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Diabetes and Sleep Disorders

Diabetes and Sleep Disorders

In this post, we will be discussing the relationship between diabetes and different sleep disorders, how can they be treated, how they interfere with one another, and what are the possible treatments.

Dementia and Sleep Disorders

Dementia and Sleep Disorders

Patients suffering from dementia usually sleep poor, and those who are already diagnosed with some sleep disorder will likely get some symptoms of dementia. Read on to learn more about their connection and how to improve sleep when struggling with this condition.

Sleep Disorders and Headaches

Sleep Disorders and Headaches

Is it the headaches that cause sleep disruptions, or are they simply a symptom of these disorders? The truth is somewhere in the middle, as our bodies are incredibly complex, and it seems that there isn’t an easy answer to this question. Read on to find out more.

Seasonal Affective Disorder – Definition, Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Seasonal Affective Disorder – Definition, Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

SAD affects people who do not have any previously diagnosed mental problems, and they feel well during most of the year, but they tend to feel depressed or experience symptoms of depression throughout one particular season, usually winter each year. Although the term “winter blues” is often used when referring to this disorder, SAD is more than that, and it can even occur during the summer months.

How to Prepare Your Bedroom for Any Emergency

How to Prepare Your Bedroom for Any Emergency

Read on to learn how to make your home safer, how to prepare, and what to do in case anything unexpected happens. Remember that preparation is vital to staying safe during any crisis.

How Is Foam Density Measured?

How Is Foam Density Measured?

In the world of mattresses, foam density refers to how much weight a cubic foot of foam is carrying, and it is expressed in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). Foam density falls into three main categories: low, medium, and high. High-density foams are primarily used in mattress support cores and foundation layers.

Does it Work: Cooling Gel-Infused Memory Foam

Does it Work: Cooling Gel-Infused Memory Foam

On the market of sleep-related products, gel-infused memory foam was always highly praised for its cooling features, but how cooling can a gel be, and how does it work in comparison to regular memory foam products? What is the difference between them, and why are not all memory products infused with gel if it has more advantages than the ones without it?

A Guide to Choosing the Right Mattress

A Guide to Choosing the Right Mattress

Shopping and finding a new mattress can be exhausting and frustrating – but don’t worry, Counting Sheep is here to help you! Check out our mattress buying guide, and things you need to focus on when shopping for a new bed.

How Is Latex Density Measured?

How Is Latex Density Measured?

Latex mattresses come in three main density categories. The low-density products are those below 4.3 PCF, from 4.3 to 5.3 PCF is medium-density range, and anything above 5.3 PCF is considered high-density.

How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

it’s a recommended to wash your sheets and pillowcase once a week or at least every two weeks. Not washing your bedding may worsen from health problems such as allergies and asthma.

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Sleep and Aging – Sleep Guide for the Elderly

Sleep and Aging – Sleep Guide for the Elderly

As we age, many of us we will experience certain changes in our bodies that will also affect how we sleep. The effect of these changes may further be influenced by chronic illness or the side effects of prescription medication. Unfortunately, sleep problems and...

Sleep Pills For Children – Medication Doses, Risks and alternatives

Sleep Pills For Children – Medication Doses, Risks and alternatives

Most adults think about their childhood as times when sleeping was very easy. Unfortunately, today around 25% of children experience sleep problems, and sometimes their sleeping issues are so severe that they turn to a doctor, and doctors sometimes prescribe them...

Prescription Sleep Medication

Prescription Sleep Medication

There are a lot of different sleeping drugs out there, varying in their active substances, targeting issues, side-effects and form in which they are consumed. Most commonly used prescription drugs for insomnia are benzodiazepines, and Z-drugs.

A Comprehensive IKEA Latex Mattress Review

A Comprehensive IKEA Latex Mattress Review

Besides hybrid, spring, and foam beds, IKEA offers three latex models called Matrand, Myrbacka, and Mausund. These beds are a perfect choice for everyone who wants to try out a latex mattress for the first time, as well as for value seekers.

DreamCloud Mattress Review

DreamCloud Mattress Review

Do you want to buy a highly luxurious mattress at a price of the standard model? If you think that this is not possible, read our review of DreamCloud mattress and think again.This amazing 8-layered model is constructed so well, that it gives the ultimate sleeping experience for almost every user. It is a hybrid model, combining the technology of memory foam, latex, and individually wrapped, zoned coils, for solid support and superior comfort.On top of this, DreamCloud offers 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty. There is just no downside to this mattress, so why not try it?

