While sleep is a common cocktail conversation, it is often poorly appreciated and understood by patients and clinicians. By working together, patients, family members, care givers, researchers, and clinicians can find better ways to improve sleep.
One of the first challenges for a physician faced with a pediatric sleep problem is to identify who actually has the problem: the parent, the patient, or another family member. As most of us are aware, one person's sleep problem can produce symptoms for the whole house.
With our busy lives, it can be tempting to shrug off -- or ignore altogether -- difficulties with sleep. Trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep throughout the night, waking feeling tired and unrefreshed: These are commonly experienced disruptions to sleep for millions of adults.
For adults with obstructive sleep apnea, using CPAP therapy or other airway-opening devices are one of the best courses of action to treat their sleep disorder. Overweight and obese adults with sleep apnea should also be encouraged and helped to lose weight as part of treating sleep apnea.