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How to Stay Asleep Throughout the Night: 10 Tips

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 16, 2022 2:17:00 PM

If you struggle with insomnia, then you may have issues staying asleep throughout the night. When you are sleep deprived, you can have issues with mood regulation, focus, attention, learning and memory. Sleep quantity is important - the number of hours you are in bed. However, sleep quality is also important - the type of sleep you are getting. 

Many individuals wake up in the middle of the night. Up to 35.5% of individuals wake up in the middle of the night at least three times per week. Wake ups normally happen in the earlier stages of sleep, or the light stages. Stress can cause these awakenings, fluctuations in blood sugar or hormones, as well as physical discomfort. Here are 10 things you can do to reduce these nighttime awakenings.  

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10 Ways to Sleep Better with COPD

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 3, 2022 6:22:00 AM

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a an obstructive disease of the lungs. The lung tissue has been so destroyed, that it's difficult for it to exchange gas, leading to a decreased oxygen level and difficulty breathing. It can be extremely difficult to breathe at night, partly due to the fact that the lungs are laying flat on the back of the chest wall making it more difficult to breathe. This can lead to nighttime wheezing and sleep disturbances. Here are some tips for improving sleep with COPD. 

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Topics: COPD, Insomnia

Sleep and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 28, 2022 5:58:00 AM

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder characterized by a lot of discomfort and issues going to the bathroom. Along with a lot of abdominal pain, IBS can also cause issues sleeping. A lack of sleep also influences the severity of IBS giving them a reciprocal relationship. Continue reading to find out how to get better sleep with IBS. 

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How Sleep Journaling Helps You Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 25, 2022 5:38:00 AM

Going to bed can be very difficult due to the swirling thoughts going on in your head. However, if you could journal every night before you went to bed, you may see significant improvement in your ability to fall asleep faster. Continue reading to find out how sleep journaling can help you sleep. 

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Entrepreneurial Insomnia: How to Shut Off Your Brain and Go to Bed

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 21, 2022 8:30:00 AM

One of the major movements that has come out of the pandemic is the boom of people opening their own business. The great resignation has seen a mass movement of people quitting their jobs and starting their own. They feel like they have more control over their schedules and are better appreciate and compensated than when they worked a standard 9-5. This sounds great until it's 11pm at night and anxiety and a long to-do list are threatening your beauty sleep. Continue reading to find out more about entrepreneurial insomnia and how to shut down your brain for a good night of sleep. 

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Topics: Insomnia

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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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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How Late Night Snacking is Affecting Your Sleep

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

Eating before bed has been a controversial topic for a long time. There is so much speculation and misinformation about eating late at night and the effect it can have on your diet. However, eating late at night can have various effects on your sleep. Keep reading to find out how late night snacking can impact your sleep. 

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Topics: Insomnia, nutrition

Nocturia and Secondary Insomnia

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

Nocturia is a term for a condition in which you take multiple trips to the bathroom at night. These constant disruptions cause you to constantly wake up to take a trip to the bathroom, which interrupts your attempt at a good night's sleep. You make awaken in the morning and find yourself feeling drowsy or extremely tired throughout the day. If this happens more often than not, and you are not proceeding bedtime with a large intake of water, then there may be some underlying diseases or disorders that you need to address. Please continue reading to find out more about what may be causing your multiple bathroom stops. 

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Topics: Insomnia, Nocturia

Common Prescription Medications that Cause Insomnia

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

Do you find it difficult to sleep, but unsure why? It could have something to do with your prescription medications. If you take medication for high blood pressure, arrhythmias, mental health disorders, and other health problems, your medication could be causing your insomnia. 

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Topics: Insomnia, medication

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