Iowa Sleep Blog

Myths Busted: Daylight Savings Time and Sleep

Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday Nov. 2 at 2 a.m. marks the end of Daylight Savings Times and the luxury of gaining back an extra hour of sleep. Many of us can’t wait to spend an extra hour in bed Sunday morning, but make sure you are well prepared for the switch. There are many myths and opinions on how to use this extra hour of sleep, so we’re here to lead you in the right direction. Below are a few commo ..

The Connection Between Depression and Sleep

Tuesday, October 07, 2014
It’s no secret that getting a good night’s sleep helps build both mental and emotional strength. What many don’t realize is that depression and sleep can be closely linked. Depression affects nearly 20 million people in the United States each year. Depression and sleep can go hand in hand since depression can lead to sleep problems, and the inability to fall asleep ..

Healthy Sleep Habits: Picking the Right Mattress and Pillow

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Over the last few weeks, our blog has given an in-depth look at the most common tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Iowa Sleep will help you learn what steps you can take to better improve your sleep and the reasons behind each step. According to the National Sleep Foundation (http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/insomnia), insomnia affects 30-50 percent of th ..

Healthy Sleep Habits: Preparing Your Bedroom for Sleep

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Over the past few weeks, we’ve blogged about the most common tips for getting a good night’s sleep. We at Iowa Sleep want—more than anything—to help you learn what steps you can take to better improve your sleep and the reasons behind each step. Creating a calming oasis in your bedroom should be a top priority when decorating. In fact, it should be one of the  ..

Healthy Sleep Habits: How to Relax Before Bed

Monday, September 15, 2014
In the next few weeks, our blog will give an in-depth look at the most common tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Iowa Sleep will help you learn what steps you can take to better improve your sleep and the reasons behind each step. When your mind is racing and you’re constantly thinking of your to-do list, it can be difficult to relax and prepare for a rest ..

How Electronic Devices Affect Teens’ Sleep

Friday, September 12, 2014
Technology is everywhere, and increasingly, it’s found in children’s and teens’ bedrooms. Checking social media from a smartphone, watching a TV show on a tablet, or playing a video game may seem harmless, but these devices have a significant impact on your amount and quality of sleep. They often are used past a person’s planned bedtime, and their light and sounds have  ..

Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Restless Leg Syndrome

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that targets the lower half of your body, and triggers unpleasant sensations of throbbing, creeping, pulling and the urge to move them around. These symptoms usually occur at night when you are relaxed and trying to fall asleep. The tingly, creeping or pulling sensations keeps almost 10 percent of the U.S. population up at night, making sleeping diffic ..

Healthy Sleep Habits: Avoiding Caffeine and Alcohol Before Bed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
In the next few weeks, our blog will give an in-depth look at the most common tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Iowa Sleep will help you learn what steps you can take to better improve your sleep and the reasons behind each step. If you’ve read our tips for getting a better night’s sleep in past blog posts, you may have noticed that limiting caffeine and  ..

Can Fitness Monitors Help You Sleep Better?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014
If you’re like us here at Iowa Sleep, you’ve been asking what a fitness monitor such as the Fitbit, Jawbone Up or BodyMedia FIT can do for you. We know these devices monitor a myriad of activity, whether that’s exercise, sleep or your normal day-to-day activity such as the number of steps you taken since waking up. But we just had to dig a little deeper…you know, reall ..

How Exercise Improves Sleep

Monday, August 04, 2014
You’ve heard the phrase “sleep is the best medicine,” but sometimes sleep, or more specifically, sleeping well, is the problem. If that’s the case, then exercise may need to be your next prescription. An active lifestyle can help treat or prevent multiple sleep problems, such as obstructive sleep apnea (http://www.iowasleep.com/common-problems/obstructive-sleep-apnea-os ..