Is Baby coming soon? Has Baby already arrived? Both times in early parenthood present challenges to sleep

Sleeping family with twin babies

It is common knowledge that new parents can expect to lose out on sleep once baby arrives. Regular feeding schedules and irregular sleeping schedules for baby both mean a full night of sleep becomes difficult to come by.  As much as this may be a part of life, parents need to be aware that new studies show that interrupted sleep is just as rough as not enough sleep.  In fact, regular interruptions during an eight hour stretch of sleep leaves a body feeling – and functioning - as if it has only slept for four.

You may plan to get as much quality sleep as possible during pregnancy before baby arrives, and then  catch up once baby is on a regular schedule and everyone is sleeping through the night.  However, many moms know that pregnancy also presents it own problems to sleep: nightwaking from nausea, bladder urgency, difficulty fnding a comfortable sleeping position, etc.

The good news is that there are things you can do both during pregnancy and once baby arrives to get as much sleep as possible….even if interruptions and some deprivation is unavoidable.  Check out these articles, depending on where you are in early parenthood:

Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

“How to find the right sleep position, cope with night waking (and your constant need to pee), and get a good night’s sleep during pregnancy”

Coping With Excessive Sleepiness

“10 Tips to Improve Sleep for New Moms”


If you are no longer dealing with routine interruptions at night from family, animals, home, etc. but are still finding that you cannot sleep through the night, you may still be suffering from enough interruption to your sleep to feel the effects of sleep deprivation.  If this has last more than a few nights in a row, or you are feeling overly tired during the day, speak to your doctor.  More and more studies are showing the importance of sleep in overall health, and the sooner you get help, the better and healthier you will feel.

If your bed partner has noticed snoring, pauses or gasps in your breathing at night, or if you are experiencing morning headaches, increased daytime tiredness, or any other symptom that may indicate that you are not getting quality sleep, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a neurologist specializing in sleep medicine.


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An informative TEDTalk on EEG and diagnosing developmental disorders in kids

In this TEDTalk, neuroscientist Aditi Shankardass explains how EEG technology has been used to correctly diagnose disorders like seizure in children whose symptoms have lead to mistaken diagnoses. A correct diagnosis and the needed treatment that often times follows, can make a huge impact in the lives of children and their families!

You can find the original video on the TED website here:

For more information on EEG, the different types of EEG that neurologists use in evaluating children and adults, and how to prepare if you or your child are scheduled for one, visit Noran Clinic’s EEG page at


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“Can Facebook Save a Life?” KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News meets an amazing group of people with MS

In a three part story aired on KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News on May 19th, 2014, we meet Amy Anderson, an amazing woman with Multiple Sclerosis, and patient of Noran Neurological Clinic.  She takes us through some of the challenges her diagnosis has brought into her life and how a Facebook group called “We’re Not Drunk, We Have MS” has been a life changer in dealing with her condition and connecting with others all over the country who “get it.”

Watch the first two parts of this news story here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

To see the original clips and all three parts, visit the following links at KSTP 5 Eye Witness News:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Thank you Amy, KSTP, and the Facebook Group “We Aren’t Drunk, We Have MS”, for sharing your wonderful stories and continuing to provide inspiration for others with Multiple Sclerosis!


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The Sleep Disorder Challenge

“Understanding one’s sleep disorder and getting proper treatment can be a truly life changing event.”



For a printable PDF, click here: The Sleep Disorder Challenge

For more information on the Noran Clinic Sleep Center, visit us at

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Noran Neurological Clinic would like to welcome Eleanor Orehek, MD

Eleanor.Orehek_NoranDoctor Eleanor Orehek, a Minnesota native, earned her undergraduate degree in Neurosciene at Colorado College. She obtained her medical degree from the Univerity of Minnesota Medical School. Doctor Orehek was a chief resident at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, where she completed her neurology residency. Then, returning to her roots, she completed a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

Doctor Orehek is board certified in neurology and fellowship trained in movement disorders. Her special interests include Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation, dystonia, ataxia, and Huntington’s disease.

Doctor Orehek will practice at our Minneapolis, Plymouth and Blaine offices.

To request consultations with Dr. Eleanor Orehek, please call 612.879.1500.

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Noran Neurological Clinic named to Star Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces for the 5th Consecutive Year







Noran Neurological Clinic has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune for the fifth consecutive year. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 15, ranking Noran Neurological Clinic 5th in the midsize company list. You can also find the report here.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 23-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.  The analysis included responses from over 58,600 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

To read more about Noran Clinic in the Star Tribune, visit these sites:

Five in a row: The secrets of their success

Top midsize companies: Fun and charity as big draws for employees

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Evening Out for Parkinson’s on July 24th, 2014

Join Dr. Okeanis Vaou and the National Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota this July 24th in Mendota Heights for an Evening Out for Parkinson’s!

