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Sleep Disorders

The 5 Stages Of Your Sleep Cycle

Jonathan Long | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Long

Have you ever wondered what happens in our brains and bodies while we are sleeping? Want to know how much sleep you really need in order to be productive and alert?

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever dev...

Brava! Watch This Young Girl Play Piano in Her Sleep

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Sleepwalkers often wander aimlessly when in their somnambulant state. But a young lady in New Zealand had a precise destination in mind: her piano.

Text Alert: The Connection Between Quality Sleep and Quitting Cigarettes

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

The findings suggest that text message-based programs could help improve sleep habits among smokers, which may in turn help them become smoke-free.

Outrage of the Month: FDA Makes Major Blunder After Approving Drug for Rare Sleep Disorder

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Michael Carome, M.D.

Federal regulators are human, and, like everyone else, they make mistakes. The public reasonably expects that, upon discovering a significant mistake, regulators will take appropriate action to correct it.

How Sleep Loss Can Lead to Weight Gain

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

It’s pretty well known that exercise can help you drop a few pounds. But did you know that a good night’s sleep will prevent you from gai...

My Q and A With William Dement, a True Sleep Studies Pioneer

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Dr. William C. Dement, a professor at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, is considered the father of sleep medicine. In answer to my questions, he spoke about his early interest in sleep studies, the scientists who inspired him and how the study of sleep has evolved over half a century. Here is a transcript of our conversation.

Golfer Jason Day's Episode of Vertigo at the U.S. Open Could've Been Triggered by Poor Sleep

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.22.2015 | Sports
Van Winkle's

By all accounts, it was Jordan's event. But many couldn't stop talking about Australian golfer Jason Day. Day tied for ninth alongside Rory McElroy and Shane Lowry, ending the Open at even par, five shots behind Spieth. But his tournament played out in equally dramatic fashion.

A Patient Walks Into a Sleep Clinic With Too Many Red Blood Cells...

Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM

So let's look at the possible ties between an elevated hematocrit (the measurement of red blood cell count relative to blood volume) and sleep disorders.

Could Sleep Apnea Be Tanking Your Daytime Productivity?

Firas Kittaneh | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Firas Kittaneh

Sleep apnea is commonly thought of something that affects only older or overweight individuals, when in reality the face of the condition is much broader. It can affect the young or old, male or female, and out of shape to super fit, so awareness of the condition's signs and effects proves important for everyone.

Seattle in Deep Sleep This Week

Patricia S. Guthrie | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Patricia S. Guthrie

Seattle wasn't sleepless this week. Not after more than 4,000 sleep experts from around the world descended upon the Emerald City for SLEEP 2015, an...

The Mysterious World Of Sleep

Tom Allon | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Allon

What can we do to deal with this growing public health problem? Well, first of all, we have to stop being part of a culture that looks at sleep as a sign of weakness and prizes those who work so hard that they are chronically sleep-deprived.

What Your Midnight Bathroom Break Is Really Trying To Tell You

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living

The Question: I often wake up once (or twice) in the middle of the night to use the bathroom -- even when I said no to that glass of wine before bedti...

How Kids' Sleep Can Be Influenced by Digital Media

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Suren Ramasubbu

Logical moderation is the key to living. There is clearly a dose-response relationship between screen time and sleep and a threshold for screen-based recreation.

PTSD: Not Just in Soldiers, And Not Just in Men

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

PTSD is commonly thought of as something that affects soldiers once they return home from war. The public all too often only sees stories in the media of military veterans returning from overseas and the vast majority of these stories and images feature male soldiers, but women experience PTSD just as often.

Poor Quality Sleep: A Silent Source of Disability in Breast Cancer

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

There are many causes for sleep disturbances in breast cancer sufferers, including age, socioeconomic status, lifestyle choices, and other co-existing medical conditions. Some of the prominent contributors to poor sleep, however, are the treatments themselves.

Your Sleeping Troubles Might Be Causing You Physical Pain

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Cold showers are rarely fun. But if you suffer from insomnia, they can be downright painful. A new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Hea...

11 True-Life Stories That Explain What It's Really Like To Sleepwalk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bourassa | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living

Some sleepwalkers wake up in a different room than where they fell asleep. Others find themselves eating from the refrigerator. While still others eve...

Sofa Time Disrupts Sleep Time: Can an Apple Watch Help?

Rakesh Bhattacharjee | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Rakesh Bhattacharjee

Excessive sitting time reduces physical activity, promoting cardiovascular disease, and excessive sitting also disturbs sleep, which itself promotes cardiovascular disease. Therefore the detrimental effects of inactivity are compounded.

6 Things No One Tells You About Sleepwalking

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bourassa | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living

I woke up in the middle of the night one night last year, and my boyfriend was missing from his side of the bed. I fell back asleep, assuming he was j...

5 Important Sleep Factors Most People Don't Think About

Ben Greenfield | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Ben Greenfield

Whether you're concerned about that one hour of sleep you lose when the clock springs forward, or whether you simply want to enhance your sleep, fall asleep faster, or improve your physical and mental performance by sleeping better or longer, you're about to discover five important sleep factors most people don't think about, but probably should.

Trouble Sleeping? Second Annual Insomnia Awareness Day Is March 9

Timothy Morgenthaler, MD | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Timothy Morgenthaler, MD

By raising awareness about insomnia, and by letting people know they are not alone and treatment options are available, I hope that people who are suffering will seek help and improve their quality of life. You do not need to let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well.

Too Little Sleep Could Kill You?

Timothy Morgenthaler, MD | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Timothy Morgenthaler, MD

Sleeping more than eight hours has never been proven to be a cause of poor health. A more likely explanation is that excessive sleep could indicate an underlying health problem, like heart disease, diabetes or sleep apnea, which actually do increase your risk of stroke.

3 Myths About Sleep, Busted

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

At night, you can't sleep. In the morning, you can't wake up. Sound familiar? Get back on track with these three myths and facts about sleep.

In Sickness and In Sleep: Married to a Chronic Sleep Walker

Courtney Perry | Posted 04.19.2015 | Comedy
Courtney Perry

My sleep stories have definitely been a source of comedy in our relationship, but we recently wondered if there may actually be something wrong with me, and my brain. While Isaac would argue that yes, there is definitely something wrong with me (sleep disorder or not), a visit to a neurologist and a gold star on my sleep study proved otherwise.