Alaska Sleep Education Center

Diagnosing the Fumble: How NFL Players Are Taking Sleep Apnea Seriously

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Nov 23, 2017 12:14:32 AM

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Dirty and broken CPAP and BiPAP equipment can endanger your health

Posted by Julia Higginson on Nov 14, 2017 8:12:19 PM


You depend on your CPAP or BiPAP equipment to help you breath better while you sleep each night. Your machine is taking care of your well-being every time you strap on the mask. But are you taking the time to take care of your machine?

Taking good care of your equipment is paramount to the success of your therapy. A dirty or broken machine translates into compromised therapy. That means you are back to not getting a good night's sleep because your equipment isn’t working right. Or you are breathing in dirty or even moldy air.

CPAP and BiPAP equipment need to be cared for and cleaned on a regular basis. Join us over the next few weeks as we discuss the signs of dirty or worn out equipment and how to care for your machine so you are getting the best therapy possible.

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Which comes first: sleep disorder or ADHD?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 9, 2017 8:52:28 PM

Despite much research, how sleep, ADHD, medication and other disorders are related remains uncertain. Scientists are working to develop a clearer idea how the different regions of the brain interact and overlap for attention, sleep and functioning.

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Topics: Sleep, restless leg, sleep problems, circadian rhythm, adhd, bedtime resistance, stimulants, sleep disordered breathing

Can't sleep? Your electronics could be to blame

Posted by Julia Higginson on Nov 7, 2017 2:14:26 PM

Do you have an established bedtime routine? If you are like most people, your routine probably includes putting on your pajamas, brushing your teeth, and climbing into bed to fluff your pillows just the right way.

You probably also pull out your electronic device to help you unwind a little before heading off to sleep.

Everyone has some type of activity that helps them relax. Maybe you are reading the must read book on your device, checking your e-mail, perusing Facebook, or even getting in a few rounds of your favorite game.

Sure, playing on your electronic device can help you relax after a hard day’s work. But did you know that research shows that your relaxing screen time is actually making it harder for you to fall asleep? You may be sabotaging your sleep without even knowing it.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night: How to Calm Your Child After a Nightmare

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Oct 31, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Kids of all ages enjoy a good scare from time to time. Movies with a ghoulish villain or stories that make your skin crawl can give anyone a jolt of exhilaration. But while children’s conscious state is begging for a creepy story, their unconscious mind may be riddled with unprocessed images and fears – and result in a bedtime routine of nightmares.

While it’s unknown what age children begin to dream, it is known that “67 percent of four- to six-year-olds… 96 percent of seven- to nine-year-olds and 76 percent of ten- to twelve-year-olds [reported having scary dreams sometimes or often],” according to PBS. Parents can be comforted to know that the occurrences of nightmares and fears of the unknown are nothing uncommon. But what might not be comforting is feeling helpless when your own child is haunted by terrifying nightmares night after night.

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How moms can fight seasonal affective disorder

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 27, 2017 1:24:32 PM

If the final months of the year get you or one of your family members feeling down, irritable, or low on energy or craving sweet or starchy foods and sleeping more or less than usual, you may experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s common in the winter months. There is not one Alaskan that has not had to deal with at least one side affect of these seasonal blues. 

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder, depression, suicide, winter

Feeling drowsy? Learn the dangers of microsleep

Posted by Julia Higginson on Oct 24, 2017 11:47:10 PM

Have you ever had an experience where you were driving and you can’t remember how you got where you where? Or you were listening to conversation and can’t remember a thing the person just said? Odds are you were experiencing an episode of microsleep.

Microsleep is a temporary episode of sleep that occurs for a fraction of a second up to 30 seconds. When you are fatigued, your brain often tries to compensate by shutting down for short periods of time. Microsleep generally happens without warning and you often don’t even know you have just nodded off.

Involuntary sleep, even if just for a few seconds, can prove to be dangerous and even fatal. The key to keeping safe is to understand what causes microsleep and how to prevent it.

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Gandis G. Mažeika, MD

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The founder of Sound Sleep Health, Dr. Mažeika obtained his medical degree at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He completed a joint residency in Psychiatry and Neurology through Harvard Medical School and Duke University Medical Center, followed by a Neurology and Sleep Disorders fellowship at Duke. He is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine.

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Topics: sleep disorders, meet the doctors, Gandis G. Mažeika

Do you need BiPAP or CPAP therapy? A side by side review.

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Oct 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is probably the first treatment that comes to mind. What probably never comes to mind, or at least not initially, is BiPAP therapy. And these two forms of treatment have more differences than just their names.

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Meet Angela Randazzo, PhD

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 12, 2017 6:28:05 PM

Angela Randazzo, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at St. Luke's Sleep Medicine and Research Center, St. Louis, MO. She received her doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her master's from Southern Illinois University. She began her sleep medicine career in 1989 when she joined James K. Walsh, PhD, at the Sleep Disorders Center at the former Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis.

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Topics: meet the doctors, behavioral psychology, angela randazzo

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