Evening Out for Parkinson's


For a printable PDF of this flyer, click here: Evening Out for Parkinson’s

For more information or to register online, visit:

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Noran Neurological Clinic featured in the Star Tribune

On Sunday, June 15, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an article about sustained excellence in the workplace, as well as the top workplaces in Minnesota. Noran Neurological Clinic was, once again, named to the list. This is Noran Clinic’s 5th year in a row on the list, and it has been included every year the survey has been conducted. To learn more about what makes Noran Clinic such a positive environment and how they have sustained their success, you can read the article at


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Q & A with Dr. Michael Sethna

Sethna_Michael_webMichael Sethna, M.D. is a Board Certified Neurologist at Noran Neurological Clinic. In addition, Dr. Sethna spends much of his time researching and diagnosing back and neck pain. Dr. Sethna took the time to do a question and answer session regarding back and neck pain.

What are some possible reasons for back/neck pain?

Although it is easy to understand how a severe accident can cause back or neck pain, back and neck pain often appears in the absence of an obvious triggering event. This probably reflects the fact that as the muscles of the back and neck are in use almost 100% of the time. As these tissues are never truly at rest, even minor back or neck pain can build over time, often to high levels. Many patients get “stuck” in self-sustaining cycles of tight muscles and pain. When these troubles arise as a consequence of a physical injury not associated with damage to the underlying spine, patients are often dismissed as suffering from “soft tissue” injuries alone—as if pain was more real when it arises from the hard tissues of the spine.

The spine itself is a series of block-like bones separated by discs. Were it not for the intervertebral discs, we would not be able to bend or twist our heads or spines. Spinal injuries, except when severe, usually affect the discs much more than the vertebral bones. The tough, leathery outside rim of each disc holds in a jelly-like substance (nucleus pulposis) that serves as a shock absorber between vertebral bones. When a disc weakens with age, or after trauma, disc rims will often bulge out. If the pressure inside a disc becomes extreme (as can happen during physical trauma), or if the rim of the disc becomes very weak, the rim may rip, and disc contents squeeze out, representing a herniated, protruded, ruptured, or “slipped” disc.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Until they heal, disc herniations can be very painful. Pain is often markedly increased by coughing or straining. If the herniated material contacts one of the nerve roots leaving the spine, in addition to neck or back pain, a patient may suffer pain shooting down an arm or leg. If an existing nerve root is actively compressed by disc material, corresponding muscles in the arm or leg may become weak, and regions of the limb innervated by the compressed nerve may go numb.

What are signs that I would need a doctors’ appointment?

Disc herniation’s in the neck and upper back can be dangerous, as, at times, they can damage the spinal cord. Severe neck or back pain associated with weakness of both legs, or with bowel or bladder dysfunction, is an ominous sign that demands urgent medical assessment. Less serious, but concerning, symptoms that should prompt medical assessment include severe spinal pain with cough or sneeze, and spinal pain associated with limb numbness or weakness.

To learn more about Dr. Sethna, you can visit his Noran bio at

If you have any other questions regarding back/neck pain, and would like to schedule an appointment with a neurologist experienced in the management of this condition, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500.

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Meet Noran Clinic’s Headache and Migraine Subspecialists

We currently have 31 adult and 3 pediatric neurologists at Noran Neurological Clinic, and all are very experienced in treating patients with neurological disorders of all kinds. Furthermore, each of our providers is expertly trained in identifying and managing patients with migraine and headache disorders. However, several of our neurologists have developed a special interest in migraine cases over years of practice, or have done additional fellowship training in this condition. They each continue to work with all types of neurological conditions, and have additional interests as well.  Since it is National Migraine Awareness Month, we’d like to take an opportunity to highlight some of our providers who have studied or developed a subspecialty in migraine and headache. A link to each of our migraine and headache sub-specialist’s biography is included below.


Dr. Chad D. Evans MD







Dr. Ana Patricia Groeschel MD







Dr. Steven F. Noran MD







Dr. Soren A. Ryberg MD







Dr. Michael P. Sethna MD







Dr. Syed Shahkhan MD







Dr. Ann Tienor MD





You can find bios for all of our doctors, Allied Health Professionals, and Neuropsychologists on our main website’s bio page,

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