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Respironics CPAP masks include innovative designs for adults and children

Posted by Sarah Roberts on Apr 12, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Philips Respironics is another popular brand among CPAP users. They offer a variety of masks from nasal pillow masks to full-face masks.  This article will discuss the Wisp Nasal Mask and the DreamWear Nasal Cradle mask.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, children, CPAP

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

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 20, 2015 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

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep: Developing a Sleep Routine

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jan 30, 2015 8:52:00 PM

If you're one of our frequent subscribers (which makes you awesome by the way) you may recall an article I published a few months ago titled 7 Tips and Tricks for Getting Kids to Sleep at Night. And don't worry, if you're not a subscriber, I'll get you up to speed real quick (or you can check the article out for yourself *wink*).

The research that went into that article wasn't simply to help all of you parents out there. The truth is, my wife and I were going through our own mini crisis with getting our baby on a consistent sleep schedule. While that article may have helped you some with your own kids, the tips and tricks in there pretty much saved my sanity. You see, my daughter––we'll call her Taylor (because that's her real name) has been, since birth, what can only be described as a "delightful nightmare."

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Topics: children

7 Tips and Tricks for Getting Kids to Sleep at Night

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Oct 21, 2014 6:11:00 PM

When it comes to children and sleep, one of the most frequent concerns from parents is how to get them to bed on time every night. Nearly every parent has had to deal with the difficulty of putting a child to bed at some point, and for a lot of parents, bedtime is a recurring nightmare. It seems strange that kids require much more sleep than adults do, yet many resist going to sleep with every fiber in their body. This can cause a strain on both parents and children and lead to poor sleep for everybody in the household.

So how do you get your kids to go to sleep at night? And more importantly how do you get them to go to sleep at night regularly? Here we give you 7 tips on getting your kids to bed on time everynight:

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Topics: children, Sleep Tips, sleep and children, Pediatrics

7 Signs Your Child Might Have a Sleep Disorder

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Oct 14, 2014 10:44:00 PM

It's tough for any parent to discover that their child may have a sleep disorder. After all, no mother wants to see her kid all of the time, and no father wants to watch his child struggle with with falling asleep or staying asleep during the night. However, recent studies estimate that nearly 30% of children may have a sleep disorder at some point in their lives.

While sleep disorders can come with varying degrees of severity, the majority of them can be treated. What's important is that parents recognize the signs of sleep disorders so that they can get their child treated for the underlying causes, rather than treating the symptoms alone.

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Topics: children, Pediatrics

9 Back-to-School Sleep Tips for Parents, Children, and Teens

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 13, 2014 2:40:00 PM

A new school year is upon us and that means your child's lazy, relaxed days of summer are about to be replaced with packed schedules full of class time, homework, and after school activities. More than likely your children have been staying up late and sleeping in through much of their summer-break, and getting them back into a healthy sleep routine may be challenging to say the least.

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Topics: school, children, Sleep Tips, sleep and children

9 Alternative Treatments to CPAP Therapy

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 29, 2014 3:08:00 PM

An estimated 20 million American adults are believed to have obstructive sleep apnea, with the majority of those cases going undiagnosed. Sleep apnea used to be merely considered an annoyance by many, but in recent decades with more information on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea, more and more people have begun seeking treatment for their chronic sleep disorders.

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Topics: CPAP success, children, BPAP, oral appliance

What is APAP Therapy? (Advantages and Disadvantages)

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 28, 2014 2:46:00 PM

 

APAP stands for Automatic Positive Airway Pressure and relies on the same basic principles as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Similar to the CPAP devices, APAP machines are a non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea that deliver pressurized air, via a mask, to keep your airways free of obstructions as you sleep. The air pressure delivered from the machines acts as a splint, keeping your throat from collapsing in on itself so that you can breathe freely through the night without any apnea events.

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Topics: children

Diagnosing and Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Therapies & Surgeries

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 15, 2014 1:32:00 PM


So you've done your research and discovered that you may have the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You've even come to the conclusion that your snoring, nocturnal breathing cessations,daytime drowsiness, and restless sleep may be causes for concern, but you're still not quite sure if it's worthy of a visit to the doctor's office.

AtThe Alaska Sleep Clinic, we want to help you on your road to healthier sleeping habits. That's why we've created a guideline to help you through the steps from when to contact a doctor to methods of diagnosing OSA, and treatment options. 

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Topics: obstructive sleep apnea, children, CPAP, BPAP, therapies, treatment

How to Tell if Your Child's Snoring is Normal or a Sleep Disorder

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 10, 2014 2:50:00 PM

Children are our most precious resources, and their health and comfort are a top priority for any parent. It comes as no surprise that you may have questions about your child's snoring and sleep habits. Is their snoring normal? Is it harmful? At what point does it become a cause for concern? At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we get asked these kinds of questions all the time, so we compiled a list of the most common causes of snoring, symptoms of potential sleep disorders, and treatment options for your children.
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Topics: children, Snoring, OSA in children

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