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Rising Temperatures May Negatively Impact Sleep Quality

July 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 4:03 pm
person sitting on bed next to a fan

While climate change is happening all around us, we often think of it as having impacts on the weather or atmosphere. What we don’t think about as much is the impact it may have on our health, and in this case, our sleep health.

It turns out that rising temperatures due to climate change have an effect on the way we sleep and can lead to negative overall health outcomes.

But what does this mean for those who suffer from sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes disrupted breathing throughout the night, resulting in daytime sleepiness, and often snoring. What does research say about how this record-breaking weather is changing our sleep, and what can we do to stay cool so we can get the rest we need?

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Pink Noise May Increase Sleep Quality For Older Adults

July 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 4:03 pm
older couple sleeping peacefully

Many of us associate sound machines with baby showers and toddlers at bedtime, but recent research suggests that these sounds may also benefit older adults.

Sleep quality tends to decline with age, but scientists have found that “pink noise” can help calm brain activity during sleep for older adults.

Pink noise can include sounds such as a flowing river, soft rain, ocean waves, or rustling leaves. Similar to white noise, it covers all frequencies that humans can hear, though it emphasizes lower frequencies. Could it be the key to helping you sleep as well as you did decades ago?

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Sleeping: Better Together?

June 30, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 4:26 pm
young couple sleeping in bed

Co-sleeping with a partner can be a controversial topic; some couples say they wouldn’t have it any other way, and some say they would rather sleep in separate beds in order to get quality sleep.

However, researchers recently found that adults who share a bed with their partners generally sleep better than those who sleep alone.

But what does this mean for sleep apnea sufferers? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that causes disrupted breathing throughout the night, resulting in daytime sleepiness, and often loud snoring, which can make sleeping next to your partner a challenge.

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Increased Caloric Intake May be Related to a Lack of Quality Sleep

June 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 4:26 pm
man eating sweets from fridge

We know that there are many health issues that can stem from poor sleep health, with obesity and cardiovascular problems being two prominent ones.

But did you know that lack of sleep can also impact the way we eat? Researchers recently learned more about how diet, sleep, and overall health are deeply connected.

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How to Keep Your Bedroom Cool in the Summer

May 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 3:56 pm
oscillating fan in bedroom

With summer approaching, one of the biggest barriers to getting a good night’s sleep is increased temperatures in the bedroom. A 2010 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that nearly 70% of respondents reported that temperature plays a big role in their sleep quality.

Luckily, there are many ways to cool your bedroom in order to enjoy uninterrupted sleep even throughout the warmest months of the year.

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Your Impression of Others May Be Associated with Your Sleep Health

May 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 12:25 pm
group of people talking in a lobby

Sleep deprivation can take a toll on our bodies and minds in many ways. From a lack of focus to an increased risk of accidents at work, getting enough sleep is important for properly functioning on a day-to-day basis. But, it turns out that a lack of sleep can impact our perceptions of others as well.

A recent study from Uppsala University discovered that when young adults don’t get enough sleep, they are more likely to evaluate angry facial expressions as less trustworthy in interactions with others. This could have far-reaching implications in regard to the relationship between sleep and mental health.

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We May Be Done with Daylight Saving Time, But How Will It Change the Way We Sleep?

April 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 11:04 am
clock surrounded by spring flowers

Daylight Saving Time (DST) impacts the sleep routines of many Americans each spring, but how would our sleep cycles be impacted if we didn’t spring forward every year?

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to abolish DST, and scientists think it could change the way our bodies adjust to light, improving our overall sleep health.

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Can Even a Little Bit of Light Impact Your Sleep Health?

April 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 11:54 am
woman sleeping next to lamp

Many Americans fall asleep with their television on, their phone buzzing on the nightstand next to them, or with no curtains to cover the glow of streetlights outside their windows. A new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests that even a moderate amount of light during sleep hours can have negative effects on someone’s cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop throughout the night, resulting in snoring, daytime sleepiness, and more. Related to light exposure at night, untreated sleep apnea has been found to have adverse effects on cardiovascular health as well, specifically heart disease. Together, these two factors can be fatal to one’s health.

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Postmenopausal Women: There May Be a Link Between Sleep apnea & Joint Pain

March 31, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 2:55 pm
older woman stretching

Many women know that the transition into menopause means a higher risk of several health issues, from heart disease to osteoporosis and more. However, a new study published by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) found a link between postmenopausal joint pain and sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night, resulting in loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and more. Sleep apnea can be life-threatening, with ties to heart disease, stroke, cognitive decline, and negative mental health. Additionally, as this study shows, it could be connected to day-to-day joint pain and a loss of mobility.

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Sleep Apnea May be Tied to a Higher Risk of Suicide & Self-Harm

March 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 11:26 am
depressed man with sleep apnea looking out window

Trigger warning: suicide, self-harm, mental health issues

Everyone has an off day from time to time, but feelings of depression can often become amplified when you’re sleep deprived, leading to imbalances in your personal life, professional life, and health that can quickly become overwhelming.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that causes breathing to be disrupted during sleep. We often associate OSA with poor sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, snoring, and accelerated weight gain. But what many may not realize is how OSA can impact mental health, with the disorder being tied to depression, thoughts of suicide, and self-harm.

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