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The Science of Sleeping Well

"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake..."

~ Ernest Hemingway

Why is Sleep Important?

Science is still working out the details of the biological purpose of sleep.  However, through observing what goes on physiologically in sleep and what happens when we are deprived of sleep, we can deduce a number of important functions.  In general, sleep is when we heal and recover from day to day wear and tear.  It is when we "recharge our batteries."  Lack of sleep quality or quantity can eventually result in accumulating wear and tear until

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Do you have a sleep disorder?

There are about 32 different sleep disorders many of which can present with symptoms of insomnia, fatigue or sleepiness.  To effectively manage these symptoms you need to have an idea of the underling disease process.

To help you with this, we have developed the Online Sleep Disorder Questionnaire (OSDQ).  This questionnaire has been developed after

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What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a symptom of poor sleep quality.  It is not a diagnosis by itself.  Typically, insomnia may consist of difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep or difficulty returning to sleep.   It may be of recent onset or “acute”.  It may be of longstanding duration.  When insomnia has existed for longer than 6 months, it is considered “chronic”.  There are many causes of insomnia.  Thus it is important to have a reasonable working diagnosis of what kind of insomnia you have before you can expect

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