Ask the Sleep Doctor – Magnesium and Sleep

Dear Dr. Rosenberg, Is there any value to taking magnesium for sleep? I’ve had trouble falling and staying asleep for several years and friends have told me magnesium helps. Answer: Yes, there is some benefit. Several studies have shown that as we age, our magnesium levels fall. This is in part due to decreased bone mass and dietary intake. Magnesium… More →

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Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: sleep apnea and A-Fib, inadequate sleep, eating fish, naps hurting sleep

Ask the Sleep Doctor

Dear Dr. Rosenberg, Is it true that sleep apnea, if untreated, can cause Atrial Fibrillation? Answer: Yes, recent studies have shown that over 50% of patients with atrial fibrillation have sleep apnea. In another study, sleep apnea was found to increase the incidence of A Fib three times the normal. Finally, a number of recent studies have demonstrated that the… More →

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Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders

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Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders  Bright light therapy is a treatment that has been used in patients with disruptions in their circadian rhythms.  This is the internal biological clock that tells the brain and body when it should be awake and when it should sleep.  There are several factors that could disrupt this rhythm, including… More →

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A Placebo May be Effective in Treating Insomnia

The journal, Brain, published new research suggesting that insomnia treatment may not need to include neurofeedback, or training of the brain functions.  Instead, researchers found that patients experienced the same benefits if they just believed they were receiving neurofeedback training. Approximately 10% to 35% of the world’s population suffers from insomnia.  Very few studies have addressed insomnia treatments using non-pharmaceutical… More →

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Keeping A Sleep Diary and Why You May Need One

Sleep Diary – a tool to help you sleep better If you have problems sleeping, keeping a sleep diary may be a good place to start. A sleep diary can provide both you and your healthcare provider with insight on which factors may be interfering with getting the rest you need. Information, such as bedtime routine, sleep schedule and sleep… More →

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It’s Not Just Pre-Bed Screen Time that Causes Sleep Loss

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The ideal 7-9 hours of nightly sleep is a recent discovery.  Historical data suggests humans have been struggling to get a good amount of sleep long before the invention of electronic devices.  Broken sleep was normal in industrial times, according to research from Virginia Tech’s sleep historian, Roger Ekirch. Several studies have shown that screen time before bed can interrupt… More →

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Sleep Quality May be Affected by Air Conditioners

A joint research team from Toyohashi University of Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering published findings that showed air conditioning (AC) airflow stimulates the body during sleep, even when the velocity of the air is lower than an insensible level.  The AC may be affecting sleep conditions.  This indicates… More →

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Research Shows Camping Good for Sleep

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Research Shows Camping will Recover Sleep Patterns Many people stay up late into the night, usually watching some type of screen like a television, phone, or tablet.  Reading is even a major culprit to sleep loss.  Waking up in the morning is rarely easy for most people.  Now, however, scientists have discovered evidence that points toward additional sunlight exposure recovering… More →

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Discovery of Breathing Molecule May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

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Targeted treatment for respiratory conditions, especially sleep apnea, are possible with the discovery of a breathing molecule found in new research out of the University of Warwick. The name of the molecule is Connexin26 (Cx26).  It identifies CO2 levels in the blood and then activates the breathing mechanisms that release it, which means it has evolved specifically for this purpose.… More →

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