Iowa Sleep Blog

What to look for in a Pediatric Sleep Center

Monday, March 26, 2018
What to look for in a Pediatric Sleep Center Children require special attention when undergoing sleep studies so be sure to choose a sleep center with specific pediatric expertise in childhood and adolescent sleep disorders. Parents need to be aware of the following when finding a sleep center appropriate for their child: The Sleep Physician should have experience in the evaluation ..

Healthy Sleep Habits in Children

Monday, March 19, 2018
Developing healthy sleep habits in children From birth, sleep is established as a critical element to overall health and general wellbeing. Getting adequate amounts of sleep helps the body to function at its highest level. When children are young, sleep is something they need, but might not be too interested in, instead favoring a couple extra minutes of playing outside or watching TV.  ..

Traveling with CPAP

Monday, March 12, 2018
If you are flying, here are some tips you may have not been aware of. Your PAP device is considered a piece of medical equipment and therefore should not be counted against you as one of your carry-on (You can check with your airline to make sure of the policy). DO NOT put it your checked luggage. Checked luggage are at times subject to rough handling and your PAP may not arrive in th ..

CPAP Cleaning

Monday, October 16, 2017
By Carol Smith, PA-C. Sleep Medicine Physician Assistant at Iowa Sleep I get many questions on cleaning of CPAP equipment so I decided to write some information about the topic. There are things that need to be done each day and there are things that can be done on a less frequent basis. DAILY : Wash your face before putting mask on. Wash mask liner when removing it in on awakening ..

Hormones, Sleep, and Insomnia--Q & A

Monday, October 09, 2017
Hormones, Sleep, and Insomnia – Q & A 1) Why to women have more insomnia than men? This is true, but it seems strange since slow wave sleep (the deepest stage of sleep) is less in men. The answer lies in aging rate differences in the major sleep inducing center (the VLPO). It deteriorates more rapidly in women. Thus, an imbalance develops between the brain’s sleep and wake cen ..

ADHD and Restless Legs in Children

Monday, June 12, 2017
Both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) & Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) individuals have a common problem – Dopamine deficiency. The difference lies at the major site of dopamine action. Both ADHD and RLS can cause disruptive problems with a need to move, but the treatment for each condition is different. ADHD requires an increased in CNS alertness while RLS requires an increase ..

Sleep and MS

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Written by Carol Smith, PA-C, sleep medicine physician assistant at Iowa Sleep The CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) estimates that 80 % of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have pathological fatigue that does not improve with bed rest and may worsen with physical or mental activity. Studies have shown sleep disorders are a common comorbidity with MS including narcolep ..

Antidepressants and Sleepiness

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Written by Steve Zorn, MD, Board Certified Sleep Physician and Medical Director of Iowa Sleep The use of agents to treat disease and relieve pain have been suggested to date back at least to 5,000 BC with the Sumerians use of opium. Like other medications, antidepressants are very useful. They are used to treat a myriad of health problems such as depression, anxiety, and nerve p ..

Diet and Sleep

Monday, February 06, 2017
What You Eat and When You Eat Can Affect Your Sleep Written by Barbara Zorn, RN, MSN Do you struggle to get enough sleep on a regular basis? If so, you’re in good company. More than a third of adults in the US are regularly getting less than 7 -8 hours of sleep that most people need in order to feel rested, function well, and protect their health. What about Diet? Can di ..

10 Signs of Sleep Apnea

Monday, January 16, 2017
Written by Carol Smith, PA-C There are many different signs of sleep apnea. We have listed the 10 signs that see very frequently in our patients. Snoring. Loud snoring is common but not consistent across the board with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. Lack of snoring does not negate risk of sleep apnea. Gasping or choking arousals from sleep. These symptoms accompanied ..