AASM High School Video Contest award winners for 2024
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Lynn Celmer
1M ago
Congratulations to the three students selected as the winners of the 2024 AASM High School Video Contest! This year’s contest focused on helping teens understand why sleep is important to their success either in school, health, safety, sports, relationships, or another area. Contestants were asked to focus on one aspect of a teens’ life. Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Getting the sleep that your body needs is essential for your health, well-being and mood. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that ..read more
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Navigating caffeine’s effects on sleep and alertness
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Katherine Robards
1M ago
For many people, caffeine offers a quick pick-me-up when fatigue sets in. Found in various forms like coffee, tea, sodas and energy drinks, caffeine’s stimulating effects are well-documented, providing a temporary boost to alertness and mental acuity. However, caffeine can cause side effects and have a disruptive effect on your sleep. Caffeine, a natural substance derived from plants or produced synthetically, operates as a stimulant by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain, thereby diminishing feelings of sleepiness. It can help improve your concentration, alertness and energy. However, d ..read more
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Improve your sleep in five simple steps
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Katherine Robards
3M ago
Improving sleep isn’t just about getting comfy in bed. It’s also about training our brains to connect the bed with sleep. That’s what stimulus control, a component of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, is all about. By having a consistent and predictable schedule and avoiding activities like watching TV or scrolling through your phone in bed, you’re reinforcing the idea that your bed is meant for sleep, which can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It’s a simple but effective way to improve your sleep quality and overall well-being. Here are five easy tips to help you i ..read more
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What to expect at your sleep study
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by Katherine Robards
3M ago
A sleep study, also known as polysomnography, monitors your breathing, heart rate, body movements and brain waves while you sleep. This is performed in a specialized setting with a trained sleep technologist who is monitoring all of these aspects while ensuring your safety and comfort. Your doctor performs a thorough assessment of your sleep complaints and if they feel further testing is required, orders a sleep study. This helps to correctly diagnose sleep disorders that you might have. On the day of the study, you will be asked to arrive at the sleep center in the evening with the intention ..read more
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The science behind jet lag and tips to combat symptoms
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Katherine Robards
4M ago
Jet lag — it’s the unwelcome guest that often accompanies long-distance travel, leaving us feeling disoriented and fatigued. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, understanding how to mitigate jet lag’s effects is essential for a successful trip. Understanding jet lag Jet lag is a circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorder. It occurs when rapid travel across multiple time zones disrupts our internal body clock. Our circadian rhythms, synchronized by cues such as daylight and darkness, regulate our sleep-wake cycle, ensuring we feel alert during the day and sle ..read more
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Enter the 2024 “Sleep for Success” High School Video Contest
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Lynn Celmer
4M ago
Submissions are now being accepted for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s 2024 “Sleep for Success” High School Video Contest. Entrants will compete for a cash prize and raise awareness about the importance of sleep for teens and how proper sleep leads to better overall health, performance, and safety. High school students can enter the contest by submitting an original video that ranges from 30 to 90 seconds long to help teens understand why sleep is important to their success either in school, health, safety, sports, relationships, or another area. The video should focus on one asp ..read more
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Sweet dreams and sober nights
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Katherine Robards
4M ago
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for our overall well-being. Did you know it can also play a role in helping you quit drinking alcohol? Learn how sleep can impact your efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle. The link between sleep and alcohol use Research studies indicate a bidirectional relationship between sleep and alcohol. This means that poor sleep can contribute to increased alcohol use, while excessive alcohol consumption can disrupt sleep patterns. It becomes a cycle where one negatively influences the other. Sleep deprivation and alcohol cravings A lack of quality sleep can lead ..read more
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New helpline provides support and resources for people with sleep issues
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Katherine Robards
5M ago
The nonprofit organization Project Sleep recently introduced The Sleep Helpline™, a national helpline to guide you through sleep-related challenges. Let’s explore what the Sleep Helpline offers and how it can assist you. What is the Sleep Helpline? The Sleep Helpline is a professionally staffed helpline providing free, personalized, confidential support and resources for people facing sleep issues and sleep disorders. It is run by Project Sleep, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about sleep health, sleep equity and sleep disorders. The helpline is funded by dono ..read more
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Navigating sleep changes during pregnancy
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by Katherine Robards
5M ago
Pregnancy affects many aspects of a woman’s body, including sleep. Hormonal fluctuations, physical transformations, and the inherent stresses of pregnancy can alter both the duration and quality of sleep. While most sleep disturbances are reversible post-delivery, some sleep changes may indicate underlying sleep disorders. Sleep changes by trimester During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes various changes that can disrupt sleep. In fact, according to one survey, 97% of pregnant women reported symptoms of disrupted sleep. The first trimester may bring increased sleepiness, accompanied by disr ..read more
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Unlock the secrets to a healthier heart through better sleep
AASM | Sleep Education Blog
by Katherine Robards
6M ago
In the quest for a healthier heart, have you considered the role your sleep plays? The American Heart Association has, and that’s why it introduced the Cardiovascular Health & Sleep Initiative. This new campaign is shedding light on the connection between sleep and heart health. This initiative will help you understand the potential cardiovascular risks associated with sleep disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia aren’t just restless night companions—they may also be linked to heart arrhythmias, plaque buildup, heart failure and coronary artery disease. Understanding these connect ..read more
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