Overview of Circadian Rhythm Disorders

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 30, 2020 7:50:00 AM

What is Your Circadian Rhythm?

Your circadian rhythm is your innate biological clock that helps your body function in patterns and rhythms. It regulates your natural sleep schedule, and is closely tied to both melatonin, the sleep hormone, and changes in light.

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Overview of Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 29, 2020 7:46:40 PM

What is Shift Work Sleeping Disorder

Shift work sleeping disorder is a circadian rhythm disorder that causes sleep deprivation as a result of doing shift work. Not everyone who works outside of the typical M-F, 9-5 shift develops this disorder, but sleep problems among people who work irregular, long, or night shifts are prone enough to developing sleep problems that there is a disorder named for it.

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Topics: Shift work

Overview of Sleep Attacks

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 26, 2020 10:00:00 AM

What is a Sleep Attack?

Sleep attacks are the sudden, often irresistible urge to sleep at otherwise odd times, such as the middle of a meeting. They come quickly in that one moment you are doing a particular activity normally, and in a very short period of time you suddenly feel like you just woke up and need to go back to sleep. Sleep attacks can be a serious safety problem in certain professions and during certain activities like driving.

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Reasons Why You’re Always Tired

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Why You’re Always Tired

Being tired all the time usually (though not always) means you are suffering from sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation simply means you are not getting enough sleep, which for adults is at least 7 hours per day, resulting in a “sleep debt.” A sleep debt means that you will need to compensate by getting more and more consistent sleep in the future in order to relieve your sleep deprivation.

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Topics: Chronic fatigue

Ways to Avoid Insomnia

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

What are Types of Insomnia

If you’ve had insomnia or are dealing with it right now, then you know how frustrating it is and how challenging it can make living a normal, happy life. In short, it can make life extremely miserable. It can make you feel and act like a different version of yourself. It can make you less productive in all areas of life. It shortens your life span and lowers quality of life. So yes, taking steps to avoid it is well worth the effort.

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Topics: Insomnia

What it’s Like to Experience Restless Leg Syndrome

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 21, 2020 6:48:56 PM

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a sleeping disorder that causes uncomfortable feelings in your legs at night, and sometimes other extremities as well. RLS causes enough discomfort to interfere with sleep, leading to sleep deprivation. Hence why it is considered a sleep disorder. It can be a potentially serious condition if the severity is bad enough, and if this post sounds all too familiar you should reach out to your doctor or a sleep specialist.

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What is Sleep Paralysis

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 9, 2020 8:30:00 AM

What is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is scary, no doubt about it. It’s the feeling of being conscious, but unable to move. It occurs right before you fall asleep, or right after you wake up – namely, in the transition to or from sleep. It can last a few seconds, or it can last up to a couple of minutes (or more!).

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Topics: Sleep Paralysis

Who is at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical condition and sleeping disorder that causes you to stop breathing for about 20 seconds many times throughout the night. Each time you stop breathing, your body rouses itself to force you to start breathing again. Each of these stop-start breathing cycles is called an apnea event, and they essentially prevent you from getting restful sleep, leading to moderate to severe sleep deprivation. OSA can cause significant and negative impacts on your life. Some are more at risk to develop OSA than others, the question is: are you at risk?

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Topics: Sleep Apnea

What it’s Like to Experience Chronic Sleep Deprivation

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 7, 2020 8:14:58 AM

What is Sleep Deprivation?

Sleep deprivation is exactly what it sound like: you are deprived of sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation is when you are deprived for long periods of time – at least a month or more. This differs from acute sleep deprivation, that is short lived and often has a very specific cause. Chronic sleep deprivation will most certainly make life miserable for you, and can negatively impact those around you as well.

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Is My Snoring Normal or Caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jan 5, 2020 7:47:26 PM

Chronic Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Chronic, “socially unacceptable” snoring could just be something that is the cause of jokes in your family. It could also be sign that you have obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder and medical condition. Loud, chronic snoring is one of the primary symptoms of OSA, and is often one of the first signs that something isn’t quite right about one’s sleeping.

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Topics: Sleep Apnea