Exercise not a quick fix for sleep disorders, study says

Exercise can help with sleep issues but only if maintained for roughly four months, a new study says.

Why exactly does it take so long for exercise to result in more restful nights? Patients with insomnia have a heightened level of brain activity, and it takes time to reestablish a more normal level that can facilitate sleep, said Phyllis Zee , a neurology professor and another of author of the study. Rather than medications, which can induce sleep quickly, exercise may be a healthier way to improve sleep because it could address the underlying problem. Researchers also found that the relationship between sleep and insomnia runs in both directions. While sustained exercise can help people sleep better, a bad nights rest can leave people less motivated to exercise.
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Sleep disorders: Understanding and curing

Now, new research is identifying more sleep problems and also calling for routing screening for primary sleep disorders. When they performed sleep studies of 343 people meeting the Fukuda definition of ME/CFS, they found that 104 – nearly a third – had a primary sleep disorder that explained their symptoms, and thus didn’t have ME/CFS at all. A 1/3 misdiagnosis rate is enough of a reason to look more closely for sleep disorders. In those who didn’t have primary sleep disorders, just under 90% met the criteria for at least one measurable sleep problem. Researchers identified four different groups based on sleep abnormalities. They were: Group 1: Slower to get to sleep, delayed Rapid Eye Movement (REM), lower percentages of stage 2 and REM sleep; Group 2: More frequent awakenings; Group 3: Longer total sleep time, less delayed REM sleep, higher percentage of REM sleep, lower percentage of wake time; Group 4: Shortest total sleep time, highest percentage of wake time after sleep onset.
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Sleep Disorders in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Sexual behaviour (sexsomnia) or violent behaviour during sleep is a recent concern in forensic medicine, which in Egypt are mostly recorded in drug addicts undergoing treatment. Simple steps “The power of deep sleep is enormous for countering stress and boosting immunity,” agrees Abdel Hadi Mesbah, professor of immunology and professor of the American Academy of Immunology. “We always advise finding out the reason that is keeping you awake as a first step, and if you find out that the problem is not true insomnia which needs treatment, certain measures can prove useful.” Hadi Mesbah advises sufferers to orient their sleeping position so that their head points to the north and feet to the south, as this comes in harmony with the magnetic field of the earth, providing the body with maximum energy, and helps to achieve a higher level of comfort and relaxation. He also stresses the importance of not going to bed unless you have the urge to sleep, and if you are not asleep after thirty minutes, engaging in some other activity that is soothing and relaxing.
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