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  • Insomnia Awareness Day facts and stats

    Mar 10 2014...
    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has declared that today is Insomnia Awareness Day. Each night millions of people in the U.S. struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. For some this is only a brief problem. But for others, insomnia can become a severe, ongoing struggle.

    What should you do if insomnia is having a negative impact on your sleep quality, health or daytime functioning? Contact a local AASM accredited sleep disorders center for help. Don’t let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well and feeling your best. Get help today. READ MORE>>
  • Time change: raising insomnia awareness on nation’s most sleep deprived day

    Mar 06 2014...
    The national rate of car accidents, heart attacks and lost workplace productivity may spike Monday, coinciding with the first weekday following the “spring forward” time change. As we enter the final weeks of winter, we look forward to the extra hour of evening sunlight that the return to daylight saving time brings, at the expense of an hour of weekend sleep. “Black Monday” brings a shock to the nation’s circadian system as millions of Americans experience acute insomnia from the time change.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is using this particularly difficult Monday to help raise awareness of insomnia. The AASM is declaring March 10 as Insomnia Awareness Day to remind people with insomnia that help is available at a local AASM accredited sleep center. READ MORE>>
  • Running to sleep: Pictures of life

    Jan 15 2014...
    Smiling joggers and sleepers are everywhere - at least in stock photos. But are these pictures true to life? Maybe for some. But for others, these idealized images hide the struggles and frustrations of everyday life.

    What caption would you give to the picture of your sleep? READ MORE>>
  • What to do when you can't sleep

    Jan 03 2014...
    When you can't sleep, physicians recommend that you get out of bed and spend some time doing a quiet, relaxing activity until you are tired. Many of the things that you may do during the daytime or evening (watching tv, using your tablet or phone, etc) may make you feel more alert, so falling asleep may be difficult. So what can you do instead? David Neubauer, MD, a sleep physician at Johns Hopkins shares the recommendations that he gives to patients.


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  • When to take a sleeping pill for insomnia

    Aug 07 2013...
    Sleeping pills can be an effective treatment for chronic insomnia. But like any other drug, sleep medications can have side effects. One potential side effect of sleeping pills is daytime drowsiness.

    Sleep medications are powerful hypnotics. They can be helpful because they cause a strong urge to sleep. But you don’t want this sleepiness to persist after you wake up. One way to minimize the risk of daytime sleepiness is to take a sleeping pill at the right time of night. READ MORE>>
  • Recap: AASM President provides sleep education on Twitter

    Jul 19 2013...
    AASM President Safwan Badr, MD recently participated in a Twitter chat to educate the public about sleep disorders and clear up some misconceptions about sleep. The Wednesday discussion was organized by the Wall Street Journal and moderated by health reporter Shirley Wang. The following is a recap of the chat. Each of the responses was provided in 140 characters or less in response to questions from the moderator. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep tips for the summer

    Jul 12 2013...
    Long days, busy social schedules and humid, hot weather make summer a difficult season to get a good night’s sleep. Short-term insomnia due to environmental causes is fairly common this time of year. There’s no reason to concede your sleep and lean on caffeine when you can adjust your environment and your behavior to be more sleep friendly. Follow these tips and you the summer won’t disrupt your sleep: READ MORE>>
  • Telephone delivered therapy could help treat insomnia

    Mar 08 2013...
    A new study found that telephone delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of chronic insomnia (CBTI) helped improve sleep quality.

    “These results are important, because they provide preliminary support for the efficacy and sustainability of telephone-delivered CBTI,” said Dr. J. Todd Arnedt, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology and Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems in Ann Arbor, Mich. and principal investigator and lead author of the study. “If replicated in larger controlled studies, the telephone could be integrated as an effective modality for disseminating CBTI on a broader scale.” READ MORE>>
  • Insomnia linked to increased risk of heart failure

    Mar 06 2013...
    A new study found that people who suffer from insomnia appear to have an increased risk of developing heart failure.

    "We related heart failure risk to three major insomnia symptoms including trouble falling asleep, problems staying asleep, and not waking up feeling refreshed in the morning,” said Dr. Lars Laugsand, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. “In our study, we found that persons suffering from insomnia have increased risk of having heart failure. Those reporting suffering from all three insomnia symptoms simultaneously were at considerably higher risk than those who had no symptoms or only one or two symptoms." READ MORE>>
  • Insomnia, poor sleep common in epileptics

    Feb 22 2013...
    A new study suggests that insomnia and poor sleep are common in patients with epilepsy and may adversely impact quality of life. Interventions to improve sleep hygiene can be suggested to patients as part of more comprehensive epilepsy education programs.

    The study involved 152 patients with epilepsy completing multiple questionnaires. Patients with other known sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), were excluded from the study. More than half of the participants (55%) suffered from insomnia and more than 70% were “poor sleepers.” Insomnia and poor sleep quality were significantly related to the number of antiepileptic medications and a large number of depressive symptoms. READ MORE>>