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Is Napping Good for You?

Posted by Rich Crane on Feb 28, 2018 1:00:00 AM


Most likely you’re overworked.  You’re stressed out, you haven’t had a vacation in a while, and you’re sleeping less.  You’re waking up earlier and going to bed later in an effort to get more done. 

According to a recent NPR story, Americans are even taking less vacation to accomplish more.  Some are even doing significant work while on vacation.  And there is a ton of research that shows how Americans are sleeping less and less, year over year. 

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Topics: sleep disorders, apnea, napping, environment

Feeling Sleepy After Eating Turkey

Posted by Rich Crane on Nov 24, 2016 5:38:22 AM

Turkey and feeling sleepy go together like mash potatoes and stuffing on Thanksgiving. It’s hard to have one without the other. However, contrary to popular belief, eating turkey isn’t necessarily what makes you tired. 

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, tryptophan, turkey, holiday, over eating, food

What Your Body Does When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Posted by Rich Crane on Nov 17, 2016 10:17:15 AM


It’s no secret we’re sleeping less.  Our fast-paced lives demand more time, and often that comes at the expense of our sleep.  It also should be no surprise that there is a strong correlation between the amount, and more importantly, the quality of sleep we get, and the effect it has on our bodies. 

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, apnea, treatment, health, stress, sleep deprivation

Understanding Your CPAP Machine

Posted by Rich Crane on Nov 8, 2016 6:09:11 AM


Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are a lifesaver to those struggling with obstructive sleep apnea.  Whether you’re thinking about getting a CPAP machine or already have one, this post is for you. 

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Topics: CPAP

Enhance Your Sleep Cycles

Posted by Rich Crane on Sep 30, 2016 11:49:21 AM

 According to the National Sleep Foundation, research shows that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.  But other findings suggest that the type of sleep we get is more important than the duration of our sleep.

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Topics: Sleep, REM

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