Iowa Sleep Blog

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 ..

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 ..

Shift Work and Sleep Patterns

Monday, April 06, 2015
While many of us are preparing for bed at 9 p.m. each night, others are just starting their workday. With the demands of our 24 hour-global society, shift workers have been critical to production and customer service for companies worldwide. Individuals who work what’s called the “third shift,” or hours outside the standard nine to five working day, are considered shift workers. Some of the mo ..

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Monday, January 26, 2015
Des Moines Register: Find solutions for seasonal affective disorder Experiencing some “winter blues” is nothing new for natives of the Midwest. Maybe it comes about on a cold January morning, when it takes a little extra motivation to get out of a warm bed. These blues and their more serious form, called seasonal affective disorder, are a type of depression that is directly affected by th ..

How to Deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder and Saying Goodbye to the “Winter Blues”

Monday, December 08, 2014
With dropping temperatures and shorter days, it can be hard to feel cheerful and jolly during the cold winter months. If you (or someone you know) seem to drop into a funk you just can’t shake around this time each year, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the changing of seasons each year, usually beginni ..

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 ..

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 ..

5 Healthy Sleep Guidelines for Overnight Workers

Monday, March 31, 2014
If you’re one of the more than 22 million Americans working overnight either in third-shift or on-call positions, you’re likely to have experienced problems sleeping. These shifts often throw off regular sleep patterns and force workers to adjust their internal clocks. However, modifying sleep schedules often leaves these individuals unable to sleep, dealing with insomnia or always ..

How a Consistent Sleep Schedule Helps Control Your Weight

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Stick to a regular sleep and wake time to keep your weight goals on track – especially as we gear up for spring and summer! Sleeping in on weekends may seem like a good way to make up for sleep lost during the previous week. But scientists at Brigham Young University have found that inconsistent sleep patterns can actually influence weight and lead to higher body fat. The study ( ..