Alaska Sleep Education Center

Pediatric Sleep Studies: Prepare Yourself and Your Child

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 29, 2018 8:56:18 PM


What to Expect from Your Child's Sleep Study

We utilize the same tests used to diagnose and rule out sleep disorders in adults for children. However, because children are more likely to displace sensors during the night, we prefer to use attended studies rather than home monitoring.

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Topics: sleep assessment, sleep and children, Pediatrics

How to Treat Children with Sleep Apnea Using CPAP Machines

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 24, 2018 4:01:58 PM

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, sleep and children, Pediatrics, cpap accessories, Family, sleeping

Age and Sleep Apnea: Does Age Affect The Prevalence of Sleep Apnea?

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 9, 2015 2:32:22 PM

Previously we discussed how not all patients with sleep apnea fit the typical profile of someone suffering from the sleep disorder. The notion that mostly middle aged, overweight men are the ones likely to develop sleep apnea is a misconception that often leads to misdiagnosis in atypical patients with sleep apnea.

And while it's true that heavyset men over the age of 40 are the highest "at risk" group for having sleep apnea, it by no means is a comprehensive representation of all sleep apnea sufferers.

For example, women with sleep apnea are often mistreated for other sleep disorders such as insomnia because many general practitioners hold tight to the belief that women aren't as likely to have sleep apnea as men.

Here we hope to shed light on how age plays a role in the development of sleep apnea, and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments that my differ based on a patient's age.

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Topics: sleep apnea, sleep and children, sleep and elderly

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

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

Children's Sleep Study

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 14, 2013 3:00:00 PM

For children, sleep problems tend to get progressively worse overtime if not treated. For instance, night terrors as a toddler might lead to a child who sleepwalks in the future. There are generally two different types of sleep problems; behavioral and physiological. At this point, a sleep study would be assigned to gather additional information for a diagnosis. Parents will also spend the night in the same room but in a different bed during the study.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, alaska sleep clinic, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, trouble sleeping, sleep study, apnea, children, oral appliance, sleep and children

Night Terrors

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 11, 2013 2:07:00 PM

Night terrors happen during deep, non-dreaming sleep. A child may cry, whimper, flail and even jump right out of bed. Much like sleep walking, his eyes may be wide open, but he is not awake or aware of you.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, children, night terrors, sleep and children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Aug 19, 2013 2:16:00 PM

Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is a breathing disorder that is more commonly known to effect adults (more than 18 million in the US including Alaska). Sleep Disordered Breathing is also causing problems in 12% of children, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Often running in families it is most commonly seen in kids with enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, which are the lymph nodes in the throat. Obesity is often a factor as well.

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Topics: Snoring, sleep and children

Five Bedtime Rituals for Kids

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Jun 19, 2013 7:42:00 PM

Does your little one have a tough time winding down at night? Sometimes the instigation of a bedtime ritual can be a huge help – a routine you follow every night that encourages the process of slowing down and preparing for sleep.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep and children

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