Sleep Hygiene

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends that Adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health among adults aged 18 to 60 years.

Sleeping less than 7 hours per night on a regular basis is associated with weight gain, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, and increased risk of death. It is also associated with impaired immune function, increased pain, impaired performance at tasks, increased errors, and greater risk of accidents.

Sleeping more than 9 hours per night on a regular basis may be appropriate for young adults, individuals recovering from sleep deficit, and individuals who are ill. It is uncertain whether sleeping more than 9 hours per night is associated with health risk in otherwise well people.


Certain behaviors can prevent you from getting your good night’s rest. Below are some reasons why…

  • Early start time of work and long commutes to and from work may contribute to lack of sleep. Working nights and sleeping days is not in line with our circadian rhythms so people who work night shift are at higher complications from inadequate sleep.
  • Reading, watching, or listening on your television, cell phone, laptop, or electronic reader before going to bed disturbs circadian rhythms making it difficult to fall asleep and/or staying asleep
  • Consumption of nicotine, excessive caffeine, and/or alcohol before bed
  • Noisy or bright sleep environment.
  • Lack of exercise: Regular exercise has been shown to improve your sleep quality and reduce feelings of sleepiness during the day.
  • High levels of stress
  • Exposure to electrical lighting after the sun has gone down suppresses melatonin levels and its functions, like sleepiness, body temperature, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

If you have trouble falling asleep you should discuss it with your health care provider.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that is characterized by excessive sweating and usually occurs mostly on the hands, feet, armpits, and face of the affected patient.

In normal cases, the body produces sweat episodically meaning that sweat is usually produced as a response to something whether it be stress, anxiety, when you are exercising, or when you are running a temperature after which it dissipates. 

In a small percentage of patients with hyperhidrosis, this exocrine function doesn’t stop and they sweat in conditions that don’t warrant it for e.g. in an air-conditioned space or while simply just relaxing. Hyperhidrosis can in some instances be linked to an underlying cause, however, in many cases, there is no known medical cause.

Hyperhidrosis can be classified into two groups – primary and secondary hyperhidrosis.

Primary hyperhidrosis

Primary hyperhidrosis can cause undue sweating in large quantities usually evident on the face, feet, hands, and underarms of the patient.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis

Secondary hyperhidrosis usually presents itself in larger areas that are dispersed all over the body and is caused by heat, underlying medical conditions, or even from some types of medication.

Many cases of primary hyperhidrosis are usually hereditary in nature. Patients with hyperhidrosis sweat from the eccrine gland which are found in large quantities on the hands, feet, face, and underarms. Overstimulation of the eccrine gland is what causes hyperhidrosis and sometimes all that is necessary to trigger excessive sweating is a mere thought of potentially feeling a certain way.

How is it treated?

Over the counter medicine can be used to treat hyperhidrosis. 

  • Anticholinergics affect the nerve glands to secrete less sweat. This medication comes in pill form, or in the form of a cream that is applied to the skin.
  • Botox injections
  • Anxiety medication
  • Low intensity electrical current treatments 

Surgery is usually the last resort. Doctors perform a thoracic sympathectomy where the doctor removes the nerves and sweat glands in the affected area. This can cause other side effects which include sweating elsewhere such as on the back, chest, and legs for example.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is usually caused by an underlying medical condition and causes sweat to be produced whilst sleeping. Secondary hyperhidrosis usually occurs all over the body and can be caused by the following factors such as pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, gout, shingles, menopause, and many others as well as certain medications used to treat conditions such as diabetes or depression. 

If you are suffering from this medical anomaly and want to find out more information about this condition, contact us at Concierge Medicine of Jupiter today for personalized medical care assistance with a difference.

Concierge medicine is an enhanced doctor-patient relationship where the patient pays a retainer fee to a doctor who takes care of their primary medical needs. Concierge medicine is a term used to describe the primary care received by a practitioner that is not impacted by other patients and the time taken to see these patients.

There are many benefits of concierge medicine that includes the following:

Increase in availability

There is additional accessibility with concierge medical care as doctors are able to offer their services after hours and are readily available to communicate with patients via telephone calls, text, email, and even virtually. They can guarantee you an appointment for the very same day or for the day after which means you don’t have to wait long at all to see a medical practitioner.

Concierge doctors have a proactive approach

With concierge medicine, patients are monitored on a more regular basis without being inhibited by time constraints. Doctors are therefore able to provide more thorough care, and through regular visits can detect conditions before they develop as opposed to treating conditions as they occur. 

Concierge doctors provide all-round care

Concierge doctors have more time at their disposal to go through each patient’s medical history and formulate accurate diagnoses based on this information. They are better equipped to recommend referrals if need be, and they can better manage illnesses (especially chronic) as they are very familiar with the patient’s medical history and have regular contact with the patient.

Concierge medicine saves on costs

The time pressures placed on ordinary care practitioners can sometimes lead to additional medical testings that need to be done over and above the doctor’s visit. These tests can add up cost-wise and place a bigger financial burden on the patient than if there were seeing a concierge doctor. Concierge doctors have that extra time at their disposal to be able to investigate and do more research into a medical diagnosis without incurring additional costs.

You have a more familiar relationship with your doctor

Because concierge doctors can see patients more regularly, they become more familiar with their medical history;  this allows them to provide patients with better service and it also allows patients to feel more comfortable and at ease around their doctor.

Concierge medicine offers the best and most up to date medical care

Concierge doctors are concerned with providing the best possible medical care and service to patients. This goes hand in hand with staying on top of the latest medical news, trends, and latest medical technological developments to ensure that patients receive the most up to date treatment.

Concierge medicine is a recent trend that is growing and proving more and more popular when it comes to medical care.

If you are looking for more information about concierge medicine and what it entails contact us today.

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