CategorySleep Disorders

Fatal Familial Insomnia


Fatal familial insomnia is a very rare disease of the brain which causes the fatal inability to sleep. Caused by a mutation on the PrPc gene and primarily inherited (offspring of a patient with FFI stand a 50% chance of developing it themselves), it can also develop spontaneously in otherwise healthy adults (‘sporadic fatal insomnia’) – though only a handful of cases of sporadic FFI...

How the Brains of Insomniacs Are Different


Other than just being much tireder, the brains of insomniacs have some marked differences that may shed a little light on what’s happening and potentially how their condition can be treated. By understanding what’s going on inside the brains of insomniacs we can maybe better understand why they struggle to get to sleep and how we can help them to overcome this challenge. It’s...

Six Drug-Free Products That Make You Sleep Better


Getting a good night’s sleep can have knock on effects for the whole rest of our day, and for many of us this is the number one deciding factor in whether we have a great day that goes well or a bum day that sees everything going wrong. Lack of sleep can lead us to be more forgetful, more moody, more disorganized and more prone to illness and all of this can cause damage in our personal and...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia


It is very important not to underestimate just how disruptive and destructive insomnia can be. Insomnia prevents you from being able to get to sleep easily but it goes beyond that as this in itself leads to lots of serious side effects. If you can’t sleep, then you will find that you are less able to form new memories, that you struggle to concentrate the next day and that you will be more...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help You to Overcome Insomnia


Insomnia is an unpleasant disorder, affecting work, relationships, and even health. It is also common; more than half of those questioned in a recent UK survey replied that they slept poorly and that this impacted on their day-to-day life. If insomnia meant nothing more than reduced concentration and an irritable mood, that would be bad enough. But the effects of chronic sleeplessness can be more...

What Are the Best Supplements for Safely Enhancing Your Sleep?


If you’re struggling to get an adequate quantity or quality of sleep, then it’s probably having knock-on effects in just about every aspect of your life. Sleep allows our body to recover from the rigors of the day before and provides the opportunity for us to produce important hormones, heal injuries, synthesize muscle and cement memories and things we learned during the day. Without it, we tend...

Three Very Simple Tips to Help You Sleep Better


There are 101 things you can do to try and sleep better and if you read the blogs of any of the big ‘health gurus’, you likely already have an exhaustive sleep regimen that involves eating spoons of honey, lying on pressure mats and wearing special sunglasses (yep, these are all real sleep strategies!). In fact though, there is no need to make your sleep habits that complicated. While all of...

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea


Do you stop breathing during your sleep? More important, if you do, how would you know? Sleep apnea is a condition that afflicts millions, and can have serious effects on their health. The term means “without breath during sleep,” and what this means is that periodically, up to 30 times an hour, you experience a short stoppage of breath. This corrects itself quickly, usually within...

Wearing Support Stockings to Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea


Snoring doesn’t tend to bother the person doing it, just the person who shares a bed with them or, in the case of really loud snoring, the person who shares adjoining walls with them. But snoring can often be a sign of a much more serious condition, sleep apnea. That condition – in which up to 30 times an hour your breath stops during sleep – affects millions, and can adversely affect their...

Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Treatments, Tests, Causes, and Cures


Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which causes breathing to completely stop and then restart. There are two main types of sleep apnea; obstructive and central. Some individuals may have a combination of the two which is called complex sleep apnea. Symptoms The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea are similar which can make it difficult to determine the root cause of the...

Julie-Ann Amos

Julie-Ann Amos

Julie-Ann Amos is a qualified biologist (Genetics) and experienced freelance health and medical writer from Gloucestershire in the UK. She is also a licensed registered homeopath and is particularly interested in new developments in health and medicine.

Amos studied biological science and genetics at the University of East Anglia from 1980 to 1983 and received her BSc degree. She conducted post graduate study at the Institute of Administrative Management and in 1989 received a diploma in administrative management. In 1990 she enrolled at the University of Portsmouth and graduated with an MA degree in manpower studies and human resource management in 1992.

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