Circady Insomnia Blog

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

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

Things that Go Bump in the Night: Nightmares vs. Night Terrors

Posted by Angela Ballard on Aug 29, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Bad dreams, nightmares, and night terrors… Sometimes, sleep can be a little scary. But understanding what’s going on and the different types of night frights can help. I, for one, always feel better when I can put a name to a phenomenon. The right vocabulary can also be useful when you’re discussing sleep concerns with your doctor or sleep therapist.

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Topics: Causes of Insomnia

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

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: CBT-i, Causes of Insomnia

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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