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Week 9 Discussion 1: Sleep Disorders

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Completion requirements

Done:Make forum posts: 1

Value: 100 points

Due: Create your initial post Day 4 and reply to at least one of your peers by Day 7.

Grading Category: Discussions

Note: In this type of discussion, you will not see the responses of your classmates until after you have posted your own response to the following prompts.

Initial Post

In a Word document, respond to each of the following statements succinctly, but with detail.

  • Sleep disorders only come in two diagnostic categories, one related to sleep apnea and the other related to the failure to stay awake due to stress.
  • The use of over-the-counter sleep aids should be encouraged over prescription drugs because OTC aids are safer and not habit-forming.
  • Menopause has no impact on insomnia.
  • As a backup to over-the-counter sleep aids, benzodiazepines are the most useful.
  • What is the best practice for an insomnia assessment?

Use the appropriate APA formatting as listed in the syllabus.

Replies

Reply to at least one of your peers. In your reply post, pick one prompt to address and respond with scholarly discourse and an evidence-based framework. Your assertions should be backed by evidence that references at least two scholarly sources.

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.

The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. You are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.

 

This is my peer’s post

 

Re: Week 9 Discussion 1: Sleep Disorders

by Marie Chateau – Thursday, 26 October 2023, 11:48 PM

 

Sleep disorders only come in two diagnostic categories, one related to sleep apnea and the other to the failure to stay awake due to stress.

The pathophysiological mechanism of insomnia is unknown; however, the cause can be physical and mental. Sleep disorders encompass a variety of disorders. Other than sleep apnea and stress-related issues, patients can also suffer from narcolepsy, restless leg syndromes, insomnia, parasomnia, and others (Pavlova & Latreille, 2019).

Over-the-counter sleep aids should be encouraged over prescription drugs because OTC aids are safer and not habit-forming.

Patients with sleep issues can depend on many factors. In addition, sleep deprivation is different for everyone. It can range from mild to severe. Over-the-counter sleep aids can be a great start in mild cases. However, finding the root of the issue is the most important.  

Furthermore, some studies show risk factors associated with OTC sleep aids. Some side effects include cognitive impairment with long-term use. In addition, diphenhydramine is commonly used in those sleep aids. Tolerance can be built (Dawson et al., 2023).

Menopause has no impact on insomnia.

Factors that can affect insomnia are unlimited, and menopause is one of them. The circadian system is altered with aging. Menopause is a peak age when many women suffer from hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalance can cause insomnia (Proserpio et al., 2020).

As a backup to over-the-counter sleep aids, benzodiazepines are the most useful.

Benzodiazepines are potent sedatives and can help with sleeping. However, they are potential abusive risks and can cause dependence. These medications should only be used after other less abusive methods have been used (Pavlova & Latreille, 2019).

What is the best practice for an insomnia assessment?

The best practice for an insomnia assessment is to find the root of the problem. Healthcare providers are well-placed to conduct such assessments. Often, a cascade of events can elicit insomnia, so the healthcare provider should do a comprehensive assessment and review the patient’s medical and psychological history. The subjective assessment from the patient’s report gives the best assessment answer. Certain factors increase the risk of insomnia: lifestyle, medication, disease, and food intake, such as late coffee intake (Krystal et al., 2019).

References

Dawson, S. C., et al. (2023). Use of Sleep Aids in Insomnia: The Role of Time Monitoring Behavior. The primary care companion for CNS disorders, 25(3), 47122. 

Krystal, A. D., et al. (2019). The assessment and management of insomnia: an update. World Psychiatry18(3), 337–352.

Pavlova, M. K., & Latreille, V. (2019). Sleep disorders. The American journal of medicine, 132(3), 292-299.

Proserpio, P., et al. (2020). Insomnia and menopause: a Narrative review on mechanisms and treatments. Climacteric, 23(6), 539-549.

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