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A night can seem like an eternity when you’re tossing and turning because you can’t sleep. Or perhaps getting through the day is a challenge because you have trouble staying awake. You may find yourself getting too much or little sleep for many reasons. Insomnia may be triggered by environmental, physiological, or psychological factors like stress. Other underlying conditions include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome (RLS), or narcolepsy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 50 to 70 million adult Americans live with sleep disorders. Though trouble with sleep is common, the consequences can be serious. Poor sleep can deplete energy, impair judgement, and otherwise impact many areas of your life. And the dangers go beyond those immediate risks. The CDC also links poor sleep to chronic health issues like diabetes, depression, heart disease, and obesity.
What’s the right amount of sleep? The CDC recommendation generally decreases with age. While newborns may need upwards of 17 hours of sleep per night, adults may need as few as seven hours.
Perhaps getting better sleep is as easy as making simple changes in your routine, like putting down your tech well before bed. You can learn a lot about sleep disorders, treatment, and health advice from these blogs. However, always talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have about your sleep health.
The Sleep Doctor
Michael Breus, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in sleep disorders. Breus discusses how to sleep better as well as different types of sleep disorders. He also delves into dreaming, stress, and how sleep influences performance at work. His advice for managing things like light, tech, and exercise may help you improve your sleep. If you love his blog, you can find even more advice in his books.
Tweet him @thesleepdoctor
Martin Reed promises he can help you get better sleep within two weeks. Reed can empathize with other people diagnosed with insomnia, as he once had the condition, too. Taking matters into his own hands, Reed researched his way to becoming a sleep expert. He’s been sharing his findings through his blog since 2009. He advocates for better sleep without medications. Reed also discusses issues like the impact of sleep for teens and why you should never force yourself to sleep.
Tweet him @insomnialand
The Sleep Lady
Exhausted parents: Look to Kim West to troubleshoot your child’s sleep challenges. West’s gentle method helps parents give their children a good night’s sleep without resistance. She offers guidance on establishing good sleep schedules and environments. She posts about common problems like night waking, regression, and early rising. She also tackles the oft-controversial issue of co-sleeping. In addition to her advice, West hosts guest sleep coaches and post vlogs and other parenting tips.
Tweet her @TheSleepLady
For the latest sleep-related research and medical advice, turn to Sleep Scholar. Edited by sleep experts, this blog speaks primarily to other sleep and health professionals. It’s a great resource for learning more about how sleep disorders may impact everything from health to work. In addition to educational articles, the blog discusses industry news like conferences and events. They also highlight new therapies and research gaps.
Sleep.org breaks their sleep-related articles into four critical categories: age, bedroom, lifestyle, and science. The site is brought to you by the National Sleep Foundation. Come here to learn how sleep affects the body and gain tips for improving rest quality. They’ll also help you ensure a healthy environment and hygienic sleep. The site also posts about the latest guidelines on important issues like infant sleep safety.
Tweet them @sleepfoundation
Doctor Steven Park
Dr. Park is passionate about helping you breathe your way to better sleep. Through education and treatment, he hopes to alleviate medical problems resulting from sleep apnea. Park says that many people — including some of his patients — don’t realize they live with an apnea. He addresses all things sleep apnea as well as traditional and alternative treatments. Perhaps his patient stories will shed some light on your own sleeping woes. As a bonus, this board-certified doctor offers a free e-book on clearing your breathing passages.
Tweet him @doctorpark
SleepApnea.org’s zBlog is backed by the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA). It’s a nonprofit aiming to help people sleep healthier. Sleep apnea is believed to impact 18 million adult Americans. On zBlog, you’ll find educational information and advice for both individuals and healthcare providers. They also offer tools like Spotify playlists designed to help you stay awake or sleep.
Tweet them @sleepapneaorg
Sleep by Verywell
Verywell offers something for everyone looking for a better night’s sleep. Their posts range from educational articles about disorders to everyday advice on getting a healthy amount of sleep and waking up the right way. They also discuss disorders’ causes, diagnosis, treatments, and their impact on your life. What’s more, they also give you tips to shake off sleepiness.
Wake Up Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy is a disorder affecting the brain’s ability to regulate sleep and wakefulness. Wake Up Narcolepsy is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness, promoting resources, and helping fund research for a cure. Their site is full of educational info, news, and advice to help people with narcolepsy. Learn how narcolepsy is diagnosed and treated as well as the latest research on their site. You can also find out how to get involved by raising awareness or donating. Check out their personal stories to see how other people with narcolepsy are living and thriving.
Tweet them @wakenarcolepsy
This blog is run by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Education aims to help you sleep healthfully. In addition to educational posts, their blog covers disruptive factors like night shift work and jet lag. They also outline how to get diagnosed, treatments, and therapies. Visit their sleep center locator to find an accredited facility near you. As a bonus, their webinars may help you understand if telemedicine is right for you.
Tweet them @AASMOrg
Sleep Review Mag
For industry news, tools, and research, Sleep Review has you covered. Sleep Review is a journal for sleep professionals with product education and buying guides. They post the latest in sleep aid manufacturers as well as medical expertise and regulation. Learn how some conditions may be intertwined or what risks are emerging from treatment. Take their content on the go with podcasts.
Tweet them @SleepReview
Julie Flygare is turning her own experience with narcolepsy into a platform for helping others. A spokesperson and author, she’s dedicated to raising awareness, sharing resources, and supporting the community. She even teamed with Harvard to create a better educational program for medical students. Since 2009, she’s been blogging about her story and experiences. A bonus for runners: Check out Flygare’s posts on running with narcolepsy. She also has an app for narcolepsy advocacy.
Tweet her @RemRunner
Sleep Better has lots of advice, news, research, and tools to help you do just that — sleep better! They encourage you to take their zzzz score quiz and improve where needed. They also encourage you to ask away and will try to answer your query as an article.
Tweet them @Sleep_Better
The American Sleep Association (ASA)
Since 2002, the ASA has helped people sleep healthier through education and advocacy. The site tailors information for both the public and health professionals. Learn about the basics of sleep and discover about sleep disorders. Additionally, posts discuss different types of treatment and sleep products. Sleep specialist Dr. Robert Rosenberg responds to readers’ questions about sleep disorders, too.
Tweet them @sleepassoc