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Drowsy Driving: The Dangers of Microsleeps and Sleep Deprivation

Posted by Laci Michaud on Jun 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

We have all heard the horror stories that happen when people get behind the wheel intoxicated.  There are groups and organizations specifically dedicated to stopping drunk driving, such as mothers against drunk driving (MADD) and students against drunk driving (SADD)

Driving while impaired is not a subject that should be taken lightly by any means, but have you heard of a lesser known driving condition that can negatively affect a person’s ability to drive safely? 

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Why I cant sleep: 6 common reasons and fixes to help you sleep

Posted by Laci Michaud on May 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM

There are many different reasons you might notice that you arent able to dooze off to dream land.  Below we comprised a list of the six most common reasons you cant sleep and how to fix them.

#1: A rumbly in your tumbly 

To eat or not to eat?  That is the question!  Some people might shy away from the late night munchies for weight gain fears but sleeping on an empty stomach could have some negative effects on your health. 

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How much does a sleep apnea machine cost? Costs, Insurance, Rates

Posted by Laci Michaud on May 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Does this scenario sound familiar?  You have a snoring problem.  You come into a sleep lab to have a sleep study conducted and find out you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

The next thought is “ok, so how do I treat my sleep apnea?”

The most common way to treat sleep apnea is to be put on a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine while you sleep.  PAP Therapy involves placing a small mask or nasal pillows over the nose or nose and mouth and blowing compressed air into the lungs.

PAP machines are also known as Durable Medical Equipment (DME).  DME is the medical term for long lasting medical equipment prescribed by a doctor for use in your home. 

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Topics: CPAP

CPAP Filters: Why filter replacement is so imporant

Posted by Laci Michaud on May 12, 2016 2:07:53 PM

As with any equipment you purchase, maintaining your CPAP is important.  An area often overlooked are the filters in your CPAP machine.  It is not only important to regularly change your filters for the health of your CPAP but it also directly impacts the user's health as well. 

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Topics: CPAP

Confused by confusional arousals? What to know about this parasomnia

Posted by Laci Michaud on Apr 26, 2016 7:48:31 PM

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A Parasomnia is a disruptive sleep disorder.  It is an unwanted physical movement or action during sleep.  Some of the most common parasomnias include nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors.

Confusional arousals are a type of parasomnia. This sleep disorder has been dubbed “sleep drunkenness” and is also known as "excessive sleep inertia". 

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Learn about America's most common sleep disorders in three free ebooks

Posted by Laci Michaud on Apr 14, 2016 1:10:32 PM

Are you one of the 80+ million Americans who have a sleep disorder?  Do you know someone who may be suffering from some type of sleep deprivation?  If so, you are not alone. Approximately 70% of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation/disorder.  The top 3 commonly diagnosed sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy.

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Celebrities and sleep disorders: Who suffers from what?

Posted by Laci Michaud on Apr 7, 2016 8:17:54 PM


70 million + Americans suffer from sleep deprivation.  Celebrities are not immune. Below is a list of celebrities and sleep disorders in which they have admitted to suffering from. 

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Topics: tired

4 realities of life with sleep apnea and living with your CPAP Machine

Posted by Laci Michaud on Mar 31, 2016 4:04:04 PM


Everyone wants to receive a restful night’s sleep.  Humans are the only living creatures that will delay sleeping on purpose.  Every other mammal on the planet sleeps when their body tells them to.  However, when you have untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sometimes lack of sleep is inevitable.

Below are four realities of living life with sleep apnea for patients after they are diagnosed:

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Topics: CPAP, life with sleep apnea

6 Pros and Cons of Purchasing CPAP Equipment and Supplies Online

Posted by Laci Michaud on Mar 16, 2016 3:35:16 PM

 

We all want more “bang for our buck” in today’s super sized and fast paced economy.  So, why should your durable medical equipment (DME) or your continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine be any different?  

At the Alaska Sleep Clinic we are asked that very question all the time “Why are items online cheaper?” and “Why can’t I purchase my supplies online?” 

The answer is, you can.  The choice is yours to make, however, we want to point out a few pros and cons to purchasing your sleep apnea masks and other CPAP supplies online.

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Beauty sleep is real! How lack of sleep is ruining your skin.

Posted by Laci Michaud on Feb 26, 2016 8:16:23 PM

Beauty Sleep is Real

It is ok to cancel plans to say “I need my beauty rest” because beauty sleep is real.  The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health.  When we sleep our bodies recharge.  Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well.   During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin.  If sleep is compromised so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions.  

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Topics: Sleep

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