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Angela Ballard

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Can’t Sleep? Your Dog Can Help

Posted by Angela Ballard on Dec 5, 2019 4:17:12 PM

If you’re a dog owner and struggle with sleep issues, you’ve probably been told to kick Fido out of your bedroom. Indeed, many people believe that pets disrupt sleep and that it's part of good sleep hygiene to ban them to their own sleeping situations. 

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8 Sleep Tips for Shift Workers

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jun 26, 2019 5:59:33 PM

We’d all love to dictate our work schedules and to have our professional lives sync neatly with our personal, family and health needs. Too often, however, this just not possible.

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Teen Sleep: What You Need to Know & How to Help

Posted by Angela Ballard on Apr 6, 2019 12:37:45 AM

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night in order to function best. But, unfortunately, only about 15% of teens seem to be getting that much. Even worse, in a survey60% of children under the age of 18 complained of being tired during the day and 15% said they’d fallen asleep at school.

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Orthosomnia: Is Your Sleep Tracker Actually Harming Your Sleep?

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jan 26, 2019 4:58:04 PM

Wearable devices such as FitBits that help us to (supposedly) track our sleep may actually have the potential to harm sleep, instead.

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Topics: Causes of Insomnia, Sleep Tips, Sleep Tracker

Sleeping More this Winter? What’s Normal, What’s Not & What’s SAD

Posted by Angela Ballard on Dec 19, 2018 12:38:08 PM

If you’re reading this from the northern hemisphere, you’re just days from the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. With limited daylight hours and long nights, you’re likely to find yourself sleeping more (or at least wishing you were.)

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Holidays, Travel, and Quality Sleep – Yes, You Can Have It All

Posted by Angela Ballard on Dec 14, 2018 12:35:42 PM

Every year, approximately 100 million Americans are on the move during the holiday season, says the New York Times, with 97 million traveling at the end of December, alone.

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)?

Posted by Angela Ballard on Dec 3, 2018 9:22:48 AM

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) is a technique used to combat insomnia by helping patients get to the root of their sleep issues and learn how to control anti-sleep thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. 

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5 Reasons Not to Skimp on Sleep this Holiday Season (or Ever)

Posted by Angela Ballard on Nov 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, bringing with it decorating, shopping, parties, travel, preparing meals, eating meals, and more. Sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. At such times, it may be tempting to make time by sleeping less. There are those old sayings, after all: “You can sleep when you’re dead” and “You snooze, you lose.”

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Men and Sleep: Yes, Sleep Disorders Affect Men Differently than Women

Posted by Angela Ballard on Oct 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine,  sleep disorders affect men and women differently. What’s at play? Physical differences, lifestyle influences, aging, and more. Recognizing these gender-related factors is important so we can better understand and treat sleep concerns.

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Topics: Causes of Insomnia

The 411 on Perimenopause, Menopause, and Sleep Disturbances

Posted by Angela Ballard on Oct 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Calling all women in their 40’s and 50’s! Did you know that insomnia can be one of the early signs of menopause? Indeed, according the National Sleep Foundation, up to half of all menopausal women experience sleep complications. That’s compared to 15% of the general population. As many as 61% of post-menopausal women report insomnia symptoms. Here’s what’s going on, what to watch for, and how to get rest despite it all.

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Topics: Causes of Insomnia

About Our Blogger

Angela Ballard

Angela is a specialist in sleep disorders and related illnesses. In this blog, she shares experiences in her personal life, and as a nurse dealing with such conditions.

Topics include:

  • Tips for managing your sleep
  • Information on insomnia and related illnesses
  • Diagnosis and treatment options

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