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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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Sleep Disorders Linked to Heart Disease

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 7, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Sleep disorders have one thing in common, they cause interrupted sleep one way or another. Therefore, it's important that if you have a sleep disorder, you find out the problem because interrupted sleep can lead to chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is more than just being tired. It can negatively impact several organ systems, including your heart. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, so it's important to do everything possible to maintain its health - including getting enough sleep. Continue reading to find out how common sleeping disorders can lead to cardiovascular disease!

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Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Periodic limb movement disorder is a rare sleeping disorder that involves random movement of extremities that should be “paralyzed” during deeper levels of sleep. This syndrome is similar to restless leg syndrome (RLS) however it is different because it involves random and periodic movement of all of the limbs and not the tingling sensation of restless leg syndrome. However this can co-occur with restless leg syndrome. Keep reading more to find out more about this rare disorder to see if you struggle from it and what you can do to get the help that you need.

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How to Stop Ruminating for Better Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Rumination is the constant cycling of thoughts through your mind and the inability to let things go. These thoughts can cause a lot of wasted time during the day and can also make it hard to go to sleep. When your mind is churning, it's not able to turn off so you can get a good night's rest. This may lead to, or be caused by, anxiety, depression and insomnia. All three of these disorders can mix together can lead to sleep deprivation. Keep reading to find out more about rumination and how to turn it off. 

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ADHD and Insomnia

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 27, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts one's ability to pay attention, sit still, and control their impulses. This is normal diagnosed in childhood and persists into adulthood. The hyperactivity of ADHD can make sleeping very difficult and can even cause the onset of insomnia. Read below to see how ADHD can cause insomnia, and what are some ways to manage this for better sleep. 

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Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 27, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Have you noticed that you don't go to sleep at the same time everyday, and that you seem to go to sleep later and later until you've hit a 24-hour sleep delay? This may sound confusing, but imagine one day you go to sleep at 10pm and then the next day at 11pm, and this continues until you find yourself going to sleep at 10pm again.

This is strange, and very abnormal, as our circadian rhythm actually helps us go to sleep at the same time everyday. If you are having trouble going to sleep everyday at the same time, then you may have non-24-hour sleep wake disorder (N24). Continue reading to find out more about it. 

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Topics: Sleep Disorders

Nyctophobia - The Fear of Darkness

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 20, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Nyctophobia is a mental health disorder, or anxiety disorder, that is the fear of darkness. This goes beyond children who are afraid of the dark. This phobia is extreme distress and fear of the darkness and night. These can cause feelings of anxiety and depression, and is so excessive or irrational, it impacts one's day-to-day.

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Topics: Sleep Disorders

What is Somniphobia and do I have it?

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 17, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Somniphobia is the fear of going to sleep. There is something about sleep that is distressing for an individual, and they spend the entire day stressed about going to sleep. There are varying causes for somniphobia, and as a mental health disorder, it's something that has to be worked out over time. Here is some more information about somniphobia so you can determine if you need to speak with your physician about your potential to be diagnosed with it. 

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Topics: Sleep Disorders

FAQs about Sleep Walking

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 17, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is a disorder where individuals get up while they are sleeping and walk around. It is very common in children and usually fades during teen years. However, there are occasional cases that start in adult years, or persist into adult years. If there are rare cases of sleepwalking, then those are generally of little concern, however, if there are common causes of sleepwalking then that may need to be addressed. Continue reading for more information on sleepwalking and how to address it.   

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Topics: Sleep Disorders

REM Sleep Behavior Disorders

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

REM sleep behavior disorders are a series of activities that one does in their sleep at a time when they would normally be temporarily paralyzed. One of the sleep stages that we enter every night is called REM, or rapid eye movement. It is the stage in which dreaming occurs. During this time, we are normally very still, with only our eyes moving about. However, during REM sleep behavior disorders, we may be acting out our dreams. Continue reading to find out more about this disorder. 

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Topics: Sleep Disorders

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