Blog

What Is a Hypnic Jerk?

A hypnagogic jerk (also called a hypnic jerk) is an involuntary muscle spasm that occurs as a person falls asleep. Individuals may experience a falling sensation (or even dream of falling), causing them to jerk and awake. Some individuals may only experience a small twitching, that’s only noticeable to a spouse or caretaker, and not […]

By |August 21st, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on What Is a Hypnic Jerk?

Why Am I Waking Up at The Same Time Every Night?

Most people have noticed that they tend to wake up at the same time every night. Despite their efforts to make small changes in their sleep routine, such as going to bed later or earlier, the pattern persists. It’s important to realize that waking up at the same time every night is harmless and has […]

By |August 5th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on Why Am I Waking Up at The Same Time Every Night?

What Is Sleep Latency?

Sleep latency refers to the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep after the lights have been turned off. Ideally, this transition from full wakefulness to sleep should occur relatively fast, without too much time spent trying to fall asleep.
Sleep Latency and Sleep Efficiency
There is a direct relationship between sleep latency and sleep […]

By |July 24th, 2019|Sleep Facts|Comments Off on What Is Sleep Latency?

What Is Sleep Inertia?

Sleep inertia refers to a period of impairment after waking, marked by intense grogginess. If you regularly awaken from sleep, only to have the unshakeable urge to fall back asleep, it’s entirely possible you could be suffering from sleep inertia. This can pose an inconvenience to some and even danger to others—particularly for workers who […]

By |July 10th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on What Is Sleep Inertia?

What Are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders?

To understand circadian rhythm sleep disorders, it is essential first to understand circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is the body’s natural “clock” that occurs over a 24-hour period.

In addition to other bodily functions, it dictates the body’s natural inclination for sleepiness as well as wakefulness. Most individuals are naturally most sleepy around 11 p.m., and […]

By |June 26th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on What Are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders?

Tests for Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

For those dealing with irregular or abnormal sleep, it’s important to reveal the presence of a sleep disorder so that effective treatment may be given. Fortunately, many useful methods for sleep disorder diagnosis exist, and below we’ll outline some available options.
Overnight Oximetry
This simple method of sleep disorder diagnosis requires a clothespin-shaped probe to be worn […]

By |June 12th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on Tests for Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

What Are the Symptoms of Narcolepsy?

What Is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that
is characterized by excessive
sleepiness, sleep attacks, sleep
paralysis, hallucinations, and even sudden loss of muscle control also called cataplexy.
It is uncommon, only affecting one in 2,000 to 3,000 people. Narcolepsy is
typically diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 15 and 25 but can go
undiagnosed for many years.

For people with narcolepsy, […]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on What Are the Symptoms of Narcolepsy?

Why Is REM Sleep So Important?

What Is REM Sleep?

Did you know that your body goes through multiple cycles of sleep every
night as you rest? Many individuals have heard of sleep cycles, but to
understand more about the importance of REM sleep, we should first gain more understanding.

REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement, after the way the eyes tend to shift
back and […]

By |May 8th, 2019|Sleep Facts|Comments Off on Why Is REM Sleep So Important?

What Causes Sleepiness All the Time?

While we all love the feeling of evening sleepiness that
leads to experiencing a great night’s sleep, having excessive feelings of
sleepiness during the day can be problematic if not addressed and treated.
Excessive daytime sleepiness may be a significant detriment to both your health
and safety. Excessive daytime sleepiness can lead to psychological and
emotional issues such as anxiety, […]

By |April 26th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on What Causes Sleepiness All the Time?

Why Do I Get Sleepy After Lunch?

We’ve all experienced it: you go out for a nice lunch with
plenty of energy, only to return to work constantly yawning and fighting the
urge to rest your head on your desk. Afternoon sleepiness is very common, and
you may wonder, “Is my food what causes me to get so sleepy?” While a full
stomach may not help […]

By |April 12th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|Comments Off on Why Do I Get Sleepy After Lunch?