Sleeping

“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”  Leonard Cohen

“I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.”  Mark Twain

“Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.”  Dave Barry

“I was sleeping in a water bed for a couple of years, recommended by my doctor. I was never comfortable in that water bed. In the middle of the night you would hear something happening – water and bubbles. I would always think there was some intelligent life in the water bed.”  Jo Nesbo

“You can’t look at a sleeping cat and be tense.”  Jane Pauley

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Why Do Women Have A Higher Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease Than Men?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/29/alzheimers-disease-women_n_7686164.html

Brinton studies how menopause changes the brain. Estrogen helps regulate the brain’s metabolism, how it produces the energy for proper cognitive function, and it must switch to a less efficient backup method as estrogen plummets, she explained.

“It’s like the brain is a little bit diabetic,” said Brinton, who is studying whether that may relate to menopausal symptoms in women who later experience cognitive problems…

Antidepressants Linked to Bone Fractures in Menopausal Women

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Menopause/52321?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2015-06-26&eun=g875301d0r

Women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat menopausal symptoms are up to 76% more likely to break a bone, according to an observational study…

“To our knowledge, the current study is the first to examine whether SSRI use is related to fracture risks in a population of middle-aged women without known psychiatric disorders, a demographic for which, given the recent FDA approval of paroxetine for the treatment of VMS (vasomotor menopausal symptoms), SSRI use may increase,” the investigators wrote.
SSRI use for nonpsychiatric conditions such as VMS, irritable bowel syndrome, and premature ejaculation has increased to the point that antidepressants are the third most commonly prescribed class of drug in the U.S., with much of that growth attributable to non-psychiatrists prescribing to patients without a psychiatric disorder, the investigators noted…