Category: sleep and insomnia

Yes, You CAN Sleep Too Much—Here’s Why Oversleeping Is A Problem 0

Yes, You CAN Sleep Too Much—Here’s Why Oversleeping Is A Problem

In a world where so many of us are struggling to get enough sleep, the issue of sleeping too much might seem like a luxury problem.

It’s actually not. Like insufficient sleep, oversleeping is a sign of disordered sleep. It may be connected to a mental health issue such as depression. It’s often a signal that a person is experiencing poor sleep quality, and it can be a sign of a clinical sleep disorder, including obstructive sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

Sleeping too much is linked with many of the same health risks as sleeping too little, including heart disease, metabolic problems such as diabetes and obesity, and cognitive issues including difficulty with memory. Similar to people who sleep too little, people who sleep too much have higher overall mortality risks.

We talk a lot about insufficient sleep, and the risks that a lack of sleep poses for physical health, mood, relationships, and performance. But oversleeping isn’t something to ignore.

Hypersomnia is the clinical term for excessive sleeping, and excessive sleepiness during the day. Like its counterpart insomnia, hypersomnia has several

Why Do You Get Sleepy When You Drive And What To Do. Can You Pull an All Nighter And Be Fine? 0

Why Do You Get Sleepy When You Drive And What To Do. Can You Pull an All Nighter And Be Fine?

When I was first dating my wife, she would fall asleep on any car ride that was longer than about 15 minutes. My daughter is now the same way. At first I thought it was just that they were tired, or bored.

This week I decided to explore this interesting topic and one that I have given considerable thought to over the years. Recently, there has been a fascinating new research study, from down under (Australia!) which sheds new light on this topic.

Historically I used to think that many people who would fall asleep either while driving or as a passenger in a car were either bored, sleep deprived or afflicted with something called Sopite Syndrome. Sopite Syndrome is a variant of motion sickness, where you don’t feel sick, you get sleepy when moving. This could have something to do with your vestibular system (balance in your inner ear).

However this new study from Australia has shed new light on this very topic. Researchers were able to discover that it is the vibrations at low frequencies ( like

The Essential Guide On Using Light To Improve Sleep 0

The Essential Guide On Using Light To Improve Sleep

Although sleep problems can have a variety of causes, one major cause of insomnia is a disrupted circadian rhythm. Because of our modern, 21st century lifestyle, we’ve become way out of tune with the earth’s normal day-night cycle. Luckily, there’s a few things you can do about this. Get lots, lots and lots of sunlight […]

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10 Things You Can Do To Make Your Sleeping Medication Or Sleep Supplements More Effective 0

10 Things You Can Do To Make Your Sleeping Medication Or Sleep Supplements More Effective

As many of you know when I work with patients one of the things I try to do is meet them where they are in the process of getting to sleep (or not). That could mean:

  • Working with their doctor to determine a taper schedule to get them off sleep meds
  • Starting cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to begin to replace sleep medication they are currently taking,
  • Trying to help them find the lowest effective dose so that they can still get the benefits of the medication without having too much of it in their system
  • Finally, I am always on the lookout for potential addictions or abuse of the sleep medication as well.

It turns out that sleep medications can have a complicated relationship with the end user. I read an amazing article in Sleep Review magazine by Kristin Daley, PhD CBSM ( a behavioral sleep medicine specialist) this week, that I wanted to add a few ideas too, and explain the information in more detail to everyone, so here goes…

We all know the data that sleep medications

July Fourth: Fun, But Not So Sleep Friendly 0

July Fourth: Fun, But Not So Sleep Friendly

July Fourth: Fun, but not so sleep friendly

Here’s how to protect your sleep on noisy nights

For Independence Day, my family and I get together with a great group of friends for dinner, then head to the beach to watch the fireworks. Fourth of July is a lot of fun for us here in Southern California. But it’s not exactly the sleep-friendliest holiday of the year. The loud noises of fireworks and partying late into the night can keep kids and adults (not to mention those anxious pets) awake.Although, I am pretty sure my bulldog can sleep through anything!.

