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  • Sleepwalkers sometimes remember their actions

    Mar 15 2013...
    Three myths about sleepwalking – sleepwalkers have no memory of their actions, sleepwalkers' behavior is without motivation, and sleepwalking has no daytime impact – are dispelled in a recent study led by Antonio Zadra of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Sacré-Coeur Hospital. The study was published in the March issue of The Lancet Neurology. Dr. Zadra answers some questions to try to clear up some of the confusion about sleepwalking. READ MORE>>
  • Spinal fluid substance in some patients acts like sleeping pill

    Nov 28 2012...
    Researchers have discovered that people with hypersomnias, or a group of sleep disorders that involve excessive daytime sleepiness such as narcolepsy, have a substance in their cerebrospinal fluid that acts like a sleeping pill.

    "These individuals report feeling as if they're walking around in a fog – physically, but not mentally awake," says lead author David Rye, MD, PhD, professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and director of research for Emory Healthcare's Program in Sleep. "When encountering excessive sleepiness in a patient, we typically think it's caused by an impairment in the brain's wake systems and treat it with stimulant medications. However, in these patients, the situation is more akin to attempting to drive a car with the parking brake engaged. Our thinking needs to shift from pushing the accelerator harder, to releasing the brake." READ MORE>>