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...

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...

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...

Natural Home Remedies for Insomnia


For many different reasons, the effort to eliminate insomnia is elusive for many people. For some, this sleep disorder is caused by anxiety and stress caused by family and work problems. For others, insomnia can be caused hormonal imbalance and nervous disorder. As we age, we tend to have sleeping problem. Although there are many OTC and prescription sleep meds on the market, there is always a...

The High Cost of Insomnia


Many articles have been written about the effects of insomnia on individual health. Studies of those suffering from insomnia have indicated that chronic sleeplessness can lead to sharply increased mortality rates and a weakening of the immune system that leaves sufferers more prone to contracting conditions such as hypertension and psychological disorders. But two studies indicate that the cost...

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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