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How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?

Not many of us ask ourselves this question; indeed, for many American adults and increasingly for children, sleep is like money—there’s never enough and we always want more.

Dec 16th, 2017
What Stage of Sleep Is Most Important? NREM vs REM Sleep

Not all sleep is equal. Since the 1930s, modern medicine has known that a full night’s sleep is not a single, continuous experience. Based on EEGs (electro encephalograms) of their nocturnal subjects, sleep researchers discovered distinct...

Dec 15th, 2017
Can’t Sleep? Common Causes and Reasons

Do you ever find yourself complaining, “I’m having trouble sleeping” or “I can’t sleep”? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re not even among a small but distinguished group of unfortunates.

Oct 21st, 2017
Health Consequences of Untreated Insomnia

If you’re one of the 70 million Americans who experience insomnia from time to time, you probably are familiar with at least a few of the side effects that come from sleep deprivation.

Oct 18th, 2017
Is It Insomnia? (Diagnosis and the Sleep Specialist)

If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may have insomnia. But how can you know for certain that a sleep disorder—or this particular sleep disorder—is to blame for your lack of sleep?

Oct 10th, 2017
What Is Insomnia? (Signs and Symptoms)

Most of us are familiar with classic insomnia: a temporary period of time during which, for whatever reason, we just can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. In fact, insomnia is very common.

Oct 10th, 2017
Pain Medications and Sleep and Breathing

Sleep is a restorative need for all creatures, particularly humans, but it requires not only specific conditions, but also enough time for the full beneficial effects to occur. Body and brain must work together to make "good sleep" a reality.

Jul 16th, 2017
Low Testosterone Therapy and Sleep Apnea

Recent research on sleep apnea, particularly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has revealed some shocking findings regarding sleep and a man's libido. It turns out, there's a relationship between low testosterone and sleep apnea.

Jun 24th, 2017
Low Testosterone: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors

Testosterone is a hormone that your body produces. When you have low testosterone (low-T), it means your body isn't producing enough of this hormone. Although both men and women produce testosterone, men produce it through their testicles.

Jun 23rd, 2017
Pain Medications and Their Effect on Sleep Architecture

Sleep is important to health. There is no dispute about that, and quality of sleep is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including stress, diet, temperature, type of mattress and pillow, noise levels, physical ailments, medications, and overall...

Jun 15th, 2017
Pain and Sleep: Diabetic Neuropathy

According to the American Diabetes Association diabetes affects more than 29.1 million Americans, approximately 9.3% of the population. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder, meaning that it affects hormone levels.

Jun 1st, 2017
Pain and Sleep: Its Effect and Consequences

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately one in four Americans have suffered from chronic pain. At any given time, millions are experiencing acute pain following an injury.

May 26th, 2017
Stress, Anxiety, Depression and the Role of Sleep

Research may support the idea that quality sleep can help reduce high levels of stress, anxiety and address symptoms of depression. What is the relationship between sleep and stress, anxiety and depression?

Apr 20th, 2017
The Need for Quality and Quantity of Sleep

Irritability, loss of focus and daytime sleepiness can all occur when you do not get enough sleep. But what exactly are we talking about when we discuss getting a good night’s rest.

Apr 8th, 2017
Seasonal Allergies, Sleep Apnea, and CPAP Problems

Nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, a scratchy throat—these are just a handful of the symptoms that come with springtime allergies. Suffering through these symptoms is an unpleasant inconvenience in ordinary circumstances.

Mar 30th, 2017
7 Tips for Night Shift Weight Loss

If you work a graveyard shift—or any shift work, including rotating shifts—you may find that the schedule is wreaking havoc on your ability to stick to a healthy eating and exercise program. On top of that, the disruptions to your circadian rhythm can...

Mar 29th, 2017
Sleepwalking: Causes, Reasons, Risks, and Treatments

From childhood, we have been seen Hollywood’s depiction of the phenomenon of “The Sleepwalker,” a.k.a. a somnambulist. In countless cartoons, movies, sitcoms, etc., a sleeping person (usually dressed in full pajamas and a sleeping cap, complete with...

