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Month: July 2018

Yes, You CAN Sleep Too Much—Here’s Why Oversleeping Is A Problem

In a world where so many of us are struggling to get enough sleep, the issue of sleeping too much might seem like a luxury problem.

It’s actually not. Like insufficient sleep, oversleeping is a sign of disordered sleep. It may be connected to a mental health issue such as depression. It’s often a signal that a person is experiencing poor sleep quality, and it can be a sign of a clinical sleep disorder, including obstructive sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

Sleeping too much is linked with many of the same health risks as sleeping too little, including heart disease, metabolic problems such as diabetes and obesity, and cognitive issues including difficulty with memory. Similar to people who sleep too little, people who sleep too much have higher overall mortality risks.

We talk a lot about insufficient sleep, and the risks that a lack of sleep poses for physical health, mood, relationships, and performance. But oversleeping isn’t something to ignore.

Hypersomnia is the clinical term for excessive sleeping, and excessive sleepiness during the day. Like its counterpart insomnia, hypersomnia has several core symptoms:

  • Sleeping for extended hours at night (typically well beyond the 7-8-hour general norm)
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning (including sleeping through an alarm)
  • Trouble rising from bed and starting the day
  • Grogginess on and off or

Why Do You Get Sleepy When You Drive And What To Do. Can You Pull an All Nighter And Be Fine?

When I was first dating my wife, she would fall asleep on any car ride that was longer than about 15 minutes. My daughter is now the same way. At first I thought it was just that they were tired, or bored.

This week I decided to explore this interesting topic and one that I have given considerable thought to over the years. Recently, there has been a fascinating new research study, from down under (Australia!) which sheds new light on this topic.

Historically I used to think that many people who would fall asleep either while driving or as a passenger in a car were either bored, sleep deprived or afflicted with something called Sopite Syndrome. Sopite Syndrome is a variant of motion sickness, where you don’t feel sick, you get sleepy when moving. This could have something to do with your vestibular system (balance in your inner ear).

However this new study from Australia has shed new light on this very topic. Researchers were able to discover that it is the vibrations at low frequencies ( like we experience when driving cars or trucks) that over time make us feel more and more drowsy. This make perfect sense to ANYONE who has a small child who would only fall asleep when driving them around the block late

Natural Ways To Kiss Snoring Goodbye

Snoring has been the bane of existence of many people. It is so bothersome that both the snorers and their spouses lose sleep on a day to day basis without any promise of relief any time soon. Sleep apnea happens to be incurable and people with the condition only receive palliative treatment so the quality of their lives do not deteriorate that much and they get to sleep better too.

When you think about sleep apnea and snoring, you’d likely associate its treatment with surgery or CPAP, both of which aren’t the cheapest option nor the safest or most comfortable either. Fortunately, over the years, there have been newer and more convenient stop snoring products alternatives in the form of sleep apnea mouthpieces. They are fairly easy to use and quite cost-effective too. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get one because many even offer a free trial so you get a feel for what the device feels like before actually paying for it.

In fact, heavy snoring and sleep apnea may be linked to memory and thinking decline at an earlier age, according to a 2015 study published in Neurology. Since sufferers involuntarily stop breathing during the night, sleep apnea is a serious disorder that requires medical attention. But if you’re ready to put an end to

Alternatives to Crying it Out

The traditional “Cry-it-out” approach to getting your little one to sleep may be effective, but for many parents, it’s just not something they’re comfortable with.

On the other hand, constantly rocking, shushing, or nursing your baby to sleep every time they wake up can create associations that make it harder for baby to fall asleep independently and can result in frequent nighttime wake-ups.

Luckily, there are several options in between these two far ends of the sleep training spectrum. I’ll tell you all about them and help you evaluate which one is right for your family in today’s video.

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New Science On Teen Sleep You NEED To Know

I’m a parent of two teenagers, a boy, 16 and now driving, and a girl, 14. They’re full of energy (just not so much first thing in morning) and they’re busy all day long. School, sports, music, friends – their jam-packed schedules and wide-ranging interests make for lots of long days and nights.

I’m The Sleep Doctor—and getting my teens to sleep as much as their growing bodies and minds need is a challenge. If you’re a parent of a teenager, I’m right there with you in the trenches.

