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  • Sleep Myths and Misunderstandings

    Whether you are eight months old or are in your eighties, you need sleep. Experts say that the average adult requires somewhere between seven and nine hours spent sleeping every single night in order to maintain optimum health and cognitive acuity. As sleep scientists delve deeper into why we sleep, how we sleep and what we can do to make our sleep more effective, they are also rapidly disproving a number of long-standing sleep misconceptions. Here are several sleep myths that have been disproven, and an eye-opening look into the truth behind sleep. Continue reading

  • Caring for your mattress, old and new

    If you’ve just purchased a new mattress, congratulations!  A mattress is a real investment in your health and the quality of your life, and it is important that you know exactly how to care for it in order to protect it for the full length of its useful life.  It is also important that when you’re about to put the new mattress in place, you know how to get rid of your old one.  Here is some helpful advice for disposing of your old mattress. Continue reading

  • What is Primary Insomnia

    A diagnosis of primary insomnia sounds like it would be the first and most prevalent type, but in fact primary insomnia is infrequently seen. When a person is diagnosed with primary insomnia it means that their sleep problems are not caused by or a symptom of another medical condition. Insomnia that is secondary to or symptomatic of another condition appears far more frequently, and is much easier to treat.

    People who suffer from primary insomnia fall into one of two categories. The first, and most common is a result of conditioning. It is officially referred to as psychophysiological insomnia, though some sleep specialists refer to it as conditioned or learned insomnia. The first indication that a sleep professional gets that the patient they are interviewing may be suffering from this condition is when they describe themselves as being extremely anxious or experiencing great stress when thinking about or trying to get to sleep. One of the reasons that this is considered to be a conditioned response is that most patients find relief when they are outside of their normal sleep environment where there are so many things that remind them of previous nights’ struggles with getting to sleep.  Continue reading

  • Insomnia Related to Depression

    Though many people associate depression with people staying in bed all day long, this may be a false representation of a depressed person – and even if it is correct staying in bed is a far cry from sleeping. Depression and other psychological or emotional problems are often the illness for which insomnia is the symptom.  The difficulty in connecting the dots between insomnia and depression often lies in the fact that when people are suffering from psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression or phobias that may contribute to insomnia, others around them are not aware of these psychological problems. Though most people think of depression as simply being sad, that is not the case. Those who suffer from depression experience a sense of hopelessness, disinterest, anxiety or sadness that impacts every aspect of their lives. Continue reading

  • Sleep Apnea and Snoring

    Though most people have heard of sleep apnea, few realize exactly how prevalent it is or how dangerous it is.  This is extremely unfortunate, as many people suffer from health problems that would be eliminated if only their apnea was diagnosed; many others die without ever having any idea that they were living with a nightly time bomb. People who suffer from sleep apnea simply stop breathing every single night, repeatedly. Their throats close while they are sound asleep and the body struggles to survive without air – sometimes for up to a minute before the oxygen level falls to such a precipitous depth that the brain awakens the body and forces it to gasp for air. The sleeper is not aware that they have experienced this suffocation, or that they have been woken up by it. It returns to sleep, having suffered the effect of oxygen deprivation as well as being robbed of restful sleep. The sleeper has no memory or knowledge of the event the next day, though they are likely exhausted and their internal organs suffer as a result of the stress that they have been put through. Continue reading

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