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ADHD or Sleep Disorder? Are Children Being Misdiagnosed?

Posted by Amelia Palmer on Sep 10, 2020 6:15:00 AM

Sleep disorders can be detrimental to children, affecting their emotional state and physical and cognitive development. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can do the same thing. In both cases, correctly diagnosing and treating the issue can go a long way in alleviating these effects.

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Topics: sleep disorders, Pediatrics, adhd

What Happens If You Don't Sleep?

Posted by Elizabeth Smith on Aug 4, 2020 3:46:00 AM

For me, proper sleeping is a kind of exercise that gives your body a boost and refreshment to do your daily chores. Enough sleep at night makes your body work normally. Like other activities in your daily routine, sleeping also puts some impact on your health that you can see clearly. But what happens if you don't sleep?

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Topics: sleep disorders, Sleep Tips, CPAP, get better sleep

Sleep-Related Headache Disorders

Posted by David Hoang on Jul 31, 2020 5:20:00 AM

It is fairly common to have a headache after getting too little or too much sleep. In fact, headaches are frequently closely linked to sleep. What are some of the most common sleep-related headache disorders? Learn about the relationship of sleep to multiple types of head pains, including migraine, cluster, and hypnic headaches. Explore some of the causes, including what else the pain might represent, and the significant consequences.

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Topics: sleep disorders, headaches, migraines

How Hoarding Affects Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 27, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Walking up to your front door should be a relief after a long day at the office or school. Traveling for the holidays should be a time filled with family memories versus hard conversations.

An area of debate can start because of the severity of hoarding at a loved one’s home. Adding insult to injury, emotions run high due to a hoarders inability to relax in their own environment.

It was not until 2013 that hoarding was separated as only a symptom from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Hoarding is completely different characterized by "the urge to acquire and save objects, while being unable to discard objects that have no apparent value."

One study in 2015 from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found insomnia as a significant predictor of increased hoarding severity. Another study found several factors present in the link between hoarding and insomnia.

“Hoarders typically have problems with decision making and executive function; poor sleep is known to compromise cognition generally, so if hoarders have cluttered/unusable bedrooms (and less comfortable, functional beds), any existing risk for cognitive dysfunction, depression and stress may increase as sleep quality worsens,” said lead author Pamela Thacher, assistant professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

For many, hoarding is an unclear line between laziness and clutter. Noticing the signs and understanding why hoarding starts can help.

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Topics: sleep disorders, managing stress, hoarding

The Science Behind a Better Night's Sleep

Posted by Miranda Mireny on Jul 22, 2020 9:02:00 AM

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep disorders, science

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