Category: Insomnia & Sleep Disorders

Binge Eating and Sleep

Studies show that sleeping disorders are considerably related to binge eating in females. The team has discovered that not receiving adequate sleep, difficulty falling asleep, sleeping poorly, disturbed sleep, as well as daytime sleepiness is notably linked to a heightened risk for binge eating in females. All these are considered insomnia symptoms as well. Despite […]

Alternative Treatments for Insomnia

Are there any alternatives to pharmaceutical treatments for insomnia? Many people ask if there are any alternative treatments for insomnia that eschew prescription drugs. It is a dangerous disorder, and only an effectual insomnia treatment is critical to getting that much needed sleep. Because of the advancements in modern medicine, we have recently seen some […]

Pick the Right Pillow for Your Sleep Style

By now you should already know that sleep quality can be affected by a wide variety of factors ranging from what you eat and drink during the day to room temperature, medication use, shift work, stress levels, jet lag, and how much light seeps through your bedroom blinds at night. After reading this article, you […]

What To Expect from Sleep Studies

Sleep studies conducted in a clinical laboratory or patient’s home are an excellent way for doctors and specialists to gather critical information about personal sleeping patterns. Studies of this kind may be recommended for individuals suspected of having obstructive sleep apnea or similar sleep disorders, with the resulting data then being used as a roadmap […]

Ignoring Sleep Apnea Signs Now – Signal Big Problems Later

Working as a sleep tech professional for many years offered me many insights in those diagnosed with sleep apnea. A common component was that many of our patients were told or, even diagnosed pervasively with the symptoms of sleep apnea but, did not follow through with recommendations or treatment. Sleep apnea is not a disorder […]

Sleep Disorders and Psychiatric Disorders in Toddlers

Has your toddler or preschool aged child been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? If so, a recent study indicates that an underlying sleep disturbance might be intensifying the problem. Researchers at Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island studied a group of children under six years old who were part of an intensive program designed to treat […]

Sleep Drunkenness – Symptoms and Treatments

Have you ever woken suddenly from a deep sleep and found yourself unable to shut off the alarm, turn on the light, or perform other basic tasks? Does it take you longer than a minute or two to get your bearings and remember where you are or what day it is? If so, then you […]

Alcohol and Sleep

We have mentioned several times on this blog that alcohol can interfere with restful sleep. But have you ever wondered why that is? After all, you most likely get drowsy when you drink, so why not have a nightcap to speed yourself into dreamland? Well, there are numerous problems with this scenario. For instance, research […]

Famous People with Sleep Disorders

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. That’s a significant percentage of the population, so it’s not at all surprising to discover that a number of famous people count themselves among the afflicted. While insufficient sleep due to an extremely hectic schedule is […]

Latest Study: Family is Key to CPAP Compliance

Interesting fact for people who use CPAP: the people who most likely complained that your snoring was out of control and nagged you to do something about it are actually the most important people when it comes to whether or not you continue to use CPAP to manage your sleep apnea. Those are the results […]

Rate your Level of Exhaustion: The Berlin Questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Our ability to measure and compare comes in handy every now and then. Sports fanatics will compare great quarterbacks throughout the history of the NFL like Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. We weigh ourselves on a scale to compare our body mass with yesterday or last week. One of television’s […]

Alternatives to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

CPAP is the gold standard for sleep apnea therapy. However consistently using CPAP therapy has always been difficult for a large number of people with sleep apnea. Some struggle with getting comfortable and struggle to sleep well, while others just want a form of therapy that isn’t as obtrusive as CPAP. In recent years many alternative […]

Amping Up Your CPAP: Accessories For CPAP To Make It More Comfortable

Does this sound familiar? You have your CPAP or BiPAP machine because you know they are the key to you getting a good nights sleep. However you have trouble putting them to the best use possible because of discomfort. The cruel irony is that you still can’t sleep through the night even though when you […]

Why Do We Snore?

