Is Your Health More At Risk At Night?

What Keeps You Up at Night?
The Doctors help put your biggest nighttime symptoms to bed.

Sleep Disorientation
Do you wake up feeling groggy and disoriented? For most people, the feeling just lasts a few minutes. But for others it’s a tough task to peel their eyes open.

“Everyone, when they wake up, is a little disoriented for a minute or two,” sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus says. “But someone who wakes up in a highly confused state may be suffering from hypersomnia or sleep drunkenness. They don’t remember dreaming and they sleep so hard they can barely wake up.”

To alleviate sleep disorientation , ER physician Dr. Travis Stork recommends sticking to a regular sleep schedule and cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, substances that can exacerbate the situation. He also recommends taking shorter naps, as you’re more likely to wake up disoriented from a longer nap.

“Good sleep is so important,” Dr. Travis says. “Remember: No caffeine, not too much alcohol and get some exercise during the day [to get the most out of your sleep].”

Alarm clock headaches.
More sleep tips from Dr. Breus.

Night Blindness

Ian, 20, suffers from keratoconus, an eye condition where the cornea deteriorates and forms into an abnormal cone shape, causing compromised vision. Ian’s biggest symptoms are at night, as it takes him five to 10 seconds to adjust his vision in the dark, and he cannot make out road signs while driving.

“I don’t drive anymore at night because I can’t read signs,” Ian says. “Being 20 years old and knowing your eyes are starting to quit on you is overwhelming.”

To avoid becoming blind, Ian says he must undergo a corneal transplant, which is invasive and painful. However, ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler reveals a groundbreaking alternative to a corneal transplant: Intac placement.

Intacs are clear inserts designed to reshape the cornea. They cannot typically be felt or seen, as they remain below the surface of the cornea. Additionally, the procedure does not require lasers, needles, shots or numbing drops of any kind.

“The natural progression of keratoconus is it keeps getting worse,” Dr. Boxer Wachler says. “So we have to do part two [of the procedure] called Holcomb C3-R, special eye drops that are applied to the cornea and then exposed to a special type of light which causes cross linking, the natural anchors in the eyes, to lock in the effects.”

Dr. Wachler performs the procedure on Ian.

“I feel an immense difference,” Ian reports after the procedure. “It’s really indescribable, the feeling of being able to see again.”

Statistics show that 99 percent of the time, one procedure offers long-term vision stability. Dr. Boxer Wachler also adds that people who undergo Intac will, in general, never have to worry about having a cornea transplant down the road.

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