Iowa Sleep Blog

The cost of untreated sleep problems

Monday, May 16, 2016
While it might seem easier to push through a hard week or month at work or school by staying late working or studying extra hours, you are actually doing more harm than good. Last month, NPR (http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/26/475287202/many-grouchy-error-prone-workers-just-need-more-sleep) did a report on how sleeplessness impacts workers and the workplace. They found th ..

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  ..

Are sleep problems familial?

Monday, April 18, 2016
There’s probably at least one person in your family, be it your dad, a grandparent or even an aunt, that everyone makes fun of for snoring, sleep talking, or being an insomniac. But did you know that some of those sleep disorders could be familial? Researchers are conducting more studies to find links between the sleep disorders and patterns of parents and their children, as well as conne ..

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  ..

Sleeping for Two: Pregnancy and Sleep

Monday, April 04, 2016
Pregnancy is an exciting time for new mothers and their families, as their bodies are growing, changing and preparing to carry your little bundle (or bundles) of joy. As you progress through the three trimesters, your sleep habits will begin to change, and at some point, it might feel downright hard to sleep at all. To help prepare for sleeping while being pregnant, we’ve gathered up some of t ..

Spring allergies and cleaning your CPAP

Monday, March 28, 2016
We are one week past the official first day of spring, which means (if they haven’t already) spring allergies will be in full effect as the grass begins to grow and the trees blossom. If you experience seasonal allergies, or even a spring cold or two, and also wear a CPAP at night to ease sleep apnea symptoms, it is important to maintain a clean machine to keep it operating at its highest ..

What is sleep talking?

Monday, March 21, 2016
From a few incoherent words, to complete conversations, sleep talking, also technically known as somnliloquy, is a sleep disorder that involves unconscious talking while asleep. While many people assume sleep talking involves saying real words, many times it can be a mixture of noises that don’t sound anything like words. Anyone can experience an episode of sleep talking, but it is most c ..

Sleep Awareness Week 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016
Last week was National Sleep Awareness Sleep Week, and the National Sleep Foundation (https://sleepfoundation.org/) has some tips for better sleep that we think are pretty great. We’ve included them below and added our thoughts. 1.Start making time for the sleep your mind and body needs – Sleep does so many important things for our body, so it’s important to make sure you are ge ..

Don’t lose sleep to daylight saving time

Monday, March 07, 2016
For many, the beginning of daylight saving time marks the beginning of spring, and the unfortunate loss of one hour from the day. Daylight saving time was first enacted in Europe in 1916, in hopes to cut down energy use in the spring and summer, when it stays light out for longer into the evening. Here are a few easy tips to make the “spring forward” time adjustment – happening at 2 a ..