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Welcome to the Sleep Disorders Infocenter in Holisticonline.com!

Chief Editor:  Dr. Jacob Mathew, webmaster, holisticonline.com
Consultant:  Dr. Mansoor Ahmed. M.D. F.C.C.P 
Director, Cleveland Sleep Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine & International Health, 
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Sleep is the balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, chief nourisher in life's feast.
Shakespeare

Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1932)

 

One-third of all adult Americans complain about their sleep. And it is similar in other parts of the globe. Some sleep too little, some fitfully, and some too much. Although one-third of our lives is spent asleep, most of us don't know much about sleep, not even our own. We don't even know exactly why we sleep. Sleep problems profoundly disturb both sleeping and waking life.

Sleep disturbances place an uncalculated, but enormous, burden on the American public. Many industrial and automobile accidents are related to undiagnosed and untreated disorders of sleep. School and job performance, and even everyday social relationships, are also affected. Most sleep disorders, whether caused by physical or mental factors, can be treated or managed effectively once they are properly diagnosed. The sad part is that the majority of sleep disorders go undiagnosed.

Sleep

Introduction to Sleep

How sleepy are you? Sleepiness Assessment Quiz

The Different Stages of Sleep

Threshold

Stage 1 NREM Sleep

Stage 2 NREM Sleep

Stage 3 NREM Sleep

Stage 4 NREM Sleep

REM Sleep Stage

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Pattern and Aging

Amount of Sleep as we age

The International Classification of Sleep Disorders

Classification and Description of Sleep Disorders

Intrinsic sleep disorders

Extrinsic sleep disorders

Circadian rhythm sleep disorders

Parasomnias

Medical and psychiatric sleep disorders

Proposed sleep disorders

Sleep Disorders - A Serious Public Health Issue

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Breathing Disorders: Choosing the Best Sleep Test

Consequences of Inadequate Sleep

Deep Sleep as we age

How Does The Use of Sleeping Pills Affect Sleep

Insomnia

Introduction

Causes of Insomnia

Call Your Doctor If

Conventional Treatment

Commonly Used Medications for the Treatment of Insomnia

Common Sense Remedies

3 Surefire Ways To Cure Insomnia While Sleeping Less!

Alternative and Integral Therapies for Insomnia

Acupressure and Acupuncture

Aromatherapy

Ayurveda

Bach Flower Remedies

Biofeedback

Body Work

Breathing Exercises

Chiropractic

Exercise

Food and Diet

Herbal Medicine

Homeopathy

Hydrotherapy

Hypnotherapy

Magnetic Therapy

Meditation

Melatonin and 5-HTP

Miscellaneous Alternative Therapies 
(The Alexander Technique, Auricular therapy, Kinesiology, Autogenic training, Arts therapies, Cranial osteopathy and Osteopathy)

Music Therapy

Nutrition - Vitamins and Supplements

Reflexology

Relaxation

Schuessler Tissue Salts

Shiatsu

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Visualization

Yoga

Sleep Apnea

Introduction to Sleep Apnea

Apnea and Your Sleep

See Your Medical Doctor When...

Types of Sleep Apneas

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Central Sleep Apnea

Mixed Apnea

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Causes of Sleep Apnea

The Effects Of Sleep Apnea

 

Common Sense Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Conventional Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Oral appliances

Surgery

bulletUvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
bulletLaser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
bulletSomnoplasty
bulletOther surgical procedures
bulletMaxillofacial surgery
bulletTracheostomy

Oxygen

Medication

Alternative and Complementary Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Exercise and Weight Loss

Homeopathy

Flower Remedy/Essence Therapy

5-HTP

Behavioral Treatments

Narcolepsy

Introduction

Diagnosis/ Symptoms

Hazards Of Narcolepsy

Conventional Treatment 

Medications for Narcolepsy

Alternative and Complementary Therapies for Narcolepsy

5-HTP

Diet Restriction

Lifestyle Changes

Nutritional Therapy

Narcolepsy Treatments
Most commonly, Narcolepsy presents itself as an illness called EDS – Excessive Daytime Sleepiness. This is the persistent feeling being tired, lacking real energy and wanting to sleep. The sufferer has to make concerted efforts to remain awake, but even if he or she is able to do so, it is often only to achieve a semi-wakeful state that onlookers often describe as ‘trance like’ or as if the individual is ‘on auto pilot’.

Restless Legs Syndrome

Symptoms Of RLS

Causes of RLS

Treatment of RLS

Conventional Treatment

Alternative Treatments

Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS)

Causes of PLMS

Treatment of PLMS

Conventional Treatment

Alternative Treatments

Nocturnal Myoclonus

Symptoms

Treatment

Sleepwalking and Night Terrors

Causes for Sleepwalking or Night Terrors

Treatment

REM Behavior Disorder

Characteristics

Treatment

Guest Articles
Sleep - Luxury or Necessity
when you are sleep deprived, you are forcing your body to work at a disadvantage. An exhausted body cannot work to it’s full potential, mentally or physically. Sleep studies around the world have shown that the lack of sleep affects your physical, mental, and emotional life.

10 Tips For Better Sleep
We all need some help now and then in getting to sleep. Rather than just popping a pill which can be habit forming and lead to more sleep problems in the long term, try these sleeping tips.

A Lifestyle Approach to Remedy Snoring
If you want to remedy snoring, you have to find the underlying cause. Snoring is not an affliction like the common cold, where you wake up one morning and you’ve just got it. It is something that normally arrives slowly over time.

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