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MBA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, RST
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Clocks turn back and now we are all sleepy

Why is it that every year in Wisconsin when the clocks “fall behind,” we all get sleepy? There are known reasons of why this occurs to us and our family members. We live in the northern climates where during the fall and winter months the sun goes down earlier than the summer months. What happens [...]

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Night shift weight gain

A common question that gets asked is: I recently switched to working night shift and I am gaining weight…why? On average a third shift worker will gain an extra 10 pounds solely from working nights. The main reason for the weight gain is loss of sleep. Many people switching to a night shift position are [...]

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Sleep and weight loss: are they related?

Why is it that when we are tired or are sleeping poorly, it is so hard to lose weight? This can be a viscous cycle that many people struggle getting out of. What happens when we are tired at work or at home, we typically reach for caffeine, chocolate or foods high in carbohydrates?  We [...]

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Are Allergies Stealing Your Sleep?

With approximately one in five Americans suffering from allergies, many of us do not have a good night’s sleep during specific times of year. The earlier in the season a sufferer is exposed to allergens, the more susceptible they are to develop symptoms and to have problems with even lower levels of these allergens later [...]

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Are you ready for Daylight-Saving Time?

With the upcoming change of the clocks, our body’s internal clock has no way of knowing about the onset of Daylight-Saving Time. To prepare yourself, consider advancing bed and wake times by about 15 minutes for four nights through March 11. For example, if you normally go to bed at 10 p.m., go to bed [...]

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February: sleep deprivation and heart disease

February, as I am sure you know by now,  is American Heart Health Awareness Month. Heart disease is the number one cause of death according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and there is more and more evidence strengthening the connection between sleep deprivation and heart issues. Not getting enough sleep can happen for [...]

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Do you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

This occurs at certain times of the year. For us in Wisconsin , it is the winter months. The days are shorter and the sun shines less. This is a type of depression, where many can experience: Increased appetite with weight gain Increased sleep Less energy Poor concentration Loss of interest in work or other [...]

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Why are bedtime routines for children important?

Many parents try to make a routine for their children when they are young. This helps easing them into bed and going to sleep, which is not always easy. But why is it important? Children are mainly growing and developing, and in order for them to develop normally, they need sleep. If children do not [...]

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Have you ever called in sick?

Have you ever called in sick? If you have, you are not alone. Studies show that roughly 19 percent of people call in sick just so they can catch up on their sleep. Calling in sick for sleep is the fourth common reason; than there is: 1) just do not feel like it 2) need [...]

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Insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military

Military members that have trouble sleeping prior to deployment have a greater risk of developing mental disorders once they return home. Men and women with pre-existing insomnia symptoms may develop PTSD, depression, and anxiety – which are equal to combat exposure. Understanding the risk factors is very importance in a military setting. The largest study [...]

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