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Sleep and its impact on dementia

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Disrupted sleep is a common problem for people suffering from dementia. 

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that all individuals who have been diagnosed with some form of dementia also be screened for sleep disorders; they report that "Two-thirds of those in long-term care facilities suffer from sleeping problems."

Treating some common sleep disorders, such as restless legs or sleep apnea, can help improve the quality of life for these people as well as reduce the severity of their symptoms by improving their ability to get enough protective, restorative sleep.

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Is caffeine affecting your sleep?

Kristen Havens

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 bookstores per capita, too.) At $36 per month, our average personal monthly coffee budget is also one of the highest in the nation.

We're the proud home of Starbucks since 1971, as well as the city of origin for other successful chains like Tully's, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Stumptown. Our coffee culture has had a major influence on how coffee is purchased, prepared, presented, and enjoyed across the U.S. and internationally.

Coffee is a huge part of Seattle life, where it's both a favorite drink and a major industry. But have you ever stopped to think what drinking all this java is doing to your sleep?

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Are common medications interrupting your sleep?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

The reasons we might experience insomnia or sleep fragmentation are varied.

Emotional stress, pain, sleep disorders, medical conditions, and poor sleep hygiene are the most talked about root causes for sleeplessness.

But what about your prescriptions? Might they be contributing to poor sleep? 

Yes. As a matter of fact, there are several common classes of drugs that can cause insomnia. Below, we discuss ten of them.

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