Many Sleep Disorders Can Involve Sexual Behaviors

People with this disorder sleep for stretches of 16 to 24 hours, but when awake, some may become extremely “hypersexual” and uninhibited. “We wanted to call attention to how virtually all known categories of sleep disorders carry a risk for inappropriate sexual behaviors,” said Schenck, who is also author of the book Sleep: The Mysteries, the Problems, and the Solutions. This is important, he told Reuters Health, because people with these problems should be aware that they are part of a sleep-related disorder that can be diagnosed and treated — and not a sign of perversion. In the case of sexsomnia, the problem is usually a “disorder of arousal” from non-dream sleep. This means that people are partially aroused from deep sleep, resulting in a “twilight sleep-wake state” where they unconsciously act, with seriously impaired judgment. In their report, Schenck and his colleagues detail the range of sleep disorders that can be accompanied by sexsomnia or waking-hour sexual problems.
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Sleep disorder multiplies depression risk

What’s more, the study suggests that sleep apnea is underdiagnosed. More than 80% of the people who reported classic symptoms such as snorting or gasping for breath on most nights of the week had never received an official diagnosis. This group, too, had a threefold higher risk of depression compared to people who had no trouble breathing at night. 12 surprising causes of depression “We’re underdiagnosing this problem,” says Carl Boethel, M.D., a sleep specialist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Temple, who was not involved in the study. “Physicians in the sleep community and in the psychiatric community need to do a better job of screening and getting effective treatment.” Coffee may lower risk of depression Sleep apnea and related problems occur when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, restricting breathing. The disorder can be caused by several factors, including oversized tonsils, the structure of a person’s airway, or excess fat surrounding the windpipe.
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Sleep Disorders In The Military: Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Short Sleep Reported Among Active-Duty Soldiers

The “study provides a unique insight into the growing body of evidence linking sleep disorders, and more specifically, insomnia and service-related illnesses that frequently occur in military personnel who have deployed in Overseas Contingency Operations,” the researchers wrote. “The dramatic self-report of SSD [short sleep duration] in our cohort is consistent with prior studies and suggests the need for a cultural change toward appropriate sleep practices throughout the military,” they added. Loading Slideshow Sleep Apnea Increases Risk Of Heart Attack The sleep disorder has a number of poor effects on the heart. “It’s as if somebody’s choking you, so your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure goes up,” Charles Czeisler, M.D., the Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School told Health magazine. “Over time, even your daytime blood pressure is higher.” Sleep apnea may be responsible for a third of all cases of high blood pressure in Americans, he told the magazine. A 2007 study showed just how serious these cardiovascular effects of sleep apnea are.
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