Category Archives: Sleep Disorders

Sleeping with a New Ear Piercing: Dealing with the Pain

Ear piercing

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We’ve all been there before: you went to the mall in search of the perfect heels and somehow came home with a pair of new studs in your ears. While it may have been an impulse decision, you probably didn’t think about how uncomfortable it would be to sleep with a new ear piercing. A cartilage piercing on the tip of your ear can be especially uncomfortable to sleep on. While a new piercing can be fun and exciting, the pain can take away from the fashion of it all. Let’s go over some do’s and dont’s when it comes to dealing with a painful piercing while sleeping.

Bump the Grind: How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth While Asleep

Dentist checking teeth for grinding

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Bruxism, better known as teeth grinding is a very common occurrence among adults while sleeping. According to WebMD, more than 85% of adults grind their teeth at night while asleep. Of course the level of severity varies on a case by case basis. Let’s find out how you can tell if you’re grinding your teeth while sleeping, what’s the risk  of grinding and what you can do about it for nights to come.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites While Sleeping

We’ve all been there before…you wake up after what you think is a sound night of sleep only to find dozens of tiny bites all over your body. You’ve gone to bed with the dreaded mosquito again. No matter how hard you try, it seems like trying to prevent the invasion is impossible. Let’s go over some ways to prevent mosquitoes from going to bed with you.

The Truth About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea mask

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Does your significant other snore louder and more violently than they used to? Has it come to the point where you actually wake them up because you’re frightened they’re having trouble breathing while sleeping? Chances are, they may have sleep apnea. This commonly used phrase has been thrown around a lot lately but few actually know its true meaning. Let’s figure out what sleep apnea means and how to know the signs of it.

Nap/Tuck – Want to Lose Weight? Sleep it Off!

Losing weight is as easy as 1, 2, Zzzz.

As summer 2012 is rapidly fleeting, it’s time to look towards fall. For some that means a new school year or maybe a new job. Whatever it means for you, you’re going to want to look good doing it. What a lot of people don’t know is that losing weight starts with a good night’s sleep. In a study quoted by WebMD.com, researchers found that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night weigh more than people who sleep longer. Let’s look into the effects sleep can have on a person’s metabolism.

Stopping Sleepwalkers in Their Tracks…

Sleepwalking

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There are so many sleep ailments out there, that some tend to get overlooked. One such ailment that is often put into a comical category is sleepwalking. While the very idea of sleepwalking does present a humorous element, serious sleepwalking is no laughing matter. According to Aasmnet, sleepwalking occurs in 17% of adults and 4% of all children. Those are high percentages but there are ways to prevent sleepwalking in its tracks.

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

If you’ve watched any TV lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of commercials for medicine to help in the fight against restless legs syndrome. I’m not sure about you, but before seeing commercials for this ailment, I had no idea that it even existed. Restless legs syndrome affects more people than you would probably think. Have you ever wondered if you are at risk for developing restless legs syndrome? Well before diagnosing yourself, let’s learn a little more about this seemingly “popular” sleep ailment right now.

How to Kick the Kids Out of Your Bed…Gently

So your kids are finally past the stage of diapers and drooling and it seems that your life might finally settle down for just enough time so that you can get a full night of sleep. You hit that wonderfully comfortable botanical mattress and just as your eyes start to close, you feel this tiny tap on your shoulder…your toddler has wandered into your room and is now looking to take up residency in your bed. While you and your significant other may not be pleased, exhaustion has won in the battle against reason and you shimmy over to make room for the intruder in footy pajamas. While most parents shake their heads, giving into the lack of sleep, calling their bed hijacking a “phase,” there are ways to avoid having your child sleep in your bed, which in the end will mean a better night of sleep for you and them.

Subsiding the Snoring for a Better Snooze Tonight

For all the topics we’ve discussed on sleeping patterns and problems, there’s one we haven’t touched upon and it’s one of the most common: snoring. It’s a problem most of us try to sweep under the rug, but if you’re sleeping with a significant other it will definitely affect your sleep and theirs. Let’s look at some natural ways to stop snoring before it becomes a problem rather than just a nuisance.

Sleeping with the Sniffles: How to Snooze with a Cold

Sleeping with a cold

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The summer cold catches the best of us off-guard. Is there anything worse than feeling stuffed up and suffering from a headache in a heat wave? If getting through the day with a cold is a challenge, then trying to sleep during the night is full-out competition. Before going into a panic, let’s look at some options for gaining some relief from your runny nose and heavy head, at least while you sleep.