The Need To Have A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to our bodies and minds, akin to formatting a computer. Our brain is a super-computer which continuously creates thoughts. Constant thinking drains the brain battery and sleep gives the brain the rest that it sorely needs.  Sleeping well daily is very important especially during periods of stress. Sleep plays an important role in memory, abstract thinking, decision making, mood, and control of irritability. It is also important for immune function. Sleeplessness can reduce the immune function and lead to susceptibility to various infections.

Dr. Michael Breus, Diplomate, and Fellow of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and author of Beauty Sleep says, it is very important to create a sleep schedule which means, pick a bedtime and a wake up time each day. Even if someone doesn’t fall asleep at the right time, he or she should still wake up at the designated wake time to stick to the sleep schedule. Sleep hygiene measures as mentioned below should be followed for good sleep:

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The Cold Truth About Migraines

With the busy and stressful lives people lead here in the UAE, we have all experienced headaches at some point in time. Sometimes the headaches are mild and bearable, which is cured by over the counter medications or painkillers. On the other hand, some headaches are moderate to severe and on one side of head associated with irritation of light and sounds, which could be a migraine.

Did you know that migraines are not just simple headaches?

There are numerous types of headaches that are medically identified, and migraine is only one among them, which can severely impair the quality of life. A migraine is a neurological condition in which one experiences episodic headaches mostly on one side of the head (the pain and can be both sided in some patients). The condition can be caused in men, women and even in children, although women are major sufferers of the condition.  A migraine attack in an individual is generally accompanied by nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity. A typical migraine attack lasts for a minimum of 4 hours and may continue until 3 days in the severe form.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Have you been experiencing a feeling of numbness or tingling in your palm and fingers? Do you feel you are being poked with pins and needles on one hand?

Did you know that this could be the result of a condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder that causes pain and numbness in the fingers and hands, and sometimes the arms. It happens when the median nerve, a nerve in the wrist gets pinched or squeezed. The median nerve goes through a tunnel in the wrist that is formed by the bones of the wrist and a tough band of tissue called a ligament.

The median nerve receives and carries the signals about this particular sensation and tells the brain what the hand is ‘feeling’. The median nerve receives the aforementioned inputs from;

  • The thumb
  • Index finger
  • Middle finger
  • Certain parts of the ring finger
  • Parts of the palm closest to the thumb

Understanding the Carpal Tunnel – the carpal tunnel is a passage forming beneath the transverse ligament, which extends across the lower palm connecting the bones of the wrist. Take a look at your palm, under the skin on your wrist, is the carpal tunnel.

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World Alzheimer’s Month

The Cure is Care –World Alzheimer’s Month

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia found in patients across the globe. Alzheimer’s and its related health conditions affect millions of people, taking away from them even their source of livelihood.

The population of UAE is rather young, hence the condition is still less prevalent although it does exist. However, as people age, gradually the incidence of Alzheimer’s is also expected to grow.  In addition to this, there is a strong relationship between Alzheimer’s and chronic metabolic diseases like diabetes and cardio vascular diseases (CVD) which are rampant in this part of the region.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Do you feel a strange sensation in your leg or the urge to kick or flail your legs at night, resulting in you either waking up or your sleep getting disturbed?

If yes, then you might be suffering from a neurological disorder called ‘Restless Legs Syndrome’ or RLS.

The causes of RLS can be divided into the following categories:

  • Idiopathic (Without any specific cause)
  • Familial (May run in some families)
  • “Iron deficiency anemia,” in which there is too little iron in the blood
  • Other medical conditions like kidney disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Pregnancy

What are the symptoms of RLS? — People who have RLS get an uncomfortable urge to move their legs when they are at rest. They describe the feeling as crawling, creeping, pulling, or itching. And they say the feeling is deep in the legs – not on the skin – usually below the knees. These symptoms usually get worse as the day moves on, and they are worst at night. The only way that the sensation goes away is when people kick or move their legs. Some people with RLS find that their legs move on their own while they are asleep.

In short, the symptoms of RLS include:

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