Mar 21st, 2017
Sleep Related Eating Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Sometimes referred to as sleep eating or a nocturnal sleep eating disorder (meaning it happens at night), sleep related eating disorder (SRED) is classified as a non-REM sleep parasomnia—an involuntary, abnormal behavior that occurs at some point during...

Mar 16th, 2017
What Is Sleep Paralysis? (Signs, Symptoms, and Causes)

William Shakespeare refers to it as an “old hag” in his play “Romeo and Juliet.” Dutch physician Isbrand Van Diemerbroeck in the mid–1600s documented a patient who believed the Devil or a large dog appeared to crush the breath from her.

Mar 8th, 2017
Why Am I Tired All the Time? I Sleep All the Time!

Remember: quality of sleep is just as important as quantity. If you’re not proceeding through your five phases of sleep, your sleep quality will be poor, no matter how many hours you spend in bed. If you suspect that your sleep quality is compromised...

Mar 2nd, 2017
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

You probably know how annoying snoring can be, especially when you’re the one having to listen to it. However, if you’re the one snoring and it causes you to repeatedly stop breathing for several seconds at a time, it can also result in cardiovascular...

Feb 28th, 2017
The Split Night Sleep Study: Challenges and Problems

To someone who may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the two-night overnight/nocturnal polysomnogram (NPSG) plus continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) Titration Study is considered the “gold standard” of sleep studies.

Feb 24th, 2017
Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease: Risks and Dangers

Getting enough sleep — at least six hours per night for adults — is critical to maintaining good health. If you chronically sleep too little or have your sleep constantly interrupted by apnea, you may be at a higher-than-average risk for a cluster...

Feb 9th, 2017
What is an Overnight Sleep Study (Polysomnogram)?

If your doctor suspects you have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, sleep related movements, or narcolepsy, he or she may refer you to a sleep center for an overnight sleep study, or polysomnogram. The purpose of this sleep study is to monitor you while...

Jan 26th, 2017
Tips For How To Deal With 3 AM Insomnia

You may not think you have insomnia; after all, you have no trouble feeling exhausted and drifting off to sleep when your head hits the pillow. But night after night, you find yourself awake and staring your alarm clock at about the same time: 3:00 A.M.

Jan 25th, 2017
Cranial Problems and Sleep Breathing Disorders

Cranial problems can often lead to sleep breathing disorders. Craniofacial anomalies (CFA) are a distinct set of deformities found in facial bone and head growth. Anomaly means 'different from normal' or 'irregularity'.

Jan 19th, 2017
Facial Structure, OSA, and CPAP: Problems and Solutions

Human evolution shows us that there are distinct variations in facial structure and features. Anthropologists have been examining these traits for some time to see if ancestry plays a role in this diversification. Other research has been conducted to see..

Jan 13th, 2017
Should I Let My Dog (or Pet) Sleep With Me? (Pros and Cons)

The debate over whether dogs should sleep with you has good arguments on both sides of the fence — or onboth sides of the bed in this case. An interesting survey from WebMD discovered that dog owners are somewhat divided over whether their furry friend...

Jan 11th, 2017
The pros and cons of napping

Today's medical media often send out mixed messages when it comes to best practices for good health. Taking naps has been the subject of scrutiny recently.

Jan 5th, 2017
Diet Resolutions for Better Sleep in 2017

2017 is just a couple days away. By now, you’ve probably started thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. If sleeping better is one of your goals for the new year, getting on top of your sleep hygiene and exercise habits are two solid starts.

Dec 30th, 2016
Exercise Resolutions for Better Sleep

According to statistics, health-related lifestyle changes are consistently ranked among the top 5 New Year’s Resolutions Americans make each year. In January of 2016, for example, 41% of Americans vowed to live a healthier lifestyle, and nearly 40%...

Dec 29th, 2016
Best Sleep Health Resolutions for 2017

Believe it or not, 2017 is just a few days away. Right now we’re in that most special time of year — the quiet lull between holiday parties, when we start thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions.

Dec 28th, 2016
Ways that sleep deprivation can impact your holidays

The holidays may leave us with images of children struggling to fall asleep at night in anticipation of a visit from a certain jolly man in a red suit, but the reality of lost sleep at this time of year is far more sobering.

