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3 Lesser-Known Sleep Disorders You May Not Know About

By |October 21st, 2020|Sleep Disorders|

If you toss and turn for most of the night due to trouble falling or staying asleep, then it's possible you may have a sleep disorder. It’s an umbrella term that refers to different forms of sleep disruption—including ubiquitous conditions such as sleep apnea, and other lesser-known conditions such as sleep terrors. Understanding the type [...]

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Restless Legs Syndrome: What Are the Best Treatments?

By |August 12th, 2020|Sleep Disorders|

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a medical condition that involves the involuntary movement of your legs, often leading to discomfort. It can be exceptionally bothersome when dealing with it at night, as you sit down or lie down, preparing to get some sleep. Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, this condition can be quite bothersome, disrupting [...]

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Sleep Apnea vs Insomnia—What’s Really Keeping You Up at Night?

By |June 9th, 2020|Sleep Disorders|

Many people dream of going to bed after a tiring day and drifting off to sleep, but the unfortunate reality is that most experience anything but sweet dreams. Quality sleep is essential to your health as it offers the time where your body and mind can rest and replenish its energy. By getting less than [...]

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Why Do I Clench My Fist While Sleeping?

By |April 22nd, 2020|Sleep Disorders|

Babies typically clench their fists before falling asleep and then start to loosen their grip after falling asleep. But, what about us adults? Why would we have a clenched fist while sleeping? Perhaps it was because of a dream, but there could be other factors on why you have a clenched fist while sleeping. Let's [...]

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What Causes Twitching in Your Sleep?

By |October 7th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|

Sleep myoclonus is a brief involuntary twitching of the muscles when you’re asleep. Most people are unaware of twitching in their sleep, but if the condition is severe enough, it may be disruptive enough to wake their spouse or interfere with their ability to achieve deep, restful sleep. Despite this, twitching in your sleep is [...]

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What Is a Hypnic Jerk?

By |August 21st, 2019|Sleep Disorders|

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 [...]

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

By |August 5th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|

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 [...]

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What Is Sleep Inertia?

By |July 10th, 2019|Sleep Disorders|

Sleep inertia refers to a period of impairment after waking, marked by intense grogginess. If you regularly awaken from sleep, only to have the unshakable 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 [...]

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What Are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders?

By |June 26th, 2019|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., [...]

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Tests for Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

By |June 12th, 2019|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 [...]

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