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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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Sleep and Your Menstrual Cycle

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 28, 2021 8:00:00 AM

For women, there is that time once a month when you experience your menstrual cycle. However, the menstrual cycle is not isolated to just those 3-7 days. There are often extra-cycle symptoms that affect women a majority of the days in a month. If there are numerous symptoms or the severity of them is great, then you may be diagnosed with PMS or PMDD. A common symptom that women with PMS or PMDD experience is insomnia. Continue reading to find out how your menstrual cycle may be negatively impacting your sleep. 

 

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How Cosleeping Can Help You and Your Baby

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 27, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Cosleeping is a term for sleeping with your baby or child in the same bed. Although there are different theories on the safety and wellbeing effects of cosleeping, this practice may help you and your child in the long run. It's important to note that small infants who are at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) should not be in the same bed, but should be in a separate space with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet to avoid suffocation. However, as children grow older and their safety risks decline, extended cosleeping may still be an option for your family. Read more to decide if this is the right move for your family.

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The Best Foods to Eat Before Bed

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Late night snacks or late dinners is impossible to avoid forever. Sometimes the day just ends really late, or you get really hungry before bed. There is a lot of information on what's the latest time you should eat before bed, which can lead to some thinking they need to go to bed hungry. It's a good rule of thumb to eat at least two hours before bed so your body has time to digest food before you attempt to go to sleep. However, a growling stomach is just as counterproductive to sleep. It's better to eat a good snack or food that settles your hunger without upsetting your stomach. Here is a list of the best foods to eat before bed that won't interfere with your sleep. 

 

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Topics: sleep health

How Sleep Affects Your Skin

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The phrase "get your beauty rest" is truly not an exaggeration considering how much sleep affects your skin. It is normally quite obvious from looking at someone if they slept the night before, or not. But these changes can have long-lasting impacts on the worn appearance of skin. If you want to have youthful and supple looking skin, you don't have to scour the internet for expensive creams and treatments. The solution may be as basic as sleeping. Keep reading to find out how sleep can impact your skin, and other measures you can take as part of you nighttime routine to have great looking skin. 

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Foods to Avoid Before Bed

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 23, 2021 8:08:00 AM

Late night snacks and dinner are an inevitable part of life. But what if these foods may be part of the reason you are struggling to go to sleep? There are myths about what time you should eat dinner for weight loss, etc. And it's pretty well understood that you should avoid eating too late, so as to not be interrupted by food digestion. But what about specific foods that can interrupt your ability to get a good night's sleep? Below is a list that may help guide your late night cravings so you can go right to sleep without any issues. 

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Topics: sleep health

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