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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Alternative Sleep Supplement - GABA

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 13, 2023 7:10:00 AM

Sleep is required for our health. However, some have more trouble falling asleep than others. Many have turned to melatonin as a supplement for sleep. Melatonin is the main hormone that regulates sleep in the body. When someone doesn't make enough of it, they may turn to an over-the-counter synthetic hormone for a boost.

However, there may be a new supplement on the horizon. Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is a natural hormone found in the body as well that has been shown to be promising for sleep promotion. It promotes a calming effect and only affects the early stages of sleep. Studies are still early, but promising. Continue reading to learn more about GABA and if it may be a suitable alternative to melatonin for you. 

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Signs You're Getting Enough Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 28, 2022 6:03:00 PM

A lot of our content focuses on what not getting enough sleep looks like, which is important because a majority of people do not. However, it's also important to know what the signs are if you are getting enough sleep because you probably are practicing some positive habits that you should aim to maintain.

Below, we are going to discuss signs that you're getting enough sleep, and if you recognize them, then continue doing what you're doing (if it's healthy). If you do not have any, or many, of the signs below, then you may need to make some adjustments to improve your sleep. 

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Underlying Sleep Disorders in Older Adults

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 21, 2022 5:23:00 PM

Older adults commonly have sleep troubles, mostly due to physiological changes that can interrupt normal sleep patterns, but sometimes due to underlying disorders that can manifest into insomnia. It's important to identify these underlying disorders for accurate treatment. Sleep aids can have detrimental effects in elderly adults, so if they can be avoided through accurate diagnoses, then that will be better for their health. 

Below are some common underlying disorders that can negatively affect health. If you think one of these impacts you or a loved one, then it's important to speak with your primary care physician immediately. 

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Connections Between Sleep and Substance Use Disorders

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 21, 2022 7:43:00 AM

Substance abuse disorders and addiction are complicated diseases that involve the overwhelming desire or craving for drugs, alcohol, and other medications of abuse. Addiction and substance abuse disorders can cause turmoil for the individual, families, and can even result in permanent debilitation and death. 

Connections between substance abuse and mental health disorders have been well established, as well as mental health disorders and sleep disturbances. However, now researchers are starting to draw connections between sleep disturbances and substance use disorders. The causes of addiction are multifactorial and include both environmental and biochemical alterations, but sleep may play a key role in the development of addiction. Continue reading to find out more about this relationship. 

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How to get Great Sleep When You're Nervous

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 14, 2022 11:36:00 AM

We have all had those moments where it's the night before Christmas, a birthday, a big interview, test, etc., and it's nearly impossible to sleep. We are wired, excited, nervous, and have too much stimulation to go to sleep. 

Although we feel nervous, it's important for us to still get adequate sleep. If we have a test or interview, the last thing we want to do is look or feel tired. If it's a celebratory day, eventually the lack of sleep will catch up to you and cause an early retirement. 

There are some tips and tricks to try when you need to get good sleep even though you are nervous. 

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Topics: Insomnia, anxiety

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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