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Welcome to the MedSleep Blog

Welcome to the MedSleep Blog, Sleep Talk: All the Latest News in Sleep. Since 2004, our organization  has been providing quality sleep medicine services to diagnose and treat  the full range of sleep disorders. This blog is an extension of our services designed to broaden sleep awareness among the public. Sleep deprivation is a wide-scale

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Sleep Debt Difficult to Pay Back

We often hear that the world is increasingly focused on efficiency, convenience and productivity and ultimately functions on a 24/7 basis.  Sleep studies support this idea, finding that as a whole, we sleep less than we did 25 years ago – about one hour less per night. Yet this one hour of wakefulness gained does

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Beyond Bedtime Snacking: Night Eating Syndrome

Most people can enjoy a light snack before bedtime without risking a poor night’s sleep or health complications. However, an evening snack has a different meaning to those who suffer from Night Eating Syndrome (NES) –  a condition characterized by an increased appetite in the evening, and consumption of more than 50% of daily calories

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Most Teenagers are Sleep Deprived

Teenagers are known for being night owls, and recent studies have investigated just how much sleep teens are actually getting. The Journal of Adolescent Healthfound that two-thirds of students in high school are getting less than seven hours per night, and only about 10% are getting the nine hours required by most teens to function

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Sleep Deficits May Lead To Weight Gain

With overweight and obesity rates soaring in Canada, at 36 and 23 percent respectively, fingers are often pointed at technology, fast food, and sedentary lifestyles –  all likely contributers to the epidemic. Research proves that sleep quality and duration are also strong determinants of weight gain and obesity, and have sparked new interest in the

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Athletes need peak sleep for peak performance

During the 2010 Olympic Games, athletes were striving to perform at their best and make their countries proud. Peak performance is a goal that both coaches and scientists continue to research. Most of the focus is on the physical, behavioral and psychological preparation in the few months leading up to the event. Of course, physical

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Caffeine and Sleep

Caffeine, ranked as the world’s most popular mood-altering drug, is found in coffee, tea, soda, chocolate and ‘energy drinks.’ Caffeine has the power to counter fatigue and make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production. Moderate caffeine intake (e.g, a cup or two of coffee in the

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Shift workers at risk for sleepiness and health problems

Over the past few decades, an increasing number of industries have started to work around the clock to meet their productivity demands.  Shift work is defined as work done outside the standard 9:00-5:00 working day, including both night shifts, and work schedules where employees change or rotate shifts. About 25% of Canada’s workforce is comprised

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New CPAP designs may improve compliance

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by episodes of airway obstruction during sleep which cause one to temporarily stop breathing. As a result, people with OSA may briefly awaken hundreds of times throughout the night. The disorder affects about 6% of the population, but many people with OSA remain undiagnosed.  Several factors

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