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Not getting enough sleep? Blame your pet

More than half of the patients seeking consultations at the Mayo Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center are pet owners whose sleep is disturbed by their furry friends.

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Is a snoring dog or yowling cat keeping you from getting enough shut-eye? You’re not alone.
A Mayo Clinic study found that more than half of the patients seeking consultations at its sleep clinic are pet owners whose sleep is disturbed by their kitty and canine companions.
Forty-one percent of the sleep-deprived pet owners said the disturbances come from allowing their cats or dogs to share the bed, while 58 percent say the disruption comes from simply letting their pets sleep in the same room.
And snoring isn’t just a people problem. The study found that 21 percent of sleep clinic patients had snoring dogs and 7 percent had snoring cats.
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7 Reasons Why You Have Trouble Sleeping

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If you’ve ever counted sheep, woken up multiple times during the night or experience daytime sleepiness, you are one of the 67 percent of older adults who suffer from insomnia symptoms at least a few nights a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation. As we age, sleeplessness may become more of an issue, so we’ve rounded up the top causes of insomnia for older adults.

  • Cause #1: Circadian Rhythm
    Aging causes our circadian rhythms to change and become less consistent, which makes us more susceptible to insomnia, according to the National Institutes of Health. We become sleepy earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning. When we try to fight our body’s natural instincts by attempting to stay awake or sleep later, it often becomes a losing battle.
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Back to School Is a Great Time for Teens to Sleep

Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 6:59 pm in Huffington Post Healthy Living

By Rafael Pelayo, M.D.

As teenagers return to school, the nightmarish reality of increased homework along with more social demands may make getting a full night sleep just a dream. They may feel trapped for time and feel forced to sacrifice their sleep. Teens may model themselves on their sleep-deprived parents and peers and think they are supposed to get less sleep as they mature. Yet science confirms that making healthy sleep a priority will help teens and their families in many ways. Alternatively, sleep deprivation is associated with serious problems including irritability, learning difficulty, motor vehicle accidents, and increased risk of suicide.

For a maturing teenager, developing an autonomous lifestyle is a matter of choices. When they make a decision, they must weigh what is in it for them. Making sleep a priority is a lifestyle choice that quickly pays off.

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