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Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men

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I remember when the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” generated a lot of buzz. That book became a go-to tagline about how different men and women are and it still resonates today—The Huffington Post actually has a blog on relationships that’s named after the book. Some would argue that men and […]

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How to Sleep Better When Menopause Causes Insomnia

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I read a funny article a few years ago that stuck with me—a man was explaining how a medication he was taking had side effects that mimicked the symptoms of menopause. His wife was actually going through menopause at the time, and he joked about how they were able to relate to each other in […]

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Chronic Pain and Lack of Sleep – A Vicious Cycle

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One of the most frustrating feelings is lying awake at night, staring at the ceiling, and wishing you could turn your brain off. It’s almost like the stress of the day lies in wait and rushes in that moment your head hits the pillow. But for many individuals suffering from chronic pain, falling asleep isn’t […]

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How Veterans Can Win the Battle Against Sleep Disorders

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the more commonly known conditions that veterans struggle with upon returning from war. Between 11 and 20 percent of veterans that served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Understandably, many veterans also battle sleep disorders like insomnia […]

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Cutting Wait Times for Veterans in Need of Sleep Consultations

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Veterans have the benefit of access to Veterans Affairs medical offices, but oftentimes, they face the challenge of waiting a long time for an appointment. There’s also a geographical barrier – a VA office might not be conveniently located or it could be difficult to access, depending on where you live. The Veterans Choice Program […]

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Study Finds Link Between Insomnia and Lower Pain Tolerance

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For patients with chronic pain conditions, it’s important to get sufficient, quality sleep each night to lessen their pain symptoms. But for many, their pain makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep, which exacerbates a vicious cycle of pain. About 65% of individuals with chronic pain report having a sleep disorder. A new […]

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Insomnia Can Be a Literal Pain in the Back

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Insomnia can make your waking hours nearly unbearable, and is a major disruption to your schedule and quality of life. Researchers at the University of Haifa recently published a study showing that insomnia can also be a literal pain in the back. Researchers controlled for a number of variables and found that insomnia is an […]

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Sleeping Beauty Syndrome—It’s Not the Fairytale you might Imagine

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Insomnia, snoring, sleep walking—most people have heard of these sleep disturbances and disorders. However, there are some strange and lesser known sleep disorders like Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, Sleep Paralysis and Exploding Head Syndrome. Those with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, for example, go through episodes where they sleep up to 21 hours a day, and this disorder […]

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Uncovering the Link Between Kidney Disease and Sleep Disorders

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Sleep apnea is often linked with diabetes; over 50 percent of individuals with diabetes also have sleep apnea. But you may not know about the link between kidney disease, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders. Chronic kidney disease (CKD), which occurs when kidneys no longer fully function to effectively clean toxins and waste products from the blood, […]

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Breaking up with My Melatonin

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Oftentimes when I lie awake at night, two melatonin pills (or four) later, I think of Coldplay’s “Fix You” song lyric, “When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep.” I thought bouts of insomnia were unique to me, but after an informal poll with some friends I realized it’s a common affliction. In a […]

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