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Maintaining Good Sleep Hygiene while “Sheltering in Place”

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 2, 2020 11:42:39 AM

Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways. But, when we are asked to "shelter in place," your normal routine and habits are thrown for a loop.  How can we maintain good sleep hygiene?

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Topics: CPAP success, losing sleep, sleep hygiene, work stress

Sleeping Well On Spring Break

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 10, 2020 2:00:00 PM

In 2017, more than $2.8 billion dollars a day was spent on travel: $32,800 a second. U.S. residents for the year took 1.8 billion trips. It is guaranteed that when summer traveling, you will support one of the 15.2 million American jobs that support the tourism industry.

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Topics: travel, losing sleep, summer

Sleepless in Seattle?  Why Women Need More Sleep Than Their Guys

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Women need more sleep than men. No, really; no matter how you spin it, research shows that men and women are biologically designed to need different amounts of sleep.

Current research shows that women need an average of twenty to thirty minutes more of sleep each night than men. And while women need more sleep, research also shows that most women aren’t getting the rest they need.

Sleep is essential to a woman’s well being. Understanding why they need more sleep and why many women are missing out one needed rest is paramount.

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Topics: women, losing sleep

3 Disorders Making You Tired

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 13, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Many of us will occasionally experience days where we simply feel tired all day long. Usually this is caused by poor sleep the night before, an intense workout the previous day, or even symptoms of a cold or flu. The feelings of extreme fatigue are often remedied with a little rest during the day or some good old fashioned sleep the next night.

For some however, feeling tired and rundown during waking hours is an everyday occurrence. One that with continued lack of sleep can prove to be harmful to their health, and result in accidents or even death from dozing off at inappropriate times. While there are many possible causes of extreme daytime sleepiness including dietary deficiencies, depression, diabetes, anemia, or thyroid problems, chronic daytime fatigue can very likely be caused by a sleep disorder.

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Topics: Narcolepsy, losing sleep

7 Signs You Might Have Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 11, 2019 10:49:37 AM

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders afflicting approximately 20 million adults in the U.S. with an estimated 80% of cases going undiagnosed. Many people may be unaware that a sleep disorder is the underlying cause of their health problems, and others may be aware of their sleep disorder but uninformed of the severe consequences of untreated sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is characterized by frequent breaks or pauses in breathing during sleep. There are 3 forms of sleep apnea: Central sleep apnea (CSA) in which the pauses are due to the brain failing to signal the respiratory system to breathe; obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in which breathing is interrupted by a physical blockage in the upper airways, often caused by soft tissues of the throat and tongue collapsing into the airway; and complex/mixed sleep apnea which is a combination of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep problems, sleep deprivation, losing sleep

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