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Tips For How To Deal With 3 AM Insomnia

Kristen Havens

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. Why does this keep happening, and is there anything you can do to stop it?

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Is vaping a better option than smoking at bedtime?

Kristen Havens

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 surprise you. 

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How can sleep benefit from massage therapy?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

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.

However, according to research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association and endorsed by the National Institutes of Health, massage therapy can be a terrific solution for addressing insomnia.

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Why is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) recommended for insomnia?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

What is the treatment you first think of for managing insomnia?

Most people automatically think of hypnotic sleep aids like Ambien as the go-to treatment for sleeplessness.

However, a non-drug therapy for insomnia called CBT-i is poised to be the most effective and common way to treat insomnia.

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Did you know? Stubborn insomnia may actually be sleep apnea

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Recent research suggests that those with stubborn insomnia—who have not responded to a variety of drugs and therapiesmay not have insomnia at all.

Another stealthy sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), may actually be to blame.

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Ignore insomnia at your peril: Side effects & consequences

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Not getting enough sleep can make anybody miserable, even if it's only one night, now and again.

For some, though, insomnia is a frequent and ongoing reality. The challenge for them is in finding solutions that work.

After all, treating insomnia doesn't only improve sleep health, it prevents a host of other mental and physical problems that can be very difficult to treat, worsen quality of life, and even cut your life short.

Simply put, the consequences of not sleeping are serious enough that you should not ignore them. 

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What kinds of medical problems cause insomnia?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

You may struggle with sleeping problems even though you practice good sleep hygiene. 

Did you know that many chronic illnesses or medical conditions can also cause insomnia?

What is insomnia? It's defined as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, and awakening too early. (You can read more about insomnia here.)

It's usually not considered a primary sleep disorder, but a symptom: the result of an external factor, such as medical diseases, disorders, and conditions.

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Blue light therapy for sleep disorders: Insomnia, DSPS, and ASPS

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

New technology and research on circadian rhythm dysfunction has opened up opportunities to apply therapy using blue spectrum light to help reset the body clock.

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What is Insomnia? (Types and Causes)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in adults. It has a significant impact on both life expectancy and quality of life, as this sleep disorder lays the groundwork for hosting major health problems as well as social or economic burdens later, if left untreated. 

What's more, untreated insomnia leads to serious problems with sleep deprivation, a health concern considered our largest public health threat in the US by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Diagnosing insomnia accurately is fundamental to finding the best treatments for it so people can move forward with their lives.

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Acid Reflux and Sleep

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

In the old days, we called it heartburn. Now we call it acid reflux, or by its acronym GERDgastroesophageal reflux disease.

Whatever you want to call it, if you’ve ever had it and tried to sleep, you know what an uncomfortable exercise in frustration that can be.

GERD affects millions of people worldwide and most of them encounter it at bedtime or as they sleep.

It’s no surprise that people who suffer from acid reflux have sleep problems: results from the 2001 Sleep in America poll show that Americans with heartburn at bedtime are more likely to suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, and restless legs then their companions without heartburn.

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