soldiers with sleep problems, according to a new study in the journal Sleep . The study, conducted by researchers from the Madigan Healthcare System, examined the kinds of sleep disorders prevalent among active-duty members of the military, as well as the average number of hours of sleep soldiers with these disorders get each night. The study included 726 soldiers, most of whom were men, who had some sort of sleep disorder, as well as a control group of soldiers without diagnosed sleep disorders. Among the soldiers with sleep disorders, 27.2 percent had mild obstructive sleep apnea, 24.7 percent had insomnia and 24 percent had moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
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When school-age children have sleep problems
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.
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Sleep disorder multiplies depression risk
… If you look at the entire sleep architecture, it is highly fragmented, so the quality (of sleep) is poor.” When the child is awake, he can suffer physical discomfort such as pain, tingling and numbness, especially when sitting still. Symptoms become more frequent in the evening. Moving around can relieve the symptoms, but doesn’t solve the problem, Ji said. This condition can be hereditary, Ji said. Another major cause is iron deficiency, which can be treated.
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