Restonic: The ComfortCare Hybrid Signature Review

Restonic: The ComfortCare Hybrid Signature Review

Restonic: The ComfortCare Hybrid mattresses feature the high-density core with individually wrapped, tempered coils that are zoned in a way to provide best lumbar support. With the gel-infused foam and latex layers, you are getting the comfort of your life. Superb pressure relief, high breathability, and reinforced edge are some of the features that you’ll love. Not to mention the covers with Outlast fibers that keep these mattresses at a perfect temperature.

Restonic: The HealthRest Latex Review

Restonic: The HealthRest Latex Review

With Restonic being one of the oldest mattress retailers with over 80 years long history, you can’t go wrong. Pair that with millions of satisfied customers, and new technology approaches and you get one of the best product collections on the market.

IKEA Memory Foam Mattress Review

IKEA Memory Foam Mattress Review

When it comes to memory foam 3 models are available – Matrand, Myrbacka, and Knapstad. All of their beds come with reasonable and affordable prices, on which their customers are well used to, so in terms of costs, IKEA is undoubtedly on the more accessible side.

A Comprehensive Sealy Hybrid Line Review

A Comprehensive Sealy Hybrid Line Review

Sealy’s hybrid line has a total of 7 mattresses in three collections, one in the Essentials collection, three in the Performance, and three in the Premium. Their height varies from 12 to 15 inches, and their price range goes from $1100 to almost $3000.

A Review of the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress

A Review of the Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress

The Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Hybrid Mattress is a very safe pick for a lot of people. Its versatility makes it more tempting than a lot of specialized models on the market, especially if you plan on sharing your bed with someone who might not share your ideal sleeping position or weight category. Everything we know about this product’s performance is average at worst, and excellent at best, so there’s nothing to lose by trying it out for yourself.

How Cytokines Regulate Sleep

How Cytokines Regulate Sleep

Cytokines are best known for their role as the immune system’s mediators. However, according to accumulating research, they also have a vital role in sleep regulation or sleep-wake homeostasis.

Circadian Rhythm System – How Does It Work?

Circadian Rhythm System – How Does It Work?

Wondering how does your internal body clock work? Let’s take a closer look at how this circadian system works, the different factors that can impact it, and what you can do to boost it and use your biology to improve other aspects of your life.

ASMR and Sleep

ASMR and Sleep

It seems that recently YouTube got overflooded with ASMR videos, they are a trending topic, and everybody is filming weird versions of it. If you are still hesitating whether or not you should click and play that recommended ASMR video, you have come to the right place. In this article, you will learn what is ASMR, and how it aids sleep.

How Much Do CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP Machines Cost with Insurance?

How Much Do CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP Machines Cost with Insurance?

The three main methods used to treat sleep apnea include CPAP, BiPAP, and APAP machines. The price of these devices is above average, and can vary a lot, so it’s important to know in advance how much money you’ll have to spend. Also, you often have to purchase a breathing mask and airflow humidifiers, which adds to the overall cost.

How Long Should Your Naps Last?

How Long Should Your Naps Last?

The ideal nap lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, according to experts. If you take any longer, it can interfere with your sleep at night, and will probably make you feel more tired when you wake up, because after half an hour, you’ll enter deep sleep.

Sleep State Switching – How Do We Fall Asleep?

Sleep State Switching – How Do We Fall Asleep?

Wonder how do we exactly fall asleep? Think of your brain as an electrical system, which has ongoing circuits that can switch off or on, to induce sleep or wakefulness. The transitional phase between these two conditions is called sleep state switching – also known as the flip-flop switch model. In this model, the neurons switch off or on to prevent arousal or sleep, to keep you asleep or to keep you alert during the periods of wakefulness.

Are Night Sweats an Indicator of a More Serious Condition?

True night sweats are also known as sleep hyperhidrosis, and they refer to persistent sweating throughout the night that drenches your pajamas and bedding, interferes with your sleep, and it is not related to environmental factors such as a bedroom that is too warm. That last part is crucial as it is a difference between night sweats that are benign and that can be resolved easily, and symptoms of a more serious condition.

