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Don't let your CPAP ruin your vacation plans: Tips on electricity and travel

Posted by Julia Higginson on Aug 16, 2017 5:31:48 PM

Travel can tempt you to not be compliant with your CPAP therapy. The overwhelming idea of packing and bringing your equipment with you can make you want to skip your CPAP while you are away.

Foregoing your CPAP therapy can be dangerous. Sleep apnea will occur whether you are on your dream vacation or at home. Without your CPAP machine, you run the risk of experiencing all the unwanted and sometimes even dangerous effects of untreated sleep apnea.

The good news is that traveling with your CPAP machine doesn’t have to be burden. There are several options, including travel-sized CPAP machines that can make it easier for you to travel.

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Topics: CPAP compliance, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP

5 eye issues and sleep disorders:  The ocular signs of sleep apnea

Posted by Laci Michaud on Feb 2, 2016 7:30:00 PM


According to the
American Academy of Ophthalmology there are ocular signs that an Ophthalmologist can see which could indicate that you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

As we know OSA can be a deadly health disorder where during sleep your breathing stops periodically during the night. These lapses in breathing can occur for up to ten seconds or more and can happen hundreds of times a night. 

OSA appears to be an aggravating factor in the following 5 ocular complications:

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders

Pregnancy and Sleep Apnea: OSA and Increasing Weight Gain

Posted by Laci Michaud on Dec 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Like most moms-to-be, you are probably suffering from uncomfortable restless nights and sleep deprivation and you haven’t even had the baby yet!   As if nausea, chronic back pain, fetal movement, and frequent trips to the bathroom weren't discomforting enough, many women even develop sleep disorders while pregnant including insomnia, restless leg syndrome, nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and excessive daytime sleepiness.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea

3 Sleep Disorders That Might Be Causing You to Feel Tired All the Time

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Oct 9, 2014 6:52:00 PM

Many of us will occasionally experience days where we simply feel tired all day long. Usually this is caused by poor sleep the night before, an intense workout the previous day, or even symptoms of a cold or flu. The feelings of extreme fatigue are often remedied with a little rest during the day or some good old fashioned sleep the next night.

For some however, feeling tired and rundown during waking hours is an everyday occurrence. One that with continued lack of sleep can prove to be harmful to their health, and result in accidents or even death from dozing off at inappropriate times. While there are many possible causes of extreme daytime sleepiness including dietary deficiencies, depression, diabetes, anemia, or thyroid problems, chronic daytime fatigue can very likely be caused by a sleep disorder.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders, Narcolepsy, tired, restless leg syndrome

Video: 5 Signs Chronic Snoring May be Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Sep 29, 2014 6:23:00 PM

The Alaska Sleep Clinic's Educational Web Series shows you 5 reasons why your chronic snoring may be more than just a noisy nuisance.

If your snoring is loud, regular, and occuring on a nightly basis, it is possible that it may be linked to a more serious problem such as obstructive sleep apnea. If you believe that you or your bedpartner's snoring may be a cause for concern, watch the video below for more information.

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Topics: obstructive sleep apnea, Snoring

A Buyer's Guide to CPAP Machines: Manufacturers, Features, & More

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 21, 2014 2:16:00 PM

 

Continuous Positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common form of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A CPAP machine delivers pressurized air to your throat that prevents your airway from collapsing as you sleep at night. The device consists of three parts: a machine that pressurizes air from the room to your particular pressure needs, a hose to deliver the pressurized air, and a mask or nasal prongs that gently blows the air into your airways.

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Topics: CPAP compliance, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP

CPAP Therapy: How it Works, Getting Set up, & Results

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 17, 2014 3:00:00 PM

If you're reading this you're probably concerned that you, or your bed-partner, may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, so you're doing a little preliminary research on treatment options. You may have heard a little about continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, but are still unclear as to exactly what it is or how it works. But don't worry, you're not alone. At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we get asked daily about CPAP therapy by our patients, and we strive to give the best information possible in letting them, and you, better understand what CPAP therapy is, how it works, and the amazing results it can have on your life.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP, therapies, treatment

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

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Prevalence, Causes, and Symptoms

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 14, 2014 1:41:00 PM

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Do you find yourself waking often in the middle of the night gasping for breath? Are you chronically tired during the day and often fight to stay awake? Or has your partner told you that you snore loudly every night and often stop breathing in your sleep? At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we receive questions like these all the time. And like our patients, if you've answered yes to any of these questions, you could possibly be suffering from a medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA).

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP, Snoring

Is Snoring Bad for Your Health? Causes and Health Risks of Snoring

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 9, 2014 12:35:00 PM

Our primary concern here at The Alaska Sleep Clinic is to help you, and your bed partner, get that much needed rest throughout the night. That's why we feel compelled to tell you about some of the potential health risks associated with frequent snoring.

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Topics: obstructive sleep apnea, Snoring

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