Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Fatigue, excessive sleepiness, and impaired waking ... a significant portion of your patients have some form of sleep disorder, though few present with outright complaints . Here: how to uncover the problem--and how to help.

Sleep Disorders

Depression is a frequent psychiatric comorbidity among patients with restless leg syndrome. When reading this case, consider the following question: If an untreated RLS patient presents with depressive symptoms, what would you treat first?

Results of this sleep study help diagnose the specific type of sleep apnea. Evidence of 5 or more predominantly obstructive respiratory events per hour of sleep suggests obstructive disease.

During his annual physical examination, a 54-year-old man has no major complaints, reports restful sleep, and is not tired during the day. Is he at risk for obstructive sleep apnea?

In a US study, diabetes was shown to significantly increase the odds of having restless legs syndrome and a history of diabetes was the most consistent risk factor linked to the disorder.

Inhaled corticosteroids may contribute to the high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among patients with asthma, a study showed.

The findings provide another good reason for those with OSA to wear a CPAP mask that helps ensure uninterrupted breathing throughout the night.

In this CME article, the focus is on persons with a formally recognized recurrent wintertime mood disorder that rises to such a level that it merits a diagnostic title and clinical intervention.


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