The recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours per night, and yet, if you’re like many, you receive less than this amount on a regular basis — and are therefore clinically qualified as “sleep-deprived.” And sleep deprivation is a health condition with serious concerns if left unchecked. Still, you probably don’t blink at an hour (or several hours) of lost sleep during the week… because it can just be made up on the weekend, right? As it turns out, this “common sense” approach may not be so sensible at all, leaving you susceptible to the very consequences of sleep deprivation that you’re hoping your Saturday/Sunday snoozefest will help you avoid. Oof!(more…)
Sleep Dunwoody Blog
July 31, 2019
July 10, 2019
When most people think of loud snorers, an image of a man typically comes to mind. And there is evidence to back this up: men are more frequently diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition often characterized by loud, persistent snoring, than women. But as it turns out, the reason that men are more frequently diagnosed with this condition is complicated. Why is the science and perception of sleep apnea and snoring in women so out of sync? And how can women find out if they have this condition and get the treatment they need?
June 27, 2019
We all feel better, and more ourselves, when we get a solid night’s sleep. But for a lot of us, that fact alone isn’t enough to change our habits. Despite feeling noticeably more focused and alert when we’ve rested well the night before, we still relentlessly do the very things that disrupt our sleep: checking emails right before we shut our eyes, drinking alcohol late at night, and keeping pets in our bedroom while we sleep.(more…)
June 13, 2019
It’s officially summertime! As we usher in more sunshine and longer days, our bodies take on an adjusted circadian rhythm (the natural, internal process that regulates our sleep/wake cycles). In the summer, it’s likely that you won’t feel tired until later in the day (particularly when compared to winter) and that as a result, you may find waking up in the morning a bit more difficult.(more…)
May 28, 2019
According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring affects approximately 90 million Americans. Although it is common among both genders, men are at a higher risk, particularly if they are overweight. Further, the adverse health effects that result from snoring can increase in severity with age.(more…)
April 9, 2019
If you’ve ever had a new baby (or know a close friend or relative who has) you know that sleep deprivation is an all-too-real issue. As babies adjust to the world around them, their parents have to do some re-adjusting as well, which means, among other things, disrupted sleep schedules. It can leave any parent a little nutty and sleep-deprived!(more…)
March 21, 2019
All of us have experienced some level of inflammation throughout our lives. It’s part of the body’s natural response to stressors, including a sore throat or a scraped knee. Those two examples lead to the onset of what’s called acute inflammation – but chronic inflammation is something far different, lingering for a long period of time in the body and causing a host of issues. What’s the difference between the two, and how does inflammation tie into sleep apnea?
March 7, 2019
Have you ever thought about the fact that memory loss, depression and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may all be interconnected? We sure hadn’t until a new study by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia was released. It’s agreed upon in the medical field that memory and depression are linked – but this new research shows that people with obstructive sleep apnea have problems recalling specific details about their lives – making them vulnerable to depression.
February 26, 2019
Good leaders tend to have a few standard traits, such as emotional intelligence, passion and charisma, and good problem-solving abilities. These traits pioneer organizational success by contributing to high individual morale while allowing leaders to make decisions that are in the best interest of the organization or company as a whole. As it turns out, many of the traits needed for effective leadership are positively boosted by sleep, or conversely, negatively impacted by a lack of sufficient sleep.
January 29, 2019
It’s a brand new year, which means countless people are hitting the gym and working out more regularly as part of their resolutions. Any fitness expert will tell you that recovering properly between each session is important to gain as much as possible from your workout and not feel worn down or become injured, but have you ever wondered what exactly it means to “recover properly”? With all of the supplements, shakes and ointments out there that claim to decrease soreness and make you 100% prepared for your next workout session, it can be daunting to really understand what your body needs. As it turns out, there may be a much simpler and far more effective solution that will propel your fitness goals: sleep.