Poor sleep tied to kids’ lower academic performance

Dr. Carl Bazil, a neurologist and director of the division of epilepsy and sleep at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City noted that this study fills a research void. “There’s growing information, mainly in adults, that you need good quality sleep to process and learn new information,” Bazil told Reuters Health. “It stands to reason that, if anything, sleep would be more important in children, but there’s very little information in children about sleep disturbance and learning.” Research has shown that sleep deprivation might affect certain parts of the brain, especially the frontal lobes. The frontal lobes control executive function, which is the ability to make decisions, form memories, plan for the future and inhibit socially undesirable behavior – like fighting with a classmate.
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Sleep disorder multiplies depression risk

Health.com: 7 tips for the best sleep ever Six percent of men and 3% of women had received a sleep apnea diagnosis, the survey found, while 7% of men and 4% of women reported breathing problems on at least five nights per week. Depression was assessed using a standard questionnaire that asked how often during the past two weeks the participants had “little interest or pleasure in doing things” or felt “down, depressed or hopeless,” for instance. Five percent of men and 8% of women had scores indicating “probable” depression, according to the researchers. A complicating factor is that the effects of depression and sleep apnea can be difficult to distinguish, says psychiatrist Michael Weissberg, M.D., co-director of the insomnia and sleep disorders clinic at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Denver. “There probably is an important connection between depression and sleep apnea, but it’s hard to sort out who has what,” Weissberg says. “Sleep disruption, particularly insomnia, can be a risk factor for developing depression, and a lot of symptoms of people who have sleep apnea — they feel lousy, they can’t think straight — are similar to symptoms people have in depression.” Health.com: Signs of depression in men The study shows only an association, not cause and effect, and the researchers can’t rule out the possibility that an unidentified factor could contribute to both sleep apnea and depression.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/30/health/conditions/sleep-apnea-depression/

Dentists helping with sleep disorders

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One of the things dentists are now treating is sleep apnea, which can be detrimental to a persons health. This morning, Dr. Sean Moriarty joined WPMT FOX43 morning news to talk more about this. for more information, click here.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://fox43.com/2013/08/21/dentists-helping-with-sleep-disorders/

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