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Disrupted Sleep- What Sleep Stealers Are Keeping You Awake?

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Do you often wake up tired? Do you wake throughout the night? LA Medical has been addressing some of the common potential “sleep stealers” sleep stealersand what you can do to start getting better rest.  Here are a few more potential sleep-stealers on the list.

Potential sleep stealer #3 is what’s in your medicine cabinet

Many common drugs, like beta-blockers for high blood pressure or heart problems and steroids for asthma and, can keep you up at night. You may not notice these side effects during the day and you may actually like how awake you feel during the day, whether you realize it or not. But when night comes and you are trying to sleep, that’s a different story.

Botanical supplements can impact your sleep, too. Common supplements like ginseng and guarana are stimulants. The positive effects they bring during the day can also backfire at night.

Even vitamins can be a sleep culprit. Vitamins like B6 or B12 can give people wild and vivid dreams. If you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of these vitamins, take them in the morning.

If you take any of these or other supplements and are having sleep problems, talk to your doctor. Tell them about of all the medicines, vitamins, and supplements that you use. Drug interactions are common and potentially dangerous.

Potential sleep stealer #4 is the 4-legged friend

Sorry pet people, but having your favorite furry friend or friends in the bed can be bad for your sleep. Over 50% of people surveyed who sleep with pets in their bed or even the bedroom say that their animals disturb their sleep. The sound of collars and jingling tags, nails on a hardwood floor, dog gnawing on a bone, or a cat chasing a toy across the room can all disturb our sleep.

Try providing a pet bed for the animal on the floor in the bedroom or have the pet or pets in question sleep outside of the bedroom completely. There will be plenty of bonding time during daylight hours.

LA Medical doesn’t sell pet beds, but we do a special hospital beds and mattresses overlays for humans. Contact us today for better sleep tonight.

Disrupted Sleep- What’s Keeping You Awake?

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Do you often wake up tired? Do you wake throughout the night? Good sleep is the foundation of good health, but good sleep is hard for many of us disrupted sleepfor reasons we may not even be aware of. There are many common potential “sleep stealers” causing disrupted sleep and LA Medical wants you to be aware of some of them so you can be well–rested and healthy.

Potential sleep stealer #1 is alcohol

While it’s true that alcohol is a depressant and a sedative at first, when the effects wear off and  your blood alcohol returns to normal, the effects wear off and you wake up.

It’s still okay to have a glass of wine or a drink or two, but make your “last call” early in the evening. Don’t rely on alcohol as a sleep aid and be very careful about mixing alcohol with any other sleep aid or medication.

Potential sleep stealer #2 is exhaustion

What? How can being exhausted be bad for sleep? Being exhausted doesn’t necessarily make people sleep better. Being sleepy or tired is a natural and good thing. It’s our body’s way of telling us we need rest. Being exhausted is when the body and brain are overworked and overwhelmed. We can crash into bed and then not be able to get the sleep we really want and not get the sweet relief of sleep. What can you do? Unwind. Experts say it’s best to let yourself relax before going to bed. Sit quietly, listen to some calming music, take a hot bath or shower, watch some TV. Give your brain and body a chance settle before hitting the sack for better sleep.

If incontinence is keeping you awake, talk to the experts at LA Medical. We carry a wide assortment of pads, briefs and other related products to help you deal with incontinence that can put your mind at ease and help you get a better night’s sleep.

Sleep Disorders As We Age: Sleep Disorder Causes

Posted on: June 20th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

There’s an old phrase that says growing older is not for the faint of heart. As we age, we experience many things that never thought about before sleep disorder causesand never really wanted. One of those things may be trouble sleeping and sleep disorders.

