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

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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Topics: Sleep Tips

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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Topics: Sleep Tips

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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Topics: Sleep Tips

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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Topics: Sleep Tips

Can Warm Milk and Counting Sheep Really Help You Sleep?

Posted by Angela Ballard on Sep 19, 2018 8:45:37 AM

When I can’t sleep, I’ll try almost anything. But I also don’t want to waste my time on something if it’s simply a passing trend or old wives’ tale. Which got me thinking… Do any of those sleep-inducing remedies my parents talk about really work? I did some research to find out.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

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

What to Do When You Should be Sleeping

Posted by Angela Ballard on Apr 2, 2018 3:04:00 AM

Here we go again. It's the middle of the night and I'm awake. The cat is staring at me. The dog is snoring. Coyotes are yipping outside (yes, I live where there are coyotes - big ones) and the rest of my family is blissfully in dreamland. Whatever sleep-promoting techniques I employed today (see my other blog on sleep hygiene) have failed me and I just don't know... will I be up until I hear the coffeemaker start to automatically percolate? Or will this be a just a blip in an otherwise peaceful night? The answer could depend on what I do next. 

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Topics: Sleep Tips

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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