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Infographic: Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

by Shearly (SU)
Teeth grinding may make sleep difficult. This infographic by Schererville & Chesterton Family Dentistry will answer important questions about teeth grinding!

Snoring is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Snoring is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

by Natalie (SU)
When you have a partner that snores, there are probably times where you feel like curling into a ball with a pillow over your head to block the noise that is keeping you awake. Even if you manage to get used to it, living on a reduced amount of sleep, there are very real medial issues you need to be aware of. Snoring is just the tip of the iceberg. Your partner’s life may be in danger, and not just from you feeling like hitting them with a well-aimed jab to the ribs, or a wayward pillow you might want to toss at them.

Should School Start Later?

Should School Start Later?

by Yenny (SU)
As any mom can tell you, when kids do not get enough sleep night after night, they tend to be cranky, listless, and moody. Besides making it hard for them to concentrate, poor sleep can cause children to act out, increasing the chance that they will be more impulsive and less well behaved. This actually leads many sleep experts to question whether or not the school day should start later.

Necessary Sleep Time / Conditions

Necessary Sleep Time / Conditions

by Yenny (SU)
The quality of your sleep directly affects your mental and physical health and the quality of your waking life, including your productivity, emotional balance, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and even your weight.

What are Parasomnias?

What are Parasomnias?

by Shearly (SU)
Parasomnias are a group of sleep disorders characterized by being caught between wakefulness and sleep. People with parasomnias often attempt to perform tasks such as speaking, walking, or even cleaning while they are asleep. This can range from sitting up in bed while asleep to confusion upon arousal, sleep paralysis, REM sleep behavior disorder, sleep aggression, night terrors, and sexsomina (sex while sleeping). In many cases the symptoms can be triggered by medications, a fever, depression, alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, physical activities, and excessive stress.