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ADHD Caused by Sleep Disorders?

    Monday, July 9th, 2012No Commented
    Categorized Under: Sleep

    If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, you may be surprised to learn that sleep troubles, including sleep apnea and snoring, may be to blame. Due to recent studies, it seems that individuals who have sleep difficulties may actually exhibit symptoms of ADHD, including an inability to concentrate, restless behavior, anxiety and more.

    Sleep Apnea and ADHD

    In a recent issue of the medical journal “Pediatrics”, a study was published which suggested that those who experienced breathing problems during sleep and other sleep disturbances were between 40% and 100% more likely to develop symptoms of ADHD. The study followed 11,000 children from the time they were six months old until they were six years old, and the sleeping habits of these children were monitored on a routine basis. In the end, researchers discovered that children who had the poorest sleeping habits, including snoring and apnea, were all more likely to develop ADHD later in life.

    What this means for ADHD-diagnosed individuals and those who have not been diagnosed with ADHD is that getting a good night’s sleep is more important than ever. In some cases, researchers believe that getting quality sleep may reverse the negative effects of ADHD in diagnosed patients, and it may even prevent the disorder from forming in others, including children and adults. In other cases, quality sleep may help to at least diminish the effects of ADHD to a level that is manageable without medication.

    If you’re concerned about the correlation between sleep and ADHD, it’s important to see your doctor to discuss your options. In some situations, medical professionals prescribe sleep aids to patients who are having trouble sleeping, while in more severe cases, medical devices are prescribed to combat problems such as sleep apnea.

    If you’re prescribed sleeping aids, it’s important to remember that some of these drugs may be very powerful. In addition, some people form addictions to sleep aids, and these addictions can lead to sleeplessness, internal damage and more. The cost of prescription sleep aids can also be quite high, especially if they are used every night.

    Another alternative is to turn to natural sleep and snoring aids. These products are designed to help give a better night’s sleep, but without the risk of habituation or addiction. In most cases, natural sleep aids are also more cost effective when compared to prescription sleep aids or snoring products.

    Questions to Ask About Prescriptions

      Thursday, June 14th, 2012No Commented
      Categorized Under: General Health

      While it may seem like common sense to ask your doctor questions about prescribed medications during an office visit, all too often, people simply refuse to do so. Many people feel as though asking questions of their doctors may make them look foolish or it might be embarrassing. Other times, people simply don’t know what kinds of questions they should be asking with regard to their prescriptions. Unfortunately, this can lead to potential health problems due to misunderstood directions, unexpected side effects and more. The next time you’re given a prescription by your doctor, remember these important questions to ask:

      Prescription Drugs

      1.) What are the Potential Side Effects of My Prescriptions?

      Knowing the potential side effects of a medication can help you to not only prepare for them, but also to weigh the benefits of taking a particular medication against not taking it. Some medications have side effects that can be quite severe, so it’s always a good idea to discuss any known or potential side effects with your doctor before taking any prescriptions. You will also want to ask about when to seek medical treatment if a side effect appears to be unexpected, is too severe, is causing a new health concern or is worsening your current condition.

      2.) Are There Any Potentially Harmful Interactions?

      Just like with side effects, you need to know ahead of time if there will be any negative interactions. Ask your doctor if your prescription is known to interact with food, other medications and alcohol. In some cases, interactions may not necessarily be harmful, but they may cause the medication to become ineffective. You will also want to ask about potential interactions between skin contact and your prescriptions. Some medications can interact with skin through touch, ultimately being absorbed into the body and potentially causing health problems. Knowing this information can help you to avoid potentially harmful interactions while allowing your medications to work properly.

      3.) Are There Natural Alternatives I Could Try?

      Another question that should be asked when being offered a prescription is if there are any natural alternatives that you could try instead. Often, people who are prescribed medications don’t realize that natural alternatives exist, and so they don’t even bother asking. The fact is, there are many natural supplements available for a variety of conditions, and many of them are much less expensive when compared to the prices of prescription drugs.

      Do You Trust Your Medications?

        Monday, June 4th, 2012No Commented
        Categorized Under: Prescription Drug News

        With the recent news story of a man in Florida allegedly using “bath salts” and then attacking another man, ultimately eating the man’s face, it may be time to take a good, long look at the prescription drugs you yourself are using. The fact is, while the Food and Drug Administration in the United States works tirelessly to keep up with the latest in health concerns and medications, and while the Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States keeps track of growing and emerging trends within the illegal drug world, you can never be too safe.

        Bath Salts

        Bath salts contain methylone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, and currently, these drugs are legal in many states. Additionally, these drugs can cause mild euphoria, but they also come along with psychosis, increased body temperature, confusion, chest pains, disorientation and a host of other unpleasant side effects. Unfortunately, because these drugs have not yet been officially banned, they are still being legally sold in many areas and they are still adversely affecting the country. Unfortunately, what the public often sees is that harmful drugs are made legal once a pharmaceutical company has a chance to refine them, but this doesn’t always take away the danger; in some cases, it increases it.

        What this means in terms of medication and healthcare is that many prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs sold today may be just as toxic, but because they are sanctioned by official sources, most people don’t realize the dire consequences that can follow. For instance, many pain, anxiety and depression management drugs offered by today’s pharmaceutical companies have been implicated in psychosis-inducing episodes, worsening conditions and more. Unfortunately, because the vast majority of people in the United States, and around the world, place their faith in the FDA and DEA, they are under the impression that approved drugs are safe; at times, this is completely untrue.

        If you’re one of the many people who are currently taking prescription drugs for anxiety, depression, stress-related illnesses or other conditions, you may want to consider turning to natural alternatives instead. Natural supplements are available at a fraction of the cost of prescription drugs, and many are just as effective, if not more so, at treating these conditions. These supplements are also derived from natural sources, meaning they are not manmade pharmaceuticals, and most pose a lesser risk to your health. If you’re questioning your own medications and their effects, always speak with your doctor before beginning any natural supplement replacement.