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Research shows poor sleep predicts worsened Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms

Buchanan et al. (2014) Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, published online 15th September
JCSM – Sleep Measures Predict Next-Day Symptoms in Women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

It is common for people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to also struggle with insomnia, especially when their IBS symptoms worsen.  In this small study the authors explored whether issues with sleep predicted next-day symptoms in women with IBS.  The research was […]

Chronic Insomnia Success Story

Here is the personal account of someone who suffered from chronic insomnia for 10+ years.

Some excerpts from his story…
My most common negative sleep thoughts were the following:

I know I won’t sleep well tonight.
I’m going to toss and turn and be wide away like I usually do.
It’s going to take me forever […]

Sleeping Pills are NOT the (Long-Term) Answer

Medical research is providing growing evidence that the side effects of popular sleep medications such as Lunesta & Ambien should not be taken lightly.  This has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the recommended dose for these drugs by 50% for women (from 10mg to 5mg).

Medications can be a very helpful aid for people […]

The Link Between Sleep Problems & Depression

These two articles review how sleep and mood are tightly connected. Depression causes interruptions in sleep and lack of sleep makes people more susceptible to mood disorders. It’s a vicious cycle that feeds on itself. But this is not new information.

What is new information though is that in recent years it’s been confirmed that […]

What Exactly is Insomnia?

Having a hard time sleeping is a very common issue that most people can relate to.  Some people struggle with sleep right from childhood and can remember being told by their parents that they were never “good sleepers.” Others experience issues with sleep following a stressful or traumatic event in their life.  Then for […]

What Insomnia is NOT

It’s important to know what sleep issues are not considered insomnia.  Here is a list of sleep disorders that may be associated with insomnia:

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally, which causes an abnormal daytime sleep pattern and also sudden muscular weakness often brought on by […]

Troubling Side Effects of Ambien

Ambien (or zolpidem) is a very powerful and commonly prescribed sleep medication that can have side effects that should not be taken lightly.  In this video Dr Oz and his guest Dr Breus discuss the safety concerns about Ambien.  Some points that are discussed include:

that Ambien is effective, but only when taken specifically as directed
the […]

How to succeed? Get more sleep (TED talk)

In this short talk, one of the world’s most effective & successful women in the world, Arianna Huffington, talks about her personal realization that one of the best investments she can make …is by getting quality sleep.



Trying Too Hard

Watching the clock… over and over… waiting to fall asleep and getting anxious wondering if this will be another sleepless night.  This is one of the most common experiences with insomnia.  This new study looked into what effect that pressure to fall asleep actually has on sleep when it eventually does come.

The researchers at Lomonosov […]

Insomnia Increases the Risk of Depression in Older Women

In this study almost a thousand older women (70 and older) were studied over the course of 5 years.   All the women at the start of the study were not depressed (according to measures designed to assess depression).  At the end of the study the results showed a connection that the women that […]