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Sleep is essential to good health. It's one of the body's basic needs. But, what do you do when you have troubles sleeping, or getting enough hours of sleep?

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Do I have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which you repeatedly stop breathing or have shallow breaths while you sleep. When this happens, you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe.

Martha Yanci Torres MD By Martha Yanci Torres April 25, 2017

Sleep is the foundation for healthy habits

Sleep provides the foundation for all our daily habits and decisions. A lack of quality sleep can negatively impact our mood as well as our ability to focus on daily tasks. To maximize your sleep health, here are some tips you can follow.

Martha Yanci Torres MD By Martha Yanci Torres April 5, 2017

Sleep — An essential element of success for children

At the end of a wonderful summer and as families are returning to school and new routines, the question of “How much sleep does my child need?” might arise if you find your child is struggling.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham August 23, 2016

Why cleaning your positive airway pressure (PAP) supplies is important

Daily cleaning of supplies is important in keeping your airway open while you sleep by maintaining a good seal between your face and the mask. Why? Find out more.

January 8, 2016

Move away from the 'dark side' of sleep apnea with new CPAP masks

Darth Vader would be envious. Long gone are the days of loud and bulky CPAP machines, and it's time you turned away from the dark side.

August 13, 2015

Sandman not doing his job? Use these behavioral strategies for sleep difficulties

Many people face sleep difficulties. It’s difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or both. This leads to feeling tired in the morning, having difficulties with daytime sleepiness, attention and concentration problems, and irritability.

July 9, 2015

Is your child getting enough sleep?

Is it a daily struggle to get your child out of bed in the morning? If so, it’s likely that they aren’t getting enough total sleep throughout the day. Children need a surprisingly large amount of rest each day. Of course, every child’s needs are different, but the average amount of hours needed depends on a child’s age.

Jessica Sosso MD By Jessica Sosso April 9, 2015

Managing Daylight Saving Time

With Daylight Saving Time on March 8, we lose an hour of sleep, which causes significant fatigue in most people and can linger for days or weeks. To minimize the impact, you can make gradual adjustments.

Martha Yanci Torres MD By Martha Yanci Torres March 3, 2015

Always tired? You may have sleep apnea

For some people, there’s no such thing as a good night’s sleep. No matter how early they go to bed - or how many times they press the snooze button - they still wake up groggy.

January 29, 2015

Tired of losing sleep?

Tired of losing sleep? Steve Kubas, M.D., a sleep specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Faribault, identifies common sleep disorders that might be affecting your life.

January 20, 2015

The importance of health checkups for men

Even if you feel healthy, you should at least get your blood pressure checked and consult with your doctor to make sure you’re getting enough exercise and eating healthy foods, according to Don Smith, M.D., a general surgeon on the Austin campus of Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin.

July 20, 2014

Home sleep study helps Holcombe man rest easy

John “J.D.” Kirkman knew the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea but never dreamed he fit the bill. The Holcombe, Wis., man wasn’t tired during the day, never needed an alarm clock to wake up in the morning and felt refreshed upon wake-up.

April 3, 2014