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Managing Stress for Better Sleep

Is stress keeping you up at night? If so, follow these steps to reduce stress and improve the quality of your sleep. Identify your stressors and work toward eliminating them. Do you struggle to make ends meet? Do you live with pain? Do you dislike your boss? These are common stressors that can impact your sleep. Talk about your stressors with the people who care for you. Practice positive thinking to improve how you feel and to reduce stress levels. Avoid negative thoughts such as “I’m a horrible parent” or “We’ll never get out of this mess.” Stay active. Exercise …

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Being a “Night Owl” may be Encoded in our Genes

People with a natural inclination to go to bed later and wake up later than what is typically considered normal (a.k.a Night Owls) are often diagnosed with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD). Their 24 hour sleep-wake cycle is delayed, making them energetic long after most people have fallen asleep. DSPD is estimated to affect 15 percent of the U.S. population. Researchers out of Rockefeller University report they have discovered a genetic variant of the CRY1 gene which actually slows the internal biological clock. This “clock” controls the circadian rhythms, which are the somatic mechanisms within all living creatures that controls patterns …

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April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can effect an individual on so many different levels. Take this time to reflect on the stressors in your life and what you can do to manage them. One way to help keep stress under control is SLEEP! According to The National Sleep Foundation “If you don’t sleep enough at night, your body boosts its levels of stress hormones”. Only furthering the cycle of stress leading to poor sleep and then poor sleep leading to stress or anxiety.

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Study Finds Lack of Sleep Limits Ability to Interpret Facial Expressions

Researchers at the University of Arizona found an association between sleep deprivation and the ability to recognize facial expressions. The study was based on data from 54 participants who were shown photographs of the same male face with varying degrees of fear, happiness, sadness, anger, surprise and disgust. Researchers found that facial expressions — such as an obvious grin or frown were easily identifiable regardless of how much sleep a participant got. However, participants who were deprived of sleep for one night had a harder time identifying facial expressions of happiness or sadness compared to when they were rested. “As …

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World Sleep Day 2017

Join participants from over 72 countries around the world in a global call to action about the importance of sleep. Friday, March 17, 2017 is the 10th annual World Sleep Day. Created and hosted by World Sleep Society, World Sleep Day is an internationally recognized awareness event bringing sleep health professionals and patients together for one important common cause: Sleep. Did you know: Sound sleep is one of the three pillars of good health along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleep is a basic human need, …

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Ugh It’s Time To Spring Forward And Lose An Hour Of Sleep

Daylight Saving Time — setting clocks ahead an hour — goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday March 12th. The National Sleep Foundation says “springing forward” takes more of a toll than “falling back,” largely because most Americans are already plenty sleep-deprived as it is. Even though the clocks change by only an hour, the effects can be noticeable. Giving up just one hour of shuteye can negatively impact how you feel and function during the day. It’s as if you end up with a mild case of jet lag!

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Allergy Season Could Mean Less Sleep

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Allergies are the 5th leading cause of chronic illness in the US. An estimated 40 million people suffer from allergies in the US each year. An allergy is when your immune system reacts to an allergen, or foreign substance that is eaten, inhaled, touched, or injected into your body. Allergic reactions vary from rashes and hives to breathing trouble and even death. A common form of allergies is allergic rhinitis. This is the irritation and inflammation of nasal passages caused by breathed in allergens from sources such as trees, pollen, mold, dust, and pets. Sleep problems are common for people …

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Poor sleep, is it worth it?

Lack of sleep is dangerous to your health. It makes you more susceptible to disease and infection. It causes wounds to heal slower and makes your aches and pains more intense. It increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and in extreme cases leads to death. It is important to see a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping. There are also immediate side effects that can cause physical and mental changes to your body such as morning headaches, daytime drowsiness, irritability, difficulty focusing and low motivation. If your side effects and health risks aren’t enough to send you …

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February is Heart Month

February is heart month. February is when we have our hearts checked and when we commit ourselves to heart-healthy living. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.  On the positive side, there are many ways to reduce our risk of heart disease, and one of the easiest is to get tested and treated for sleep apnea. Evidence continues to show a close relationship between heart disease, including hypertension, and sleep apnea.  When oxygen levels decrease during sleep, blood pressure spikes. This high blood pressure can then carry …

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