Snoring is a common problem that affects approximately 90 million men and women of all age range and demographics. Snoring is an on and off occurrence with as many as 37 million people being snorers at any point in time.  Statistically, a snorer is most likely to be an overweight, adult male. Even with that […]

Prescription Drugs that Interfere With Sleep

It has recently been reported by the Mayo Clinic that nearly 70% of adults take prescription medication, with roughly half of them taking two or more prescription drugs. Those prescriptions are most commonly for antibiotics, antidepressants, and painkiller opioids. Painkillers, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and antidepressants are all commonly prescribed medications  that can  affect  sleep. Since prescription medication […]

Sleep Apnea’s effect on Relationships

If your snoring is keeping you from having a normal bedtime relationship with your bed partner, the impact is not only risky for your health, but for your romantic relationship itself. The health risks of untreated Sleep Apnea are well known but, what is sometimes forgotten is that the sleep health of the bed partner […]

Need a new option for your Nasal Pillows? Check out some new options!

Love your Nasal Pillows but, ready for a change in say, brand or other options? Checking out your options is  the first step in deciding whether to stay with your current mask or, switching things up. We will review a few options in night-time nasal wear for your reading pleasure! Nasal Pillows wearers are pretty […]

CPAP Machine Reviews: 2014

CPAP machines vary by size, brand, look and options. Whether your physician has ordered a specific type of machine  or, has left the option up to you, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your choices. This is a short review for a few machines and their features. You can download our free CPAP […]

The Financial Cost of Ignoring Sleep Apnea

The Financial Cost of Ignoring Sleep Apnea The physical toll of untreated sleep apnea gets plenty of attention, however there is also a financial burden to obstructive sleep apnea. Of course the detrimental impact of untreated OSA on your health is the main focus as it should be. With healthcare coverage and costs making headlines it’s […]

The Great Weight of Sleep Apnea and Obesity

What’s weight got to do with Sleep Apnea? A great deal: as it turns out, a high percentage of Sleep Apnea sufferers also are obese. On their own, sleep apnea and obesity are both serious health conditions plaguing people today. Neither is immune to age, race, ethnicity or gender. And both are linked to many […]

Getting Started With CPAP

So you just found out you need CPAP; now what? For most people, getting started with CPAP for the first time can cause all kinds of unpleasant emotions. That’s why educating yourself so you have a thorough understanding of what CPAP does and how it works is so important. Today we are going to focus […]

Atrial Fibrillation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: a dangerous relationship

If you have Atrial Fibrillation, you may need a sleep study. The fact is, Atrial Fibrillation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, are grave enemies. Recent studies and research are making the connection between these two common conditions. With all the changes in healthcare today, it is more important than ever to be educated and informed with […]

Sleep Deprivation Symptoms: Decreased Performance and Alertness

Sleep Deprivation: Decreased Performance and Alertness Sleep deprivation is a chronic or acute condition in which you are getting less than the average amount of sleep for your age group. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation also decreases brain activity and function, primarily in the thalamus, a subcortical area of the brain responsible for alertness […]

Snoring Causes and Effects

You close your eyes and dose off after a grueling day. Your body is in dire need of some rest, and without the additional requirement of counting hundreds of sheep, you’re off to dream land, and find yourself on your first blissful cloud. The peace on your cloud is disturbed by a distant rumbling thunder […]

Diagnosing the Cause of Insomnia

I remember as a kid and even sometimes to this day, I’d lay in bed for hours trying to fall asleep, but to no avail. I would often ask myself, “Why can’t I fall asleep? My throat is becoming dry just by counting sheep in my head!”. The thought of seeking out treatment or even […]

Narcolepsy Causes Symptoms and Treatment

Sleep is one of the most important necessities to keep our bodies healthy. Not getting enough sleep not only jeopardizes your health but also puts you in danger during the day. Narcolepsy is a type of sleeping disorder that affects the part of the brain that regulates sleep. Patients who suffer from narcolepsy may experience […]

Sleep Paralysis: A Battle Between the Brain and Body

Picture this. You wake up, powerless to lift a single muscle and unable to utter a word. The room is empty, but you can feel someone or something’s presence around you –possibly sitting on your chest, depriving you of air. This condition is known as sleep paralysis. What Is It? Over the many centuries, sleep […]

How Long is an Apnea?

