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I Just Need Some Sleep! What to Do When You Have Pregnancy Insomnia

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Aug 29, 2017 11:57:59 AM

No one needs to tell you twice – when you’re pregnant, you’re tired.  All the time.  And there’s no better time to justify hitting the snooze button one or five more times. 

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Topics: insomnia, sleep apnea, Sleep Tips, pregnancy

Are Mom’s Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted by Rich Crane on Oct 20, 2016 5:39:59 PM


Being a mom can be as rewarding as it is difficult.  With all the joy comes challenges, such as not getting enough sleep.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, 90% of parents believe that sleep is very important in their lives for their own wellbeing and that of their family.  But how many moms are getting enough sleep?

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Topics: sleep apnea, Sleep Tips

Which Sleep Position is Best?

Posted by Rich Crane on Sep 7, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Most likely you have a favorite sleep position.  For most of us, this is the first position in which we lay after getting into bed.  It’s usually our most comfortable position, and most likely the position you’ve been sleeping in for years. 

Have you ever thought that your favorite sleeping position may be affecting your sleep? And if so, are there better positions to enhance your sleep?

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Topics: Sleep, Sleep Tips, Snoring, sleep problems, positions

Effective Bedtime Routines to Enhance Sleep

Posted by Rich Crane on Jul 27, 2016 1:52:01 PM

Most of us have a routine we follow.  We get up at the same time, go through the same steps to get ready for the day, and even have the same thing for breakfast.  There are many reasons we follow routines.  We may do it out of habit, or do it because it’s comfortable, or maybe it’s the most effective and efficient way to go about our days.  Our habits and routines can even make us more successful according to an article recently published in the Harvard Business Review.

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Topics: Sleep, Sleep Tips, electronics, relax, routine, technology, bedtime, unwind

7 bad sleeping habits to AVOID to receive a good night's sleep

Posted by Laci Michaud on Jan 19, 2016 6:14:30 PM

We all know that getting good sleep at night has a direct impact on how we feel during the day. If you sleep poorly even one night, you will probably feel sluggish and tired the next day. If you continually get poor sleep it can lead to some serious health problems down the road.

However, while most of us know how important sleep is to our health, many people may not realize that they're practicing poor sleep habits.  Below is a list of seven bad sleeping habits to avoid as soon as possible:

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Topics: Sleep Tips

9 Tips for Maximizing Your Sleep Environment

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 6, 2015 5:46:00 PM

Thanks to growing advocacy and the abundance of available information on sleep medicine there is a growing awareness into the importance of getting quality sleep every night. More people are beginning to realize the benefits of practicing sleep hygiene, and how it can positively impact their daily lives.

Many people are choosing to make sleep a priority and realizing they can accomplish it by keeping a bedtime routine, exercising regularly, eating sleep-friendly foods, and relaxing before bedtime.

However, there is one aspect of sleep hygiene that still needs more attention. One that should be at the forefront of the pursuit for better sleep––the sleep environment.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

What is a Sleep Diary? 4 Reasons You Should Keep A Sleep Diary

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 10, 2015 8:16:21 PM

Have you been feeling excessively sleepy during the day?  Are you having trouble going to sleep at night, staying asleep, or waking up earlier than you'd like?  Do you have difficulty concentrating or staying focused while at work or school?  Do you need caffeine to keep you awake and alert?  Does the sleep you do get feel unrestorative, or as if it's just not enough?

If your quality of sleep constantly feels like it's just not adequate enough, it's possible that you may have a sleep disorder.  And if you feel like you may have a sleep disorder, you're probably going to need to have a sleep study to discover the root cause of your nightly troubles.

Talking with your primary care physician or a sleep specialist about your difficulties with sleep is critical to getting a sleep study performed to find out just what is going wrong.  And more than likely your physician will ask you to keep a sleep diary for at least two weeks so he can figure out why you may be having trouble sleeping.

If you want to get ahead of the curve, start keeping a sleep diary as soon as you begin to recognize a problem.  It can only help to expedite the process towards proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

Body Temperature and Sleep: How to Maintain Best Temperature for Sleep

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jun 17, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Summer is now in full swing, and that means long, hot sunny days and warmer nights. And while during the day it may be easy to escape the heat by visiting the beach, rafting on rivers, or even running through the sprinklers with your children in the backyard, it's often much more difficult to avoid the heat at night when you're trying to sleep.

It's a strange phenomenon that excessive heat can make you feel tired and fatigued, while at the same time making sleep at night harder to achieve. So what exactly is the relationship between body temperature and sleep, and how can you find the best temperature to help you fall asleep? Here we aim to answer those questions and more.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

Seasonal Allergies and Sleep: Avoid Losing Sleep During Allergy Season

Posted by Kevin Phillips on May 22, 2015 6:50:00 PM

With Memorial Weekend right around the corner, it's impossible to deny that summer is officially here. The sun is shinning longer and brighter during the day, the birds are singing sweetly, and the flowers and trees are in full bloom.

And while there's no denying the absolute beauty of a warm early-summer afternoon, nearly 1/3 of Americans associate this period as a time to dread: allergy season.

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Topics: Sleep Tips, sleep problems

Alaska Summer Sleep Tips: How to Sleep Under the Midnight Sun

Posted by Kevin Phillips on May 6, 2015 3:02:00 PM

One of the things that makes Alaska such a unique place to live or visit is its amazing summers. Summer time in Alaska is like no other place in the U.S. because of the vast amount of daylight we get. In the northernmost parts of the state the sun refuses to set for for nearly a month. In the interior, the sun briefly dips behind the mountains leaving golden hues to hold its place until it returns minutes later. And even in the southern parts of the state, periods of darkness are so short, that if you blink, you could miss it.

When you combine the copious amounts of daylight with a plethora of exciting outdoor activities, you come across a unique challenge: How do you sleep with all of this daylight?

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Topics: Sleep Tips

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