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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! 

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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.

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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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What Really Causes Snoring?

February 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 8:29 pm

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You’re lying in bed one night and your partner is sound asleep. How can you tell? The loud, persistent sound of their snoring. It keeps you up every single night, and you don’t know what to do about it other than go sleep somewhere else. While snoring might seem harmless (if irritating) on the surface, it could actually be the indication of a much more serious condition called sleep apnea, which can be very damaging to both a person’s sleep and long-term health.

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What to Know: Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

February 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 2:31 pm

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It’s well-recognized in medical circles that obstructive sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes are connected. In fact, one study published in Family Medicine found that people with type 2 diabetes have a nearly 50 percent chance of also having the sleep disorder.

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Diving into the Connection Between Smoking & Sleep Apnea

January 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 8:51 pm

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is people promising themselves, or their loved ones, that they will finally quit smoking. And it’s a commendable endeavor, as we have all heard about the health risks of smoking, including heart disease and lung cancer. But did you know that smoking is a risk factor for sleep apnea, too? 

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Challenging our Preconceptions: Sleep Quality vs. Sleep Quantity

January 23, 2020

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When you’re feeling sluggish, the first thought is often “Looks like I need to go to bed early tonight.” And while more sleep is always a good thing, a study recently published by the University of Sydney challenges the assumption that the amount of hours spent asleep is the sole determiner in how rested you feel.

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Wellness Showdown: Sleep vs. Your Morning Workout

January 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 8:12 pm

It’s January, and you, like many, have committed to being healthier in 2020. Your alarm goes off in the morning, you’re tired, and immediately there is a battle inside your head. Should you stay in bed and catch up on sleep, or push your way through your morning workout? The last thing you want to do is skip out on workouts already!

This is a conundrum faced by many people every day. When time is limited, which wellness activity should take priority: sleep or exercise?

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Why 7-8 Hours of Sleep (No More and No Less) Is Ideal

January 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 2:23 pm

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Sleep plays a vital role in mental and physical health. Most of us know that getting too little sleep is bad — after a night of poor rest, we feel how sleep deprivation affects our mood and performance the next day. And there is plenty of research out there to back this up, with the general consensus being that the optimal amount of sleep is 7-8 hours. The preliminary results from the world’s largest sleep study fall in line with previous research results, but with a surprising twist: that sleeping more than 7-8 hours is just as harmful as sleeping less than that time. How are those who get less than or more than 7-8 hours of sleep affected?

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Can Sleep Apnea Lead to Blindness?

December 23, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdunwoodyteam @ 5:52 pm

Not only does sleep apnea rob millions of Americans of quality rest every single night, but it can also lead to a variety of serious health problems if left untreated, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, and frequent headaches. Basically, sleep apnea can be a BIG problem by itself, but left untreated, it also leads to many other serious concerns. In fact, a recent study just revealed a strong connection between sleep apnea and eye problems related to diabetes. 

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