Iowa Sleep Blog

5 Ways to Help You Adjust After Daylight Saving – Part 2

Thursday, March 13, 2014
So it’s been a couple of days now since we lost an hour of sleep, and some of us may not be feeling 100% rested yet. Those 5 tips we shared in our last blog ( will really help you adjust. But truth be told, you’ll have to follow the tips to feel their beneficial effects. Let’s take a de ..

5 Ways to Help You Adjust After Daylight Saving-Part 1

Monday, March 10, 2014
We’re more than ready to spring forward—particularly after this winter’s weather—but we just had one hour of sleep stolen from us on Sunday (March 9) due to daylight saving time. It’s like the sleep fairy took a vacation and the Grinch slipped in. That hour is gone. And now, we need to get the sleep back. Just like a regular clock, our bodies’ internal c ..

Sleep and exercise

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The National Sleep Foundation has just completed a poll entitled Sleep in America that enables us to note a direct correlation between exercise and better sleep. Individuals that state they moderately exercise, show they had an increased quality of sleep even with sleep periods of the same length. Individuals who reportedly exercise vigorously, note they were twice as likely to have goo ..

Behind the scenes with News channel 5

Friday, July 12, 2013
ABC news channel 5 took a look at what it is like to have a sleep study. ABC5 News Des Moines, IA ( ..

Infants, Self soothe or intervene

Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Temple University Researchers have added to the Journal of Developmental Psychology by giving us a little hint on what to do when our baby or infants cry out at night. Should we allow them to self soothe or intervene? Here is what their guidelines suggest. Infants with genetic or constitutional factors, such as those with "difficult temperaments", seem to have sleeping problems early on ..

Daylight exposure and productivity

Friday, June 21, 2013
The most recent Journal of Sleep published an article that discussed the findings of a link between workplace daylight exposure and quality of life and sleep. Forty nine day shift office workers were examined during this study. Twenty seven individuals were in windowless workplaces and 22 worked in areas with windows. Quality of life was measured using the Short form-36, and sleep q ..

Is simple snoring simply snoring?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Here Is a study I recently found on a Medical News website. This study examined individuals that had untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea and individuals that had simple snoring. Much more than just an irritation to bed partners, snoring can be a precursor to more severe issues. Researchers at the Henry Ford Clinic have found that individuals who snore may be at an even higher risk of cardi ..

Working the night shift

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
People would question me on how I was able to stay awake all night when I worked the night shift. Thankfully, I never had to work a rotating shift or change from a somewhat continuous night schedule. Let’s discuss a few things I personally felt helped me succeed at working a night shift. -Wear dark sunglasses on the way home. I actually have heard of individuals wearing w ..

Narcolepsy...a brief overview

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I think many of us have seen fainting goats or the you tube video of the cute dog having a fainting attack and assume that is what describes narcolepsy. However, narcolepsy is a condition with a vast array of symptoms. Not every individual with narcolepsy has those "fainting attacks" also known as cataplexy. Narcolepsy is actually as common as being diagnosed with Parkinsons or MS. Narc ..