How can allergies affect quality sleep?

Many factors contribute to a good night's sleep. A person's diet, pre-existing health conditions, lifestyle habits, and even the environment can make or break a good shuteye. Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., says that aside from these factors, allergens can usually affect the quality of a person's rest.

While most consider ventilation and lighting as an important detail that contributes to a good sleep environment, the person's bed matters too. An old mattress can be a breeding ground for bacteria and trigger allergies. Despite covering it with beddings, these unseen elements can cause harm that can go unnoticed. It could cause interrupted sleep that can interfere with a person's condition during the day. Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., notes that dust mites are a common allergy trigger in the bedroom. These microscopic allergens irritate the nasal passages that can cause nasal congestion, sneezing, and even skin irritation.

Seasonal allergies caused by humidity or dryness ca…

Reset sleep cycle with these tips

There are many reasons why a person’s sleep cycle can be disrupted. Work shifts, time zone changes, and weather changes can lead to an erratic schedule. Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., explains that to keep up with a healthy circadian rhythm, one must build up healthy habits that will allow the body to rest and wake at the most suitable time. Here are some tips for retuning the body’s sleep cycle.

Tweak the body’s sleep schedule bit by bit

According to sleep experts, attempting to sleep an hour earlier than what the body has gotten used to might lead to more frustration. Starting the change by sleeping 15 minutes earlier might be easier to accomplish. For those who want to make long-term changes can add 15 more minutes every two or three days until their body gets used to sleeping at their desired time.

Avoid naps

Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., suggests skipping naps if one feels tired during midday. Some people end up napping longer than 15 minutes, which can hinder them from going to sleep …

Narcolepsy: What could be causing the sleep disorder?

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 2,000 people. It causes excessive daytime sleepiness that can lead a person to fall asleep suddenly, even while doing other activities. According to Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., individuals need to consult with a sleep medicine specialist for the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Aside from excessive daytime sleepiness, people with narcolepsy may sometimes experience cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hallucinations, interrupted nighttime sleep, or even insomnia. Unlike others, those who have narcolepsy fall into the REM sleep within 15 minutes compared to the usual 60 to 90-minute interval. The disorder can be classified into two categories: Type 1 (with cataplexy) or Type 2 (without cataplexy). Those who have cataplexy may sometimes experience the sudden loss of voluntary muscle control due to strong emotions. This symptom may sometimes be misdiagnosed as a seizure. However, the difference between the two conditions is that the …

What makes pneumonia a deadly respiratory disease?

Most people do not perceive pneumonia as a deadly disease, but statistics prove otherwise. Often, pneumonia can be the complication that pushes a patient to the limit. According to Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., pneumonia can introduce complications that can be hard to spot but produce deadly effects. Here are some examples of these complications.

Septic shock: Bacteria-caused pneumonia can sometimes enter the bloodstream, especially if treatments were ignored. This condition is called Bacteremia, which can lead to septic shock. Septic shock occurs as a reaction to an infection in the blood, which causes a person’s blood pressure to drop down to dangerous levels. It can starve a person’s organs of blood and force them to stop functioning altogether.

Kidney failure: When a person’s kidneys don’t get enough blood, it can lead to kidney failure. Bacteremia or septic shock can cause this as it could prevent a person’s heart from pumping enough blood to a person’s organs. Odds of kidney f…

The bedroom: The overlooked factor in quality sleep

As an expert in the subject matter with years of experience, Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., notes that many factors affect the longevity and quality of a person’s sleep. One of the most overlooked of which is the bedroom. To get that eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, the state of the bedroom plays a crucial role.

On that note, Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., shares three essential tips on how to arrange the bedroom to be more sleep conducive.

On the bed: The key fixture in the bedroom, of course, is the bed. A good mattress will do wonders for a person’s sleep. It should be comfortable enough to sleep in. Any bed that’s too hard, too soft, or lumpy, will only cause a person to toss and turn.

On neatness: Generally, the bedroom is the ultimate place for rest and relaxation in a person’s home. As such, it should be as neat as can be. Avoid setting up the home office in the bedroom as it takes away the very essence of the space.

On the atmosphere: Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., explains that certain env…

Off to dreamland: Why children need a good night’s sleep

One way for people to keep themselves healthy is to get regular good night’s sleep. And just like everyone else, children need a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. Parents know all too well just how much energy children expend throughout their day, which is why sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise.

 According to Lisa M. Cannon, M.D., aside from affecting their physical health, when a child experiences inadequate or irregular sleep, they have higher risk of developing mental health problems (such as depression, anxiety, and moodiness) as well. The same has also been observed in many trials on adults. So as one can see, lack of a schedule conducive to quality sleep in children may have grave psychological and emotional implications later in life.

For these and many other reasons, parents need to be vigilant and diligent with their children when it comes to sleep time. Parents also have to be observant, especially if they sense something not quite in place with their kids. It…