How a Doctor’s Visit Can Be Like a Bad Night’s Sleep

One of the most common complaints that I hear about is that you keep waking up at night during sleep. Even if you don’t consciously “wake up,” the sleep study hypnogram (a graphic summary of your sleep stages) shows that your sleep is interrupted 10 to 20 times every hour by obstructed breathing, snoring, leg […]

Sleep Apnea Causes High Blood Pressure In Children

A new study out of Australia showed that in children with obstructive sleep apnea, their blood pressure levels were higher while awake just before sleep onset and during sleep. Overall, their blood pressure was 10-15 mm Hg higher compared with controls. Blood pressure was elevated, regardless of the severity of sleep apnea. The authors argue that […]

Urinary Incontinence, Nighttime Urination, Worse With Poor Sleep

It’s commonly accepted that suffering from urinary symptoms can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. However, a recent study confirms more recent findings that suggest that poor sleep itself can lead to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), such as incontinence, and nighttime urination. This study prospectively followed over 1600 men and 2500  women […]

More Doctors Should Ask About Sleep

A good primary care doctor will ask  good questions about your medical problems, but quality of life issues, especially involving chronic medical conditions, is not asked about. This conclusion was found in a recent article published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Jane Brody of the  New York Times wrote an excellent article summarizing the findings. However, […]