Especially on a year like this, when the holiday falls right in the middle of the week  a lot of people may need to get up for work the next morning, July 5 may arrive with a lot of sleep-deprived, over-tired folks.

With cracking and popping of fireworks fast on the way, this seems like a good time to talk about the most common noises that interfere with sleep—and how you can address them, so you and your family get the rest you need.

Why one night of

9 Powerful Nutrients That Help You Get A Good Night’s Sleep 0

9 Powerful Nutrients That Help You Get A Good Night’s Sleep

9 Powerful Nutrients That Help You Get A Good Night’s SleepWe sleep as much as a third of our lives. And that is not a waste of our time, because sleeping is very important for both physical and mental recovery. During sleep, all sorts of activities take place: restoring organs, such as muscle recovery. The brain also desperately needs that total rest to process all […]

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Your Summer Sleep Survival Guide 0

Your Summer Sleep Survival Guide

Summer sleep Guide

Here’s how you can boost your sleep this summer

Summer is here, which means plenty of sunshine, lots of active time outside, cookouts with friends and grabbing dinner fixings straight from the garden, or at the farmers’ market in town.

For all its many pleasures, summer can be hard on sleep. The heat makes it harder to get comfortable, sound nights of rest. Our schedules and routines can easily go sideways, upsetting sleep patterns and leaving us short on sleep. Many of my patients try to pack so much activity into their summer calendars they wind up feeling stressed and overwhelmed. If you’ve ever greeted September feeling like you need a vacation, you know what I’m talking about.

But summer doesn’t have to be unfriendly to sleep. If you follow a few simple strategies, you can not only protect your sleep this summer, but actually arrive at Labor Day better rested than you were in June.

Here are 8 essential sleep tips to get you and your family through this summer season:

1. Don’t ditch your sleep schedule

I think

Headline: Summer Solstice And Sleep – Blood Test For Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Teens, Nighttime Screen Exposure And Depression 0

Headline: Summer Solstice And Sleep – Blood Test For Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Teens, Nighttime Screen Exposure And Depression

The Summer Solstice and Sleep:

The summer solstice is when the earth is tilted most toward the sun, more technically it is when the planets rotational axis is tilted the most toward the star it orbits (our Sun). It usually occurs in June (this year it’s June 21st). The actual summer solstice day, is the longest, in terms of daylight, of the year, except in the North and South Pole where there is continuous daylight, which can last for days or months.

It is all about light exposure. When the Earth is farthest from the sun, we get the least light. This effects sleep because light directly effects the production of Melatonin. More light means less Melatonin, less light, more Melatonin. This can also have an effect on depression as well, also known as the winter blues. In fact, we often see people waking up earlier due to sunlight exposure in the bedrooms. This will have an effect on your biological circadian rhythm

What to do?

1) Wear an eye mask to bed this week, keep the light out

8 Hours sleep a day? Forget about it – check out these strange sleeping habits! 0

8 Hours sleep a day? Forget about it – check out these strange sleeping habits!

Bizarre_Sleeping_Habits_of_Famous_People_IG (1)We all know that we are supposed to get a solid eight hours sleep per day – this is a tried and tested fact that has become a globally accepted standard. Is sleep as black and white as we think however? Is obtaining eight hours of uninterrupted bliss as vital as scientists and researchers lead […]

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Understanding GABA 0

Understanding GABA

What you need to know about this popular supplement for sleep, stress and anxiety

GABA is one of the supplements I get asked a lot by patients, often with looks of confusion on their faces. I think the confusion comes from the fact that GABA is both a chemical produced within body AND a supplement that’s made for ingestion. Unlike melatonin, which is also produced within the body and as a supplement, GABA isn’t nearly as well known—nor has it received nearly the amount of scientific attention as melatonin supplement. Given the interest and popularity of GABA—and the importance of the body’s own GABA to sleep, mood, and health—it’s definitely worth spending some time talking about.

What is GABA?

GABA (full name, Gamma-Aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid produced naturally in the brain. GABA functions as a neurotransmitter, facilitating communication among brain cells. GABA’s big role in the body is to reduce the activity of neurons in the brain and central nervous system, which in turn has a broad range of effects on the body and mind, including increased