Florence Cardinal, Patient Expert

Florence wrote for HealthCentral as patient expert for Sleep Disorders.

Heart Day: How Sleep Plays a Role in Congenital Heart Disease

For several years, February 14 has been designated Congenital Heart Defect Day. And what better day could there be than Valentines Day, with its ever-present abundance of hearts to remind us just how important the heart is? What does this have to do ...
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Total Sleep Deprivation and the Brain

Long periods of sleep deprivation are often a way of life for members of essential services, including medical and military personnel. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor decisions, indecisiveness, accidents and even death. For almost four years, Dr. ...
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Alternatives to Sleeping Pills

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Sleep Apnea, Men and Denial

In June, we celebrate our fathers. I hope you still have a father to celebrate with. Our family lost our father twelve years ago. Ill health, and in particular, sleep apnea, took him from us three days before his 67th birthday. We knew he was ill a l...
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Tonsil Removal and Sleep Apnea

Years ago, it was almost standard procedure for a child to have his or her tonsils removed, especially if the child suffered from sore throats and colds. The number of tonsillectomies began to decline in the sixties. The sore throats and colds, for t...
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Offbeat Solutions for Sleep Disorders

A reader sent me an email a while ago concerning sleep eating. She suffered from sleepwalking and sleep eating until, she says: “In my late 20s I experienced years of distress due to this condition. No one really knew much about it at the time. The s...
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Coffee for Babies?

Research out of the University of Toronto suggests that babies who are given caffeine have a different sleep pattern and may develop sleep abnormalities. But health problems, especially sleep related, may develop much earlier, well before the baby is ...
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