Iowa Sleep Blog

How to Maintain Your Child’s Sleep Habits on Vacation

Monday, June 30, 2014
When you plan your family vacations, you probably have a full list of activities to schedule, but have you allowed enough time to sleep and recharge between activities? Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule on vacation will help you feel refreshed while you’re away and once you return – especially if you’re traveling with small children. To get the most out of your family ..

How to Treat Yourself to a DIY Sleep Vacation

Monday, June 23, 2014
When planning your next getaway, consider a sleep vacation. Sleep vacations, which are rising in popularity across the world, typically involve a hotel package that includes a consultation with a sleep expert, physical/mental relaxation exercises, aromatherapy and overnight sleep monitoring. Upscale resorts and hotels in Europe have popularized these holiday retreats, but a sleep v ..

Overcoming Challenges to Summer Sleep

Monday, June 16, 2014
The Summer Solstice – the longest day of light in the year in the Northern Hemisphere – will arrive on Saturday, June 21. Late light at this time of year encourages us to stay awake longer, often making it difficult for children and, sometimes adults, to get a full night’s sleep. Most children resist going to bed when the sun is still shining. Yet they often persist in wa ..

Monitoring Your Sleep Keeps Getting Easier – iPhone Operating System Adds Sleep Activity Tracker

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
We’ve told you about how Fitbits can help your sleep (, but now sleep tracking for iPhone and iPad users will require little more than downloading the phone’s new operating system, iOS8, this fall. Apple announced on Monday ( that iO ..

How Accurately Do Personal Fitness Monitors Measure Sleep?

Monday, June 02, 2014
The proliferation of personal fitness monitors used to measure sleep has prompted researchers to study the accuracy of these devices. Dr. Montgomery Downs, a sleep researcher at West Virginia University, conducted a study designed to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Fitbit when compared with the polysomnography and standard actigraphy tests used by sleep doctors for diagnosis of m ..

How Treating Sleep Disorders Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease

Friday, May 30, 2014
If your family has a history of heart disease, it’s more important than ever to be aware of sleep disorders and their side effects. Although the connection between sleep disorders and heart conditions is not fully defined, there is a relationship between the two. Sleep disorders have been associated with heart conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, stroke,  ..

What Can My Personal Fitness Monitor Tell Me about My Sleep?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A quick note before answering: our free webinar on use of a personal fitness monitor is coming up! The webinar is from 12-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Register at ( Watch from the conveniences of your office or at home! Back to the question Personal fitness monitors—including the Fitbit, the Jawbone UP a ..

Take On Our Better Sleep Month Challenge

Monday, May 05, 2014
It’s time to celebrate, but we’re not blowing up balloons or baking a cake. Instead, we’re planning our May schedules in a way that will allow us to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep every night in honor of Better Sleep Month. The Better Sleep Council ( designated May as Better Sleep Month in 1985 with the original goal of sell ..

Tips to Help Students Get Quality Sleep for Finals

Monday, April 28, 2014
As the end of spring semester approaches, students at high schools and colleges will soon be preparing for a flurry of final exams and writing final papers. The time crunch most students face at this time of year often prompts them to cut back on sleep just when they need it most. Consuming highly caffeinated drinks and pulling an all-night study session before an exam, for example, ..

What Would You Give Up in Exchange for a Good Night's Sleep?

Monday, April 21, 2014
About one in five adults fail to get enough sleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which recommends adults get seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested. If you’re not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, you’re likely to experience excessive daytime sleepiness, as well as negative moods, fatigue, forgetfulness, drowsy ..