Can Sleep Affect How We Age?

Dr. Dan JensenSleep

Have you been noticing bags under your eyes, or did you discover a new wrinkle line on your forehead? Sleep plays a role in aging, and getting enough sleep can keep you healthy as you head towards middle age or retirement. Not only that, but aging can also affect the quality of your sleep! Let’s untangle the connection between sleep … Read More

Does Daylight Saving Time Upset Sleep Patterns?

Dr. Dan JensenSleep, Tips & Tricks

Daylight Savings Time (DST) ended at the beginning of November, and we all turned back our clocks by one hour. Changing the clocks by an hour might not seem like a big deal, but it can upset sleep patterns and disrupt your normal sleeping habits. In both the spring and fall, people lose sleep because of daylight savings time. The … Read More

Hypothyroidism and Sleep Apnea

Dr. Dan JensenSleep Apnea

Do you have a thyroid disease? When the thyroid isn’t working properly you may experience disturbances in sleep, or even sleep apnea. What is the Thyroid Gland? The thyroid gland is a small gland at the front of your neck, underneath the Adam’s apple. Normally you can’t see or feel it. However, if the thyroid gland is swollen, you’ll feel … Read More

Can A Good Night’s Sleep Ease Hypertension?

Dr. Dan JensenSleep

Sleep plays a very important role in our lives. Getting a good night’s sleep helps you wake up ready to face a new day. Sleep can give you a new perspective on a problem and boost your creativity. Sleep affects every cell in the body. Sleep restores our energy, helps us consolidate memories, reduces stress, regulates digestion, and boosts our … Read More

Night Terrors & Nightmares

Dr. Dan JensenNightmares, Sleep

We all have dreams during sleep, even if we don’t remember them in the morning. Some dreams can be peaceful, while others are exciting or just bizarre. Sometimes dreams can take a darker turn. Have you been having night terrors or nightmares? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about nightmares. What is a Nightmare? A nightmare is a scary … Read More

Does Alcohol Affect Sleep Quality?

Dr. Dan JensenSleep

Do you drink a beer before bed because you think it helps you have a good sleep? Many people think alcohol can be a great sleep aid, but the research doesn’t back them up. In fact, studies show that alcohol has a negative effect on sleep quality. The more you drink, the worse you’ll sleep! Why Do We Think Alcohol … Read More

5 Tips for Sleeping Better Tonight

Dr. Dan JensenSleep

Are you getting between seven to nine hours of sleep every night? Many Americans just aren’t getting enough sleep. We get it. There are lots of demands on your time and it can be hard to prioritize sleep. However, sleeping at least seven hours per night will help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start a new day. … Read More

Links between Acid Reflux & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. Dan JensenSleep Apnea

There are a number of different factors that can cause a poor night’s sleep. Mental, emotional, and physical concerns can all impact your ability to get a good night’s sleep. One cause of obstructive sleep apnea is acid reflux. What is Acid Reflux? Acid reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux, is an uncomfortable condition where stomach acid moves back up into … Read More

Understanding Hypnic Jerks (or, Feeling Like You’re Falling While You Sleep)

Dr. Dan JensenSleep

Have you ever woken up just as you were about to fall asleep? Did you wake up with a jerk, or the feeling of falling? This is called hypnic jerks, hypnagogic jerks, or sleep starts. Hypnic jerks are quite common, and the condition isn’t a serious disorder. What Are Hypnic Jerks? Hypnic jerks are strong, involuntary contractions that usually happen … Read More

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Dan JensenSleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans who have trouble sleeping, daytime drowsiness, and fatigue. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to breathe during the night and can even block the air moving in and out of your lungs. Sleep apnea causes poor sleep as well as a number of other negative health outcomes. Here’s everything you need to … Read More