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Brandon Peters, M.D.

Updated Articles and Resources

By Brandon Peters, M.D.

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    • How to Take Melatonin Created: Friday, December 23, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      How should I take melatonin? This over-the-counter supplement may help you to sleep better if you have insomnia or a circadian rhythm disorder, but how should you use melatonin? Learn about the appropriate dose, when you should take it, and whether it is safe to take melatonin every night.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Consider If You Are Too Sleepy Created: Sunday, August 17, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Are you too sleepy? Consider the causes of insufficient sleep, how sleepiness is assessed, and the most important consequences.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Get Rid of the Alarm Clock Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Learn why you may want to get rid of the alarm clock to ease sleep deprivation and finally get the rest you need to meet your sleep needs.
    • 10 Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders Created: Friday, October 01, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
      There are many potential symptoms of sleep disorders, some of them expected but others surprising. These may include excessive sleepiness or an inability to sleep, uncontrolled movements, and even ...
    • How Much Sleep Do I Need? Created: Friday, August 15, 2008 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      Learn about the eight-hour myth, how sleep needs vary from one person to the next and across a lifetime, what is meant by sleep debt, and how to easily determine your sleep needs."
    • How Is Restless Legs Syndrome Treated? Created: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS), you may be interested in learning about your treatment options. Learn the answers with the help of UpToDate, a resource f...
    • What Is the Meaning of AHI in Adults? Created: Friday, July 19, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      If you have had a sleep study, you may question: What is the meaning of AHI? In adults, there are certain classifications of the severity of obstructive sleep apnea based on the apnea-hypopnea inde...
    • What Are the Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation? Created: Friday, December 23, 2011 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Sleep deprivation is common, but what are the side effects of not getting enough sleep? It increases your risk of job errors and accidents, but it may also cause poor concentration, undermine your ...
    • What Can I Do to Sleep? Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      If you lie awake at night suffering from insomnia you might ask, "What can I do to sleep?" From behavioral changes to sleeping pills, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you ...
    • What Is the Narcolepsy Network? Created: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      What is the Narcolepsy Network? Learn about this non-profit organization and how it supports people with the sleep disorder called narcolepsy." itemprop="description" Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      It is sometimes necessary to undergo further testing to distinguish insomnia from other sleep disorders. This may be even more necessary if your insomnia is not responding to standard treatments."<...
    • How Can a Headache Interact with Sleep Created: Friday, February 05, 2010 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      There are four major classes of headache that can variably interact with sleep. Some may occur exclusively at night and others, such as migraine, may actually be relieved by sleep. In addition, mor...
    • Nocturnal Myoclonus May Mimic Seizures Created: Monday, November 23, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      One of the common conditions that may cause leg movements during sleep, nocturnal myoclonus may mimic seizures, especially in newborns. Learn more about this curious condition, including how it is ...
    • What Is African Sleeping Sickness? Created: Friday, March 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      One of the rare infectious diseases that may lead to a fatal sleep condition, what is African sleeping sickness? Learn about the clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of this disease."
    • Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea Created: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      What are the risk factors that increase your chances of having sleep apnea? How do you know if you are at risk? If you are at higher risk for sleep apnea, is there anything you can do to change thi...
    • The Diagnosis of Insomnia Created: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      If you suffer from difficulties falling or staying asleep, you may wonder if you have insomnia. How is insomnia diagnosed? Is it necessary to have any tests? Learn about the diagnosis of insomnia."...
    • Is It Depression or a Sleep Disorder? Created: Monday, March 02, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Before chalking your mood problems up to depression, perhaps you should consider a sleep disorder. Many of the symptoms of depression are also common in various sleep disorders, including sleep apn...
    • Insomnia Treatment Option: Relaxation and Biofeedback Created: Friday, October 28, 2011 Updated: Monday, August 04, 2014
      Difficulty falling or staying asleep, cardinal symptoms of insomnia, may respond to relaxation and biofeedback techniques. Before turning to sleeping pills, explore whether these methods might help...
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Focus on Weight Loss Tips Created: Sunday, August 03, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014
      Learn 5 simple weight loss tips and how losing weight can improve sleep by reducing the risks of obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs, and more.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Don't Take Naps Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014
      Discover why you may need to avoid taking naps in order to sleep better at night, especially if you suffer from insomnia.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Quiet Your Restless Legs Created: Friday, August 01, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014
      Learn how restless legs syndrome (RLS) contributes to insomnia and how effective treatments may provide the relief you need to get a good night's sleep.
    • Sleep Apnea Overview Created: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects millions of Americans and the following sleep apnea overview includes a description of this condition including its definition, sub-types, symptoms, c...
    • How Does the Effectiveness of Sleeping Pills Change Created: Saturday, August 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      How does the effectiveness of sleeping pills change? Learn about the concepts of tachyphylaxis and tolerance and how they may contribute to your sleeping pill to not working as well over time. Inso...
    • What Is MSLT? Created: Friday, October 30, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      MSLT, or multiple sleep latency testing, is one of the less common potential sleep studies, but may still be an important diagnostic tool." itemprop="description" Friday, July 19, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      If you find yourself struggling to fall or stay asleep at night, you may wonder: Why does insomnia happen? Learn about some of the factors that can lead to insomnia, including your underlying predi...
    • How Sleep Apnea Occurs Created: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Sleep apnea is a common condition that disrupts breathing during sleep, but what causes it? How does sleep apnea occur? Explore the answers by reviewing an excerpt from UpToDate, a trusted health i...
    • Sleep-Deprived Men Over-Perceive Women's Sexual Interest Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      How does sleep deprivation impact men's perception of women's sexual interest? Learn about the risks for sexual harassment, pregnancy, and STDs.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Snoring and Sleepiness Equals Sleep Apnea Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Learn why snoring and sleepiness may represent sleep apnea. Consider common symptoms, important consequences, and the most effective treatment options.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Address Underlying Mood Disorders Created: Thursday, July 24, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      What is the relationship between mood disorders like anxiety and depression and sleep? Learn about the interplay between psychiatric conditions and sleep.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Restrict Your Time in Bed, Consolidate Sleep Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Learn how spending less time in bed with a treatment called sleep restriction might consolidate and improve sleep quality in insomnia.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: Don't Try to Sleep, Change the Focus to Rest Created: Friday, July 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      Learn how changing the focus from sleep to rest can remove unhelpful anxiety and effort and ease difficulty falling asleep that occurs with insomnia.
    • 30 Days to Better Sleep: For a Racing Mind, Make a List Created: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Learn how writing out a list of your stresses with a plan can reduce a racing mind at night and improve insomnia. Discover how to let your stress go.

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