Iowa Sleep Blog

Six Recipes for a Successful Night’s Sleep

Monday, April 14, 2014
We had a great time at Saturday’s Hy-Vee Whole Health Experience! We handed out Republic of Tea’s Get some zzz’s™ teabags and recipes for the Dreamy Bedtime drink—two of our favorite drinks before bed. Now we want to share some more information on drinks you can make at home in just minutes that will help you relax, become sleepy and enjoy a good night’s rest.  1. Dreamy Bedtime Drink We…

Visit Iowa Sleep at the Hy-Vee Whole Health Experience on April 12

Monday, April 07, 2014
Good sleep is key to your overall wellness. When we sleep, our brains actively renew our mental and physical health. Despite its importance to our health, more than 100 million Americans regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep. They’re always tired during the day and many have problems falling asleep. Does this sound like you? We can help. Iowa Sleep will be at the Hy-Vee Whole Health…

5 Healthy Sleep Guidelines for Overnight Workers

Monday, March 31, 2014
If you’re one of the more than 22 million Americans working overnight either in third-shift or on-call positions, you’re likely to have experienced problems sleeping. These shifts often throw off regular sleep patterns and force workers to adjust their internal clocks. However, modifying sleep schedules often leaves these individuals unable to sleep, dealing with insomnia or always feeling tired…

How a Consistent Sleep Schedule Helps Control Your Weight

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Stick to a regular sleep and wake time to keep your weight goals on track – especially as we gear up for spring and summer! Sleeping in on weekends may seem like a good way to make up for sleep lost during the previous week. But scientists at Brigham Young University have found that inconsistent sleep patterns can actually influence weight and lead to higher body fat. The study tracked 300 women…

How Sleep Conditions Can Impact Diabetes

Monday, March 17, 2014
Many people are unable to sleep because they experience insomnia, snoring or waking up throughout the night. Problems sleeping can negatively impact health and various diseases, including diabetes. Recent studies have shown that up to 70 percent of people with diabetes have a sleep condition involving one or more of these side effects, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  OSA is a sleep…

5 Ways to Help You Adjust After Daylight Saving – Part 2

Thursday, March 13, 2014
So it’s been a couple of days now since we lost an hour of sleep, and some of us may not be feeling 100% rested yet. Those 5 tips we shared in our last blog will really help you adjust. But truth be told, you’ll have to follow the tips to feel their beneficial effects. Let’s take a deeper look at five ways to help you adjust: Maintain your normal sleep patterns. The Return on…

5 Ways to Help You Adjust After Daylight Saving – Part 1

Monday, March 10, 2014
We’re more than ready to spring forward—particularly after this winter’s weather—but we just had one hour of sleep stolen from us on Sunday (March 9) due to daylight saving time. It’s like the sleep fairy took a vacation and the Grinch slipped in. That hour is gone. And now, we need to get the sleep back. Just like a regular clock, our bodies’ internal clocks need to be reset. In a survey…

March 14th, World Sleep Day

Monday, March 03, 2014
The World Sleep Organization has put together Commandments for good sleep in adults and children.  Please read through the commandments and see if you are on the way to great sleep.  Happy Sleep Day World!  Adults 1. Establish a regular bedtime and waking time. 2. If you are in the habit of taking siestas, do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep. 3. Avoid excessive alcohol ingestion 4 hours…

Happy American Heart Month

Friday, February 07, 2014
Happy American Heart Month!  February is great time to think about our heart and the effect of sleep disordered breathing on our cardiovascular system.  As this study indicates, snoring is not always something that is just a nuisance to us.  This study is located in the Sleep Journal- of medicine.   SLEEP, Vol. 31 No.9, 2008 – Heavy Snoring as a Cause of Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis.       …

September Presentation – Pediatrics

Monday, August 26, 2013
September Topic: Sleep and Your Child: Toddler, Tweens and Teens September 9th, 2013 4040 Westown Parkway, West Des moines Seating is limited.  Please RSVP to or by phone at 515-225-0188 ext. 2 No cost to attend and refreshments will be served.