McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Sleep Disorders | Sleep Research

Sleep disorders are conditions that prevent a person from getting restful sleep and, as a result, can cause daytime sleepiness and dysfunction. There are approximately eighty different types of sleep disorders. About 70 million Americans suffer from them. The most important sleep disorders are: insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy

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What is Sleep Paralysis?

Video about sleep paralysis

This video explores what sleep paralysis really is, its biological cause, and also presents some tips to help prevent sleep paralysis.

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All About Snoring: A Modern Family Parody

Video about snoring

This video explores the science behind the ability and limitations of human physiology underwater.

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How much sleep do I really need?

Video about how much sleep sleep is needed

This video looks at how much sleep you really need. It discusses how many hours are recommended for sleep, what are some of the issues of oversleeping or undersleeping and how to improve your nightly sleep.

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep?

Video about need for sleep

This video discusses the need for sleep, highlighting not only the fairly popular justifications such as memory consolidation but also how sleep affects the body's mechanisms and how people interact with each other.

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Video about insomnia

This video presents an overview of insomnia including its symptoms, diagnostic criteria and management strategies.

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Sleep Apnea

Video about sleep apnea

In this video Dr. Peter Powles, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, discusses sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder where breathing patterns are intermittently obstructed at night during rest.

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Is Blue Light Alright for Sleeping Tight?

Video about sleep and blue light

This video sheds light on the health effects of blue light and provides tips on how to improve your sleep as well as your health.

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Blue Light Effect at Night

Video about blue light effect at night

This video explores the reasons why you may wake up tired or late in the day after using electronic devices prior to sleep.

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