CategorySleep Disorders

Stress Management Insights: The Psychology of Sleep


Millions of words have been written about the topic of sleep. Understanding sleep is very important because we spend at least a quarter of our life asleep. Sleeping well is essential for health, wellness and personal stress management. Managing the stresses of daily life becomes a lot easier when you get a good sleep. A good pillow, quiet environment and comfortable bed can assist greatly. But...

How to Sleep Well


In this post I will do three things: 1. Explain why and how we sleep; 2. Debunk some myths concerning sleep, and 3. Provide some practical suggestions on how you can sleep well. Why and How We Sleep A new day begins one second after midnight. Even while we sleep the brain is going through a process of restoration that will equip us to face a new round of challenges when we awake. Consciousness is...

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...

Three Tips for Getting Restorative Sleep


We look at the clock and then do the quick math: If I fall asleep now – right now – I’ll get 4 hours and 36 minutes of sleep … I’ll get 3 hours and 51 minutes … I’ll get … The obsession over sleep comes from the modern world’s inability to cue our bodies and minds for rest. Most households have at least one television on at all times, add-in the glowing and buzzing rectangles of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Sleep Disorder That Often Goes Undiagnosed – Narcolepsy


Insomnia is fairly easily diagnosed – you just can’t get to sleep. But what happens when, no matter how much you seem to sleep at night, you still feel tired enough to fall asleep, often in inappropriate situations like sitting in a class at school, or riding the subway, or even while talking with friends? Many who have complained of this condition to their doctors have been tested for...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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