Erectile dysfunction sufferers on the lookout for an easy way to treat their condition may have found it- ED can be improved simply by sleeping more, a duo of studies presented at the May 14th American Urological Association found. One study found a strong link between sleep apnea –a common sleep disorder that makes it difficult to breath during the night—and ED. Those with sleep apnea had double the ED risk when compared to those with normal sleep patterns.
The researchers aren’t sure why those with sleep apnea have issues with erectile dysfunction but they speculate that sleep may be important for regulating hormone involved in sexual function. The researchers add that those with sleep apnea should be treated by their doctor and should ensure that they get at least 9 hours of sleep per night.
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I was looking over a news story (really it was more of an editorial blog posting) that was blasting a drug and technique for treating Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. While the focus of my article today isn’t on PTSS, it does touch on this controversial treatment.
The issue at hand was a technique that combines a pharmaceutical that is considered an amnesiac, similar to what is administered during some surgical procedures such as colonoscopy with psychotherapy, whereby the recipient relives a severely traumatic event.
In the surgical setting, the drug renders the recipient unable to remember the procedure or the unpleasantness of it, which can be rather useful in the appropriate surgical setting.
If your out of control hypertension keeps you up at night, you may be making things worse, a study published in the May 20011 issue of Repertory Medicine found.
The link between lack of quality sleep and high blood pressure is well known. However, the results of this research study have found the biological mechanisms that explain why those with inadequate sleep are significantly more likely to have high blood pressure.
In this study, a group of 22 research subjects with sleep apnea – a common sleep disorder that’s caused from poor breathing during the night—were studied as they slept through the night. They found that their bodies produced very high levels of two compounds, sFlt-1 and sEng. SFlt-1 and sEng are a pair of proteins that your body produces to increase blood pressure.
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night and/or treating sleep apnea may combat the rise of sFlt-1, sEng, and blood pressure while you sleep.
With the weather finally starting to make a change for the warmer and longer days of spring, many readers write in this time of year because they notice that with the longer days they have better sleep habits.
One gentleman asked a while back why it is that he feels so much better and can sleep better at night if he starts his day spending just 15 minutes outside on his porch swing just sitting in the bright morning sun.
What he noticed is something that scientists and sleep doctors have known for a long time…that pronounced periods of time spent exposed to bright light (real or artificial) contributes to better, more restorative sleep.
As the reader mentioned above asked, why is this do you suppose?
Some time ago, an avid reader wrote in reporting sleep issues. Unlike many people who suffer from insomnia, he knew when and very likely why the problem started.
He had acquired Lyme disease. Sleep disturbances as well as chronic fatigue complaints are not uncommon in people who have this disease.
This nasty disease is typically known to start with a rash which then leads to fevers, aches, and chills. Arthritis and other disorders can also occur as a result of acquiring Lyme disease. Deer ticks can carry the bacteria, and this is about the time of year we see an ‘up-tick’ in tick bites. Yes…pun intended.
Today I would like to take another question from the files of reader polls: What in the world can cause waves of pain upon waking?
This comes up from time to time as people write in about the Stop Snoring and Insomnia programs. However, this question is a bit more generalized than what people usually ask me.
To find out what is causing waking pain, we first need to find out when the waking pain is happening, and also where the pain is occurring.
Recently a staff member has been going through a very rough time. She asked me to share her experience because she knows as well as I do how grief can affect health and wanted our readers to know that you are not alone.
Her mother passed away after a brief but spirited battle with lung cancer. Just 14 months ago, she lost her father to prostate cancer. This is the same staff member who had a hysterectomy in May and so has had quite a lot of loss and anxiety to deal with.
After returning to work from taking 2 weeks away to help her sister care for their mother during her final days and to coordinate final arrangements, she shared some of her experiences.
I can really relate to readers who have trouble sleeping due to severe pain. I couldn’t count all the sleepless nights I had when my neck was out (after literally being hit by a truck).
Of course, I assumed that my neck pain was keeping me up. This is exactly what many people suffering from Arthritis, neck, back, TMJ or other pain complain about.
You understand how it’s not possible to sleep when your joints are squeaking.
But there is a twist to this. It’s something I didn’t realize until my neck began to get better.