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GOT Congestion?

September 16, 2015

One of the most difficult things to deal with when trying to obtain a good nights sleep is nasal congestion. Moreover, if you are a CPAP user, congestion can create a world of troubles. There are many nasal decongestant products on the market, some stimulate you when your trying to relax, others, like nasal sprays, can lead to horrible rebound congestion. I have always been a fan of natural medicines and would prefer a natural remedy, rather than ingesting a synthetically created product, even if our FDA says its safe (because they have never been wrong before...). The only issues with natural products is they sometimes take a little longer than I would like to work. I recently was introduced to a product called Respigard, created by Natures Nurse, using red mangroves. These mangroves have survived some harsh living environments and have developed some neat characteristics. A study conducting with Dr. Carroll (Largest Asthma Institute in US) in Atlanta found that 79% of his...

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

August 15, 2015

What is periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)?Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a condition that was formerly called sleep myoclonus or nocturnal myoclonus. It is described as repetitive limb movements that occur during sleep and cause sleep disruption. The limb movements usually involve the lower extremities, consisting of extension of the big toe and flexion of the ankle, the knee, and the hip. In some patients, the limb movements can occur in the upper extremities as well.The limb movements occur most frequently in light non-REM sleep. The repetitive movements are separated by fairly regular intervals of 5 to 90 seconds. There can be significant night-to-night variability to the frequency of limb movements.What causes PLMD?The exact cause of PLMD is unknown. However, several medications are known to make PLMD worse. These medications include some antidepressants, antihistamines, and some antipsychotics.Many individuals have periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS). This...

Athletes and Sleep Apnea Article

July 30, 2015

Athletes and Apnea: Finding the Common Link By Gina Roberts-Grey Obstructive sleep apnea affects as many as 22 million American men, women and kids, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. And while certain risk factors such as smoking or having a family history of the disorder can increase the odds, a 2003 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine links being an athlete with sleep apnea. According to the study, pro football players in the United States are five times more likely to develop sleep apnea than their non-athletic counterparts. Those at the highest risk were linebackers and defensive players charged with stopping quarterbacks and rushers alike—34 percent of these athletes experience sleep apnea, the study noted. Not only can sleep apnea—which can leave sufferers feeling fatigued or sleep-deprived—impact sleeping quality, the study noted it also can wreak havoc on the gridiron. Players with sleep apnea had lower reaction time of as...

Healthy Sleep Tips

July 24, 2015

Healthy Sleep Tips Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good “sleep hygiene.” Try to keep the following sleep practices on a consistent basis: Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body's clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.  Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that ...

Healthy Sleep Tips

July 23, 2015

Healthy Sleep Tips Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good “sleep hygiene.” Try to keep the following sleep practices on a consistent basis: Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body's clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.   Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can't fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even ...

Do you have a Sleep Disorder?

June 19, 2015

​Epworth Sleepiness Scale:The following questionnaire will help you measure your general level of daytime sleepiness. You are to rate the chance that you would doze off or fall asleep during different routine, daytime situations. Each item is rated from 0 to 3, with 0 meaning you would never doze or fall asleep in a given situation, and 3 meaning that there is a very high chance that you would doze or fall asleep in that situation.How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? Even if you haven’t done some of these activities recently, think about how they would have affected you.Use this scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation: 0 = would never doze, 1= slight chance of dozing, 2=moderate chance of dozing, 3 = high chance of dozing. It is important that you rate each of the situations using numbers 0-3 appropriately. Situations:1. Sitting and reading:2. Watching television:3. Sitting inactive...