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Sleep Disorders

Sleep Problems for Soldiers and Vets

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The frequency of sleep problems including insomnia and other forms of disordered sleep among military personnel is alarming and strongly suggests the need for more attention directed at treatment and prevention.

What to Expect At A Sleep Study

Sam Cross | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Sam Cross

A diagnostic sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram (PSG), is a technique used to identify the presence of sleep disorders. At its core, a PSG simply involves connecting a patient to monitoring equipment and recording his or her sleep for a night.

How a Light Bulb Can Help You Sleep Better

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Light plays a crucial role in helping the body function normally and produce the right amount of the essential hormone melatonin.

5 Reasons You Can't Sleep

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

With chronic insomnia there is always a lot to the story... which is why over-the-counter and single agent medications don't always do the trick. We need to view insomnia as a symptom and look at what else is going on.

Is Nighttime Teeth Grinding Dangerous?

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

For many years (centuries even), physicians and dentists alike have been perplexed as to the cause of this nocturnal behavior. However, we now understand that a significant cause of nocturnal bruxism is airway instability during sleep.

Chronic Illness and Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The sleep problems associated with illness are an aspect of health management and treatment that isn't discussed nearly enough.

Advice For The Night Owl Dreaming Of An Earlier Bedtime

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

This case illustrates that sleep hygiene guidelines and non-specific treatment (general psychotherapy) are not typically effective in treating sleep disorders. Sometimes other sleep disorders such as a circadian rhythm disorder can masquerade as insomnia.

2 Curious Reasons You May Be Gaining Weight While You Sleep

Posted 09.19.2013 | Healthy Living

By Robert Rosenberg, DO I find it fascinating that while asleep and in a prolonged fasting state, our blood sugar does not drop. A similar period...

Living With Night Terrors

Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living

By Vanessa Caceres Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, M.D. You've probably had your share of nightmares interrupting a sound sleep, but nigh...

Rachael Grannell

How Does The Brain Go From Unconsciousness To Wakefulness?

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachael Grannell | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living

Researchers are gaining a better understanding of how the brain transitions from a state of unconsciousness to wakefulness. A barrier to awareness, c...

What Cats Can Teach Us About Sleep

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

Become a copycat. Experiment with carrying elements of sleep with you throughout the day. Not as sleepiness or fatigue, but in the form of a comfortable sense of serenity, poise and relaxation.

What You Need To Know About Sleep Talking

Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jennifer Warner Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, M.D., MPH "A maxi dress, is that only good for one wear?" said Chris Longstreet, 38, a...

When Sleepwalking Turns Dangerous

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

There is now good evidence that parts of the brain may be awake while other parts are asleep. Sleepwalking is a premiere example: The portion of the brain capable of generating complex behaviors is awake while those portions which normally monitor our activity and lay down memory of our behaviors are asleep.

WATCH: Why Do We Sleepwalk?

Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living

Even though it's relatively common -- nearly one in three people will sleepwalk at some point in their lives -- sleepwalking is frequently misundersto...

Poor Sleep In Pregnancy Can Lead To Complications At Birth

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleeping well during pregnancy is a challenge -- but it doesn't have to be impossible. For many women, it may mean taking some extra time and paying extra attention in order to protect both quantity and quality of sleep as a pregnancy progresses.

5 Health Problems That Could Be Keeping You Up At Night

Posted 08.16.2013 | Healthy Living

There are nights when you lie awake in bed cursing that afternoon cup of coffee or the neighbors' loud music. But some sources of sleep troubles are h...

How This Southern Rock Band Makes Time For Sleep

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Touring is a difficult job, and Sons of Bill are doing their best to find ways to balance their love of music and need for sleep.

LOOK: The Surprising Number Of People With Sleep Disorders

Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living

As more and more people come to terms with the importance of getting enough -- and good quality -- sleep, researchers in turn are digging deeper into ...

Insomnia Impairs Emotional Regulation

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The relationship between disordered sleep and emotional health is an intricate one, as each can influence the other for better and worse.

4 Of The Strangest Sleep Disorders Ever

Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living

Turns out, sleep isn't defined by the binary way we describe it: You aren't simply awake or asleep. Instead, there are other states of slumber -- simp...

Challenging Conventional Wisdom About Sleepwalking

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

New research has produced what may be a clearer picture of sleepwalking, its possible mechanisms, and its risk factors. The analysis also challenges some common beliefs about the sleep disorder -- beliefs that, if outdated, could interfere with diagnosis and treatment.

3 Insomnia Symptoms That Could Hurt Your Heart

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There is an abundant -- and ever-growing -- body of evidence that indicates sleep plays an important role in cardiovascular health.

ADHD Or Sleep Disorder: Are We Getting It Wrong?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, who is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center, makes a powerful argument for the need to consider sleep problems as a possible cause when evaluating patients for ADHD.

Investigating A Curious Narcolepsy Case

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Although this was clearly more than just narcolepsy, it was possible that the constellation of symptoms was due to a small genetic alteration that included both a narcolepsy-causing gene and a mitochondrial gene located close by on the same chromosome.

Things I'm Noticing During Menopause

Laurie Ember | Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty
Laurie Ember

I'm noticing that my friends mean more to me than they ever did. My children are now my best friends. My husband is still the love of my life. My dogs make me laugh on even the worst day.