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Stages of Sleep

What Are the Five Stages of Sleep? Outlining a Full Sleep Cycle

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In our busy lives, most of us don’t make enough time to sleep. We work, run kids to activities, try to squeeze in some exercise, meet up with friends, and sometimes allow ourselves to enjoy much-needed downtime in front of the TV or while reading a book. But sleep is often a last priority, so we close our eyes later than we should and open them much too early. It’s important to understand that we have to sleep long enough each night in order for sleep to do its job, but what exactly should our bodies be doing?  Read More

Healthy sleep positions

Healthy Sleep Positions to Try vs. Those to Avoid

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Healthy Sleep Positions

Let’s face it: Bad habits are hard to break, and sleeping in the wrong position is no exception. You may have slept the same way your whole life, so changing that now can be nearly impossible. But whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, you should know which positions are healthiest, why improper sleep positions are bad for you, and what changes you should make to help your body rest its best.    Read More

Narcolepsy

How Could Narcolepsy Affect Your Everyday Life?

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Narcolepsy is a central nervous system disorder that affects the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles. Scientists believe that people with narcolepsy lack a chemical in the brain called hypocretin, which activates arousal and regulates sleep. Symptoms of narcolepsy include excessive daytime sleepiness, hallucinations, microsleep (in which you continue to function but are actually sleeping), and nighttime wakefulness. Read More

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): What Exactly Is It?

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Try to hold your breath for 10 seconds or longer. It’s not easy, is it? But if you’ve been waking up in the morning feeling like you never slept at all, it could be exactly what you’re repeatedly doing throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe. The combination of interrupted sleep and lack of oxygen can lead to mood and memory problems, and even hypertension and heart disease. Read More

Feng shui your bedroom

Should You Feng Shui Your Bedroom for Better Sleep?

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In the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, the belief is that a person’s state of mind is reflected in their living space, and vice versa. In Chinese, “feng” means wind and “shui” means water, and together these elements create chi flow. Chi is the vital energy that flows through all of us, and if it’s misdirected it can cause distress and bad luck. If your bedroom doesn’t allow positive chi flow, it could lead to an inability to concentrate at work, and it can definitely mess up your sleep patterns. Read More

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