Alaska Sleep Education Center

How Much Sleep Do You Need? (Pt.2)

Posted by Candace Osmond on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

How Much Sleep Do You Need to Survive?

While this article is based on making sure you get the right amount of sleep to help you perform at your best at work and home, it might be difficult for you to actually get the recommended amount.

So just how much sleep do we need to stay alive? Scientists have tested how long humans can survive without air (about three minutes), how long a person can go without water (three days) and even how long someone can last without food (three weeks).

But when it comes to sleep, not as much research has been done.

Even one night of no sleep can have the same effect on the human body as being drunk. The longest anyone has ever stayed awake was about 11 days which was done for a school project (really!) in 1965.

Despite all the health problems listed above, no human has ever died from not having enough sleep alone. The problems are when someone develops other health complications through a lack of sleep.

A pretty horrible experiment on rats in 1999 did actually see the creatures die after two weeks of being kept awake.

Even people with sleep disorders manage to get a few hours every night.

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Topics: Sleep, Infant, sleep disorders, trouble sleeping, children, sleeping

Who is involved in a sleep study? Doctors, Specialists, & Technicians

Posted by Laci Michaud on Nov 2, 2015 6:26:25 PM

Here’s the scenario: You live with and sleep next to a chronic snorer. They are a loud “bed partner“who unbeknownst to them are causing you sleepless nights too!  

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Topics: trouble sleeping, sleep study, Snoring, tired

Dementia and Sleep Problems

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 30, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Many older adults tend to have trouble sleeping, but for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they have an even harder time. Alzheimer’s may reverse a person’s sleep-wake cycle, causing daytime drowsiness and nighttime restlessness. As Alzheimer’s continues to progress, these sleep disturbances often increase. With more severe forms of dementia, people tend to be sleepier during the day, which can cause their sleep at night to become fragmented and disrupted. It is common for people suffering from both dementia and Alzheimer’s to constantly wake at night and fall asleep during the day.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, Sleep, insomnia, sleep apnea, trouble sleeping, Narcolepsy, napping, tired

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

Polysomnogram

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Sep 16, 2013 2:09:00 PM

A Polysomnography (PSG) is a sleep study which involves an overnight recording of many important body functions and measurements. Polysomnography is used to diagnose many different types of sleep disorders including narcolepsy, REM behavior disorder, and sleep apnea.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, insomnia, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders, polysomnogram, trouble sleeping, sleep study, apnea

Five Tips for Sleeping During Pregnancy

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Jun 25, 2013 6:18:00 PM

Physical discomfort is not the only reason it can be tough to sleep during pregnancy. Hormonal fluctuations and stress can also contribute to restlessness. Back pain, nausea, heartburn and an increasingly squished bladder also make sleep difficult. If you’re pregnant or hoping to be, here are a few tips for sleeping while pregnant.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, trouble sleeping, Snoring

Sleeping with the midnight sun

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on May 22, 2013 4:41:00 PM

It’s that time in Alaska: insomnia becomes the norm as the sun beats through the window for nearly all hours of the day.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, insomnia, sleep disorders, trouble sleeping

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