While getting enough sleep is an important aspect in kids and teenagers’ development, too much sleep during inappropriate times might be a sign that they are using cannabis. A new research uncovered that marijuana use might prompt daytime sleepiness. Scientists from Nationwide Children’s Hospital discovered that 10 percent of youngsters who had been examined because they showed symptoms of too much daytime drowsiness or even narcolepsy turned out to have been cannabis consumers.
Mark L. Splaingard, MD, who is the chief of the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital explained that specialists came to this conclusion after teens that tested positive for both marijuana use and narcolepsy showed less daytime sleepiness symptoms upon enrolling in a group therapy for drug consumption.
This is the first time when a study link sleep disorder patterns with marijuana use in adolescents. The review was conducted over a 10 years period on 383 youngsters. The results of the research showed that 43 percent of youngsters whose urine tests came out positive for pot also had symptoms related to narcolepsy or distorted REM sleep patterns. The REM phase of a sleep cycle is the most important one as during this time information is sorted and stocked by the brain.
According to Dr. Splaingard a one of the main findings of the study was that weed consumption may be linked to this REM sleep disorders. He noted that a negative urine test for drugs is paramount for establishing a correct narcolepsy diagnosis and future therapy for teenagers. The expert noted:
“Our findings highlight and support the important step of obtaining a urine drug screen, in any patients older than 13 years of age, before accepting test findings consistent with narcolepsy, prior to physicians confirming this diagnosis.”
Dr. Splaingard further added that urine drug screening is likewise imperative in any study aimed at examining the instances of narcolepsy in youths, particularly with the recent pattern in cannabis decriminalization and sanctioning.
Narcolepsy manifests through severe episodes of sleepiness that can occur and time. The condition affects 1 in 2,000 individuals in the US.
Onset of narcolepsy is most common in childhood or puberty. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is e frequent symptom, whereby a person abruptly nods off, regardless of whether they have had enough rest prior to the episode. Different symptoms may be sudden bouts of muscle weakness, also known as cataplexy, hallucinations and slumber paralysis.
To diagnose narcolepsy, a patient will regularly be submitted to tests for EDS before undergoing a typical multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). This evaluates how rapidly the patient nods off in a calm environment during daytime. The scientists distributed their discoveries in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
Last summer, Medical News Today presented another research linking cannabis use with sleep issues. Conducted by analysts from the University of Pennsylvania, that review found that the sooner individuals begin consuming cannabis, the more likely they are encounter sleep disorders when they grow older.
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