Archives for December 2011

Scary Sleep Paralysis Stories: Awake in a Nightmare

Surprisingly, not many people seem to know much about sleep paralysis—the sleep disorder characterized by a conscious experience of immobility while sleeping, often accompanied by terrifying visions of menacing entities. I hadn’t heard of the phenomenon myself until last summer, when I chanced into living with a roommate, who had recurring episodes of sleep paralysis. […]

What it Means if You’re Sleeping Walking as an Adult

Most of the available literature on sleep walking talks about sleep walking children, because most sleep walkers are children. But though they are more rare, there are adults who deal with this condition as well. Though only about 2% of the adult population sleep walks, it can cause more serious injuries to adults and can […]

Is Sleep Paralysis Dangerous?

If you’ve ever experienced sleep paralysis or even heard a story about someone who has, it might be easy to believe that sleep paralysis is a dangerous occurrence. For those who experience it, it can undoubtedly be a terrifying and undesirable state. On the other hand, some of those who understand sleep paralysis sometimes try […]

How to Take Care of Your Sleep Apnea Machine

Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) devices are the most common and effective form of treatment for those suffering from mild to severe sleep apnea. The machine itself is about the size of a tissue box, and a flexible tube connects with a mask (or other interface device) that is worn over the nose and/or mouth. If […]

Ideopathic Hypersomnia: What You Should Know Before Diagnosis

Do you sleep all the time, but never feel rested? Can’t help but take naps during the day? Although idiopathic hypersomnia is a relatively rare disorder, affecting roughly 200,000 Americans, it’s possible that you or someone you care about could be experiencing this disorder. Idiopathic hypersomnia has a huge impact on the lives of those […]

Tips for Recognizing and Treating Sleep Walking in Children

Sleep walking in children is a fairly common condition, but is it cause for concern? It can be scary to think that your child may walk around during the night without being fully conscious. If you have a child who sleep walks, you should definitely educate yourself about sleep walking and what you can do […]

Depression and Hypersomnia: What’s the Link?

The National Institute of Mental Health defines depression as a serious illness that interferes with daily life. Hypersomnia is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness. Believe it or not, hypersomnia and depression have a strong link. This is because chemicals in the brain play a role in both conditions. Some of the treatments for […]

What Are the Best Treatments for Hypersomnia?

Have you ever yawned your way through a morning meeting or had trouble staying awake during an early class? You’re not alone. The difference between your sleepiness and the sleepiness of someone who has hypersomnia is frequency. People with hypersomnia are often excessively sleepy during the day, which makes it difficult to perform normal activities […]

Sleep Paralysis: Symptoms, Types, and Effects Explained

Many people have heard of insomnia or sleepwalking, but not many know about a strange phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. This condition can be caused by one of several sleep disorders, but it can also be related to other medical conditions. If you have ever experienced sleep paralysis disorder, it may help you to learn […]

How Sleep Deprivation Affects College Students

I never got much sleep in college. My freshman year I made the mistake of signing up for an entire course load of early morning classes and must have slept through a good 60% of them. I used to keep ridiculous hours. If I wasn’t playing World of WarCraft running instances past 3am with my […]