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Florence Cardinal

Patient Expert

Florence wrote for HealthCentral as patient expert for Sleep Disorders.

Latest by Florence Cardinal

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Night Owl Syndrome: Do You Have It?

Commonly called ‘night owls’, people who stay up late and sleep late may have a common sleep disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS).

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Alcohol and Sleep Apnea: A Dangerous Cocktail

Norman’s bouts with sleep apnea seemed to worsen when he was drinking. His snoring grew worse. He’d awaken frequently, gasping for breath.

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7 Things that Worsen Sleep Apnea

Most people know that sleep apnea is a leading cause of death from heart attacks and strokes. However recent research has revealed that sleep apnea is a leading cause of death from many causes, even in people judged to be healthy.

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10 Tips to Improve Women's Sleep

Nearly 70 percent of American women report that they get less than the recommended eight hours sleep a night. Some, especially those in the 40 to 60 age bracket, get as little as five hours. The Better Sleep Council and the National Sleep Foundation ...

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Creating a Good Sleep Environment

How well you sleep depends a great deal on how deep you’re into your comfort zone. Here are key factors for sleeping comfortably.

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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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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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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

Moths, mosquitoes, bedbugs and pinworms are among the insects and parasites that may be disturbing your child’s sleep. Learn how to keep them out of your home.