Posted by OFFERUtah, from Feb 4, 2009 OFFER Education Meeting. Presented by Lucinda Bateman.
The 4 stages of sleep and Rapid Eye Movement (REM):
Stage 1: Falling asleep, very light sleep
Stage 2: Brain slow-down - 50% of night
Stages 3 & 4: Deep sleep stages - deltawaves
Different restoration processes take place during sleep.
In CFS patients, alpha wave intrusion is associated with being awake.
Treat the cause of the sleep disturbance.
Avoid drugs that disrupt sleep, for example, decongestants and caffeine
Medicines that can make you sleepy:
- Anti-convulsants: Lyrica, Neurontin, Topamax, Zonegran
- Benzodiazepines: Klonopin, Ativan (Lorazepam), Xanax
- Muscle relaxants: Flexeril, Zanaflex