Understanding Prolonged Sleep Latency and Strategies for Better Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 21, 2024 11:38:00 AM

For many, the transition from wakefulness to sleep is seamless and natural. However, some individuals find themselves tossing and turning, with the elusive embrace of sleep evading them for an extended period. This phenomenon is known as prolonged sleep latency, a condition that can leave one yearning for restful slumber. In this blog post, we'll delve into the intricacies of prolonged sleep latency, explore its potential causes, and unveil strategies to address this challenge and welcome the gift of a peaceful night's sleep.

Read More

How Schizophrenia can Disrupt Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 27, 2023 8:46:00 AM

Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder that is characterized b y hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized or paranoid thinking. 

This condition is lifelong, and often needs treatment for the entirety of one's life. Schizophrenia first appears in one's mid 20s, but it can occur earlier or later. 

Some original symptoms include disruption to your usual sleep pattern and can lead to insomnia and increased sleep latency. Circadian rhythm disruption is also an early sign of schizophrenia and can appear prior to any delusions, hallucinations, or other noticeable symptoms. 

The relationship between schizophrenia and sleep are closely related, and understanding the relationship may help with management and treatment. Continue reading to find out more about this relationship. 

Read More

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. 

Read More

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. 

Read More

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. 

Read More

What is sexsomnia?

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 23, 2022 2:39:00 PM

Sexsomnia, also known as sleep sex, is a type of parasomnia disorder. Parasomnia disorders are those that happen while you are asleep, and supposed to be "paralyzed" essentially. People with sexsomnia engage in sexual behaviors, like masturbation, sexual movements, sexual aggression or initiating sex while they are asleep. Their eyes may be open and they may be making noises, but they are unaware of their behavior once they wake up. 

Sexsomnia can cause a lot of shame and distress for individuals with it, and any bed partners. Here is some more information about what it is and how it can be addressed. 

Read More
Topics: Sleep Disorders

Thyroid Problems and Insomnia

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 18, 2022 8:58:00 AM

There is a gland in your neck called the thyroid. It produces thyroid hormone that is responsible for regulating many processes in your body. When the gland no longer produces these hormones, it can have detrimental effects on many processes, including sleep. Continue reading to find out if your thyroid may be the reason you're having trouble sleeping. 

Read More

How Cortisol Affects Your Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 11, 2022 8:33:00 AM

Cortisol is known as the stress hormone in your body. It is released from the hypothalamic-pituitary axis (HPA) which is a part of your brain that is responsible for the release of several key hormones in your body. Cortisol has a variety of functions, and when normal, is essential for key body functions. However, when levels of cortisol are abnormal, there are some key consequences, including your sleep. Continue reading to find out how cortisol affects your sleep. 

Read More

Insomnia with Diabetes

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 4, 2022 7:42:00 AM

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States. It is also the 7th leading cause of death. The most common form is Type 2 Diabetes which is an acquired condition of insulin resistance. There are many factors that play into the development of this disease including genetics, lifestyle, and habits. One of those habits is sleep. There is a tight relationship between sleep and diabetes, and understanding management of one may help the other. Continue reading to find out more about this relationship and what you can do about it. 

Read More

Regulating Blood Sugar Levels in Shift Workers

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 27, 2022 7:15:00 AM

Shift workers are those whose work schedule falls outside of the normal 9-5. They are often in healthcare, construction, manufacturing, or some other field that requires odd work hours. Although there are benefits to taking these shifts, this shift wreaks havoc on your health. Continue reading to find out ways to regulate your blood sugar as a shift worker. 

Read More

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all