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Telehealth for sleep evaluations

Telehealth is a hot topic. Although its recent rise is partially linked with the decline in in-person visits during the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has in fact been heralded as the ‘next big thing’ in healthcare for more than a decade. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has announced its commitment to advancing the use…

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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. While pain significantly disrupts everyday life and lessens our ability to perform daily activities, it also has a serious effect on sleep. People with sleep…

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Consequences Of Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Children

Obstructive sleep apnea is a very serious medical condition, affecting an estimated 25 million adults in the United States, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. However, the possibility of children developing sleep apnea is often overlooked. Individuals of any age can develop sleep apnea, and the consequences for children differ somewhat from those…

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Lack of Sleep and Its Effect on Blood Sugar Levels

More than 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with millions more falling into the pre-diabetes range. Keeping blood glucose levels under control is essential to good health, both for people with diabetes and those who do not have the disease. Although most people know that dietary…

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The Importance of Sleep and Memory Consolidation

We spend approximately of our time asleep, yet scientists still have yet to fully understand the true purposes of sleep. Almost all animals sleep, meaning that there must be some benefits to sleeping that caused it to be evolutionarily conserved across species. Traditional theories about sleep stated that its purpose was to conserve energy or…

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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? If you get more or better quality sleep, will that help you feel calmer and less depressed? Additional factors related to sleep and…

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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 nights rest. If you sleep the recommended amount of time, does that mean you will wake up refreshed and well-rested? What we do know is…

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The Best Portable CPAP Machines for Camping: Z1 vs Transcend

For those who love camping, there is nothing like pitching a tent in the middle of a beautiful forest glade and enjoying the utter peace and quiet of sleeping out in nature, under the stars, away from all the noises of civilization. Unfortunately, if one or more people in the campground suffers from obstructive sleep…

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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. But if you use CPAP therapy, allergies are more than just unpleasant. Seasonal allergies can actually make your sleep apnea…

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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 throw off your body’s hormonal balance, making you more likely…

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Sleepwalking: Causes, Reasons, Risks, and Treatments

From childhood, we have been seen Hollywoods 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 tassel) calmly sits up in bed, pulls aside the covers, and puts their feet on the floor. But…

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