Confusional Arousals

Confusional arousals are, in their nature, completely benign and don’t pose much risk for the person who experiences them. These events cause a person to partially wake up during the night feeling awake but confused, slow, disoriented and unable to properly respond when being talked to or instructed to go back to sleep.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

People who suffer from REM behavior disorder (RBD) are trying to act out their dreams by moving their limbs while still sleeping. RBD is a sleep-related disorder which belongs to the group of parasomnias, and it is characterized by the absence of paralysis which typically occurs during REM sleep.

Living With Idiopathic Hypersomnia

People with idiopathic hypersomnia feel sleepy during the day even if they slept for the recommended minimum of 8 hours during the previous night, and they are experiencing chronic excessive daytime sleepiness. Idiopathic hypersomnia is a neurological sleep disorder which belongs to the group of hypersomnias.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is characterized by repetitive limb movements during sleep, and it usually involves the movement of hip, knees, ankles, and toes, but in some rare cases, arm movements can be present. While PLMD doesn’t have any dramatic consequences, it can lead to daytime sleepiness and fatigue, fragmented sleep, and insomnia if symptoms get worse.

Sleep-Related Eating Disorder

Even with the frequent misconceptions about them, eating disorders are finally starting to get more recognition in the public eye. But one specific type of eating disorder, while quite intriguing, remains largely unknown and unexplored and that is sleep-related eating disorder (SRED), which will be the point of focus in this article.

Night Terrors and How to Deal With Them

The purpose of this article is to provide enough information on night terrors that anyone dealing with them (whether through first-hand or second-hand experience) can take proper steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We will be covering potential causes, how it’s diagnosed, as well as what you can do to make your life easier while fighting off night terrors.

Kleine-Levin Syndrome – Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Sometimes referred to as Familial Hibernation Syndrome, Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) is rare and it includes behavior changes (for example, increased sex drive), excessive amounts of sleep and excessive food intake. The condition mainly affects male teenage boys, and although these behaviors are all common in their age, symptoms in people suffering from KLS are extreme.

ASMR and Sleep

It seems that recently YouTube got overflooded with ASMR videos, they are a trending topic, and everybody is filming weird versions of it. If you are still hesitating whether or not you should click and play that recommended ASMR video, you have come to the right place. In this article, you will learn what is ASMR, and how it aids sleep.

How To Sleep With Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a symptom commonly described as roaring, ringing, clicking or buzzing in an individual’s ears. It can include high or low pitched noises and vary in volume from very quiet to loud in both or just one of the person’s ears.

Sleep Talking – Causes and Treatment

When people are sleep talking, they are often mumbling and talking nonsense, and don’t remember it the next day. Most of them are not aware that they have a problem until their partner, roommate or a family member brings it to the table.

Sleeping With Socks On

When it comes to sleeping with your socks on, opinions are strongly divided, people either love it or hate it. Some sleep better with socks on while others have troubles falling asleep if they are wearing socks.

Sex and Sleep – How Sex Can Improve Sleep

Sex is a great activity that releases stress and aids sleep. Your body floods the brain with endorphins, and oxytocin that act both as painkillers and mood enhancers. This hormone release can be a powerful cure for stress and anxiety, but also a great natural sleep aid. Keep reading to find out how sex affects your sleep.

Is It Better To Sleep With or Without a Pillow?

Instead of asking yourself do you need a pillow for sleep, you should be asking is does your sleeping position require a pillow for support? The answer depends on whether you are a side, back or stomach sleeper, as each of these positions aligns the body differently and needs a different type of support.

Devices for Monitoring Sleep

Polysomnography is regarded as the number one when it comes to monitoring sleep for diagnostic purposes. Apart from PSG, home-based sleep monitors, especially wearable sleep trackers and bed-based sleep monitors have become quite popular.

The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Factors, Ethnicity and Sleep

There is inequality all around us, whether it is racial, income, or some other thing you might not think of right away. People who are less financially secured tend to sleep less than wealthy individuals. Also, black people on average have a shorter sleep duration as well as quality compared to Caucasians. We tried to determine why that’s the case, so read on if you want to learn more about the sleep gap in America.

Does it Work: Cooling Gel-Infused Memory Foam

On the market of sleep-related products, gel-infused memory foam was always highly praised for its cooling features, but how cooling can a gel be, and how does it work in comparison to regular memory foam products? What is the difference between them, and why are not all memory products infused with gel if it has more advantages than the ones without it?

Sleeping and Stimulants

Contrary to hypnotics and sedatives, stimulants are substances that affect the body and the central nervous system by increasing our level of alertness and making it hard to fall asleep. That is why stimulants are usually connected with wakefulness, but they can also improve your mood and lower stress on a daily basis. When given in certain doses, stimulants can actually be used to improve sleep.

