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Benefits of Napping

  How well are you doing, really? Various studies have shown that 1 in 3 adults do not get the proper amount of rest, 1 in 5 adults suffer from a type of mental disorder, and about half of American adults suffer from cardiovascular issues. While there is no magic pill to fix all three, or any one of these in particular—there are steps that can be taken to improve our health and prevent some long-term irreversible effects. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Sleep can be beneficial to our health in so many different ways. What is the best way to obtain sleep benefits and how can these be extended upon?...

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Sleep Talking

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.* Has anyone ever told you that you talk in your sleep? If so, you probably cannot remember doing it but only knew because someone said something.  Perhaps you have heard your child mumble while napping? A recent study found that 66% of the population has experienced episodes of sleep talking. The medical term for sleep talking is somniloquy, and it is precisely what it sounds like, which is talking while asleep without being aware of it. According to Web MD, "It's a type of parasomnia -- an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep. It's a [quite] common occurrence and is...

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Night Terrors

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.* Have you ever seen a movie with a scene where the person is sleeping but suddenly sits straight up in bed screaming, sweating, and flailing their arms?  Most folks automatically assume that those scenes portray a person having a nightmare. However, they may depict a person having a night terror, also known as sleep terrors. According to the American Sleep Association, night terrors are a parasomnia condition in which a person reacts to a sense of fear or terror by screaming, thrashing around, or crying. Parasomnias are undesirable physical or verbal behaviors, such as walking or talking during sleep, association with...

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Shift Work Sleep Disorder

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.*  Every morning, about 80% of the American workforce wakes up to begin their morning routine before beginning work for the day. Whether that work is at home on a computer, at a construction site, a school, a fast-food restaurant, or a military base, this is a routine observed by roughly 126 million Americans. In contrast, about 20% of the United States working population participates in off-hours “shift work.” Some of these individuals are at risk of developing “shift work sleep disorder (SWSD).” Today, let’s better understand the mechanisms, symptoms, and management strategies of SWSD.  What Is Shift Work Sleep Disorder?  Before we can define...

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Delicious Deli Sliders – 60 Minute Activities

  In this blog series, Sleep8 is branching out from sleep related topics to bring you fun activities that can be completed in about 60 minutes, the same duration as your Sleep8 cycle. These could be anything from recipes, crafts, DIY projects, skills to master, workouts, or more. Keep your eyes peeled to the Sleep8 blog to find your new favorite pastime. My family likes to make this delicious slider recipe for events where we all gather. It is super quick and completely low maintenance but most importantly, delicious. I have heard these referred to before as funeral sandwiches and there are many different variations for ingredients and toppings to the rolls, however this one is a family classic. They...

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