A good night?s sleep may be just a click away

None | ByInsiya Amir (HT Cafe), Mumbai
Jan 16, 2007 07:10 PM IST

Insiya Amir gets a peek into some of the sites that can help you get over the insomnia bug.

Staying up all night doesn’t mean fun anymore? Sleep disorders, in their many forms, are giving more and more people sleepless nights. The Internet gives some insight and options to help your situation.

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www.sleepdisorders.about.com And you thought that sleep disorders comprised only insomnia, nightmares and sleep apnea?

The details that this site entails about other conditions that can give you restless nights will knock the living daylights out of you.

Well, almost. Apart from finding out lesser-known but more serious disorders like narcolepsy (uncontrolled and excessive daytime sleepiness), Restless Leg Syndrome (that creepy, crawly sensation which keeps you awake as you fight the need to move your legs),and sleep paralysis (when your whole body paralysis may occur at the beginning of sleep or upon any awakening during the night or in the morning), you can inform yourself about causes and treatments. You can access related blogs, discussions, and recently held forums about the latest on the subject.

The site also helps you find out what drugs can serve as your prescription. Easily navigable and with accurate content, this is a helpful site.

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ sleepdisorders.html A service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health (NIH), this site gives you the low-down on all the latest news and research about sleep disorders.

The NIH provides the site with articles on the latest about sleep disorders that are easily understandable, and reliably instructional. Overviews, interactive sessions, health check tools, preferred treatments and alternative therapies are sourced from agencies backed by the US government like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Sleep Foundation, and Consumers Union of the US. This one arms you with reliable information ammunition.

www.webmd.com/diseases_and_ conditions/sleep_disorders.html This is the most browser-friendly site — it has bright colours and an easy navigation format. Information is provided in the form of links under the generic head of ‘We know you’d want to know’. From finding out your sleep type to food that can fight fatigue to finding you a therapist, this site promises you all that you need to know about your sleeping habits. You can also catch the latest news about sleeplessness and the ways in which it manifests itself.

www.sleepdisorderchannel.com One of the few sites that gives you information about your sleep stages so that before you go into panic mode, you know enough about your sleeping patterns and body requirement.

This site is managed by healthcommunities.com and is monitored by certified physicians. Articulate and dealing with unusual disorders like Bruxism (involuntary grinding your teeth while asleep or awake) this site promises reliable information but we wish the content was better compiled and displayed — the dry language and design really don’t help those finding it difficult to concentrate because of lack of sleep anyway.

www.sleepnet.com This one has been trying to put you to sleep since 1995. Considering it has been around for so long, it is no surprise that there are about 2,00,000 postings (varied and surprisingly comprehensive) about sleep disorders. It even has specialists’ portals and reviewed links. Given the number of pages that it has, this site is easy to navigate and makes for interesting general reading.

Although there is a conspicuous disclaimer screaming that the information provided by the site is not intended to be medical advice, we doubt whether anything that you imbibe from this site will give you anything but sound sleep.

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