which involves ongoing difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or regularly waking up earlier than desired, despite an adequate opportunity for sleep. Complications of persistent insomnia include increased risks for depression and hypertension. Effective treatment options include cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI), which can significantly improve overall well-being and quality of life.
Study links poor sleep quality to reduced brain gray matter in Gulf War vets
A new study of Gulf War veterans found an association between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter volume in the brain’s frontal lobe, which helps control important processes such as working memory and executive function.
Study suggests sleep apnea may contribute to fatigue in multiple sclerosis
A new study provides evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is highly prevalent in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), and it suggests that OSA may be a contributor to the fatigue - one of the most common and debilitating symptoms of MS.
Studies find new links between sleep duration and depression
A genetic study of adult twins and a community-based study of
adolescents both report novel links between sleep duration and
depression. A study of 1,788 twins is the first to demonstrate a gene by
environment interaction between self-reported habitual sleep duration
and depressive symptoms. Another study of 4,175 individuals between 11 and 17 years of age is the
first to document reciprocal effects for major depression and short
sleep duration among adolescents using prospective data. The studies are published in the Feb. 1, 2014, issue of the journal Sleep.
Patients with spinal cord injuries should be assessed for sleep apnea
A new study suggests that patients with spinal cord injuries could benefit from careful assessment for sleep apnea.