Alaska Sleep Education Center

Feeling Sleepy After Eating Turkey

Posted by Rich Crane on Nov 24, 2016 9:38:22 AM

Turkey and feeling sleepy go together like mash potatoes and stuffing on Thanksgiving. It’s hard to have one without the other. However, contrary to popular belief, eating turkey isn’t necessarily what makes you tired. 

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, tryptophan, turkey, holiday, over eating, food

What Your Body Does When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Posted by Rich Crane on Nov 17, 2016 2:17:15 PM

 

It’s no secret we’re sleeping less.  Our fast-paced lives demand more time, and often that comes at the expense of our sleep.  It also should be no surprise that there is a strong correlation between the amount, and more importantly, the quality of sleep we get, and the effect it has on our bodies. 

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, apnea, treatment, health, stress, sleep deprivation

Is Napping Good for You?

Posted by Rich Crane on Aug 17, 2016 5:00:00 AM

 

Most likely you’re overworked.  You’re stressed out, you haven’t had a vacation in a while, and you’re sleeping less.  You’re waking up earlier and going to bed later in an effort to get more done.  According to a recent NPR story, Americans are even taking less vacation to accomplish more.  Some are even doing significant work while on vacation.  And there is a ton of research that shows how Americans are sleeping less and less, year over year. 

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Topics: sleep disorders, apnea, napping, environment

The Military’s App to Improve Sleep

Posted by Rich Crane on Aug 11, 2016 11:06:49 PM

Active duty military personnel lead stressful lives.  Whether deployed abroad or serving stateside, demands on their time, bodies, and families can prove difficult to manage.  Studies have shown that this stress can negatively affect the sleeping habits of active duty military personnel.  According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a recent study revealed that over 85% of active duty military suffer from some type of sleep disorder. 

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, sleep study, sleep specialist, Family, application, Military, game

Study Reveals Military Spouse Sleep Disorders Are Common

Posted by Rich Crane on Jul 20, 2016 11:57:23 AM


According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, active duty military personnel have a high prevalence of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and short sleep duration. Results also show that these sleep disorders lead to medical issues, such as depression, anxiety, and more.  With sleep research growing for active duty military personnel, many are getting the help they need through professional sleep clinics.

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Topics: Sleep, insomnia, sleep disorders, apnea, Family, Spouse, Military

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

Sleep Management for Shift Workers: Avoiding Sleep Troubles

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Sep 3, 2015 5:16:16 PM

 

We are living in a 24/7 global society in which many businesses, industries, and services around the world operate non-stop, which is great for production, customer satisfaction, and even safety.

We can hop on a jet at 1:00 a.m. to fly halfway around the world, we can visit a hospital at 1:30 a.m. to seek treatment for a bad case of the flu, we can head down to a convenient store at 2:00 a.m. to pick up a box of diapers, we can call tech support at 2:30 a.m. when our internet stops working, we can even hit the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant to get a late night snack at midnight.

The quality and convenience afforded us by having businesses operate 24 hours a day is staggering. It's hard to imagine there being any drawbacks.

However, there is a very real problem with having all of these services available at any time of day or night: somebody has to work during those hours.

 

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Topics: sleep disorders, treatment

What is Catathrenia? Can Groaning in Your Sleep Be Harmful?

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 7, 2015 7:53:00 PM

Is your bedpartner being kept awake at night because you make strange groaning sounds in your sleep? Can groaning lead to serious medical conditions the same way that snoring can? What exactly is catathrenia and how can it be cured?

Here we discuss this rare and strange sleep disorder, and put to ease any concerns you may have about the consequences of groaning in your sleep.

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Topics: sleep disorders

What is Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)? Symptoms & Treatments

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 15, 2015 8:20:42 PM

People do not wake up one morning suddenly afflicted with obstructive sleep apnea. Rather, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is believed to be a progressive disorder that lies on the extreme end of a spectrum of sleep disordered breathing.

At the other end of the spectrum is benign snoring–snoring that has no impact on sleep health other than possibly disrupting one's bed partner's sleep. When the causes of snoring begin to progress from relatively harmless noise-making to the harmful sleep disorder of sleep apnea, it often first develops into upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS).

But what exactly is UARS? How does it differ from OSA? And what treatments are available to keep it from developing into OSA? Here we hope to answer these questions and more.

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Topics: sleep disorders

Coping with Sleepwalking (Somnambulism): From Symptoms to Treatment

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jun 5, 2015 6:11:07 PM

Sleepwalking is often portrayed in movies, on television, and even homemade Youtube clips in either one of two lights: hilariously funny or supernaturally terrifying. But for the sleepwalkers themselves and the loved ones they share a home with, the reality of sleepwalking may be found somewhere in the middle.

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Topics: sleep disorders, parasomnia

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