About Danielle Reysen

MBA, R. EEG T., RPSGT, RST
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Sleep fun facts…

Here are some sleep fun facts… Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more). Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep. During the first two years of a baby’s life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average. Giraffes sleep only 1.9 hours a day […]

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Is Sleep a Waste of Time?

Why is sleep something that people think is a waste of time? According to the research, Millennials are significantly more likely to feel that spending 20 out of 60 years sleeping is a waste of time (30%), compared to Generation X (23%) and Baby Boomer (21%) respondents. That number rises when examining male responses; males […]

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Six Reasons To Get Enough Sleep

Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering […]

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Does sleep have any connection to alcohol?

April is alcohol awareness month, so as a clinical sleep educator, I did some research to see if there were any connections between sleep and alcohol. I found a few. Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep are at higher risk of developing issues with alcohol compared with their peers who don’t drink. Research has found […]

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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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