The easiest way to get your child on a back to school sleep schedule

Fond, first day of school memories come to my mind this time of year. My daughter’s picking out their perfect 1st day outfit, freshly sharpened pencils, standing in long lines at the office supply store – chatting with the other parents gathering school supplies, and helping my little one organize them in her new back pack and setting it ready to go by the front door. Yet,  I also remember the harder part of back to school –  having to adjust back to a routine schedule, including a routine sleep schedule and I’m a pediatric sleep physician!

After a summer of late nights and laid-back mornings, it’s likely that your kid could use help adjusting to the earlier bedtimes and wake-up calls. Read more

Help! I don’t understand my bill or insurance! (Part 2)

1“Health insurance 101” is back in session! In part one, we went over some common insurance terms you should know in order to help you understand your insurance. Many Americans don’t understand their medical bill or insurance, even some doctors like me, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never make sense of it. I hope to help you clear up any confusion you have about the basics of insurance and medical bills.

Let’s start with the part everyone wants to know first — understanding those different charges on your bill.

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Healthier Lifestyles: There’s a nap for that!

Unplanned and entirely indulgent, the summer nap may be the ultimate luxury nowadays. Before you start asking, “who has the time to nap?” let me make my case for grabbing a quick snooze.

Comedian Carrie Snow once said, “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.” I think she’s right. Not only does napping elevate your mood, make you more alert and enhance your physical performance (ever tried to run without sleep?), a daily nap may help save your life. Midday sleep or napping is associated with lower 24-hour blood pressure and supports a healthier lifestyle, according to a recent study published in the European Society of Cardiology. So, why do we think napping is only for kids, grandparents, and the sick? Read more

Help! I don’t understand my bill or insurance! (Part 1)

Don’t understand your medical bill or your insurance? You are not alone! Even doctors like me have a hard time making sense of it. Actually, according to an article in The Washington Post (August 8, 2013), a healthcare economist asked 200 people with health coverage to define four insurance terms. Only 14 percent answered four questions about the four most basic insurance features and got the right answer.

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It’s hot – and I can’t sleep!

I love summer. The thought of long, lazy days makes me smile. No worries about the kid’s routines, homework, and soccer practice. Just hanging out by the pool, sipping cool drinks, and hearing the wonderful sound of kids playing outdoors. But then it hits me. The ‘dog days of summer’ are coming.  It’s going to be hot – and that means I can’t sleep!  I wake up to the reality that the steamy temps, copious amounts of daylight and more outdoor activities, may actually affect ours and our kids most-needed summer activities – sleep.  Let’s break down summer’s impact on our bodies and what to do about it.

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Win your big sleep apnea battle with this tiny device

Dr-Nicholas-PapageorgiouAs a dentist at the Comprehensive Sleep Care Center, you may be surprised to know that finding solutions to sleep issues is a big part of my job. And for me, solving the problem of sleep apnea is personal, too. You see, I have family members who suffer from sleep apnea, so I know the havoc it may create in someone’s life. So I’m passionate about educating and treating others who suffer Read more

Buying your CPAP supplies online: The pros and cons

We all like to think we may be getting great value for our money or the proverbial,‘more bang for your buck’ when we shop especially in today’s internet economy,  So, why should buying a CPAP or CPAP supplies be any different?

At Comprehensive Sleep Care Center, we are often asked “why can’t I order my supplies online?”   The answer is, as you know,  you can; however, we want to point out a few pros and cons to purchasing your sleep apnea masks and other CPAP supplies online.

The pros of purchasing CPAP equipment and supplies online:

1- Perception of cost savings:

The biggest reason we shop online is often to save a few dollars. Normally these larger online/warehouse stores buy machines and products in bulk.  Bulk buying allows for the stores to receive discounted rates which they can normally pass on to the customer. 

2- Perception of  convenience:

When you’re busy, busy, busy it may be hard to add the time it takes in your day to stop at one more place. By shopping online, you save money on gas and commuting time. 

3- Shop on your time:

Who doesn’t love the convenience of being able to shop 24/7? You can order supplies at 3:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in your sweat pants.  Read more

Insomnia, ‘the sleep thief’ — and how to steal your zzz’s back


Nearly everyone has spent at least one or two hours lying in bed wishing for sleep. But for the 30% of Americans suffering from insomnia, it’s a nightly occurrence. If you’re looking for a different and effective option to treat your possible insomnia, Comprehensive Sleep Care Center’s new insomnia guru Suzanne Dahl, can help.

Dahl says you should first ask yourself: have you ever experienced any of these issues and have they lasted more than a few weeks?

  • Difficulty in falling asleep
  • Difficulty in staying asleep
  • Early awakening
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Poor job or school performance
  • Forgetfulness
  • Depression or anxiety

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Want to lose weight this year? Start with getting more sleep

If you want to make some lifestyle changes to improve your health in 2016, getting more sleep should be at the top of your list. Sleep impacts every aspect of our lives from our weight, health and well-being to productivity and safety.
The world’s most common New Year’s resolution is losing weight, according to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology. What’s the secret to getting control of your weight? Making sleep a priority.
Getting sleep helps trim waistlines and flatten abs due to multiple physiological factors, from regulating metabolism and hormones to boosting energy levels.

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Sleep and Marine Corps Marathon

With the Marine Corps Marathon coming up on October 25, runners may want to include sleep in their training for the race.  Sleep can be an overlooked factor when it comes to athletic performance. Running takes a toll on the body and sleep plays a vital role in the recovery process of runners. Almost all runners need more sleep, but few are able to get the ideal number of hours every night. Thousands of runners suffer from chronic sleep issues and may not even realize it. Read more