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Sleep and Stroke

How was your sleep last night? Did you get enough healthy and restorative sleep? In today’s fast-paced, always connected, perpetually harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a restorative night’s sleep is more important and elusive than ever. According to Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, we are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness, she wrote in her book The Sleep Revolution. Surprisingly, many are still not fully aware of the health risks associated with insomnia and poor sleep quality. On this World Stroke Day 0n 29th October 2016, it is timely to note that research have shown a link between lack of sleep and [...]

October 13th, 2016|

Top 10 Types of Medications That Can Cause Insomnia

by Dr Armon B. Neel Jr. (AARB) 1. Alpha-blockers Alpha-blockers are linked to decreased REM (rapid eye movement) sleep — the stage of sleep when people dream — and daytime sedation or sleepiness. The proportion of REM sleep drops markedly in old age, and people deprived of REM sleep can experience memory problems. 2. Beta-blockers Beta-blockers have long been associated with sleep disturbances, including awakenings at night and nightmares. They are thought to do this by inhibiting the nighttime secretion of melatonin, a hormone involved in regulating both sleep and the body’s circadian clock. Low levels of melatonin have sometimes been observed in chronic insomnia. 3. Corticosteroids People often ask why a drug that reduces inflammation would keep them awake. The answer lies in the adrenal glands, which are responsible [...]

October 7th, 2016|

Why Restorative Sleep Means a Healthier Heart

World Heart Day 29th September 2016 We all know how great a good night’s rest feels. We wake up feeling refreshed, energized and ready for the day. Unfortunately, this rested feeling is the exception and not the norm for many who live busy lives in the modern society, and the lack of restorative sleep is detrimental not only to our energy levels, but also to our hearts. According to a published 2015 study1, the average self-reported sleep duration has decreased from over 8 hours in the 1960’s to less than 6.5 hours in 2012, with 20–30% of middle aged Americans reporting sleep duration of less than 6 hours. Although it may feel like it, sleep cannot be considered as a waste of time. Sleep is an important activity to promote alertness, recharge [...]

September 29th, 2016|