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Do you experience a severe shortness of breath while you are asleep? Are you sick and tired with the sudden awakening from a deep sleep? You might be experiencing paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea. Know more about the condition, beat the difficulties of paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea and have a peaceful sleep at night.

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Preparing for Jet lag on your flight to India

With 5 hrs and 30 mins ahead of the UK, travelling to India is more than likely going to give you the irritating brain-ache of jet-lag. You may be travelling there for business or leisure, but one thing you should remember if you’re working out in India is to bring your PAN card (oh, and your passport).

It will save you hugely from an added headache of forgetfulness, so all you’ll have to deal with is the jet-lag.

Here’s some top tips on how to prepare for the inevitable.

Before your flight

Before you even jump on that plane, or personal jet for those of you who are ridiculously fortunate, figure out the time zone you’ll be landing in. Once you’ve worked this out you can prepare your body for the change in sleep pattern.

Book your flight to land in the evening and don’t go to sleep until it’s at least 10pm in India. This allows your body time to either get tired and ready for bed or keep awake doing things like having dinner before bedtime.

P.S You can work out the optimal times for you to carry out these tips, using a jet-lag advisor calculator.

On your flight

Drink enough water! This can’t be stressed enough, being dehydrated will make your jet-lag a million times worse. Also, don’t drink any caffeine or alcohol after at least 4 hours before you’re expecting to go to sleep in India.

On your arrival

Yay! You’ve made it to India, now here comes the jet-lag. Whatever you do, don’t scoff your face with a heavy, big meal before it’s nearing to bedtime.

Additionally, don’t exercise too much because your body will be shattered.

One last tip is, to make sure you get plenty of sunlight and soak up all those lovely rays. This will allow your body to realise that you’re in a different time-zone and that means sleeping at a time completely different from usual.

Last but not least, when you feel exhausted give yourself time to recuperate and refresh. Pushing your body too hard won’t benefit you in the slightest. Good luck trying to prepare for jet-lag on your flight to India.

By | January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Modafinil: The Smart Drug?

With students gearing up for exams in just a few months’ time, many are turning to so-called smart drugs to enhance their memory and cognitive performance. Modafinil is one such drug and is well- known by many students at top universities who use it to help them get through the challenging exam period.

But Modafinil is actually a prescription-only medicine prescribed for sleep disorders including narcolepsy, and the impact of using it long-term to improve cognitive ability is not known, so students could be putting their health at risk.

UK educational institutions are now debating what to do about this issue, which is on the increase. Whereas before students were taking drugs to get high, now it seems they are turning to prescription medicines to improve their work. The question is – is it tantamount to cheating?

Many universities have policies in place to tackle illegal drug use but Modafinil is a medicine so the issue becomes more complex. Particularly as students are either buying it illegally online or feigning symptoms to get a prescription.

Support and education programmes to advise students about these smart drugs are being set up within universities to help them understand the risks, but also to offer them alternative help when facing the struggle of exam season.

Pressures to succeed as well as the financial issues associated with university fees, can lead students to turn to smart drugs to improve their memory, concentration, and mental stamina to enhance their exam performance and make sure they succeed.

Short-term it seems that one of the reasons Modafinil is so popular is that it does actually work. Studies have shown it does indeed improve cognitive function so it really is a smart drug. And it also comes with minimal side effects when used short-term which is another benefit for students. It’s the long-term impact which isn’t understood.

However, this doesn’t seem to be deterring the students from taking it as a recent survey showed around 15% of students at Oxford University had taken Modafinil without a prescription for it, to improve their academic performance.

And a wider survey across Europe showed that between 10% and 15% of students had tried to enhance their performance by taking some kind of drugs or alcohol at least once, when they were faced with exams or dissertations to write.

So what is Modafinil and what does it actually do?

Modafinil is prescribed by health professionals for adults who suffer from narcolepsy to help them stay awake because it works as a wakefulness-promoting agent on the central nervous system.

Narcolepsy is a neurological condition which causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden, inappropriate sleep attacks during the day. Liam from millenio.co.uk said “Modafinil can be great if you just want to sit and get some repetitive or dry work done, as long as you’re prepared to go for a few hours.”

Common symptoms of narcolepsy include:

  • Feeling sleepy during the day
  • Falling asleep suddenly during the day
  • Sleep paralysis (temporarily being unable to move when you first wake up)

There are some circumstances where Modafinil cannot be prescribed, including to patients who suffer from an irregular heartbeat, uncontrolled blood pressure problems, or are allergic to any of the ingredients, so students taking it without a prescription need to be aware of the potential dangers.

Modafinil is also known to worsen any of these conditions, so shouldn’t be taken by anyone suffering from depression, psychosis, mania, bipolar disorder or low moods. Again, if students are feeling the pressure and perhaps suffering from anxiety, depression or feeling low as a result, taking Modafinil could have negative consequences.

It also interferes with the way hormonal contraceptives work so alternative birth control methods would be required while using it and for two months after stopping Modafinil. Anyone using it should always follow the dosage guidelines and never take more than the prescribed dose.

Are there any side effects from taking Modafinil?

Potentially, any medication can cause side effects but different people will react differently. An allergy to Modafinil could result in swelling of the face, mouth or throat, itchiness, rash or problems breathing – anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should seek medical help.

Some of the more common side effects of Modafinil include headaches, dizziness, tiredness and insomnia but the patient information leaflet contains full details of all side effects and potential conflicts with other medications.

There is no doubt that universities and colleges will continue to debate the issue, with some even considering drug tests before exams to level the playing field for all students. Anyone who uses Modafinil should make themselves fully aware of all the risks, side effects and contra-indications before use.

By | January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea

There are many situations that can awaken you from your sleep, it may be hunger, bathroom needs or a bad dream, but be alarmed when you are experiencing disturbed sleep by sudden and severe shortness of breath. You may be suffering from a serious medical problem called Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea (PND), it might not be lethal but it can be life-threatening.

Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea (PND) is sometimes called cardiac asthma. It is manifested by acute shortness of breath accompanied by coughing and wheezing, this situation can elevate your heart rate. It is caused by fluids accumulating on the lung’s airways because of the failure of the left side of the heart.

A decline of oxygen is evident because of the edema present in your lungs, thus causing the heart to overwork. The left side of the heart tries to compensate with the right side of the heart which triggers pulmonary distress.

People who commonly experience Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea (PND) at night is in a reclining position. They usually wake up between 30 minutes to 2 hours into sleep. The person should sit right up to alleviate the feeling of suffocation.

Treatment and Lifestyle of PND

When the feeling of suffocation arises, the instinctive ways of our body looks a way to find relief. Elevating your body by adding more pillows can also help. However, you have to treat the underlying cause of Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea. After consulting your physician, the following medications may be recommended for you:

  • Heart medication, to alleviate angina
  • Anti-hypertensive drugs
  • Diuretics, to eliminate the accumulating fluid
  • Bronchodilators
  • Supplementary oxygen

Other than the medication regimen, your lifestyle and diet should also be changed. Diet combined with physical activity has a major role in our health, it helps us maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and promote overall health.

With Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea you should establish dietary habits, thus observe a low-sodium diet to avoid fluid retention. Restrict your intake of condiments, fast food, frozen and canned food and processed foods. Diet without physical activity is incomplete, perform gentle and moderate exercises that are advisable for your health. It can help reduce the risk of complications.

Nonetheless, it is important to consult a physician first to be informed about your condition. Regularly monitor the condition and choose the recommended treatment options and alterations of your lifestyle.

By | October 30th, 2017|Lifestyle, Sleep Disorders, Treatment|0 Comments

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