Tag archives for: sleep,

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Why am I so tired?

Categories: Wellness

Tired women, listen up. Multitasking and poor sleep habits are your enemy. If you want better sleep, you might have to make some (admittedly difficult) lifestyle changes. There are reasons you may not be getting enough high-quality sleep—like hormones, pregnancy and newborns—that you can’t do much about. But getting more Zs may be within reach just by managing some of your daytime activities. “Women are likely to be affected because they’re working and also multitasking at home, thus compromising on their sleep time and quality,” said Dr. Suhaib Haq, who is a family practice physician at University Medicine Associates and …Read More >

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Don’t let your child lose sleep over sleep apnea

Categories: Children's Health

If your child is restless or snores during the night, and then is also extra tired during the day, it might be time for an overnight sleep study. These symptoms point to sleep apnea, which occurs when a person’s breathing pauses off and on all night, waking him or her up dozens or even hundreds of times every night—and leaving the person exhausted the next morning without knowing why. And without treatment, the symptoms will only get worse. “They might have trouble getting up in the morning or want to take naps as elementary school kids,” says Dr. Karen Hentschel-Franks, …Read More >

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What you don’t know about sleep

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Sleep. We all get it. We don’t get enough of it. In this fast-paced, nail-biting world that never seems to slow down, we bring our troubles to bed with us way too often — and end up tossing and turning rather than getting good, restorative sleep. Test your knowledge of sleep by taking our sleep quiz, available in University Health System’s Health Library. Who knows? In the process, you might learn how to grab a few extra ZZZs. Click here to start taking the quiz. Think that your lack of sleep might be due to a medical problem? You might …Read More >

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A pretty young woman takes a nap in a park with her hat covering her face and a book in her arms on a sunny day

Nap happy

Categories: News  /  Research

For some, the midday call of the hammock or daybed is too tempting to resist. But is an afternoon nap good for you? For those who don’t get enough nighttime sleep — which is most of us — it would seem to make sense. But in fact, the research into napping has presented a mixed picture. Sleep, of course, is vital for good health — both physical and mental. It keeps you alert and focused. It helps process memories. It may even boost your body’s natural defenses, protecting you from illness. But studies looking just at napping have shown some …Read More >

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Can’t sleep? It might be making you sick

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

Can’t get a good night sleep? You’re not alone. Several problems can contribute to poor sleep, but snoring is one of the most common and obvious – if not for the snorer, then for the spouse. Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the sleeper’s airway is temporarily blocked, causing the sleeper to gasp for air multiple times a night. Airways can be blocked by the tissues of the soft palate or the tonsils, or sometimes by fat in the neck. The sleeper often is not aware they’re waking up, but may feel sleepy or …Read More >

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A young lady is exhausted from studying and passes out in her dorm room

Checking the phone at the bedroom door

Categories: Wellness

Are your kids getting enough sleep? Are you sure? Many kids aren’t. And parents are often surprised to learn how little sleep they’re getting when we actually put a device that measures their sleep patterns on their wrists and send them home. Electronic devices of all kinds — cell phones, TVs, video game devices, laptops, iPads — can be a major distraction at night when kids should be sleeping. Parents often are blissfully unaware because the bedroom door is closed and the room seems quiet. Cell phones especially can be a big distraction at bedtime for older kids and teens. …Read More >

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A pediatrician performs an ear exam on a young girl before she goes back to school

A pediatrician’s back-to-school A-B-Cs: academics, bedtime, chow (and playtime, too)

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Wellness

Another summer is winding down, which means the kids will soon be headed back to school. It’s a hectic time for parents who have plenty to worry about, from school supplies and new clothes to vaccinations. As a pediatrician, my practice is pretty hectic too this time of year, as families fill the waiting room for back-to-school immunizations or sports physicals. But no matter how busy it gets, I always encourage parents to sit down and make plans for the upcoming school year BEFORE it starts. Some of the things I suggest they plan for might come as a surprise. …Read More >

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A personal trainer for your wrist

Categories: News  /  Technology  /  Wellness

It’s like they suddenly blossomed on wrists across America — those little rubbery bracelets with names like Fitbit and Jawbone. They’re digital fitness trackers — high-tech descendents of those little step-counting pedometers that were popular a few years back. But these devices contain sophisticated tools that measure a lot more than steps. While features between devices and brands vary, most measure the intensity of your workouts. Some monitor your heart rate and estimate your calorie needs — even the quality of your sleep. But mainly they take your own personal goals for weight loss and fitness, and help you track …Read More >

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