The older you get, the more sleep you need. FALSE: From age 21 to old age 8 hours, more or less is needed.
The main reason teens are sleepy is the brain produces melatonin later than other age groups. TRUE: The biologic clocks in teens are usually delayed and Melatonin is produced later at night so they dont get as sleepy until later.
Melatonin is the hormone of darkness. TRUE: The brain produces it and releases it at night, when in the dark. It is low in the early morning light.
About 40% of people who are very overweight have sleep apnea, even if they don’t know it. TRUE: For example, there are 8 million truck drivers in the USA. 30-40%, at least, are significantly overweight. and 40-50 % of them have sleep apnea….almost 2 million!!! and many are sleepy…
If teens are not getting enough sleep,the rates of depression, sleepiness, and motor vehicle accidents goes up and grades go down. TRUE: Studies have shown this.
Restless legs can be easily treated most of the time with either Iron, Melatonin or prescription medications. TRUE: Iron deficiency is a cause. Recently it was shown that Melatonin helps decrease restless leg syndrome.
Children from age 3 to 9 can have significant apnea if their tonsils are big. TRUE: This is the main cause of pediatric apnea
CPAP is the only way to treat sleep apnea. FALSE: There are several other ways.
CPAP is the best way to treat severe sleep apnea TRUE: Very effective.
Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain TRUE: Also heart attack and stroke.
Sleep apnea and AFIB are often found together in the same patient. TRUE: Apnea can make it worse.
Behavior problems in children don’t cause sleep problems FALSE: They often do.
Children with Autism Spectrum disorder occasional have sleep problems. FALSE: It is 40-80%
Children with ADHD are so active in the daytime that they sleep well at night. FALSE: Often they have difficulty settling down and falling asleep.
Autism, Narcolepsy, Seizures, Insomnia, Restless legs and Obstructive Sleep Apnea are all brain/neurologic problems. FALSE: All are except sleep apnea which has other causes.