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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.

Dr. Gingras: World-Renowned Expert on SIDS

Dr. Gingras: World-Renowned Expert on SIDS

by Yenny (SU)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or crib death, is an unexplained, sudden death involving an infant. SIDS usually occurs during sleep. The risk for SIDS is greatest between two to four months of age, and is undoubtedly one of the most devastating scenarios to experience. Dr. Gingras, the founder and medical director of Gingras Sleep Medicine, is an internationally recognized expert on SIDS.

What is Sleep Paralysis?

What is Sleep Paralysis?

by Shearly (SU)
Sleep paralysis is a common, but often disquieting experience in which you wake up, but your body is essentially still asleep and you are temporarily unable to move. Unlike dreaming, your mind is completely aware that you are in fact, awake. Sleep paralysis is caused by a signal the brain sends to the body to make it remain still during sleep. Known as atonia, this natural mechanism can help prevent you from physically acting out your dreams and possibly injuring yourself. If you have ever kicked or jumped while sleeping and dreaming, it’s probably related to atonia.