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Iron Deficiency and Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 21, 2022 6:45:00 AM

Iron deficiency anemia is a very prevalent disease in the United States. It stems from having some sort of iron shortage that then impacts your blood's ability to properly transport oxygen throughout your body. These can lead to some serious pain and even sleep disturbances. Treating anemia may help to relieve insomnia and other sleep problems. Continue reading to find out how anemia impacts sleep and what you can do to help treat it.  

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What is Microsleep? Its Causes and Safety

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 19, 2022 8:36:00 AM

Microsleep refers to very short periods of sleep that can be measured in seconds instead of minutes or hours. Even if you have never heard of this term before, you have likely witnessed someone else do it, or have done it yourself. It is where they nod off or keep their eyes open, and they essentially fall asleep for mere seconds. 

This normally occurs after sleep deprivation. Because of this, a lot of individuals with abnormal sleep schedules like shift work disorder or OSA might experience them. People who do not have sleep disorders can experience microsleeps too even after a single night of no sleep or sleep deprivation. Continue reading to find out what microsleep is and other components of this super short sleeping session!

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How your Body Uses Calories and Why Sleep is So Important

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 17, 2022 7:50:00 AM

Did you know that you are actually burning calories while you sleep? You're not burning as much as you would working out for 30 minutes or running a marathon, but your body still has to work to keep alive, even though you're technically doing nothing. Continue reading to find out how your body uses calories and why sleep is so important.  

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How to Get a Good Night's Sleep with a Stressful Job

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 14, 2022 11:50:00 AM

Jobs can be extremely demanding and stressful and make it very hard for people to find a good balance. However, without this balance, it can be very hard to do things that contribute to our wellness, including sleep. Continue reading to find out how to get a good night's sleep with a stressful job. 

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Sleep Battles with Teens and What to Do

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 13, 2022 10:04:00 AM

As adults who never seem to get enough sleep, it can be easy to get frustrated over teens who seem to not realize the importance of sleep or take advantage of their freedom to go to sleep as early as they want. Fights over when children go to sleep can create unnecessary conflict and irritation in your household when the best approach may be to just leave them alone and let them sleep whenever they want. This is counterintuitive for the reasons listed below, but it may be time to throw in the towel on this one aspect and focus on something else in your child's life. Continue reading to find out more on how to let go of the sleep battle with your teen. 

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Asthma and COPD at Night

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 12, 2022 9:40:00 AM

Asthma and COPD are both obstructive diseases that make it difficult for lungs to completely get rid of all the air in them. Asthma is more common in younger patients and is reversible through treatment with drugs like albuterol and terbutaline. COPD is not reversible and is more evident in older patients, especially those with a history of smoking. It's important to know the difference between these two diseases and also the impact they can have on your sleep. Continue reading to find out more about sleep problems in these individuals. 

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How a Later Weekday Bedtime can Increase Risk for a Heart Attack

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 10, 2022 10:47:00 AM

As we age, our circadian rhythm changes which can impact what time we need to go to sleep. The older we get, the earlier we are supposed to go to bed and the earlier we wake up. This is due to many factors including changing eyesight (which can make us less sensitive to changes in light during the day), changing levels of melatonin, and other brain functions and hormone changes.

Research has supported the link between sleeping and health issues, including cardiovascular health disease. A recent study looked at bedtime and risk for myocardial infarction, or heart attack. Continue reading to find out more about this relationship and the relationship between sleep and heart health in general. 

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Heart Medications that Can Interfere with Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 10, 2022 9:07:00 AM

Sleep is one of the most important things we can do to maintain our health. However, when treating other parts of the body, those medications and treatment plans can interfere with sleep. Here is a list of common heart medications and how they can interfere with sleep. If you take any of these medications and find yourself having trouble sleeping, they may be the culprit and you may have to talk with your physician to see if there is another option. 

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Eating Disorders and Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 10, 2022 7:56:00 AM

Eating disorders are a common set of diseases that affect 30 million people in the United States. They are most commonly associated with a mental health issue as there is a significant tie between emotional and physical health. There is also a growing amount of information showing the link between sleep and eating disorders. This relationship is not linear, meaning that everyone with an eating disorder has sleep troubles and vice versa. However, there is a strong correlation between the two, which leads researchers to believe that they are somewhat connected. Continue reading to find out more about this relationship and how to get help for both. 

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The Link between Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 7, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that consists of many pauses in breathing throughout the night. This pause can lead to several sleep disturbances as your body has to wake you up again to start breathing. Sleep apnea is more than a sleep disturbance, however. It can have tremendous effects on health in a variety of systems, including cardiovascular health. Continue reading to find out more about this relationship and what you can do. 

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