Posted on: October 29, 2014
Fall Back with Ease
by Dr. Praveen Rudraraju
Adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time in the fall is a bit easier than handling the time change in the spring.
The main reason is because we gain an hour of sleep for the fall time change.
Try to go to bed at your usual time, most people are sleep deprived – it’s a good time to take advantage of the extra hour. Continue reading
Posted on: April 22, 2014
Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Dangers, and Treatment Options
By Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder where you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. The most common symptoms are snoring and daytime sleepiness. But these symptoms may not be seen in everyone, which delays diagnosis in most people. Other symptoms that are seen in sleep apnea are non-restorative sleep, morning headaches, nocturia (urinating multiple times at night), and insomnia. One or more symptoms may be present in most patients. There are some people with no symptoms. Continue reading
Posted on: March 6, 2014
Spring Forward with Ease
By Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, Director, Center for Sleep Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
The hour time change will affect some people more than others due to difficulty adjusting their circadian rhythm. By altering the clock our internal clock becomes out of sync or mismatched with our current day-night cycle. Here are a few tips that might help you ‘spring ahead’ with ease: Continue reading
Posted on: March 5, 2014
By Dr. Lewis Kass, Pediatric Sleep Specialist, Northern Westchester Hospital
Children’s busy schedules may have more of an impact on their sleep than daylight saving time.
In today’s world the one hour time change is the smallest of the issues that affect our children’s ability to get to sleep. Most school-age children are so over scheduled that they come home exhausted. From school to swim or basketball or soccer practice to piano lessons to homework then ending the day with television or video games or tablet time, a child’s day should’ve ended long before a bedtime that is frequently later than it should be.
Posted on: August 13, 2013
Sleep Better: Your Life May Depend On It
By Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine, Northern Westchester Hospital
Sleeping poorly may seem like a mere annoyance. Sure, that’s true for the occasional night of tossing and turning. But a pattern of sleeplessness — or poor quality sleep — can be dangerous.
People don’t realize that there are numerous health benefits to good quality sleep, and they rarely understand how dangerous it is if they fail to get it. Some of the risks of poor sleep are obvious: You’ll perform poorly at work, for example. But chronic poor sleepers are at a much higher risk of being in a driving accident.