Category: sleep and insomnia

How long does Caffeine Keep You Awake; Circadian Rhythms and Breast Cancer; And, Snorers Suffer Nerve And Muscle Damage 0

How long does Caffeine Keep You Awake; Circadian Rhythms and Breast Cancer; And, Snorers Suffer Nerve And Muscle Damage

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope that you are waking up and enjoying a beautiful spring day wherever you are. We are going to get into a lot of interesting topics today, so settle and and let’s get started.

Snorers Suffer from Nerve and Muscle Damage in Palate

As soon as I saw the title of this article I thought to myself, Yup, that makes sense, and of course there is actual data to confirm this, let me explain. Looking at snoring, purely from an anatomical standpoint, we see that as a person sucks in air, it causes a vibration and a snore. This vibration can tear, stretch, and inflame these tissue and nerves, and it can lead to problems swallowing, more snoring (because the tissue becomes looser) and in some cases Sleep Apnea! A study at the University of Sweden, confirmed that early intervention for snoring may have beneficial effects for healing this tissue and prevent sleep apnea. If you want to learn more about your (or your bed partner’s snoring) check out my snoring quiz. Did you know

What You Need To Know About Sleep Disorders And Diabetes 0

What You Need To Know About Sleep Disorders And Diabetes

I see the connection between disordered sleep and diabetes all the time in my practice, as I work with patients who are coping with metabolic problems and sleep problems at the same time. Irregular sleep schedules and sleep disorders can increase risks for diabetes—and they also make managing the disease more difficult.

We’ve looked at the underlying ways that sleep contributes to diabetes—now let’s take a closer look at the specific sleep disorders that influence the condition, and the diabetes symptoms that can interfere with sleep.

 

The Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Diabetes connection

Before we look at the broader range of sleep issues and sleep disorders that occur with diabetes, I want to discuss the relationship between diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. It’s an important one, because of how often the two conditions occur together. OSA is the most common sleep disorder in people with diabetes. As research has shown, a majority of people with diabetes—as many as 86 percent—also have obstructive sleep apnea. People with diabetes are at increased risk for OSA and people with OSA are at higher

Should You Drink Alcohol Before Bed, Effective Bedtime Rituals, Cannabanoids, Lyme Disease And Sleep 0

Should You Drink Alcohol Before Bed, Effective Bedtime Rituals, Cannabanoids, Lyme Disease And Sleep

Happy Sunday! I know all of you in the United States are probably celebrating Mother’s Day today and I am as well. Hopefully you had a chance to see my Mother’s Day gift guide, with all the reviews and discounts available for you (or your Mom) on some great products I choose just for all the sleepless mothers out there.

I spent a lot of time reading this week and discovered a few studies I think you may find interesting. I’m covering three different key topics: cannabinoids, alcohol and sleep, and Lyme disease and sleep. Plus, I’ll be telling you about one of my favorite nighttime rituals.

Cannabinoids and Sleep Apnea

As a sleep doctor, I’m rigorous about understanding the influence of all supplements and compounds that may help (or hurt) people’s sleep. Of course, cannabinoids and CBD (CBD is not marijuana, read my article here) are in the news daily now. I wrote a detailed article called Understanding CBD: The calming and sleep promoting benefits of cannabidiol, if you haven’t read it, you owe it to yourself …

What Mom Really Wants More Of This Year For Mother’s Day, Sleep 0

What Mom Really Wants More Of This Year For Mother’s Day, Sleep

Almost every mom I talk to wants one thing, a little more sleep!

This year, I decided to see if I could help you with a few gift ideas for mom.

Everyone, especially moms, love their coffees, teas, and other warm drinks. One of my favorites is Mushroom Coffee, a delicious cup has less caffeine than coffee and the benefits that come with mushrooms. While it sounds a little odd, it is delicious!

Want to be a real hero? Make your mom this homemade warm bedtime drink that will soothe her soul and warm her heart (and hands).

Recipe
One large cup of hot water
Dissolve one tablespoon of raw honey (it will help her sleep) in the water
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the hot water
Allow to steep for 60 seconds, deliver, and watch her enjoy

I often make this for my wife and myself before bed. It is a wonderful ritual and it helps you relax and drift to sleep. Nighttime rituals help you and your body prepare to sleep. They are a good …