Friday, 2 March 2012

The Challenge of Disordered Sleep




Posted by OFFERUtah, from Feb 4, 2009 OFFER Education Meeting. Presented by Lucinda Bateman.


Summary notes:


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

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