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What Is Actigraphy?

What Is Actigraphy?

One of the most valuable diagnostic tests in a sleep doctor’s arsenal is actigraphy. I tell my patients to me it’s like an MRI of your sleep-wake cycle. I say that because it takes data and converts it into a visual representation and data tables that hold an...

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Sharing a Patient Review

Sharing a Patient Review

Dr. Broderick saw me when I had just turned 65 and my Medicare “intake interview” identified my life-long sleep issues as a problem to be investigated medically. I had never considered my sleep problem to be a health issue — I assumed it was just my “nature” and my...

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Couples and Sleep

Couples and Sleep

At least 50% of people who come to see me were urged by a family member or partner. It may be because of snoring, noises, movement, being on different schedules or sometimes even more serious concerns such as one partner injuring or harming the other during sleep. A...

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Why I Chose Sleep Medicine As A Career

Why I Chose Sleep Medicine As A Career

When people ask me how I became interested in sleep it’s impossible not to think my childhood experiences played a critical role. One night, when I was around 11-12 years old my older brother had what I now recognize as a sleepwalking event. He jumped out of bed,...

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Let’s Talk About Snoring

Let’s Talk About Snoring

There are so many topics I want to post about on sleep sometimes it’s difficult to choose just one. Today I want to talk about something extremely common - snoring. Snoring is so ubiquitous that oftentimes people never mention it to their doctor, feel concerned about...

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How To Choose a Physician

How To Choose a Physician

Choosing a physician can be a very daunting task, trust me I know! I’d like to offer some advice as an insider and I’ll dispel some myths while I am it! A few years ago I was seeing a patient who had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who wanted a referral to a sleep apnea...

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Refining My Webside Manner

Refining My Webside Manner

In the age of COVID-19 I’ve become interested in optimizing my “webside manner,” the younger cousin of bedside manner. It’s definitely a thing I’m working on now that I have my own sleep telehealth practice. And now that we’re a year into the pandemic and I’ve been...

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Book Recommendations on Sleep

Book Recommendations on Sleep

I get asked all of the time for a book recommendation on sleep and for years I’ve had a hard time finding one I genuinely enjoyed reading and felt offered practical advice. There are some really great options geared towards insomnia. The wildly successful “Why We...

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What is CPAP?

What is CPAP?

CPAP is an acronym for continuous positive airway pressure which is the gold standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP gets a bad rap IMHO. There aren’t many medical treatments with such a favorable benefit/risk ratio. As a neurologist, I’ve seen some...

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Sleep Training – Part 3 – Final Thoughts 

Sleep Training – Part 3 – Final Thoughts 

In writing this series I realized I have lots of thoughts about sleep training, more than I can share in a few posts. So I’ve decided to finish with some quick tips.    1️⃣Sleep training is cultural, not everyone does it.   2️⃣Successful sleep training is contingent...

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Sleep Training – Part 2 

Sleep Training – Part 2 

When I became a new mom people told me lots about their children. It’s a scientifically proven fact that most parents will “remember” that their children reached milestones sooner than they actually did. Please remember that when you’re tempted to compare. I...

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