Caffeine's Impact on Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 20, 2023 6:58:00 AM

Caffeine is stimulant that is used around the world to combat sleepiness. It is present in coffee, teas, sodas, and other supplements to help provide energy throughout the day. It is natural, but can also be synthetically produced. 

Caffeine normally affects the body within about 30-60 minutes of consumption. It is efficiently distributed throughout the whole body and can cross the blood-brain barrier. 

Inside the brain, it blocks a sleep-promoting chemical and can also interfere with the circadian melatonin rhythms. Caffeine has a half-life of 4-6 hours, which means that's how long it takes for approximately half of it to remain in your system. So, consuming caffeine in the evening could keep you up at night because of how long it takes your body to metabolize it.

Caffeine can have a significant impact on sleep, so it's important to understand how it works, and how you should be consuming it for optimal sleep health. 

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Choosing a CPAP Based on Your Sleeping Position

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 17, 2023 7:26:00 PM

Sleep apnea is a common breathing disorder that affects millions of Americans. The best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP. It provides enough pressure to blow the airway open and keep the muscles from collapsing. CPAP treatment requires the use of a mask, and many CPAP users think that they have to sleep on their backs to accommodate the mask. 

However, for those who do not prefer to sleep on their backs, it is not required of them. There are other options that allow sleepers to sleep in the positions that best suit them. It's important to follow the advice of your doctor or sleep specialist when choosing the best CPAP mask. Selecting the correct mask is a task of trial and error, and your doctor can help you find the best option for your preferred sleeping position. Continue reading to learn more before you go and speak with your physician.     

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Topics: CPAP, OSA

Good and Bad Sleep Behaviors

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 15, 2023 6:10:00 AM

The art of sleeping is truly just that. It is not as simple as lying down and entering a peaceful slumber. Actually getting good quality sleep requires a multidimensional effort in terms of good sleep environment, a relaxed state of mind, and good sleep behavior. 

Once you are able to "master" all three of these, then you can prepare yourself for a very restful night of sleep, consistently. A good sleep environment is one that is dark, quiet, and cold. If it's clean and decluttered, that also helps. A relaxed state of mind is achieved by doing relaxation techniques before going to bed, and trying to stress dump before it's time for sleep. 

However, sleep behaviors can be a little more tricky to achieve because they require consistency and have to be individual to you! Sleep behaviors are the things you do before bed that prepare you to go to sleep. They are important because they get your body ready (or un-ready) to go to bed. Once you get a good pattern of sleep behaviors down, you can complete your triad of necessities for sleep.

So, in this article, we are going to talk about good and bad sleep behaviors, and what you can do to get ready for bed. 

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What is Sleep Architecture?

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 13, 2023 8:04:00 AM

Sleep architecture is the basic pattern of normal sleep. There are two main types of sleep. Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). NREM has three different stages, all of which have a different depth of sleep. They are identified by sleep experts through brain-wave patterns, eye movements and muscle tone. 

REM sleep is a stage all by itself and is the stage of "dreaming". This can be identified through higher levels of brain wave activity and being as close to being awake as possible. Continue reading to find out more about what sleep architecture is and associated conditions when it is disrupted. 

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Best Tips for How to Stay Awake

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 10, 2023 6:45:00 PM

Sleep deprivation and excessive daytime sleepiness is a common issue in the United States. It can be very distressing for some people to get through their day because they are so tired. People who have sleep disorders, work night shifts, spend all night awake, may find themselves struggling to stay awake.

There is no cure for sleeplessness outside of simply getting a good night's rest. However there are some tricks to help you stay awake so that you can get through the day. Regardless of why you must stay awake, the next day must continue. Therefore, it is very helpful to know some tricks for how to stay awake. Continue reading to see if any of the following hacks can help you the next time you're in a sleep binder.   

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5 Pillow Colors to Avoid for Good Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 8, 2023 7:18:00 AM

Your sleep environment can strongly impact your sleep quality and quantity. Sleep environment is not just the triad of cool, dark and quiet. Although that is extremely important, it is the entirety of which sleep environment consists. 

Sleep environment also includes the accessories in your room, the colors, and the furniture and accessories you have. If they are too stimulating and overwhelming, then that can be antagonistic towards your sleep efforts. One of the aspects of your environment that you may never have thought of, but that is important, is the pillow color. 

Certain colors are very stimulating for the brain, which can be antagonistic towards sleep efforts. Therefore, they should be avoided. Your pillow is what you lie on, so you brain may actually be being stimulated if you have one of the five colors listed below. 

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Getting Good Sleep as a Remote Worker

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 6, 2023 6:51:00 AM

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has flourished. Prior to the outbreak, about 23% of workers worked from home. Throughout the pandemic, this number has risen to 71% and settled at about 59%. More jobs are offering remote positions as remote working seems to be more convenient and flexible. 

This means that more and more workers are working from home than ever before. Although this is fantastic for many workers, it's creates an issue in terms of the normal daily schedule that used to structure our lives. This can include changes in sleep. Continue reading to learn how to get good sleep as a remote worker. 

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Developing Sleep Habits as a Household

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 3, 2023 5:56:00 PM

Family sleep habits tend to run in the family. Any sleep disorders that parents or grandparents have may be witnessed in children. These could be witnessed events, or events separated by 30 years (such as parents who sleepwalked as children and see their children sleepwalking). 

Good sleep habits can be built as a family, but so do bad sleep habits and sleep disorders. A study found that 47% of families share good sleep and that 29% of families had shared poor sleep between mothers and teens. 

This is not the first time this has been found. In 2022, the sleep foundation found that those who lived in multi-person households saw that those who lived with someone who had sleep issues also had sleep issues. The opposite was true, those that did not have sleep issues, 73.2% lived in households who also did not. Continue reading to learn more about why this connection occurs, and what can be done to develop good sleep habits for everyone. 

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Topics: sleep hygiene

How to Get Good Sleep as a Professional Student

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 1, 2023 5:48:00 AM

Being a professional student comes with its own special set of challenges. You're most likely not a college student, anymore, with only the responsibility of going to class and then doing whatever for the rest of the day. Professional students often have to balance class, jobs, families, and many other responsibilities that come from being a "real" adult. 

Sleep can be one of those things that professional students forgo. Medical students, law students, and many other graduate studies require so many hours of studying, class contact time, and extracurricular activities. This leaves little time for sleep, exercise, smart eating choices, and anything else that can help students be health all around. 

However, sleep is essential for optimal functioning. Therefore, it's important to create positive sleep habits so you can work at your highest efficiency. Continue reading for more tips on how to sleep as a professional student. 

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Topics: Students, learning

MS and Insomnia

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 27, 2023 9:52:00 AM

Insomnia is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis, or MS. MS is an inflammatory disease that can become quite debilitating, including messing up sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to daytime fatigue and low energy. Many experts believe that sleep-related disorders are direct consequences of the physical and emotional burden of MS. Continue reading to find out more about about MS and its impact on sleep, and how you can overcome these sleep issues. 

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