Iowa Sleep Blog

Stay Alert and Arrive Alive - Drowsy Driving Prevention Week 2015

Monday, November 02, 2015
It is so important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night, especially if you’re getting behind the wheel. Whether you’re a long distance trucker, shift worker, or just have a long commute in the mornings, ensuring you are well-rested behind the wheel is extremely important for your safety and others on the road. Feeling tired behind the wheel is called drowsy driving. Below are so ..

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 ..

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 ..

Why sleep is important for high school athletes

Monday, September 21, 2015
No matter what age you are, sleep is important. Making sure you are getting enough shut eye is extremely important for high school students, but it’s even more important for high school athletes. These athletes have a lot on their plates these days – hours of practices, games, training sessions, homework and keeping up with their friends and family. With all this going on, it can be easy for t ..

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 ..

How Sleep Changes As You Age

Monday, August 17, 2015
Getting enough sleep each night is an important part of overall health and wellbeing, as well as being something we are each completely in control of. As we progress through the different stages of life, our sleep needs change. Here are just a few of the ways our sleep habits adjust with age: Infants Growing newborns will spend anywhere from 16 to 20 hours asleep a day and sometimes o ..