What if I can’t tolerate my CPAP machine?

Can’t sleep with a CPAP machine? It is estimated that about 18 million Americans suffer from obstructed sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition characterized by long pauses in breathing throughout the night, leading to daytime sleepiness, and eventually more serious conditions if left untreated. The most common form of treatment is a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, some people have difficulty… More →

Are Naps Good For You?

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Is Napping Good?: Yes or No The need for a nap doesn’t always end when you graduate preschool. In fact, sometimes a nice, long nap on a lazy day is just what you want. Considering many adults are sleep deprived, napping may be something to think about. But is napping good for your health or does it interfere with your… More →

The Dangers of Driving Sleepy

Sleepy driving and drowsy behind the wheel

We all know the dangers of texting and driving or drinking and driving. But did you know driving sleepy also increases your risk of being involved in an accident? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one in every 25 adults has fallen asleep at the wheel in the last month. Obviously falling asleep at the wheel… More →

Nightmare or Night Terror?

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Waking up at night suddenly because of a bad dream can be terrifying. For many people, it is a nightmare, but for some, it’s a night terror. And if these dreams keep repeating, it’s important to know the difference between the two so it can be treated. Nightmares are pretty common and are known as “bad dreams” with disturbing and… More →

Pregnancy and Sleep

pregnancy and sleep

Getting enough sleep is important during pregnancy for expecting mom and baby, but many times it’s not easy to do. Pregnancy puts high demands on the body physically and emotionally that can keep the mom-to-be from sleeping, and can also worsen any sleep disorders that already exist. It’s common for pregnant women to feel absolutely exhausted throughout the day. Physical… More →

What Happens to Us When We Don’t Get Enough Sleep

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Not getting enough sleep can leave us feeling tired and irritable the next day, but it can do more to us physically and mentally than we may realize. You have probably at some point heard the phrase “get your beauty sleep,” and this is good advice. Sleep can have an impact on your looks. During sleep, human growth hormone (HGH)… More →

Why is Sleep Important?

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Sleep is essential for survival, and many of us could use a little more. While the precise function of sleep is not entirely understood, researchers have several theories why it’s so critical for our well-being. What Happens During Sleep? Every night you leave wakeful consciousness and descend into a state of sleep. But most people have no idea what happens… More →

How Do You Get Insomnia?

Can't Sleep - Insomnia

Have you found yourself wide awake in the middle of the night trying to force yourself to doze off? If so, you’re not alone. Most of us have experienced a brief bout of insomnia at some point in our life. But is insomnia anything to worry about and why does it happen? Insomnia Symptoms Insomnia involves problems falling asleep, staying… More →