Circady Insomnia Blog

Beyond Insomnia: Circadian Rhythm Disorders and Daytime Sleepiness

Posted by Angela Ballard on Aug 23, 2018 7:30:00 AM

When someone mentions a sleep disorder, most of us think of insomnia (not being able to get enough sleep) and, maybe, narcolepsy (not being able to stay awake). But there are actually many more types of sleep disorders out there — more than 100 different types of sleep disorders, in fact. Two general categories of these are called circadian rhythm sleep disorders and excessive daytime sleepiness disorders.

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Topics: Causes of Insomnia

Abnormal Sleep Behavior: Sleep Talking, Walking, Grinding, and More

Posted by Angela Ballard on Aug 16, 2018 9:55:14 AM

If your sleep doesn’t seem “normal” to you, you’re not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 50 to 70 million Americans have sleep or wakefulness disorders that can take many forms. In fact, there are more than 100 different types of sleep disorders. Among them are the abnormal sleep behavior and movement disorders we'll be discussing today including sleep walking, teeth grinding, and restless legs (all of which are among the eight most common sleep disorders.) 

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Topics: Causes of Insomnia

Sleeping Medication and Non-pharmacological Insomnia Treatment

Posted by Angela Ballard on Aug 7, 2018 10:48:05 AM

We are so lucky. For so many of our minor daily aches, pains and little health concerns there are effective medicines available. Headache? There are (multiple) easy-to-use and generally safe pills for that. Overdid it on that run and your joints are sore? There’s a pill for that, too. Bee sting (and you’re thankfully not allergic)? Reach for an over-the-counter antihistamine. Occasional heartburn? You know what to do…

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Topics: Insomnia Treatment, CBT-i

Awake and Anxious? Tackling Insomnia and Anxiety

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jul 24, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Everyone gets worried or stressed occasionally and there are times when that heightened alertness can be helpful. Bedtime is NOT, however, one of them. Continue reading to learn how to recognize anxiety and insomnia together and some tips to help calm your nerves and improve rest.

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Topics: Insomnia Treatment

Depression and Insomnia are Often Seen, and Treated, Together

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jul 11, 2018 8:49:00 AM

Depression and insomnia often go hand in hand and the relationship between the two conditions can be complicated. But regardless of whether your depression or your insomnia manifested itself first, you deserve to find relief. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

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Topics: Causes of Insomnia, CBT-i

How to Fall Asleep: Expert Tips to Help Prevent Insomnia Tonight

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jul 6, 2018 10:17:35 AM

Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You’re not alone. According to Psychology Today, 1 in 3 people is affected by insomnia.

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Topics: Insomnia Treatment

Can’t Sleep? Here’s what Melatonin Can (and Can’t) Do to Help

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jun 19, 2018 7:49:00 AM

If you’ve done any poking around on the Internet in search of sleep solutions, you’ve likely come across discussions of melatonin. Similarly, your local pharmacy probably has a dizzying array of melatonin supplements on its shelves (I know mine does).

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Topics: Insomnia Treatment, CBT-i

Bedroom Basics: Fine-tune Your Room for Better Rest

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jun 11, 2018 4:25:00 PM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  adults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night for the best health and wellbeing. More than a third of us, however, are not getting enough and our bedrooms could be partly to blame.

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Topics: CBT-i, Insomnia Treatment, Sleep Tips

The Best Insomnia Treatment You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: CBT-i

Posted by Angela Ballard on Jun 5, 2018 9:58:00 AM

You’ve tried warm milk, you’ve counted sheep (and goats and clouds), you’ve read all about melatonin and you’ve meditated. Your doctor says there’s maybe a prescription you can try, but you’ve heard about side effects and other issues. There must be another option, right?

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Topics: CBT-i, Insomnia Treatment

Common Causes of Acute and Chronic Insomnia

Posted by Angela Ballard on May 29, 2018 9:45:10 AM

When you are lying awake, there are many things that could be going through your mind. All the things you need to do tomorrow. All the things you wished you’d gotten done today. And, perhaps, all the things you’d like to blame for being awake in the first place.

Thinking about why you have insomnia can actually be quite productive because if you and your healthcare provider can figure out what’s causing your insomnia, maybe you can figure out a way to fix it and get some darn sleep.

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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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