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 →

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

Electronics and Sleep

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Study Shows Midlife Women have no Sleep Benefits from Yoga and Exercise

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New research shows that aerobic exercise and yoga do not significantly impact the sleep disturbances objectively reported by midlife women who experience hot flashes. A randomized control trial was used for secondary analysis of this finding.  Researchers found that neither 12 weeks of cardiac exercise nor 12 weeks of yoga showed any statistically significant differences in the objective measures of… More →

Sleep Education Reduces Risk of Injury and Disability in Firefighters

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Long workweeks and extended shifts have contributed to a high number of firefighters suffering from acute and chronic sleep deprivation, as well as disrupted circadian rhythms, or sleep-wake cycles.  Previous studies have shown a link between long shifts and risk of burnout, sleepiness, errors, and injuries, especially when compared to shorter shifts in first responders, ER physicians, and EMTs.  Furthermore,… More →

Gestational Diabetes Linked to Insufficient Sleep

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New research out of Singapore found a link between gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and short sleep duration during pregnancy.  For the first time, this study looked at the relationship between GDM and sleep duration in an Asian population across multiple ethnic groups.  Published in the journal, SLEEP, findings suggested that risk of GDM could be reduced by addressing any sleep… 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 →

Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Related to Better Sleep

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Many traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients also experience sleep disturbances, especially with regard to their sleep-wake cycle.  New research reports that these two conditions should be treated simultaneously for optimum recovery.  These findings are published in the online journal, Neurology, from the American Academy of Neurology. One of the lead authors of the study, Nadia Gosselin, PhD, from the University… More →