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Better Sleep: A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

Posted by Julia Higginson on Jan 9, 2019 1:00:00 PM

The new year has begun and that means its time to pull out your resolutions. Do you have any new resolutions on your list or are you making the same resolutions that you seem to keep failing at?

Year after the most common resolutions are healthy eating, exercising more, and stopping smoking. And year after year most people find that their resolutions fall by the wayside within a few weeks to months.

Have you ever wondered why so many people fail at accomplishing worthwhile goals? The answer is simple: sleep. When you are sleep deprived or have poor sleep you are less likely to accomplish your goals because you are tired.

This year, instead of making the same old resolutions again, try making a goal for better sleep. A good night’s rest is the basis for making and keeping resolutions for a healthy lifestyle.

The Importance of Sleep:

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Topics: holiday, get better sleep, new year's resolution

'Twas the night before Christmas

Posted by Julia Higginson on Dec 24, 2018 11:30:00 PM

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, nor even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

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Topics: christmas, sleeping

'Twas the night before Christmas

Posted by Julia Higginson on Dec 11, 2018 3:00:00 PM

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, nor even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

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Topics: christmas, sleeping

Sweet Dreams: How Sugar Impacts Your Child's Sleep

Posted by Julia Higginson on Oct 24, 2018 9:40:00 PM

Trying to cut out sugar?

Getting a good night’s sleep could be your answer.

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Topics: behavioral psychology, sleep problems

Child Anxiety and Sleep

Posted by Julia Higginson on Jun 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Are the phrases “There’s a monster under my bed! I’m too scared to sleep!” or “Don’t leave. Just one more story, please!” part of your nighttime battle to get your child to sleep? You might be thinking your child is just being difficult but the reality is that your child might be having sleep related anxiety.

You child might be afraid of the dark, of a monster under the bed, or bad guys coming into the room, just to name a few fears. The fear of something scary happening while a child sleeps can cause them to feel anxious about wanting to fall asleep.

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Topics: Pediatrics, stress, anxiety, baby, moms

America's Truck Drivers and Sleepy Driving

Posted by Julia Higginson on May 31, 2018 1:32:00 AM

A new study has reported that sleep apnea in truck drivers can be particularly dangerous.

According to a press release by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, truck drivers who fail to get treatment for obstructive sleep apnea “are a public safety threat on U.S. roadways.” Weighing 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and needing 20-40 percent more road space to stop than cars, trucks are already a significant threat to other vehicles on the road, killing 3,660 people in 2014.

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Topics: drivers, truckers, roads, losing sleep, sleep habits

DreamWear Mask Review

Posted by Julia Higginson on May 17, 2018 5:51:00 AM

One of the biggest complaints about using a CPAP machine is how uncomfortable wearing a mask can be or how claustrophobic the mask makes you feel — none of which helps you in your attempt at a good night’s rest.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, cpap alternatives, CPAP, CPAP success

Sleep Under the Midnight Sun

Posted by Julia Higginson on Apr 19, 2018 6:08:00 AM

Sleep is more important to mental and physical health than most people realize. Sleep helps the brain to work properly. If the brain is working properly so is the body.

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Topics: summer

The Link between Sleep and Diabetes

Posted by Julia Higginson on Apr 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If getting a good night’s sleep isn’t high on your list of priorities consider this: Sleep deprivation has now been linked to impaired insulin sensitivity. Even just one night of sleep deprivation can put you at increased risk.

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Topics: losing sleep, diabetes, insulin

Teens, sleep, and depression: The Link Parents Should Know

Posted by Julia Higginson on Apr 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Constant moodiness, sleeping in late, copping an attitude, and even being depressed are all seen as typical teenage behavior. But what if your teen just being a teen is really your teen reacting to the effects of sleep deprivation.

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Topics: teens, depression, suicide, Pediatrics, losing sleep, sleep habits, behavioral psychology

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