Iowa Sleep Blog

Narcolepsy...a brief overview

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I think many of us have seen fainting goats or the you tube video of the cute dog having a fainting attack and assume that is what describes narcolepsy. However, narcolepsy is a condition with a vast array of symptoms. Not every individual with narcolepsy has those "fainting attacks" also known as cataplexy. Narcolepsy is actually as common as being diagnosed with Parkinsons or MS. Narc ..

Bear...you are how you sleep

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I sat down last evening to see if I could find something interesting to watch on TV as I prepared to start my wind down ritual. I came across the most hilarious thing. Who would of thought the commercials we see today would come up with something new and have us laughing right out loud. Not to endorse any name brands, but here is the link: Tempurpedic has captured my attention. The com ..

New medication

Friday, May 24, 2013
Federal advisory panel on Wednesday endorsed Suvorexant (Merck product). FDA may approve by this fall. Suvorexant belongs to a new class to insomnia agents which block orexin. Orexin is a excitatory neurotransmitter. This would be the first in a new class and it works in a different manner than currently available drugs for insomnia. Before this we had agents that: 1) increa ..

Welcome to the Iowa Sleep Disorders Center Blog

Friday, May 24, 2013
Hello, my name is Deanna and I am going to be one of the main contributors of this blog. My intentions of this blog are to have a casual gathering area of support and information to our patients, their loved ones and whomever would like to join us. Feel free to ask questions, bring up topics you would like to discuss or maybe even share your story with us. I am very excited about this  ..

The sound machine

Friday, May 24, 2013
So I was climbing out of bed this morning with a jolt as my Rooster alarm clock went off. I dismiss my alarm and then secondly I turn off my sound machine. It is quite humorous to think how addicted I've become to this little white box, I once received at a work Christmas party. I love it. I have found that if I crawl into bed, and lay there thinking about numerous items, it immediately da ..