Some sleep problems are just part of aging and are nothing to worry about. But there are some potential sleep disorder causes that should not be ignored. There are, however, potential problems that affect our sleep as we age. Some of the more common causes to sleep disturbances in older adults include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease- Of all of the horrible things that Alzheimer’s does, one of the most common is hurting our sleep. Many people with Alzheimer’s have extreme sleep disturbances and have their nights and days mixed up. This can prove troublesome for caregivers who have their own sleep interrupted.
  • Alcohol can cause sleep problems. Even though alcohol is a depressant and helps us relax initially, once the alcohol is processed by our bodies, the affect is gone and we wake up again.
  • Chronic disease, such as congestive heart failure and liver and kidney problems can affect our sleep. What our bodies are experiencing sends messages to the brain and either keeps us awake or wakes us up when we are trying to sleep.
  • Depression is a common cause of sleep problems in people of all ages, but especially in older people. Long-term depression and short term sadness causes havoc in our brains. Insomnia, restless sleep, sleeping too much, and stressful dreams are just some of the ways depression steals our sleep. Ironically, getting enough sleep is vital to fighting depression.
  • Not being active enough also has a negative effect on our sleep. When we sit around bored or camped in front of a TV and are inactive during the day, we don’t sleep as well at night. The body in neutral tends to stay in neutral. Experts recommend getting some physical activity and mental stimulation during the day. Don’t overdo it, start slow and notice the results in your sleep.

LA Medical cares about all aspects of our customer’s health. We carry a full line of products to improve your life and health while you’re awake and while you’re sleeping. From incontinence care products to orthopedic supports, see LA Medical first.

Sleep Disorders As We Age

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

We are a country of bad sleepers. Children fight naps, teenagers sleep until the afternoon, and grown-ups are chronically sleep deprived and livingsleep disorders on coffee! Ironically, by the time we enter our “golden years” and have enough time to really enjoy our sleep, we develop trouble sleeping.    Sleep disorders in older people are very common. Many people experience a growing problem with disrupted sleep patterns, such as problems falling or staying asleep, sleeping too much, or other abnormal behaviors with sleep.

If you are an older American (or have an older parent), what are some of the symptoms you have experienced? How often do you have difficulty falling asleep at night or when you want to? Are you having difficulty telling the difference between night and day?  Are you experiencing early morning awakening (too early, middle of the night) or do you find yourself waking up often during the night and then have trouble getting back to sleep? These are just some of the many troubles people have with sleep as they age. There are even more potential causes for these sleep troubles.

First of all, don’t assume that something is wrong with you. Sleep problems are common in older people. In general, older people need 30 to 60 minutes less sleep than younger people. Quality of sleep also declines as we age and our sleep is less deep and choppier than sleep in younger people. You can expect that even a healthy 70-year-old may wake up four times during the night. That doesn’t mean you are abnormal or sick; that means you are in your 70’s.

LA Medical cares about all aspects of our customer’s health. We carry a full line of products to improve your life and health while you’re awake and while you’re sleeping. From walkers to hospital beds, see LA Medical first.

Next time we’ll talk about some of the potential health related issues that may be affecting your sleep.

Practical Gifts for Father’s Day

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Father’s Day is this month and the old question comes up again: “What do you get for a man who has everything?” Forget the ties and mugs, LA fathers dayMedical has a few more practical gifts for dear old dad.

Does dad have trouble with walking safely or for longer distances? LA Medical can help with that. Our selection on standard and rolling walkers provide safety and can take a lot of the strain off of the legs. There are many styles and colors available with accessories to personalize it to meet dad’s needs and tastes.

How much more active and social could dad be with a mobility scooter? Scooters have opened up the world for people of all ages. Going to the mall, fishing, concerts, out for supper or to school and community activities are no longer off limits or too tiring. Today’s efficient and lighter weight scooters are easy to operate and transport. Helping dad get his “first set of wheels” will be a rewarding gift that none of you will forget.

If your father already uses a wheelchair or scooter, consider improving his home or vehicle with ramps. From lightweight and foldable ramps for the home or ramps that allow access to vehicles, LA Medical has what you’re looking for. Eliminate the jarring entrances in and out of rooms with easy-to-install threshold ramps.

Most of the injuries that occur in the home happen in the bathroom. Toilets that are too low or slippery bathtubs and floors create hazards for people as they age. Consider giving the gift of safety with a new shower chair, grab bars or raised toilet seat. These safety products are often the difference between people staying in their home or spending a month in the hospital or nursing facility healing from a fall.