We’ve been learning a lot of important new information about teens’ sleep in recent weeks. I thought I’d bring that information together in one place, to take a closer look at some new details that are important for every parent to know.

A quick primer on teens’ sleep

Before we dive into the latest science on sleep in teens, it’s important to remember that teen sleep works differently than adult sleep. It’s also different from the sleep patterns that teenagers had as younger children. Teenage sleep is a unique time in the sleep lifecycle.

When boys and girls hit puberty, the timing of their biological clocks begins a dramatic shift toward a preference for evenings, a shift that lasts throughout adolescence. Teens’ bio clocks are delayed by much as

What Causes Snoring And Can It Be Stopped?

Virtually everyone on this planet snores at one point or another. There are instances when you are just too tired that you end up making that annoying sound in your slumber without you knowing at all much to the annoyance of the people around you. You literally have no control over it but it has such a big impact on your life.

There are different reasons why a person snores. First is sleep apnea. Take note, though, that not all snorers have sleep apnea yet almost all patients diagnosed with sleep apnea snores in their sleep. Some of the reasons can be the following:

  • Sleep position
  • Age
  • Vice (Alcohol drinking and smoking)
  • Obesity
  • Nasal and sinus problem
  • Body built
  • Medications/Drug Interactions

They all contribute to sleep apnea and can lead to snoring. As annoying as it may be, snoring also serves as a warning to the public that a person’s health and well-being is in grave danger. It is about time you set that appointment with a doctor or a sleep specialist before things get out of hand. Sleep apnea has no cure but it can be managed. Allowing your symptoms to go berserk will only compromise your health even further.

Just about everyone snores at one time or the other through their life time for different reasons, some people

10 Things You Can Do To Make Your Sleeping Medication Or Sleep Supplements More Effective

As many of you know when I work with patients one of the things I try to do is meet them where they are in the process of getting to sleep (or not). That could mean:

  • Working with their doctor to determine a taper schedule to get them off sleep meds
  • Starting cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to begin to replace sleep medication they are currently taking,
  • Trying to help them find the lowest effective dose so that they can still get the benefits of the medication without having too much of it in their system
  • Finally, I am always on the lookout for potential addictions or abuse of the sleep medication as well.

It turns out that sleep medications can have a complicated relationship with the end user. I read an amazing article in Sleep Review magazine by Kristin Daley, PhD CBSM ( a behavioral sleep medicine specialist) this week, that I wanted to add a few ideas too, and explain the information in more detail to everyone, so here goes…

We all know the data that sleep medications are both quick and effective. So, short term I can completely understand why doctors are quick to prescribe them, they work. There is very little out there that can help you “turn off your brain” better than some of the

Signs Your Child’s Snoring Should Be Taken Seriously

It’s often a passing phase, but in some cases, your child’s snoring is a habitual problem that requires treatment, reports Michigan Health.

So how do parents know when snoring is an issue?

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital pediatric sleep specialist Fauziya Hassan, MBBS, M.S., says the answer often lies in what happens when a child isn’t sleeping.

“Problematic snoring can often cause poor quality of sleep that leads to daytime behavioral issues,” Hassan says. “Since it’s unlikely a parent is able to observe their child sleeping each night, these daytime symptoms may actually be the first noticeable signs. However, many parents don’t think to associate them with problematic sleep.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/07/childs-snoring-taken-seriously/…

EPAP Stops the Snore!

Theravent is a disposable adhesive strip that covers the nose and has a one-way valve system, reports NBC-DFW.

Hayes is a widow and sleeps alone. But after sharing a hotel room with her daughter on vacation Hayes knew she needed to find something to stop the snoring.

Get the full story at nbcdfw.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/07/epap-stops-snore/…

Sleep Training When Siblings Share a Room

One of the more common questions I get asked is from parents who have an older child and a new baby sharing a space. The question, as you can probably guess, is “How do I sleep train my baby without disturbing my toddler in the process?”

It’s definitely a tricky situation but I have some tips today to help you minimize the impact on your older child while you teach your baby the skills they need to get the whole family sleeping peacefully through the night.

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