Epilepsy and Sleep

Due to their symptoms and the stress they regularly face, people who have epilepsy often have a comorbid condition such as migraines, anxiety, depression and a palette of sleep disturbances like nocturnal seizures, insomnia and sleep apnea. We will cover more about the relationship between epilepsy and sleep, as well as how to manage some common difficulties.

Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

Sleep-related breathing disorders involve pauses in breathing or difficulties breathing during the night. If they are untreated, they can cause many serious problems, among which are heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and low blood oxygen.

Migraines and How They Affect Sleep

Migraines are not very difficult to explain. Imagine a severe regular headache, then make it worse and add a medium-sized list of unpleasant symptoms that can incapacitate a person for potentially a whole day – or a few days, in the worst case scenario.

Does Your Body Need Energy While Sleeping?

During our nightly rest, our brains have a vital mission, to repair everything that went wrong the previous day. That is when our muscles, joints, and vital organs are restored, and it’s one of the reasons why we feel refreshed in the morning.

The Mattress You Can Trust: Sapira Mattress Review

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Cocoon By Sealy Mattress Review

Summary The Cocoon mattress by Sealy is the first sleeping pad created by one of the large bedding organizations to start to increase sizable notoriety. The sleeping cushion utilizes a memory foam top layer with poly froth transitional and bolsters layers to make a...

Hypoxemia  – Causes, Consequences and Treatment

The term “sleep-related hypoxemia” refers to hypoxemia that manifests itself as a result of sleep-related breathing disorders or during sleep in general. While most of the symptoms are the same, it’s important to keep track of where the patient tends to fall asleep.

Bipolar Disorder and Sleep

In reality, disturbed sleep is a core symptom of bipolar disorder. It is no surprise, seeing as how mania and depression both negatively affect it. Sleep disorders often go hand in hand with bipolar disorder, and make its symptoms even worse.

Sleep-Wake Phase Disorders

People who suffer from sleep-wake phase disorder have a strong biological urge to stay up when most of the other people are sleeping and to sleep when others are already fully awake.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The primary purpose of the ESS is to measure average sleep propensity (known elsewhere as excessive daytime sleepiness) through the application of a simple and accessible questionnaire.

Top 10 Sleep Products for Babies

Babies spend most of their day snoozing, and proper sleep is essential for their growth and healthy development. Luckily, parents have a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to sleep products for babies.

Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index

PSQI or Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index is a self-reported questionnaire about sleep. It can help improve the duration and quality of sleep by helping people understand what prevents them from getting enough quality shut-eye.

The Ultimate Guide to Sleep Safety

One of the most often overlooked aspects of our daily life is home security and safety in general. Feeling safe is a critical prerequisite to our comfort and relaxation, which is why home safety is a huge part of being able to sleep healthily.

School Start Times and Sleep Patterns of Students

Sleeping well is essential for adolescents, as they are still growing and developing, and they should preferably get 9 hours each night. Unfortunately, with a lot of responsibilities and different activities, teens often choose to sacrifice sleep to get everything else done.

Benefits of Side Sleeping

Your sleep quality is affected by multiple factors – it isn’t just how dark and quiet your room is or what music you listen to before you hit the hay – it’s how you lay your body down, too. According to science, the best sleeping position is sleeping on your side. Read on to learn why.

Advanced Sleep-Wake Phase Disorder

The advanced sleep-wake phase disorder (ASWPD) is a circadian rhythm disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness in the evening before the normally considered bedtime, not being able to resist falling asleep, and waking up way too early in the morning.

Tips for Sleeping Well While Traveling

Crowded transportation, crying babies, people sneezing and talking loudly are just some of the things that can make sleep seem like a dream that never comes true. Luckily, we have a solution! Read on to find how to sleep better while traveling.

Mathematics of Sleep

Quantification of sleep is not an easy task – too many variables are involved in inducing and regulating this process. In best attempts to answer as many questions as possible, specialists have come up with a number of theories and models.

Sleep and Fasting

Fasting can cause temporary mild sleep-related problems, but they will go away quickly as soon as you adapt to the new regime.

Lack of Sleep Among Veterans

Sleep problems are an ongoing issue for many people working in the military, especially veterans. More than 75% of veterans have some symptoms that can be related to different sleep disorders.

