Iowa Sleep Blog

I've been diagnosed with OSA--now what?

Monday, October 19, 2015
If you’ve ever been told you snore, or suddenly stop breathing during your sleep, you may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where a sleeper experience one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths because of excess skin blocking the airway the throat while they are asleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a couple seconds to more than 30 seconds ..

Can you avoid nightmares?

Monday, October 12, 2015
If any time of year will trigger nightmares, it’s probably the fall season. Autumn begins with scary movies at Halloween and continues through the stress of back to back to back holidays Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. It’s not to say that a traditionally happy time of year itself would cause nightmares, but stress can. Other major life events such as marriage, divorce, pregnancy and star ..

The link between obstructive sleep apnea and depression

Monday, October 05, 2015
During Iowa’s colder months or periods during of stressful events in our lives, it’s natural to occasionally feel sad or “down in the dumps.” However, when that feeling seems to linger for longer periods of time, it could be a sign of depression. How does this relate to sleep? Well, individuals who experience depression are also more likely to have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. OSA occu ..

Falling asleep with insomnia

Monday, September 28, 2015
After a long day, there is nothing better than crawling into bed and letting your head hit the pillow. For many people though, this is not their reality, as they instead spend hours tossing and turning while sleep eludes them. This inability to fall or stay asleep is considered insomnia, and in the U.S., one in three people experience insomnia each night. It can affect almost anyone, but women ..

Sleep Apnea Support Groups

Monday, September 14, 2015
Even though sleep is something that is seen as a universal, it can be hard to admit that you’re having problems with falling or staying asleep at night. Support groups are a popular method of education and support for a variety of health and wellness related topics, one in particular being sleep apnea. For many with sleep disorders, attending support groups and connecting with others who  ..

What it means to be sleep deprived

Monday, September 07, 2015
Many of us wake up in the morning feeling, well, not well rested. In fact, more than 48 percent of people in the U.S. say they are not getting enough sleep at night. But, there is a difference between not sleeping well during a stressful week at work and consistently not sleeping well night after night. When you continually skimp on sleep is when your body becomes sleep deprived. It’s easy ..

What is narcolepsy

Monday, August 31, 2015
Many people wake up some mornings feeling tired, but others wake up every day feeling that way, and it persists throughout their day. Narcolepsy ( is a chronic sleep disorder that involves poor control of a person’s sleep and wake cycles. People who suffer from this sleep disorder find it difficult to stay awake for long periods of time, rega ..

How to Wake Up Refreshed in the Morning

Monday, August 24, 2015
We’ve all woken up feeling like our heads had just hit the pillow every once in a while. And that makes it hard to look forward to waking up when you’re always tired in the mornings. While lack of enough sleep and lack of quality sleep are typical culprits of waking up feeling tired, there are a number of tricks you can try to help jumpstart your day and make it easier to feel refreshed a ..

Tips for Better Sleep Month

Thursday, May 21, 2015
May is Better Sleep Month, so we’ve decided to explore some common myths about sleeping: MYTH: If I can’t fall asleep, I should stay in bed until I do. While this is how we are trained when we are younger, it doesn’t hold true as adults. If you find yourself lying in bed for more than 20 minutes trying to fall asleep, get up and out of bed. If you can, go sit somewhere with low lighti ..

Five Tips For Sleeping Well During Finals

Monday, May 11, 2015
The end of the semester and school year can be stressful, as students rush to finish projects, study for exams and write papers. Students get so busy during this time, sleep frequently gets pushed aside in order to stay up for a few extra hours to stay on top of their to-do lists. It should come as no surprise that students are one of the most sleep deprived demographics in our population. But ..