Narcolepsy Narcolepsy is a medical disorder that impacts 1 in approximately 2,000 people in the United States and many people are unaware of the condition and go undiagnosed. The disease is a sleep disorder, involving irregular patterns in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and significant disruptions of the normal sleep/wake cycle. While the cause of narcolepsy is not completely understood, current research points to a combination of genetic and environmental factors that influence the immune system. Veterans Room for veterans to discuss sleep and health issues. A.W.A.K.E Sleep help can be found locally. Learn more: http://www.sleepapnea.org/support/a.w.a.k.e.-network-map.html AWAKETOTETHER Summit 9.19.19 San Francisco Diabetes Share your experiences living with diabetes. Dreams All About Dreaming Fibromyalgia What Is Fibromyalgia? Bruxism Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. Arthritis Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of the joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form is osteoarthritis (or degenerative joint disease), which is caused when the cartilage between the bones wears down due to injury, infection or age. Most people with arthritis complain of joint pain, which may range from mild to severe and may be constant or intermittent with flare-ups. Cancer Sleep and Cancer Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both usually involve severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications. Heart Disease Sleep and Heart Disease Mental Health Sleep and Mental Health Weight, Diet & Nutrition Join in to share your thoughts and ideas about obesity, diet and nutrition. Chronic Pain [Replace this first paragraph with a short description of your new category. This guidance will appear in the category selection area, so try to keep it below 200 characters. Until you edit this text or create topics, this category won't appear on the categories page.] Men's Health ADHD Napping There are numerous reasons why napping is a good thing. On the other hand, napping can interfere with nighttime sleep. Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome Pathophysiology of UARS is similar to obstructive sleep apnea / hypopnea syndrome in that abnormal airway resistancein the upper airway during sleep leads to unwanted physiologic consequences. Increased upper airway resistance in this disorder does not lead to cessation of airflow (apnea) or decrease in airflowhypopnea), but instead leads to an arousal secondary to increased workof breathing to overcome the resistance. Repeated and multiple arousals of which the person is usually unaware) result in an abnormal sleep architecture and daytime somnolence (sleepiness). Arousals result in sympathetic activation, and UARS is therefore likely to cause hypertension similar to obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (This has not been verified in large clinical populations because of the relatively small number of people with UARS in the larger epidemiologic studies so far. However, repeated arousals in individuals have clearly been shown to be related to sympathetic activation and elevation in blood pressure). Source: Wiki Hypersomnia Immune System Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, is a common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. Often, atrial fibrillation occurs because the electrical system that keeps your heartbeat steady has been damaged by problems like high blood pressure or coronary heart disease. Taking the necessary steps to keep your heart functioning properly can help you maintain a regular heartbeat and prevent atrial fibrillation episode COPD slp4COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness. Many people mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging. Dementia Dementias can be classified in a variety of ways and are often grouped by what they have in common, such as what part of the brain is affected, or whether they worsen over time (progressive dementias). Circadian Rhythm Disorders Women's Health Women are more likely than men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep and to experience more daytime sleepiness on a weekly basis. Research has shown that too little sleep results in problems concentrating, poor performance on the job and in school, and possibly, increased sickness and weight gain. SleepHealth Aging Room to discuss issues related to aging and sleep, exercise and diet. Sleep Apnea The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for short, is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don't trigger a full awakening.