The Ultimate Co-Sleeping Guide

When it is done correctly, co-sleeping offers desirable benefits that help children develop properly, and stay healthy. However, many parents approach it with caution and fear because of the potential downsides that have to be worked around.

Asthma and Sleep

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the lung airways, making them highly sensitive and easily triggered into an asthma attack. It can have a negative impact on the sleep duration and quality.

Human Growth Hormone and Sleep

Human growth hormone (HGH or just GH) is a protein, and it is also known as somatropin. It is produced by the pituitary gland that is located at the base of our brain. The secretion of HGH isn’t continuous, but it is rather released in a pulsating matter. It is crucial for children as it promotes growth and development, but it has a lot of positive effects on adults as well, as it boosts their metabolism and physical performance, and even helps live longer.

Scientific Research Into Sleep

Research of sleep and nervous system, in general, can be quite complicated. Our brain is one of the most complex things in nature and figuring out how everything works can be quite a task. As a British philosopher Emerson E. Pugh once said: “If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.”
However, the research of our minds and sleep has come a long way, and now we know many things about the importance of sleep, different sleep disorders, and how to treat them.

GI Issues and Sleep

Persistent stomach problems can cause great discomfort in one’s daily life. Indigestion, acid reflux, or even a spell of severe bloating can disrupt a person’s schedule when lasting for a few days, causing a range of symptoms anywhere from irritability to severe pain. As a consequence, one might cancel some activities, see a doctor or even get hospitalized if the situation gets extreme.

Simmons Mattress Review

Summary This Simmons Mattress Review ought to enable you to see the assorted variety of the Simmons bedding lineup. All things considered, you can perceive what Simmons-a sleeping cushion organization can offer best regarding the bedding business. In any case, the...

Aireloom Mattress Review: What You Need To Know

Summary It's implied that picking the best bed is a procedure which requires a great deal of thought and a considerable amount of research. There are a lot of choices out there and picking the one that is most suitable for your inclinations and the inclinations of...

Is Sleeping with Pets a Good Idea?

Most pet owners regard their pets as valued family members, and it is not a surprise that sharing a bed with one is very widespread. Many people allow their pets to sleep with them, although it has both advantages and disadvantages.

Insufficient Sleep Syndrome

Insufficient sleep syndrome is a type of hypersomnia. The symptoms for the insufficient sleep syndrome include regularly sleeping for less than the average 6-8 hours per night, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, lowered energy level, reduced alertness, memory problems, lack of concentration and focus, muscle weakness and pain, distractibility, attention problems, and more.

Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder

The non-24 hour sleep-wake disorder happens when the body’s rhythm does not adjust with the 24-hour synchronization of the daily cycle and affects our circadian rhythm. It is a chronic circadian rhythm sleep disorder that interferes with sleep.

Sleep Guide for Babies

Sleeping is beside eating, probably the biggest need of each baby, they grow and develop so quickly at this stage and sleeping provides them enough time for resting, restorative and growing processes.

Catch-Up Sleep Myth

Whether you work long hours during the week, had to finish a paper or presentation, or had a crisis that required you to stay up most of the night, you want to try and make up for the missed hours of sleep. However, you can only catch up on a small amount of sleep.

Careers in Sleep – How to Get a Sleep-Related Job

Since sleep has become such a vast field for researching, it is continually expanding as many people are having problems with sleep disorders. Sleep became an health-related industry worth millions of dollars, and many sleep laboratories and thousands of sleep clinics are open across the US.

Sleep Enuresis and How to Handle It

Sleep enuresis or bedwetting is common among children until the age of 7, when it stops in most cases. Parents are responsible for monitoring the situation and helping their child reach a level of physical maturity where their bladder muscle becomes strong and helps keep the bed clean.

Two-Process Model of Sleep Regulation

The two-process model of sleep regulation is based on the interaction of our two bodily processes – sleep-wake homeostasis (S) and the circadian process (C) – working simultaneously and dictating our sleep length, quality, and it’s timing.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sleep

In this article, we will cover the precise sleep difficulties frequently faced by people with ASD, some appropriate treatment options and longer-term coping advice to remove some of the due stress and make these issues more manageable.

Classifying Sleep Disorders

The diagnosis of sleep disorders and disturbances is based on clinical questionnaires, interviews, physical examinations and laboratory sleep research. Many guides and manuals are available today, to be used by doctors as a helping hand with recognizing various symptoms and pinpointing them to a certain sleep disorder.