Hold your breath for TEN seconds. 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…10. Okay you may breathe now! How do you feel? That wasn’t just a random test – that just one of the many episodes of disturbed airflow that a sleep apnea sufferer experiences throughout the night. How long is an apnea? Each one is ten seconds long. Sleep apnea […]

Sleepwalking – What are we really doing during our sleep?

Most of us have either experienced sleepwalking directly or know of someone who has – usually finding out through an embarrassing story about a friend or family member or even seen it in the movies, such as Step Brothers. But why do these events happen during sleep and how can we prevent them? What is Sleepwalking? […]

Sleep 2013 Annual Meeting: What We Learned about Sleep

The SLEEP 2013 annual meeting in Baltimore, put on by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, was truly a splendid event. This conference covered the best of the sleep medicine world: both the newest and most cutting edge progressions in sleep treatments and products, paired with hot off the press research […]

Snoring and Sleep Apnea: A Love Story

Do you or a loved one snore?  It is a sleep disorder nobody finds pleasant, particularly the non-snoring partner.  But what is snoring and why does it occur?  Vibrations in the passages of the nose and throat that make sound waves of air particles result in snoring. Snoring and Sleep Apnea: A Love Story When […]

Conquering Insomnia: Top Tips to Fall Asleep

Are you suffering from insomnia? Here are some suggestions to help you ease into a good night’s sleep Top tips to fall asleep Don’t do heavy exercise within two hours of bed time. Light exercise is perfectly fine though. Don’t drink any caffeine at least a few hours before bed. Some may need to cease caffeine […]

Understanding Insomnia, it’s Negative Impacts and Natural Sleep Remedies

With a 24×7 society, sleep has become a valuable necessity. It not only increases energy levels, but helps the body heal naturally from the wear and tear of the day before and saves you the daily grinding experiences. Insomnia is described as a condition that prevents people from getting the required amount of sleep regularly, […]

Snoring: Combating the not so Silent Intruder

Snoring – if it doesn’t disturb you while you sleep, it certainly disturbs your partner.  The turbulent sound, caused by vibrating airflow passing through your nasal and throat tissues, has likely interrupted your sleep and the sleep of those around you. It can cause your sleep to be restless, leading to drowsiness during the day. […]

5 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia

It’s estimated that 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain and stiffness in the muscles. The constant aches, particularly when pressure is applied to the afflicted area, can make it very difficult to sleep. Combine that with fatigue that is another side effect of fibromyalgia and it is […]

Sleeplessness in Song: Songs about Insomnia

Note: Josh Tal is the blogger behind City of Sleep’s Artful Sleeping Blog. Here is his first of many blogs on artists who create art based on sleep – or sleeplessness. Sleep is a common interest amidst popular culture, as people will spend around 1/3rd of their lives sleeping – or trying to. Countless movies, […]

Researchers Find Cause and Treatment for Excessive Sleepiness

People who can’t sleep well at night inevitably find themselves struggling to get through the day with adverse side effects weighing them down. While disorders such as insomnia can prevent the victim from feeling rejuvenated the next day, an ailment which affects individuals in the opposite manner, hypersomnia, generates more or less the same unwanted […]

Sleep Disorder: Restless Leg Syndrome

One of the most common sleep disorders is Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). While the perception is that RLS afflicts only older people, the symptoms can come on at any age. Restless Leg Syndrome is associated with conditions like pregnancy as well as insomnia, anemia and diabetes. Often RLS will manifest at a mild level and slowly […]