What can LA Medical help you find today that will make this Father’s Day the safest on yet?

The Fight to Keep Men Healthy: Male Health Risks

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

In part 3 of this month’s LA Medical blog, we are continuing to focus on men’s health.  When we look at the number of men who die due to

male health risks

preventable reasons, we can all agree that these issues need more attention.

While there are certain cancers that are mostly exclusive to males and females, both genders share many of the same cancers. Looking at what those cancers have in common, we see some alarming differences. Over-all, one and one-half times more men than woman die from cancer. Men also have a higher probability of developing cancer and don’t survive as long once they’ve been diagnosed.

The mortality rates are even for men with certain gender-neutral cancers. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for males and kills two and one-half times more men than woman. Melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer kills nearly twice as many men as woman. Those mortality numbers have risen steadily for 40 years.

Cancers are not the only illnesses that take their toll on men. Over one and one-half as many men as women die from pneumonia and flu. Many of these respiratory issues are due to smoking, secondhand smoke and chemical pollutants. Many of these pollutants are found in traditional male dominated factory and agricultural jobs.

Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise all over the country. The eat-too-much, move-to-little American lifestyle is often to blame.  Even with the numbers rising for everyone, nearly one and one-half times more men than women die from diabetes. When not managed properly, diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage and other complications.

Staying active and getting screenings are two of the best ways or men to stay healthy. While LA Medical can’t offer screenings, we do offer diagnostic products to help you maintain your health and products to help with walking to encourage activity.

The Fight to Keep Men Healthy: Male Health Screenings

Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

LA Medical is using Men’s Health Week as a time to bring attention to male health screenings. Men’s Health Week was started 1992 to bring

male health screenings

attention to health issues of males of all ages. The 2013 observance is June 10-16. The celebration is always the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.

Men die six years earlier/younger than women. Men are also more likely to die from the top 10 health issues like heart disease than women and yet a recent study found that women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive screenings than men.

Some of the most screening and health information a man can receive include information on prostate cancer and other prostate issues, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, testicular cancer, mental health, and low testosterone.

Did you know that osteoporosis is also a concern for men? Osteoporosis is more common in women because of hormone changes, but affects men as well.  Osteoporosis usually occurs later in men and is normally less destructive due to a larger male skeleton. But as life expectancy for men goes up, more of these bone problems occur and result in broken hips and other broken bones.

Mental health screenings for depression and other common emotional issues are also important. The National Institute of Mental Health is working hard to raise awareness about the issue of depression among men and boys. There are over 400,000 emergency rooms visits for self-inflicted injuries every year. Suicide among males is four times higher than among females and represents 79 percent of all U.S. suicides.

How can you keep the men in your life healthier and happier? If you are a man, what products and services can LA Medical provide to help you live better or more independently? LA Medical has a wide selection on walkers, canes and scooters to increase safety and mobility.

The Fight to Keep Men Healthy for Men’s Health Week

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

LA Medical is putting our attention on the men in our lives during Men’s Health Week 2013.  The actual week is June 10-16, but we’re focusing on itmen healthy for whole month of June.  Men’s Health Week started in 1992 to bring attention to health issues of males of all ages. The timing of the celebration coincides with Father’s Day.  Men’s Health Week is a time to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

What are some of the biggest health issues men face?

  • Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death.
  • Testosterone is linked to elevations of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and declines in HDL, the good cholesterol. High cholesterol is linked to heart disease, stroke and many other problems.
  • In the workplace, 92 out of every 100 deaths are male. Much of this number can be attributed to the type of jobs that are traditionally held by men.
  • Male life expectancy is 6 years lower for men than women and by the age of 100, women outnumber men eight to one.
  • Another thing happening more often in men than women is homicide/murder.  1 in 179 homicide victims are white male while 1 in 30 homicide victims are black males. In comparison, 1 in 132 victims of homicide are black females and 1 in 495 are white females.

LA Medical offers many products to make life easier and safer or the man in your life. From ramps and safety products for the bathroom to a full selection on canes and walkers, see us first. These items would make great Father’s Day gifts too!