CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1986 |
An ancient myth told of the plight of Undine, a nymph condemned to a life of sleeplessness out of fear that she would stop breathing while asleep and die. Modern science calls it sleep apnea. The ailment--a cessation of breathing during sleep--is also known as as "Undine's curse," and it afflicts a large number of middle-age, overweight men, many of whom unknowingly suffer the condition.
June 13, 1997 |
Sen. Max Cleland, who has been seen nodding off during committee hearings and news conferences, said he is suffering from a sleep disorder. Cleland, a Democrat, has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition that interrupts proper breathing during sleep, causing him to sleep poorly at night and become fatigued during the day, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's basically sleep deprivation," said Dr. John DelGaudio, an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Emory Clinic in Atlanta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1998 |
When Cathy Hopkins woke up in the morning, the only thing she thought about was going back to sleep. No matter how many hours she slept, the self-described "world-class snorer" spent her days awake without energy and in a listless haze, concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other. Because she worked 50 to 60 hours a week as a nurse, Hopkins said she assumed her condition was the result of normal fatigue. That was until she went on a vacation with a friend last fall.
February 5, 2001 |
Sleepfoundation.org Background: This is the Internet face of the National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to publicizing sleep disorders and supporting sleep research and education. The site provides general consumer information, as well as updates on what the foundation is doing. What Works: The site's quick explainers of major sleep disorders, and the group's own survey results on sleep habits, make for a clear snapshot of how sleep problems affect public health.
August 9, 2011 |
Treating a sleep disorder to improve oxygen flow through the body may also help lower the risk of dementia in older-age people, according to a new study. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , must be replicated. But it's exciting nonetheless because it suggests a rare, successful measure that may prevent at least some cases of cognitive impairment. Sleep disorders such as frequent waking and hypoxia (a lack of oxygen) have been linked to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
July 28, 1993
German A. Nino-Murcia, 45, internationally recognized specialist on sleep disorders. Born in Ubate, Colombia, Nino-Murcia was educated at the National University of Colombia School of Medicine and completed residencies at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and at Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. He directed Stanford's Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center from 1983 to 1989, educating thousands of doctors on such sleep problems as insomnia and apnea syndrome.