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These 3 Habits Are Increasing Stress and Hurting Sleep

June 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 7:45 pm
relaxed woman in bed

Stress is a very common issue for Americans. In fact, a 2017 study by the American Psychological Association found that 45% of Americans had lain awake at night in the past month due to stress. While a normal, healthy level of stress can be good, motivating you to get things done and meet your professional and personal goals, long-term, high-level stress can have a lot of negative effects on your body, with one majorly impacted area being your sleep. 


In Older Adults, an Irregular Sleep Schedule May Lead to Heart Disease

June 17, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 7:46 pm

Are you guilty of “irregular” sleep patterns — having no regular bedtime and wakeup schedule, or getting varying amounts of sleep each night? For many, it can be an all-too-easy habit to slip into — but although perhaps not common knowledge, the potential negative effects of irregular sleep are significant. One new study proved just how great this concern can be, linking irregular sleep in older adults to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).


Restless Legs Syndrome & Sleep Apnea: The Connection & Treatment Options

May 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 6:24 pm

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), a condition characterized by a nearly irresistible urge to move the legs, particularly in the evening, is very common, with more than three million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. While most people are probably familiar with RLS, what may be less commonly known is that those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to suffer from RLS. What is the connection between the two issues? Learn more below. 


Does Sleep Apnea Affect Dreams?

May 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 6:20 pm
Does sleep apnea affect dreams?

Dreams are a natural part of the sleep cycle. They occur most frequently during REM, or rapid eye movement sleep, a stage of the sleep cycle that occurs within 90 minutes of falling asleep and then every 90 minutes after that. During REM, your brain becomes more active than in any other sleep stage, dreaming and consolidating and processing information from the day before. While your brain is incredibly active during REM, your physical body shuts down to keep you from acting out your dreams.


Here’s Why Everyone Should Prioritize Sleep

April 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 3:30 pm

Ah, sleep. A sometimes-elusive, but absolutely necessary bodily function with a seemingly endless number of benefits for physical, mental and emotional health. And still, many don’t prioritize it as they should. In case you need convincing of the importance of proper rest, we’ve compiled a list of the top three reasons that better sleep should be at the top of your to-do list for a healthier mind and body.


Why a Sleep Mask Might Be the Key to Great Rest

April 21, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 3:17 pm
woman sleeping happily with eye mask

Whether it be a candle or a lightbulb, humans have historically found a multitude of ways to get around the darkness that nighttime brings. And now, we have more distractions than ever before that bring light into the night, from cars driving past our windows to phone and laptop screens. We may be more productive, but we’re also sleeping less: in 1910, most people slept 9 hours per night; now, one-third of Americans are getting less than 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis.


How to Establish “Sleep Boundaries”

April 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 3:42 pm
man and woman practicing healthy sleep habits

Your sleep is absolutely essential for your health, so it’s important to protect. However, many times that’s easier said than done with distractions abounding at seemingly every turn, whether they come from work, family, or just life in general. But setting boundaries and maintaining good sleep habits is more important now than ever, as we all face some uncertainty with the current situation and many find restful sleep harder to come by. Here are our top tips for maintaining strong and consistent “sleep boundaries.”


How Sleep Boosts the Immune System

March 31, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 4:32 pm

The immune system is pretty much your body’s superhero — it recognizes viruses, bacteria and parasites that are harmful to your body and fights them. And just like any superhero, your immune system must remain healthy to effectively fight off the invaders. So, keeping your immune system as healthy as possible is certainly in your best interest. But how do you do it? One of the easiest, yet oft-overlooked contributors to an optimal immune system: good ol’ quality sleep! 


Tips for Hacking Daylight Saving Time

March 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 2:09 pm

This year, daylight saving time (DST) is happening on Sunday, March 8th. We will be “springing forward” — meaning we’re losing an hour of sleep, much to everyone’s chagrin. Whether you’re a person who is already dreading the time change or thinks it’s no big deal, the reality is that springing forward does have effects on your body. Fortunately, with a little know-how, you can ensure that you’re well-rested at every time of the year, regardless of what the clock says.


Can Sleep Apnea Be Permanently Cured?

February 28, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 6:42 pm

Sleep apnea is a serious condition, but thankfully, treatment options like oral appliance therapy can significantly lessen symptoms and help patients live full, healthy lives. But can sleep apnea ever be cured for good? Is it possible for a person with sleep apnea to no longer have it? 

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