Sleep Disorder Talk
Restless Leg Syndrome Restless leg syndrome, which is also known as Witttmaack-Ekbons syndrome, Jimmy legs, spare legs, and nocturnal myoclonus, is a sensory motor neurologic disorder causing uncontrollable urges to move the limbs especially during sleep. Restless leg syndrome is frequently associated with an underlying condition of iron deficiency, diabetes, Sjogrens syndrome, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, anemia or peripheral neuropathy. Restless leg syndrome has four major characteristics: an urge to move, usually due to uncomfortable sensations (of creeping, crawling, pins and needles, tingling, pulling, twitching, tearing, throbbing, prickling or aching) occurring primarily in the legs, particularly the calves; motor restlessness, expressed as activity, that relieves the urge to move; worsening of symptoms by relaxation, with symptoms increasing during long periods of sitting; variability over the course of the day-night cycle, with symptoms worse in the evening and early in the night. Another common feature is having a co-existing periodic limb movement disorder, with 80-90 percent of patients with restless leg syndrome also having periodic limb movement disorder. About 15 percent of the adults in North American and Europe have restless leg syndrome, and in these populations there is a high incidence of familial cases, suggesting a genetic tendency. Symptoms usually appear at about age 45 although they may occur in childhood.
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Lead sleep technician Cindy Roth, of Pen Bay Healthcares Center for Sleep Medicine, will describe healthy sleep, discuss common sleep disorders, and outline simple strategies to help ensure optimal rest. Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. FMI or to sign up: 230-6114 or email email@example.com. Login
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Sleep disorder equipment fair and troubleshooting
05, 2013, 9:55 am Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story The Daily Journal staff reports Presence St. Marys Sleep Diagnostic Centre and Walgreens Sleep and Respiratory Services will have a River Valley Sleep Disorder Support Group meeting 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Presence St. Marys MedCentre North Community Room, 658 N. Convent, Bourbonnais.
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Sleep Disorders, Attention Problems Linked
Average scores dropped from a 12 to around 3 on a scale of 0-24, with 24 being the most severe rating. The same group reported improvement in attention deficit scores from 17 to a score of 10, a significant change according to the researchers. In addition, nine of the 16 patients with possible or probable attention deficit disorder, based on having moderate to severe attention deficits scores, improved their attention scores after CPAP. In an interview with WebMD, Risk says sleep apnea is “highly correlated” with attention deficit disorder and that treating apnea can improve attention deficit. However, some apnea patients may continue to have attention deficit problems after CPAP due to “anxiety, depression, or other disorders,” he says.
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