Insomnia, apnoea and paralysis: The terrifying sleep disorders plaguing Kiwis

It’s Sleep Week on Three’s The Project, meaning it’s time to talk all things shut-eye. Today we’re looking at sleep disorders and the havoc they can wreak on people’s lives.

Jamie Bowen is a comedian by day, and by night he struggles with chronic insomnia.

“If I’m not medicated I can get one or two hours,” he told Three’s The Project.

“I think my longest stretch was about three months. At that point you’re at the end of your tether. You’re kind of going through your little Fight Club moment.”

The protagonist of that film experiences such chronic insomnia that he ends up hallucinating [spoiler alert] an entirely different person.

“I think it started happening as a by-product of, or potentially the cause of, mental health,” Mr Bowen explains about his own situation.  more

Tech firms enter the business of campus mental health care

At many college counseling centers therapists are overwhelmed and students are forced to wait weeks for an appointment, even as more of them seek help for anxiety, depression, and sleep and eating disorders.

Christie Campus Health, a Lexington start-up that will be launched Wednesday, thinks it has a solution: technology.

Christie, an arm of the Mary Christie Foundation, plans to partner with colleges and universities to handle the overflow of short-term counseling needs, using a network of therapists who are available online or over the phone.  more

Children’s lack of sleep is ‘hidden health crisis’, experts say

‘I know I will be so tired’: a teenager on living with insomnia

Thousands of children and teenagers face a mounting sleeplessness crisis, with the number of admissions to hospital of young people with sleep disorders rising sharply in six years, the Guardian can reveal.

Experts have described the problem as a hidden public health disaster, putting the surge down to a combination of exploding obesity levels, excessive use of social media before bedtime and a mental health crisis engulfing young people.

The Guardian analysed data from NHS Digital, the national information and technology partner to the health and social care system in England, revealing that admissions with a primary diagnosis of sleep disorder among those aged 16 and under has risen from 6,520 in 2012-13 to 9,429 last year.   more

Sleep, Gender, and Mental Health

Differences in how men and women sleep could explain differences in the neuropsychiatric illnesses they develop, and potentially influence treatment, explained Ruth Benca, MD, PhD, professor and chair of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California Irvine, at a conference on sleep hosted by the National Institutes of Health.

If a patient presents with a sleeping problem, there’s a strong chance he or she has a psychiatric disorder as well, Benca said at the 2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women on Tuesday.

Epidemiological evidence shows certain neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders are more common among men than women. For example schizophrenia is more common in men and Alzheimer’s disease is more common in women, Benca said.  more