Category Archives: Sleep

12 Jul

An Unfortunate Marriage: Sleep Apnea and PCOS

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyPCOS, Sleep

Nature is full of ideal pairings: peanut butter and jelly; cookies and cream; cats and laser pointers, and so on. Unfortunately, PCOS and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), while frequently paired, are hardly ideal. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the upper airway during sleep, leading to loud

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27 Sep

Sleep Improvement Quick Tip #7: Bedrooms should be for sleeping and sex, period!

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, Integrative Healthcare, PCOS, Sleep

As a health psychologist, I know that our brains excel at making associations between things.  As a person with common sense, I know that people tend to really like sleeping and having sex.  One of the problems of chronic sleep issues is that the bedroom becomes associated with lots of different activities: watching TV, checking

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20 Sep

Sleep Improvement Quick Tip #9: No naps! Or at least keep them short and early.

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, Integrative Healthcare, PCOS, Sleep, Thriving

In order for us to fall asleep, we all need to accrue a “sleep debt,” which lets us feel tired and ready for bed.  Napping cuts into that sleep debt and leads to difficulties falling asleep, or sleeping in increasingly disjointed chunks.  To keep your sleep schedule more regular, and your sleep more restful, it’s

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06 Sep

Sleep Improvement Quick Tip #7: Exercise regularly, but at the right times

By Dr. Gretchen KubackyChronic Illness, Nutrition & Mental Health, Sleep, Thriving

As a health psychologist, I’m big on exercise!  It helps regulate your mood, keeps your body in shape, and improves health.  But regular exercise can also really improve your sleep!  The key is to exercise at the right times, namely in the mornings, afternoons, or early evenings.  Regular exercise helps regulate and deepen our sleep

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