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Sleep and Temperature

Sleep and Temperature

Finding the perfect temperature for sleep has become an area of interest and research and for good reasons! As much as we focus on blue light and bright light, our sleep-wake cycle is also intimately tied to temperature. In fact, one of the leading theories for why we...

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Saffron and Sleep

Saffron and Sleep

Two recent studies have shown evidence that saffron extract is beneficial for sleep. Let’s take a closer look at these two studies. Study 1 - Lopresti et al J Clin Sleep Med 2020  63 healthy adults ages 18-70 with self reported sleep problems were recruited and...

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Sleep and Equity

Sleep and Equity

We know that poor sleep disproportionately affects gender minorities and there is a deficiency in research on sleep in gender minority populations but in particular in transgender and non-binary populations. If you were to conduct a literature search on pubmed today...

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Sleep and Furry Friends

Sleep and Furry Friends

I came across a very interesting journal article published in Nature about pets and sleep. I wanted to share the results because I think this is a very important topic that affects many of us!! The title of the study is “Association between pet ownership and sleep in...

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Sharing A Patient Review

Sharing A Patient Review

My husband and I first met Dr. Broderick in June 2013. She was highly recommended by one of my physicians because of our snoring and poor sleep patterns. It only took minutes during our first appointment to find out why she was so favorably endorsed. She is caring and...

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Sleep Medicine Case Files

Sleep Medicine Case Files

A 16 year old adolescent girl (let’s call her Jane) came to see me with her mother. The primary concern was daytime sleepiness. Jane was falling asleep in class and sleeping all day on the weekends. Jane’s mother was concerned she might have narcolepsy. Jane was...

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Sleep Medicine Case Files

Sleep Medicine Case Files

A thin 28-year-old man came to see me after he suddenly woke up one night gasping for air. From that point on he had not been able to sleep more than one hour stretches at a time. He was miserable, exhausted, and hopeless. A few weeks after that event he had sudden...

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Sleep and Time Keeping

Sleep and Time Keeping

Let’s imagine you’re an astronaut and you’re returning to the Earth from a #yearinspace like @stationcdrkelly. You arrive not knowing the date or time. If you didn’t have access to a watch or calendar how would you figure it out? First you might notice the temperature...

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What Are Sleepcasts?

What Are Sleepcasts?

Back when I was growing up I remember counting sheep being a frequent popular culture tip to help people with insomnia fall asleep. It seems like that tip has gone away and been replaced by more sophisticated options like meditation. One of my patients recently told...

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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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