Iowa Sleep Blog

Melatonin and other natural sleep aids

Monday, January 25, 2016
Getting ready for bed each night should be something you look forward to after a long day. But for many people, getting ready for bed means tossing and turning while sleep eludes them. In fact, 48 percent of Americans report occasional insomnia, while 22 percent experience insomnia every, or almost every night, and women are twice more likely to experience insomnia than men. To combat ins ..

1916 to 2016: How sleep habits have changed over time

Monday, January 18, 2016
Many things have changed as time has progressed – technology, fashion and lifestyles. But one thing that has stuck around is sleep. No matter what else changes, our bodies need sleep to keep us functioning at our highest level. While we sleep, our bodies repair themselves, preserve memories and clean out the brain for the next day. Although the need for quality sleep each night has not ch ..

Alternative treatments for OSA

Monday, January 11, 2016
Have you been struggling with your obstructive sleep apnea because you find it hard (or annoying) to sleep with your Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask on? We’re here to tell you there are other options to sleeping well each night with OSA, besides using a CPAP. We’ve listed some of them below. * CPAP is still considered the gold standard for treating OSA, there are other options. ..

Want to lose weight? Sleep more.

Monday, January 04, 2016
Who knew, right? If your New Year’s resolution is get back into shape and maybe lose a few of those extra pounds in the process, the simple act of sleeping more can help aid in your weight loss and fitness journey. Sleep does more than just energize you for the day – it also does a multitude of other things, like: Allows muscles to repair themselves – When you sleep, the body is busy r ..

Why you should turn off electronics before bed

Monday, December 28, 2015
From young children to students to adults, our days are busy, stressful and, quite frankly, tiring! The need (or requirement) to be accessible and plugged in 24/7 is taking a toll on our sleeping habits, making it harder to fall or stay asleep. Many electronics, like TVs, tablets, computers and phones emit a blue light that disrupts our body’s natural sleep cycle, keeping us awake whe ..

What causes sleep walking?

Monday, December 21, 2015
We’ve all seen it in the movies. A sleeping character is suddenly standing up and walking around while sound asleep. The character is sleepwalking, and when they awake, they usually have no clue what they had been doing. While it may seem like something for the movies, sleepwalking affects anywhere between 1-15 percent of the U.S. population each year. About sleepwalking Formally ..

At-home snoring remedies

Monday, December 14, 2015
In the U.S., 45 percent of adults experience some sort of snoring each night. But the person who is snoring is not always the only one affected by the snoring. This means that far more than 45 percent of U.S. adults could actually be impacted by snoring. Snoring occurs when a sleeper experiences a blocked or narrow airway passage, which causes the soft palate and uvula at the back of the  ..

Holiday gift ideas for the sleeper in your life

Monday, December 07, 2015
Still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list? The best gift you can give a loved one is quality sleep at night, as 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Use this holiday season to encourage better sleep hygiene with some fun and unique gifts. Here are a few recommendations from the sleep doctors at Iowa Sleep: Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy harnesses the power of ..

Common things that aggravate obstructive sleep apnea without you realizing it

Monday, November 30, 2015
It doesn’t matter if you’ve suffered from obstructive sleep apnea for years or a couple weeks, there are many things, large and small that can affect OSA. In fact, there are more than 22 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea each night. But, did you know that some of these sneaky but common things could also be aggravating your OSA? Check out Iowa Sleep’s list below: Foods – There  ..

Sleeping well during the holidays

Monday, November 16, 2015
The holiday season is a joyful time of year, full of family, friends, and giving thanks for the many blessing we each have. But, it can also be stressful between the shopping, parties, events and travel, whether that’s around Des Moines or outside of Iowa. Don’t let the stress of the “most wonderful time of the year” start affecting how you sleep at night. Here are a couple easy tips ..