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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.

How Sleep Deprivation Can Mimic Neurological Disorders

How Sleep Deprivation Can Mimic Neurological Disorders

by Shearly (SU)
“To sleep, perchance to dream...” is a famous line written by the great playwright William Shakespeare. Perhaps the Bard had a passing familiarity with insomnia himself. If so, he might also have suffered certain symptoms caused by long term sleep deprivation which can mimic certain neurological disorders. While we really do not completely understand precisely why and how the body sleeps, scientists have long known that good sleep is critical to good health and mental function.

What Is A CPAP Machine, and What Does It Do?

What Is A CPAP Machine, and What Does It Do?

by Shearly (SU)
If you are reading this blog, you, a friend, or your partner may be suffering from a sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. OSA is a condition that affects about 22 million Americans, and most don’t even know that they even have it.

Signs Your Child has a Sleep Disorder

Signs Your Child has a Sleep Disorder

by Stephanie Meadows
According to Healthline.com, sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affect the ability for someone to sleep well on a regular basis. There are many factors of daily life, that can contribute to sleep disorders, such as, stress, busy schedules, learning disabilities, and other outside factors. Depending on the sleep disorder, and the amount of sleep a person is getting, regardless, lack of sleep can have a negative impact on mood, energy, concentration, and most importantly, on our overall health.

How Many Hours of Sleep do you Actually Need?

How Many Hours of Sleep do you Actually Need?

by Stephanie Meadows
We spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, but are you one of those people who thinks they can survive off of less than six or seven hours a night? Well, you may be shocked when according to Popular Science, it states that is recommended that an average adult needs about seven or eight hours a night to feel well rested.