Alaska Sleep Education Center

Carrie Fisher: Another Victim of Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jul 3, 2017 12:46:17 PM

Nearly six months after the death of Carrie Fisher, the official coronary ruling was released.  The cause? Sleep apnea, along with other undetermined factors. 

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Topics: sleep apnea, heart disease, hypertension

Dangers of Snoring

Posted by Rich Crane on Dec 21, 2016 10:56:28 AM

Snoring is a condition that affects approximately 90 million Americans. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, one-third to half of those that snore could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a serious sleep disorder that needs to be treated.

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Topics: sleep apnea, sleep assessment, Snoring

Are Mom’s Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted by Rich Crane on Oct 20, 2016 5:39:59 PM


Being a mom can be as rewarding as it is difficult.  With all the joy comes challenges, such as not getting enough sleep.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, 90% of parents believe that sleep is very important in their lives for their own wellbeing and that of their family.  But how many moms are getting enough sleep?

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Topics: sleep apnea, Sleep Tips

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

Sleep Apnea in Children: Symptoms, Health Risks, Diagnosis & Treatment

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 26, 2015 7:26:43 PM

 

One of the greatest problems in generating awareness for sleep apnea is that all too often people have a preconceived notion of what a typical sleep apnea patient looks like. When most people think about a patient suffering from sleep apnea, an image of a middle-aged overweight male comes to mind.
And while this image can be fairly accurate in many cases, it is by no means a full representation of all those who could potentially be afflicted with sleep apnea. Many women suffering from sleep apnea get diagnosed with insomnia rather than sleep apnea due to this misconception.

And worse, many children with sleep apnea are instead diagnosed with other disorders including ADHD because they don't fit the typical patient profile.

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Topics: sleep apnea, Pediatrics

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

Sleep Apnea and Weight: How Weight Impacts/Contributes to Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jun 26, 2015 6:51:05 PM

One of the questions we get asked the most here at Alaska Sleep Clinic is how weight contributes to sleep apnea.

Because weight is one of the biggest contributors to sleep apnea, and one of the most frequently cited risk factors for developing the condition, we decided to delve into the relationship between sleep apnea and weight, as well as whether weight gain can worsen the condition, and weight loss can reduce it.

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Topics: sleep apnea

Women with Sleep Apnea: Why Women are Less Often Diagnosed with OSA

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jun 19, 2015 8:06:00 PM

When we think about the typical sleep apnea patient, we often picture a heavyset man over forty years old with a thick neck and an earth-rattling snore. And while this image often does fit the profile of a sleep apnea patient, it by no means represents a complete picture of the demographic of sleep apnea sufferers.

Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea patients come in all shapes, sizes, races, genders, and can even have symptoms atypical of those common for sleep apnea. For instance, not all sleep apnea sufferers snore, many are not obese or even overweight, and not all of them are male.

Here we discuss the prevalence of sleep apnea in women and why they are often an under-diagnosed and under-served population suffering from this sleep disorder.

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Topics: sleep apnea, women

6 Common Excuses People Have for Not Treating Their Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Apr 24, 2015 6:54:00 PM

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

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