sleep disorders

Shift Work and Lark / Night Owl Tendencies

Even though most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep in a 24-hour day, exactly when our bodies naturally tend to fall asleep and wake up each day can vary. Scientists believe that people have inherent differences in when they sleep and wake best. This natural pattern is a chronotype. Whether you’re a night owl (an evening …

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How Shift Work Affects the Circadian System

When you understand how the body’s circadian systems work, it’s easy to see how keeping an irregular schedule will affect this internal timekeeper. Shift work creates a misalignment between your internal clock and the outside world. When this happens, your body’s timekeeper sends you signals that conflict with the activities you’re trying to do. This may cause your …

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Living & Coping With Shift Work Disorder

Shift work disorder can affect your health, as well as your performance and safety on the job. Physical Health  Shift work has been linked to certain chronic diseases and illnesses. Long-term night shift work is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, as well as metabolic problems, heart disease, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems and obesity. Insufficient …

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Top Universities Criticize Society for Neglecting Sleep

A recent report in news health documents sentiments from top university researchers who criticize “people and governments” for being “supremely arrogant” in ignoring the importance of sleep. The researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities told BBC’s Day of the Body Clock that lack of sleep was leading to “serious health problems.” The …

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Nationwide “Sleep campaign” launched as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project

AASM Launches Sleep Well, Be Well Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority A nationwide “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign is being launched this week as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). …

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Have a History of Difficulty Sleeping?

If you’ve noticed a long-term pattern of difficulty sleeping, you may have insomnia. Whether you’ve been unable to fall asleep, stay asleep, or you wake too early, there are tests and treatments that can improve your sleep. The National Sleep Foundation’s insomnia resource center is a helpful source for understanding when, where, and how to …

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New Study Validates Bright Light Therapy

One of the lead researchers on a Harvard Medical School study told delegates at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 66th Annual Meeting that “Light therapy may be a novel nonpharmacological intervention for Parkinson disease.” Aleksandar Videnovic, MD, Clinical Neurological Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, declared that bright-light therapy is safe and …

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Time Magazine Declares Sleep the “New Health Frontier”

Sleep specialists and sleep lab directors can now say, “I told you so,” thanks to an April 2014 Time Magazine feature that boldly declares sleep as nothing less than the “New Health Frontier.” The 1,300-plus word article in the venerable news magazine quotes prominent sleep physicians who readily declare sleep as one of the three …

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Alzheimer’s onset could be triggered by sleep disturbances

Alzheimer’s onset could be triggered by sleep disturbances Tuesday 18 March 2014 – 8am PST Chronic sleep problems can inflame a number of health problems, fromwidespread pain to speeding up cancer. Though sleep disturbances have been observed in people with Alzheimer’s disease, whether this is a cause or effect has been unknown. Now, researchers say …

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Snore? Diagnosed with sleep apnea? Have a CPAP?

Here are some facts concerning snoring & sleep apnea and how we are the # 1 source for treatment that really works. Obviously our website goes into greater detail but these notes will give you the overall picture of what this is all about. If you snore or you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed …

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Sleep Apnea Treatment: Does Sleep Apnea Wear Down Your Brain?

Sleep Apnea Treatment: Does Sleep Apnea Wear Down Your Brain? CPAP and Oral Appliances Save Lives! Nasal Obstruction is a Significant Factor in Sleep Apnea. Is There a Major Flaw in Sleep Research? Is ADHD Preventable? GURNEE, IL, January 27, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ – The current study from Yale was published in the December 2008 issue …

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Poor Sleep in Gulf War Vets May Be Tied to Brain Changes

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There may be a link between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter in the brains of Gulf War veterans, a new study suggests. Using MRI scans and a sleep quality assessment, researchers found that sleep disturbances among 144 Gulf War vets were associated with less gray matter in the frontal lobe …

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Are we are over-diagnosing our kids with ADHD?

What if it’s actually sleep deprivation caused by a sleep disorder like sleep apnea? The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine has research that supports this possibility. From a CNN post: “We as orthodontists and dentists who see children regularly have an opportunity to recognize the possibility that a child is at risk for sleep apnea …

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