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How the Summer Solstice Can Score You Better Sleep Year-Round

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 21, 2018 11:13:00 AM

 

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Topics: circadian rhythm, sleep habits, summer

Summer Solstice and Circadian Rhythm

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Since today is the longest day of the year, it seems appropriate to discuss circadian rhythm and the role that daylight plays in our sleep cycle.

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Topics: summer

What is Behavioral Insomnia in Children? Types, Prevalence, Treatment

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 20, 2018 9:00:00 PM

 

Quality sleep is extremely important in the physiological, cognitive, and emotional development of children. At different stages of a child's development sleep needs change. In order to help children get as much quality sleep as possible, parents should have a strong understanding of the sleep requirements necessary for their children at various stages in their lives.

One study found that approximately 27% of children are sleeping less than is recommended for their age. Sleep debt in children can lead to an array of consequences including inattention, irritability, hyperactivity, impulse control problems, behavioral issues at home and school, learning troubles, and overall quality of life.

Poor sleep in children often leads to sleep troubles for the parents as well. When children frequently wake in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep, most parents respond by waking up themselves and helping soothe them back to sleep. Over time both the parents and the children can become sleep deprived.

Of all the potential sleep disorders found in young children, Behavioral insomnia is the most frequently cited, surpassing other sleep disorders including breathing disorders like sleep apnea (1-3%), sleep related movement disorders such as restless leg syndrome (2-8%), and parasomnias such as night terrors (5-35%) [source].

 
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Topics: Infant, children, Pediatrics

Why Can't I Sleep? 7 Things That Could Be Robbing You of Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 20, 2018 2:24:00 PM

 

"I spend several days at a time without enough sleep. At first, normal activities become annoying. When you are too tired to eat, you really need some sleep. A few days later, things become strange. Loud noises become louder and more startling, familiar sounds become unfamiliar, and life reinvents itself as a surrealist dream."

 –Henry Rollins

People suffering from sleep loss may not realize just how many causes to their sleep troubles are out there.

External factors, personal choices, other people, medical conditions, and sleep disorders can all work independently or jointly to rob you of much needed sleep.

Here we compile a list of the most common sets of sleep disturbances that may be causing you to ask "why can't I sleep?"

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Topics: Sleep, sleep problems

7 Ways to Live with Your Partner's CPAP Machine

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jun 20, 2018 2:12:12 PM

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP compliance, CPAP, losing sleep

Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 18, 2018 7:07:00 PM

Today is Paul McCartney's 76th birthday!  Sir Paul may not use a CPAP machine; but he definitely appreciates good sleep!  After all, he and John Lennon did write these lyrics:

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Topics: CPAP Masks, CPAP, cpap accessories

Let Dad Know You Care About His Health This Weekend!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 15, 2018 4:01:40 PM


Father’s Day is this weekend, and we are celebrating our dad’s with the gift awareness!

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans, but did you know that sleep apnea is more prevalent in men vs. women with a ratio of 8:1, according to the National Sleep Foundation? This disorder is defined as having “one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep” (NHLBI) and can be under-diagnosed because of the fact it that only a partner or sleep test can observe the symptoms.

Most of the time individuals are unaware that they may suffer from the condition and fail to seek necessary treatment. Some symptoms include waking up suddenly throughout the night short of breath, waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat, headache, daytime sleepiness, irritability or attention problems.

If left untreated, sleep apnea is linked to very serious conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes. This is why it is vital for individuals to be tested and seek treatment early on.

If you or a loved one exhibits any symptoms of sleep apnea, call Alaska Sleep Clinic right away and speak to one of our board-certified sleep specialists.

Our Dad’s are selfless caretakers who consistently put our needs ahead of their own. Sometimes they need some encouragement to take care of themselves. Show your dad love and appreciation by making sure he knows how much you care and that you want him to be healthy.

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Happy Father’s Day to all from all of us at Alaska Sleep Clinic!  We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and health!

 

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Topics: sleep assessment, get better sleep, sleep habits

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Cause Gastrointestinal Problems

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 14, 2018 12:32:00 PM

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Topics: sleep apnea, health, gastro problems

6 Common Excuses People Have for Not Treating Their Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 11, 2018 11:07:00 AM

At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we have heard just about every excuse possible from patients about why they didn't believe their sleep apnea (or other sleep disorder) was a major cause for concern. Many of these patients didn't realize they had a problem until a loved one showed concern for their sleeping habits. Others weren't convinced serious health problems could result from sleep troubles. And quite a few people were more worried about the cost of having a sleep study than the negative impact that living with a sleep disorder could have on their lives.

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Topics: sleep apnea

The Ambien Defense: Does Ambien make people tweet bad things?

Posted by Dr. John Cline, www.PsycologyToday.com on Jun 9, 2018 1:20:00 PM

Twitter offers celebrities a convenient way to communicate with their fans—and an opportunity to go on ill-considered and potentially career-ending tirades. On Tuesday, Roseanne Barr became the latest of many to go down this path.

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Topics: sleep hygiene

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