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Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 18, 2018 7:07:00 PM

Today is Paul McCartney's 76th birthday!  Sir Paul may not use a CPAP machine; but he definitely appreciates good sleep!  After all, he and John Lennon did write these lyrics:

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Topics: CPAP Masks, CPAP, cpap accessories

Let Dad Know You Care About His Health This Weekend!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 15, 2018 4:01:40 PM


Father’s Day is this weekend, and we are celebrating our dad’s with the gift awareness!

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans, but did you know that sleep apnea is more prevalent in men vs. women with a ratio of 8:1, according to the National Sleep Foundation? This disorder is defined as having “one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep” (NHLBI) and can be under-diagnosed because of the fact it that only a partner or sleep test can observe the symptoms.

Most of the time individuals are unaware that they may suffer from the condition and fail to seek necessary treatment. Some symptoms include waking up suddenly throughout the night short of breath, waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat, headache, daytime sleepiness, irritability or attention problems.

If left untreated, sleep apnea is linked to very serious conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes. This is why it is vital for individuals to be tested and seek treatment early on.

If you or a loved one exhibits any symptoms of sleep apnea, call Alaska Sleep Clinic right away and speak to one of our board-certified sleep specialists.

Our Dad’s are selfless caretakers who consistently put our needs ahead of their own. Sometimes they need some encouragement to take care of themselves. Show your dad love and appreciation by making sure he knows how much you care and that you want him to be healthy.

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Happy Father’s Day to all from all of us at Alaska Sleep Clinic!  We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and health!

 

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Topics: sleep assessment, get better sleep, sleep habits

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Cause Gastrointestinal Problems

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 14, 2018 12:32:00 PM

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Topics: sleep apnea, health, gastro problems

6 Common Excuses People Have for Not Treating Their Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 11, 2018 11:07:00 AM

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

The Ambien Defense: Does Ambien make people tweet bad things?

Posted by Dr. John Cline, www.PsycologyToday.com on Jun 9, 2018 1:20:00 PM

Twitter offers celebrities a convenient way to communicate with their fans—and an opportunity to go on ill-considered and potentially career-ending tirades. On Tuesday, Roseanne Barr became the latest of many to go down this path.

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Topics: sleep hygiene

5 Strange and Terrifying Sleep Disorders

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 8, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Sleep is supposed to be that blissful part of our day where we allow our bodies and minds time to relax so that they can repair themselves leaving us energized and ready to tackle the next day. For some people with certain rare sleep disorders however, strange things happen during sleep. Things so strange that they can be at best terrifying for the sufferer, and at worst, deadly.

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Topics: sleep disorders

Non-Human Animals and Sleep: Is There a Connection?

Posted by https://www.tuck.com/blog/ on Jun 8, 2018 8:38:00 AM

While sleep patterns vary widely among animal classes and species, there are a few general rules of thumb. Sleep serves important evolutionary functions for all animals, but sleep patterns and positioning are based in large part on available food supply and defense mechanisms.

Sleep helps animals consolidate memories and learn, which is why animals with larger brains require more REM sleep.

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Topics: Sleep, animals

16 Tips for Traveling with a CPAP machine

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 7, 2018 5:19:00 AM

One of the most common questions we get asked here at The Alaska Sleep Clinic is "how can I travel with my CPAP machine?" Many of our patients travel frequently to the "lower 48" for vacations and to visit family, and quite a few of our residents have "slope" jobs which require them to be away from home for long periods of time between R&R breaks.

Living with sleep apnea can be difficult enough without all of the extra hassles associated with travel. Many patients find having to use a CPAP machine every night at home challenging enough (at least initially), and the idea of having to travel with their machine almost too much to bear.

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Topics: CPAP, travel

Child Anxiety and Sleep

Posted by Julia Higginson on Jun 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Are the phrases “There’s a monster under my bed! I’m too scared to sleep!” or “Don’t leave. Just one more story, please!” part of your nighttime battle to get your child to sleep? You might be thinking your child is just being difficult but the reality is that your child might be having sleep related anxiety.

You child might be afraid of the dark, of a monster under the bed, or bad guys coming into the room, just to name a few fears. The fear of something scary happening while a child sleeps can cause them to feel anxious about wanting to fall asleep.

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Topics: Pediatrics, stress, moms, baby, anxiety

America's Truck Drivers and Sleepy Driving

Posted by Julia Higginson on May 31, 2018 1:32:00 AM

A new study has reported that sleep apnea in truck drivers can be particularly dangerous.

According to a press release by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, truck drivers who fail to get treatment for obstructive sleep apnea “are a public safety threat on U.S. roadways.” Weighing 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and needing 20-40 percent more road space to stop than cars, trucks are already a significant threat to other vehicles on the road, killing 3,660 people in 2014.

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Topics: sleep habits, losing sleep, truckers, drivers, roads

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