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Sleep is essential to good health. It's one of the body's basic needs. But, what do you do when you have troubles sleeping, or getting enough hours of sleep?

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Mayo Clinic Health System offering tips for stress-related sleep disruption

A good night’s sleep is a key factor in maintaining your health and protecting your immune system. Getting at least seven hours of quality rest e...

June 29, 2020
Fairmont providing tips for managing daylight saving time

Spring forward and fall back. Many people have heard this saying, and it helps us remember which way to set our clocks for the start and end of daylight saving time.

March 2, 2020

On March 8 at 2 a.m., clocks will be set forward one hour, and people will lose an hour of sleep. Follow these tips to manage the transition to daylight savings time.

January 1, 0001

From The Blog

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How to manage daylight saving time

It’s time to spring forward as daylight saving time begins this weekend. Here are a few tips for managing the transition so you aren’t so groggy. The best part is an afternoon nap is on the list!

Rachel Ziegler MD By Rachel Ziegler March 5, 2021
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5 tips for getting quality sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic

Anxiety, stress and changes in routine can interfere with your sleep. Here are 5 tips for improving your sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Dare MD By David Dare April 13, 2020
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5 ways to get better sleep

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you're not alone. The first step toward getting better sleep is to observe sleep patterns, then try these strategies to help improve your sleep.

May 3, 2018

How to get the most out of napping

While closing your eyes for a few minutes during your busy day may seem like a good idea, it’s important to consider the effects napping may bring. The time of day and length of time you nap can provide benefits or create problems. Knowing when to nap and providing yourself with a suitable environment to nap will produce the greatest benefits.

Tiffany Casper DO By Tiffany Casper March 26, 2018
Sleep Apnea

Do I have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which you repeatedly stop breathing or have shallow breaths while you sleep. When this happens, you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe.

April 25, 2017

Sleep is the foundation for healthy habits

Sleep provides the foundation for all our daily habits and decisions. A lack of quality sleep can negatively impact our mood as well as our ability to focus on daily tasks. To maximize your sleep health, here are some tips you can follow.

April 5, 2017

Sleep — An essential element of success for children

At the end of a wonderful summer and as families are returning to school and new routines, the question of “How much sleep does my child need?” might arise if you find your child is struggling.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham August 23, 2016

Why cleaning your positive airway pressure (PAP) supplies is important

Daily cleaning of supplies is important in keeping your airway open while you sleep by maintaining a good seal between your face and the mask. Find out why.

January 8, 2016
Kara Grottke RT

Move away from the 'dark side' of sleep apnea with new CPAP masks

Darth Vader would be envious. Long gone are the days of loud and bulky CPAP machines, and it's time you turned away from the dark side.

August 13, 2015

Sandman not doing his job? Use these behavioral strategies for sleep difficulties

Many people face sleep difficulties. It’s difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or both. This leads to feeling tired in the morning, having difficulties with daytime sleepiness, attention and concentration problems, and irritability.

July 9, 2015
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Is your child getting enough sleep?

Is it a daily struggle to get your child out of bed in the morning? If so, it’s likely that they aren’t getting enough total sleep throughout the day. Children need a surprisingly large amount of rest each day. Of course, every child’s needs are different, but the average amount of hours needed depends on a child’s age.

Jessica Sosso MD By Jessica Sosso April 9, 2015

Always tired? You may have sleep apnea

For some people, there’s no such thing as a good night’s sleep. No matter how early they go to bed - or how many times they press the snooze button - they still wake up groggy.

January 29, 2015