Dec 15th, 2016
When sleep loss leads to weight gain

We lose sleep for all kinds of reasons. We also gain weight for all kinds of reasons. However, when it comes to either concern, there's a well-established association between insufficient sleep and obesity.

Dec 14th, 2016
Concussions: Can they lead to sleep disorders?

As many as 2 million Americans a year are affected by concussions or other forms of traumatic brain injury, but many of them do not link their head traumas to sleep problems that develop after the fact.

Dec 9th, 2016
Epilepsy and sleep: The silent struggle with nighttime seizures

Epilepsy is a complex neurological condition with well-established ties to sleep health. Its 2-way relationship with the sleep-wake cycle makes it difficult to diagnose, especially for those who only have epileptic seizures at night (nocturnal seizures).

Dec 7th, 2016
Follow this CPAP therapy timeline to achieve success

For those starting continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy (or other types of PAP therapy) for the first time, there are lots of unknowns to consider. We try to take the fear of the unknown out of the process because we know that the better...

Nov 30th, 2016
Great gift ideas for the CPAP user in your life

Who hasn't struggled to think of the perfect holiday gift for a loved one who seems to have everything? If that loved one in your life is a CPAP user, we can help you solve that problem.

Nov 24th, 2016
Is caffeine affecting your sleep?

Seattleites love their coffee. According to a coffee culture article in The Daily Beast, we number 35 coffee shops for every 100,00 residents, making us the most caffeine-saturated American city. (Another fun fact: we frequently rank as having the most...

Nov 23rd, 2016
What is bruxism and how does it impact sleep?

Bruxism is the act of clenching or grinding your teeth, either out of habit or unconsciously. Though some people grind their teeth unwittingly during the day, most tooth grinders engage in what's called nocturnal bruxism — nighttime tooth grinding...

Nov 17th, 2016
Is vaping a better option than smoking at bedtime?

Many e-cigarette users enjoy the nighttime ritual of one last puff before bed. Before enjoying those flavored e-cigs, you may want to read up on vaping and what exactly it is you're inhaling. The sleep-stealing components of e-cigarette vapor may...

Nov 16th, 2016
Are you thinking about buying a CPAP battery backup?

For some people, the frustration of using CPAP has nothing to do with the actual application of the therapy. They may truly love using their mask and enjoy its benefits. However, they may have a different problem: unreliable access to electricity to run...

Nov 11th, 2016
How to treat sleep apnea in children

Children, as we recently discussed, are just as likely to suffer from sleep apnea as adults. Their experiences and symptoms often resemble those of adults, but for some children, sleep-disordered breathing is directly related to their development.

Nov 10th, 2016
What is CPAP failure? Compliance, adherence & insurance

A troubling phase in the sleep apnea lexicon: CPAP failure. This term is used primarily by insurers, but it can be mistaken as judgment against sleep apnea patients who have given treatment a valiant effort but aren't seeing a positive result.

Nov 2nd, 2016
10 CPAP supplies & accessories that might be new to you

Once you set up your CPAP therapy system at home, you should be "good to go." However, in the event you have specific struggles with using CPAP, or have specific needs above and beyond the typical user, you do have options.

Oct 28th, 2016
When should you replace your CPAP supplies?

Not sure when you should be replacing or replenishing your CPAP equipment? Clip and save this handy schedule and keep with your CPAP supply stash for regular reminders.

Oct 27th, 2016
Understanding Your CPAP Filters: Reasons and Replacement

Some of the more important parts of sleep apnea machines are not typically noticed during their use. The filters (there are two) ensure that the air used in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is safe and healthy to breathe.

Oct 13th, 2016
How to find the Best CPAP Mask

Whether you've been newly diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you are in the market for a new CPAP mask, you still need to find a mask that fits you correctly and feels good.

Oct 6th, 2016
Cancer & sleep apnea: The blood oxygen compromise

Sometimes it may seem as if every chronic health concern can be traced back to untreated sleep apnea. And in many ways, that's not an unrealistic conclusion, given what we know about sleep breathing disorders and how they systemically influence all the...

Sep 23rd, 2016
How can sleep benefit from massage therapy?

Insomnia, as we've discussed at this blog previously, leads to problems with intense fatigue and cognitive "fog," as well as adverse influences over mood, if it becomes chronic and remains untreated.

Sep 15th, 2016
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