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How to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time and Avoid Losing Sleep

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Mar 3, 2020 12:19:12 PM

On this coming Sunday, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will take effect at 2:00 a.m. in which time will "spring forward" one hour. Fortunately the switch in time occurs on the weekend and not during the midweek. However, many people who don't prepare ahead of time will experience symptoms of sleep loss similar to that of jet lag.

While DST can cause a few disruptions to our lives as we begin to adjust to the time change, one of the biggest problems people have (other than reprogramming all of their clocks) is the sleep loss they experience the next day. Here we have a few tips on how to avoid losing sleep during the change.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

9 Tips for Maximizing Your Sleep Environment

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Sep 11, 2019 8:12:43 AM

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

Sleep Management for Shift Workers

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Mar 30, 2019 7:02:00 PM

 

We are living in a 24/7 global society in which many businesses, industries, and services around the world operate non-stop, which is great for production, customer satisfaction, and even safety.

We can hop on a jet at 1:00 a.m. to fly halfway around the world, we can visit a hospital at 1:30 a.m. to seek treatment for a bad case of the flu, we can head down to a convenient store at 2:00 a.m. to pick up a box of diapers, we can call tech support at 2:30 a.m. when our internet stops working, we can even hit the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant to get a late night snack at midnight.

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Topics: sleep disorders, treatment

How to Talk to Your Partner About The Health Risks of Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Mar 29, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Is your partner's loud snoring keeping you awake at night? Do their frequent pauses in breathing and gasping for air when they start again making you afraid for their health? If so, it may be time to talk to your bed-partner about getting treatment for their snoring.

Approximately 20 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea, so it may not be much of a stretch to believe that your loved one may be one of them.

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Topics: CPAP

What is a Polysomnogram Test?

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 13, 2015 10:10:00 AM

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, and are looking to get it treated, chances are you'll have to have a polysomnogram (PSG) test performed to properly diagnose your disorder.

But what exactly is a polysomnogram test? How is it conducted? And what can it tell you about your sleep troubles?

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Topics: sleep study

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