Iowa Sleep Blog

Alcohol and Sleep

Monday, January 09, 2017
by Diedre (Dede) Benson, ARNP Many people will have a “night cap” to help them fall asleep at night. It can help you fall asleep faster, but your sleep is more fragmented. You get less of the deeper stages of sleep that can worsen untreated sleep apnea and affect memory consolidation. Often times people consume the alcohol for the sedating effect. The problem with drinking to help fall ..

Technology and New Year Resolutions

Monday, January 02, 2017
Technology that can Help Your New Year’s Sleep Resolutions On average, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and one of the most popular is to sleep more or set a better sleep schedule. Many start out motivated in January, but find themselves losing steam by February and March. Set yourself up for success by using an app to help track your progress and keep you ..

How holiday treats can affect sleep

Monday, November 21, 2016
The holiday season brings family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food, especially festive, holiday treats that only come around during this time of year. But, don’t over indulge in some of these special items as it can affect your sleep at night. Below we recap how the following popular holiday food items can affect your sleep at night: Alcohol Having an alcoholic bever ..

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 ..

ADHD and Sleep

Monday, October 24, 2016
In my Sleep Fellowship training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, I was allowed the opportunity to work closely with both Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists.This experience afforded me an understanding that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Sleep disorders can often present together. Clinically, this can be challenging; particularly in children, where an a ..

Is your child getting enough sleep?

Monday, May 09, 2016
Sleep. It’s one of those things we dreaded as children, look forward to as adults, and is absolutely essential to allow our bodies to function at their highest level. But, it’s not always easy to convince young children to go down for a nap or get ready for bed each night. By the time a child turns two, most have spent more time sleeping than awake. According the National Sleep Foundation ..

Better Sleep Month 2016

Monday, May 02, 2016
May is the Better Sleep Council’s Better Sleep Month (http://bettersleep.org/press-room/better-sleep-month), which helps bring focus and attention to the important role sleeping well plays into leading healthy, productive lives. To celebrate sleeping well every night, we put together some of our favorite tips to sleeping well to kick off the month. The whole list is below, but ..

Quality vs. Quantity – What’s more important for sleep?

Monday, April 25, 2016
In the busy lives of people in the U.S., the phrase, “you can sleep when you’re dead” is used all too often. In reality, sleep is an extremely important part of keeping our bodies operating in tip-top shape. It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between how you feel after a good night’s sleep, and how you feel when you’ve been burning the midnight oil. Many people, especially postpartum  ..

How to sleep better with ADHD

Monday, April 11, 2016
For many, the ability to fall asleep at night does not come easy. They feel distracted or hyperactive and unable to focus on just one thing, such as relaxing and getting ready for sleep. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about nine percent of children and four percent of adults in the U.S., and really has an impact on sleep. When you have ADHD, it can be hard to focus on  ..