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Sleepless Night

What can I do to help myself fall asleep at night?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders What is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices that are necessary to have normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness. What are some examples of good sleep hygiene? The most important sleep hygiene measure is to maintain a regular […]

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How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders A sleep disorder is broadly defined as a physical or psychological issue that impairs your ability to sleep or causes increased sleepiness during the day. Everyone can experience sleep concerns from time to time. However, you might have a sleep disorder if: You regularly […]

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Why do I feel so tired each fall?

Written by: Kathy Fett, Director, Agnesian Work & Wellness Believe it or not, daylight savings time will soon be upon us. With daylight savings time, comes darkness and sometimes Seasonsal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression with symptoms starting in fall and continuing through the winter months. Some symptoms of SAD that […]

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Good Night Sleep

Is napping good for me?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders More than 85 percent of mammals are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for […]

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Is there such a thing as ‘too much’ sleep?

Written by: Lindsay Dorn, REEGT, RPSGT, Agnesian Center for Sleep Disorders When it comes to sleep, can you have too much of a good thing? It’s true that a good night’s sleep is essential for health. Oversleeping has been linked to a host of medical concerns, including diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of death. […]

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How often should I clean my CPAP supplies, and how?

Written by: Tanya Westra, registered respiratory therapist, Agnesian Health Shoppe You should wash your CPAP mask, tubing, water chamber and washable filter (if you have one, some use disposable filters) once a week at the minimum to prevent bacteria growth and infection. You can wash your supplies in a mild dish soap and water. Rinse […]

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Happy Sleep

Proper sleep hygiene

What is sleep hygiene? * Sleep practices that help you maintain your health. * These practices can help you get to sleep easier and feel more rested. Sleep deprivation can cause the following: * Shortened life spans * Increased risk of heart disease * Irritability, depression * Increased risk of automobile crashes * Decreased work […]

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A New Way to Fight Acid Reflux at Night: Reza Band

Millions of people suffer from acid reflux at night. The combination of lying flat and the relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter during sleep allow stomach acids and food residues to come back up into the throat and enter the airway, irritating the delicate voice and lung tissues. A Milwaukee gastroenterologist and leader in dysphagia […]

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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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