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New evidence linking sleep apnea and depression

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be connected to depression.  OSA is a disorder in which a person experiences short but frequent breathing pauses during sleep. Common symptoms of OSA include snoring and gasping during sleep, as well as daytime fatigue.

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Asthma takes a toll on sleep

Physicians describe asthma as a chronic inflammatory disease of the airway that may cause shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Over 3 million Canadians have some degree of asthma – the severity and occurrence of symptoms varies from person to person. What we often don’t realize is how asthma and its symptoms can

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Olympic fever stealing the sleep of many Canadians

Olympic fever is well underway, and the heated battles for the podium surely have our attention! But with the London time zone five hours ahead of Toronto and eight hours ahead of Vancouver, supporting our athletes will come at the expense of sleep for many devout fans. Early morning sporting events  in London will lead

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Back-to-School Sleep Tips

With the new school year right around the corner, it’s time to say goodbye to  carefree summer schedules.  For many children and teenagers, the start of school means the start of early mornings. This year, challenge yourself to help your children sleep right. According to the National Sleep foundation, preschool children need 12 hours of

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Sleep Deprivation – A Global Epidemic

In just the past 50 years, the average sleep duration has decreased by almost two hours per day. Over the course of a lifespan, that’s A LOT of sleep. During the same time period, the medical community has seen a leap in the prevalence of chronic diseases and conditions including obesity and diabetes. Could it

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Sleep improves memory in Parkinson’s patients

A recent study in the field of sleep is good news for those suffering from Parkinson’s. The findings suggest that getting a good night’s sleep can improve memory in those with the debilitating disease. Common Parkinson’s symptoms include trembling, slowness and impaired balance. However patients with Parkinson’s may also experience problems with their “working memory”

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Sleep disorder linked to cancer

Over the years, sleep apnea has been linked to a lengthy list of health problems including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Recently, however, new research has shown that sleep apnea is also associated with cancer. It marks the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans. One study, completed in Spain,

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Extra sleep improves kids behaviour

Thinking of waking the kids up a little earlier? Think again. New research has found that a little extra sleep each night can work wonders on a child’s conduct and concentration in school. The study, completed by McGill University and Douglas Research Centre in Montreal, involved 33 children between the ages of 7 and 11.

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Dreaming of a relaxing holiday? Prioritize sleep!

Many of us do not get enough sleep to begin with. When the holiday season strikes, we have to balance the shopping, the baking, the holiday parties and get-togethers on top of hectic schedules. We’ve put together a few tips and ideas to help make sleep a priority this year – for both you and

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