Category: Sleep and Dreams

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Several types of sleep apnea exist, but the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.

Huffpost posed a article about the new research on sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea has been linked with a whole host of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, depression and memory problems. And now, a new animal study shows how big of an effect sleep apnea has on the brain’s arteries, which could put a person at risk for stroke.

The researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine induced obstructive sleep apnea in mice by actually closing their airways, thereby subjecting them to all the actual physical effects of sleep apnea.

In humans, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing on and off during sleep. Symptoms include snoring, feeling sleepy during the day, waking with a dry mouth and having high blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Untreated, it can lead to heart problems and daytime fatigue.

For the study, the researchers induced sleep apnea 30 times an hour (each time took 10 seconds) in mice during their eight-hour sleep. They did this for up to a month-long period.

The researchers found that in just a month, the mice’s “cerebral vessel dilatory function” decreased by as much as 22 percent — meaning the brain’s blood vessels don’t work as well as they are supposed to, a potential risk factor for stroke.

“Only one month of moderate OSA produces altered cerebrovascular function which could result in a stroke,” study researcher Randy Crossland said in a statement. This is “a finding that highlights the detrimental impact OSA can have on the body.”

The research was presented at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting in San Diego.

Recently, a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference showed that sleep apnea is linked with a symptomless form of stroke called silent stroke.

Researchers from Dresden University found that 91 percent of the patients in the study who have had a stroke, also had sleep apnea — and these people were also at an increased risk for silent stroke.

Particularly, researchers found that having more than five episodes of sleep apnea in a night is linked with having silent stroke. More than a third of people who had the small brain lesions also had severe sleep apnea, and more than half of people who had a silent stroke also had sleep apnea.


Number meanings

Dreaming about numbers can have alot of meanings such as the number 70 which means completeness and perfection. It can also mean you enjoy your life. Some believe that the numbers not only mean things but that they can also help you win the lottery. Here are a few more numbers and their meanings in dreams 🙂

  • Zero symbolizes nothingness and emptiness
  • One stands for individuality, autonomy, leadership, originality, confidence and the ego. To be number one means that you are a winner and the best.
  • Two stands for balance, diversity, partnership, marriage cooperation, soul, or receptivity. It can also symbolize double weakness or double strength.
  • Three signifies life, vitality, inner strength, completion, imagination, creativity, energy, self-exploration and experience.
  • Four denotes stability, physical limitations, hard labor and earthly things, as in the four corners of the earth or the four elements (earth, wind, fire and water).
  • Five represents your persuasiveness, spontaneity, boldness, daring nature, action, and humanity.
  • Six is indicative of cooperation, balance, tranquility, perfection, warmth, union, marriage, family, and love.
  • Seven signifies mental perfection, healing, completion, music and attainment of high spirituality.
  • Eight stands for power, authority, success, karma, material gains, regeneration, and wealth. When the number eight appears in your dream, trust your instincts and intuition.
  • Nine denotes completion, closure, rebirth, inspiration, and reformation.
  • Ten corresponds to closure, great strength, and gains.

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Sleep and mood

According to Dr . Lawrence J. Epstein people who have problems with sleep are at increased risk for developing emotional disorders, depression, and anxiety. Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. Chronic insomnia may increase the risk of developing a mood disorder, such as anxiety or depression. Poor sleep and feelings of depression or anxiety can be helped through a variety of treatments, starting with improved sleep habits, and, if needed, extending to behavioral interventions and an assessment for a sleep or mood disorder.

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Did you know?

Did you kno getting adequate sleep the first night after learning a new skill is important for improving memory and performance. Research suggests that sleep plays an important role in memory, both before and after learning a new task. Lack of adequate sleep affects mood, motivation, judgment, and our perception of events. People should get between 8-9 hrs of sleep each night.

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Six Resons Why We Have Bad Dreams

Have you ever wondered why you have bad dreams or what maybe causing them? Here is an article by Brie Cadman giving six reasons for why we have bad dreams

10 Tips On Falling Asleep Faster

1. Count sheep or anything else that interests you

2. Reduce caffeine before bed

3. Take a hot bath or shower

4. Don’t exercise about 4 hours before bed

5. Reduce the lighting in the room

6. Read a boring book

7. Eat carbohydrates, bananas, peanuts, and figs, and milk-based drinks. They contain tryptophan which is a precursor for creating melatonin.

8. Remove all mind-stimulating electronic devices (ipod, ipad, laptop, tv etc.) from your bedroom.

9.  Wear comfortable clothing

10. Dont take naps throughout the day

Sleep your way better to health

Have you ever thought about if sleep could ever be harmful to your health? I always thought sleep was good for you but new studies suggerst that too much or too little sleep can hurt your heart.

CHICAGO — A new study suggests too much or too little sleep can hurt your heart.

People who sleep less than six hours a night are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack and one-and-a-half times more likely to have congestive heart failure, while people who sleep more than eight hours a night are more likely to have chest pain and coronary artery disease – a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

The findings are part of a study presented today at the 61st Annual conference of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago.

“Based on these findings, it seems getting six to eight hours of sleep everyday probably confers the least risk of cardiovascular disease over the long term,” said study author Dr. Rohit Arora, chair of cardiology at Chicago Medical School.

Not sleeping enough activates the part of your nervous system responsible for the”fight-or-flight” response releasing high levels of stress hormones that raise your blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar, all of which are inherently bad for your heart.

Teasing out the harmful effects of too much sleep is more complicated. But some studies suggest people who oversleep may be more likely to have depression and less likely to exercise, which could up the risk of heart disease.

Although Arora’s study is not the first study to show that sleep is beneficial, it is one of the largest. The findings support a compilation of studies on sleep between 1980 and 2009 recently published in the European Heart Journal that also concluded sleeping too little or too much raises your risk of dying from coronary artery disease and stroke.

“Sleep has a large impact on health over long periods of time,” said Dr. C. Noel Bairey-Merz, director of women’s health center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Six percent of US adults report sleeping six hours or less, according to National Health Interview Survey between 1984 and 2000.

Experts say the study should serve as a wake-up call for doctors to start asking patients about their sleep habits and for patients to bring up sleep quality with their doctors.

The importance of sleep to patients “is no longer worth ignoring,” said Dr. Robert Eckel, professor of medicine and Charles A Boettcher II Chair of Atherosclerosis at the University of Colorado.

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Although everyone’s sleep patterns are different everyone should get a certain amount of sleep each day or night. Here is a chart from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke on how much sleep people in different age groups should get on a daily basis. The research has found that some people may need as few as 5 hours per night and others may need up to nine or ten hours of sleep each day for proper functioning.

Sleep Requirements by Age

Newborns (0-2 months old) 12-18 hours
Infants (3-11 months old) 14-15 Hours
Toddlers (1-3 years old)l 12-14 Hours
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years old) 11-13 Hours
School-aged Children (5-10 years old) 10-11 Hours
Teens (11-17 years old) 8-9 Hours
Adults 7-9 Hours

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Have you ever had a crazy dream and wondered what your dream ment? If So here is a link to help put a end to your wondering. 🙂

Sleep and dreams

Here is a article from the Baltimore Sun News Paper on how good sleep can transform your life