Alaska Sleep Education Center

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

Epworth Sleepiness Scale: A Helpful Screening Tool for Sleep Disorders

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Apr 3, 2015 7:49:00 PM

Many sleep disorders are characterized by patients suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness. When sleep clinics receive calls from patients concerned that their sleep troubles may be a sign of a sleep disorder, many patients will be given a generalized screening questionnaire asking them about their symptoms.

While there are a few different screening processes that sleep clinics may use, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale is the standard method of assessment in the world of sleep medicine.

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Topics: sleep assessment

Are You Too Sleepy During the Day? Take This Sleep Quiz and Find Out.

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Nov 4, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Getting the right amount of nightly sleep can mean the world of difference in how awake and alert we feel during the day. You may even think you're getting enough sleep at night because you go to bed 7-9 hours before you wake every morning, but you may not be aware that your sleep is being disturbed and causing you to feel drowsy during the day.

The following quiz is based on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, a short questionnaire that is used by sleep professionals to measure a patients likelihood of falling asleep at innappropriate times during the day. Answers are helpful for sleep physicians in diagnosing (or ruling out) potential sleep disorders.

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Topics: sleep assessment

What to Expect After Going Through a Sleep Study

Posted by Jack Johnson on May 9, 2014 9:57:00 AM

So you have just spent the night at a sleep lab and are wondering "what did you find out, and what’s next?"  It's a statement we at Alaska Sleep Clinic encounter on a daily basis, usually when a patient wakes up. The answer of course, depends on how your test went.

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Topics: sleep assessment

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