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Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that alters sleep-wake cycles, the 24-hour biological cycles of sleep and wake that drive our urge and need for rest and activity. Narcolepsy is perhaps best known for a single symptom—a sudden, overwhelming urge to sleep that can...read more
Valentine’s Day. Hearts, chocolate, roses, romance… and sleep? It may be surprising, but not getting enough sleep significantly impacts more than just our physical health. Sufficient sleep directly affects the health, quality and even the choices we make in our...read more
“Let me sleep on it.” A common phrase that can mean one or more of the following: I want to delay telling you that the answer is “no.” I can’t make up my mind, so ask me tomorrow. I really need to think about it before making a decision. Does “sleeping on it” make a...read more
We know that we just feel better after a good night’s sleep – or at least most of us know the opposite. The Centers for Disease Control calls sleep deprivation a public health epidemic in the US, with more than 30% of adults getting less than 6 hours of sleep every...read more
If you wake up confused and disoriented you may be experiencing confusional arousal or “sleep drunkenness.” When you are “sleep drunk” you may wake up with slowed speech, appear to be hard to fully wake up, or fail to remember things from the night before. Scientists...read more
The groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling that you experience in the first minutes after coming out of sleep? That sense of not knowing precisely where you are, what time it is or even what day it is? This disorienting, sluggish state actually has a name, and it’s something...read more
Have you heard of obstructive sleep apnea? It’s a sleep disorder that gets overlooked—a lot. As many as 80% of people with OSA may not even know they have it. That’s a shame, for a number of reasons. OSA can really wreak havoc with a sound night’s sleep. A lot of...read more
Most resolutions focus on health and self-improvement, and losing weight is consistently at the top of the resolution list. Keeping a healthy relationship with the scale can be a life-long battle. Exercise and eating a balanced and appropriate diet is not an easy...read more
How do your eating habits influence your sleep? Do you find it hard to fall asleep after a heavy meal, or on an empty stomach? Do spicy foods lead you to have strange dreams? Does a sugary snack before bed help you drift off to sleep, or leave you tossing and turning?...read more
It’s like an orchestra in my bedroom at night—and I am not talking about violins. The symphony I listen to on a nightly basis is one of snoring. Swap out strings and woodwinds for honking and wheezing and you get the idea. Like any of you who snuggle up to a snorer at...read more