Monday, June 12, 2017
Both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) & Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) individuals have
a common problem – Dopamine deficiency. The difference lies at the major site of dopamine action. Both ADHD and RLS can cause disruptive problems with
a need to move, but the treatment for each condition is different. ADHD requires an increased in CNS alertness while RLS requires an…
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Written by Carol Smith, PA-C, sleep medicine physician assistant at Iowa Sleep
The CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) estimates that 80 % of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have pathological fatigue that does
not improve with bed rest and may worsen with physical or mental activity. Studies have shown sleep disorders are a common comorbidity with MS including
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Written by Steve Zorn, MD, Board Certified Sleep Physician and Medical Director of Iowa Sleep
The use of agents to treat disease and relieve pain have been suggested to date back at least to 5,000 BC with the Sumerians use of opium. Like other
medications, antidepressants are very useful. They are used to treat a myriad of health problems such as depression, anxiety,…
Monday, February 06, 2017
What You Eat and When You Eat Can Affect Your Sleep
Written by Barbara Zorn, RN, MSN
Do you struggle to get enough sleep on a regular basis? If so, you’re in good company. More than a third of adults in the US are regularly getting less
than 7 -8 hours of sleep that most people need in order to feel rested, function well, and protect their health.
What about Diet? Can dietary…
Monday, January 16, 2017
Written by Carol Smith, PA-C
There are many different signs of sleep apnea. We have listed the 10 signs that see very frequently in our patients.
Snoring. Loud snoring is common but not consistent across the board with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. Lack
of snoring does not negate risk of sleep apnea.
Gasping or choking arousals from sleep. These symptoms…
Monday, January 09, 2017
by Diedre (Dede) Benson, ARNP
Many people will have a “night cap” to help them fall asleep at night. It can help you fall asleep faster, but your sleep is more fragmented. You get less
of the deeper stages of sleep that can worsen untreated sleep apnea and affect memory consolidation. Often times people consume the alcohol for the
sedating effect. The problem with drinking to help…
Monday, January 02, 2017
Technology that can Help Your New Year’s Sleep Resolutions
On average, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, and one of the most popular is to sleep more or set a better sleep schedule.
Many start out motivated in January, but find themselves losing steam by February and March. Set yourself up for success by using an app to help
Monday, November 21, 2016
The holiday season brings family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food, especially festive, holiday treats that only come around during this time
of year. But, don’t over indulge in some of these special items as it can affect your sleep at night.
Below we recap how the following popular holiday food items can affect your sleep at night:
Having an alcoholic…
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
If you wear Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy, you were walked through the steps in cleaning your equipment. For many, that may have been a long time
ago, in a place far, far away…so let us have a refresher!
One of the most important factors in determining compliance with PAP wear (aside from mask fit) is taking proper care of your equipment. For therapy to
be successful, you…
Monday, November 07, 2016
In today’s busy world we all try to cut corners somewhere to fit in all that we want or need to do. Regretfully for many cutting back on sleep seems
like a reasonable solution. Over time sleep loss of even just 1-2 hours per night can result in sleep deprivation. There’s a big difference between
the amount of sleep your body and brain needs to the amount of sleep you can get…