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. The case presented here illustrates the importance of evaluating for RLS symptoms in patients with major depressive disorder who complain of insomnia.

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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