Sleep Disorder under the Spotlight: Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a state where your breathing is interrupted while sleeping. A state considered as a sleep disorder and is related to the following changes: Formation of fats in your body over the course of time Muscle tone loss due to aging Malfunctioning of neurons (responsible for breathing control) while you are sleeping These […]

Sleep Disorders: Causes, Symptoms and Effects

Nowadays, having sleep disorders has become a norm for many people. As they cope with the fast-paced world, they tend to neglect the importance of having the right amount of sleep every day. Sleeping habits are changed. Adult’s sleep are affected, so does children’s sleep. Causes of Sleep Problems Lack of sleep is one of […]

Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavioral Disorder

Sigmund Freud once believed that dreaming was a “safety valve” for unconscious desires. Scientists couldn’t explain how or why we dream until 1953 when researchers described rapid eye movement sleep or REM sleep among infants. It was only during this time that scientists carefully studied the relationship between sleeping and dreaming. It was then found […]

Teenage Insomnia May Prompt Adulthood Illnesses

Teenagers who suffer from teenage insomnia and can’t sleep regular hours could be prone to developing serious heart problems later in adulthood, according to a study by doctors in Canada. The research, which covered more than 4,000 children, showed that one out five children were sleep-deprived. Dr. Preetam Bandla, a pediatric sleep specialist with the […]

Kids Exposed to Violence Prone to Sleep Problems

A new study showed that children exposed to violence, either as a witness or a victim, can suffer long-term sleep disorders. Further, it demonstrated that the adverse impact on the kids’ sleep becomes greater the more severe the violence that was experienced. The research involved forty-six children aged from eight to sixteen in Cleveland, Ohio, […]

Prescription Drugs for Insomnia

There are many common remedies for insomnia some of which are as simple as having a warm bath, drinking chamomile tea, or reading a book. There are over-the-counter sleeping pills too. When these sleep aids don’t help, it may be time to ask the family doctor for a prescription medicine to provide a short-term insomnia […]

Insomnia Can Bring Higher Stroke/Heart Attack Risk

Those with insomnia may have twice the chance of suffering from a stroke or a heart attack compared to those with better quality of sleep, a research in Taiwan suggests. What this study showed is but one of the many findings that sleep disorder is correlated with several ailments. Previous scientific investigations have shown that […]

Behavioral Issues and Sleep Disorders in Children

Sleep disorders in children include nightmares, snoring, and sleep apnea. Researchers indicated that parents and doctors need to take sleep disturbances seriously since they can result to behavioral and medical problems later on. The Delta Sleep Lab indicated that more than 2 million kids experience sleep problems and about 30 to 40% of them do […]

Link between Insomnia and Sleep Apnea in a New Study

The SLEEP journal will be publishing a new study in its December 2012 issue, which suggests that the night time awakenings experienced by patients with chronic insomnia symptoms might be due to breathing problems when sleeping. The study was conducted on 20 patients by the Sleep & Human Health Institute or SHHI in Albuquerque New […]

Airplanes and Insomnia

While the reasons for insomnia number by the many, they all lead victims to the same problem: the inability to get a good night’s rest. Out of the numerous sleep disorders people can develop, this one in particular is arguably the most physically and mentally tiresome ones. Individuals who don’t suffer from this detrimental ailment […]

Sleep Disorders Can Lead to Billion-Dollar Losses in Healthcare

Sleep apnea and insomnia are turning a large number of the population into major consumers of health services. These sleeping disorders can lead to less productivity at work or even result to serious accidents in some cases. If you are unable to sleep during night time then you are definitely not alone. About 10% of […]

Rise in Unwanted Behaviors during Sleep Noted

Sleep clinics are reporting an increase in odd sleep disorders that were erstwhile unknown and uncommon like the widespread insomnia among populations. These new types of sleep behaviors are often related to the pervasive impact that technology now has on people’s lives, sleep experts say. An increasing number of people report to their doctors that […]