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It’s a simple fact: Too many Americans don’t get enough sleep.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 50 and 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. This is considered a public health problem, as a lack of sleep is linked to an increase in car accidents, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.
Whether it’s falling asleep or staying asleep, if you’re one of those people who has trouble getting a good night’s rest, check out these 10 blogs to learn what you can do.
Dr. Park’s Blog
Dr. Steven Y. Park began his career as an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, before realizing that, for people who returned over and over with the same problems, the treatments he was providing were only Band-Aids. His blog focuses on what roles diet, lifestyle, exercise, and overall environment play in breathing problems, such as sleep apnea.
For those who’d like to learn on the go, he also has a podcast that focuses directly on sleep difficulties. Check out episode 18, in which he lists the seven ways doctors can ruin your sleep.
Tweet him: @doctorpark
Insomnia Land sounds like an amusement park for your nightmares, but that’s only if you can get to sleep. Years ago, Martin Reed was up late researching why he couldn’t get some much-needed shut-eye. In a sea of spam and junk, he became frustrated and decided to start a blog of his own.
As insomnia is often a sign of an underlying condition, Reed examines its connection to chronic pain, bipolar disorder, and even the hormonal changes experienced by women going through menopause. Besides the causes, he posts a host of information on how to get more sleep.
Tweet Martin: @insomnialand
Julie Flygare: Wide Awake and Dreaming
Narcolepsy — a sleep disorder relating to a person’s sleep/wake cycle — affects an estimated 3 million people worldwide, and Julie Flygare is one of them. As a spokeswoman for a condition that’s often portrayed incorrectly in television and other media, Flygare focuses many of her posts on common problems that people with narcolepsy face, such as “nap shame.” She also shares the personal stories that led her to writing a book about narcolepsy, “Wide Awake and Dreaming,” and shares how her writing affected the portrayal of the condition in a recent episode of “The Simpsons” in which Homer developed narcolepsy!
Tweet Julie: @RemRunner
Sleep Disorders Advice from Verywell
“What can I do to sleep?” is a question anyone who’s ever been still awake at 3 a.m. has asked. And the topic is a top article on Dr. Brandon Peters’ blog on Verywell. Peters, a double board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, writes extensively on what you can be doing to make sure your sleep is more frequent and restful, as well as the pros and cons of using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines.
His recent posts examine how sleep suffers when patients stop taking sleeping pills, how migraines and headaches affect sleep, and how retirement can lead to insomnia.
Tweet Brandon: @BrandonPetersMD
The Sleep Doctor
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and sleep expert. His blog delves into something he and other experts have known for some time: that modern technology makes it harder for us to get needed shut-eye.
From the links between sleep problems and Twitter, to how using tablets and smartphones can affect your child’s sleep, his blog is full of insights on how you can alter your screen habits to improve your sleep. He also covers the science of sleep and its impact on how well your body functions when you are awake.
Tweet him: @thesleepdoctor
The Sleep Lady
Kim West, a.k.a. “The Sleep Lady,” knows that when insomnia affects children, the whole family can suffer. That’s why, as a licensed clinical social worker, her work as an author focuses on treating sleep disorders in young children, even those who merely don’t want to take their naps.
Besides offering up helpful and informative articles with tips for people who want to sleep better, she posts videos answering common questions, as well as suggests devices and programs that can help. If you have a child with night terrors, give this one a look.
Tweet Kim: @TheSleepLady
If you’ve been researching sleep disorders on your own for a while, you might want to check out Sleep Scholar. Their articles are mostly breakdowns of the most recent research, written by a team of sleep disorder specialists who aim to inform as well as identify gaps in current research on sleep.
Those suffering from sleep apnea can find plenty of helpful resources, including what devices are approved for treatment and what might work best for individual people who need help getting sleep.
On their blog, the National Sleep Foundation offers insight on practically every issue pertaining to sleep. Their posts are conveniently organized into age-related concerns, the science behind sleep, how you can alter your bedroom to create a sleep haven, and other lifestyle tips and answers.
Learn what daylight saving time does to your sleep, how to stop Alzheimer’s from impacting your loved one’s sleep schedule, what time is best for your baby’s morning nap, and how you can ensure better sleep just by reorganizing your bedroom.
Tweet them: @sleepfoundation
At Sleepio.com, you can take their sleep test to determine how you’d like to improve your sleep, from falling asleep more easily to waking up feeling more rested.
On their blog, they have experts explain the science of sleep, recap their talks and panels on topics like the relationship between sleep and mental health, explain how daylight saving time can impact sleep and what to do about it, plus so much more. Their Sleepio app, available for iOS and Android, is also worth checking out.
Tweet them: @Sleepio
Wake Up Narcolepsy’s Blog
Wake Up Narcolepsy (WUN) is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to awareness and finding a cure for the condition. Their blog is written by contributors who are affected by narcolepsy in different ways, including people who have the condition themselves and parents of children with narcolepsy. Be sure to check out one post by Candace Dave about how raising a son with narcolepsy has shaped both of their lives.
WUN can also connect you to events, like marathons or getting together for a night of narcolepsy-inspired comedy.
Tweet them: @wakenarcolepsy
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