Iowa Sleep Blog

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 ..

Alcohol and Sleep

Monday, January 09, 2017
by Diedre (Dede) Benson, ARNP Many people will have a “night cap” to help them fall asleep at night. It can help you fall asleep faster, but your sleep is more fragmented. You get less of the deeper stages of sleep that can worsen untreated sleep apnea and affect memory consolidation. Often times people consume the alcohol for the sedating effect. The problem with drinking to help fall ..

Technology and New Year Resolutions

Monday, January 02, 2017
Technology that can Help Your New Year’s Sleep Resolutions On average, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and one of the most popular is to sleep more or set a better sleep schedule. Many start out motivated in January, but find themselves losing steam by February and March. Set yourself up for success by using an app to help track your progress and keep you ..

How holiday treats can affect sleep

Monday, November 21, 2016
The holiday season brings family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food, especially festive, holiday treats that only come around during this time of year. But, don’t over indulge in some of these special items as it can affect your sleep at night. Below we recap how the following popular holiday food items can affect your sleep at night: Alcohol Having an alcoholic bever ..

CPAP Cleaning Procedure

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
If you wear Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy, you were walked through the steps in cleaning your equipment. For many, that may have been a long time ago, in a place far, far away…so let us have a refresher! One of the most important factors in determining compliance with PAP wear (aside from mask fit) is taking proper care of your equipment. For therapy to be successful, y ..

Am I Getting Enough Sleep?

Monday, November 07, 2016
In today’s busy world we all try to cut corners somewhere to fit in all that we want or need to do. Regretfully for many cutting back on sleep seems like a reasonable solution. Over time sleep loss of even just 1-2 hours per night can result in sleep deprivation. There’s a big difference between the amount of sleep your body and brain needs to the amount of sleep you can get by with. This ..

Don't let Daylight Saving Time ruin your sleep

Monday, October 31, 2016
The end of Daylight Saving Time tends to be more exciting than the beginning, since we gain an extra hour of sleep. "Falling back" can be helpful in many ways, including our daily schedules. The slight shift of the clock means the sun will rise earlier in the mornings, which can make it easier to get up in the morning, but it can also throw off your routine for a couple days, too. Gaining back ..