Alaska Sleep Education Center

How-to take care of your body for a restful night sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 22, 2018 11:30:00 AM

There are a lot of reasons that attribute to sleepless nights. We live fast-paced lives that can hinder our ability to stay disconnected from electronics close to bedtime or sometimes in the middle of the night when we cannot rest. We eat on as random of schedules as we do sleep causing late-night snacking and full tummies at bedtime. We live in two-parent working households creating full schedules without a breath for relaxation.

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Topics: insomnia, losing sleep, pain

Battling Obesity? These 5 Tips Can Help

Posted by Dana Brown, on Mar 20, 2018 8:47:00 AM


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Topics: sleep problems, exercise, food

7 Ways to Balance Your Work, House, and School

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 19, 2018 7:30:00 AM


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Topics: Family

Alcohol and Sleep: Tips for St.Patrick's Day

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 16, 2018 7:23:00 AM


St. Patrick's Day is this weekend and 125 million Americans will celebrate the Irish holiday.  Outside of the color green, drinking alcohol is linked to almost all of these celebrations.  BUT REMEMBER, throwing back a few too many and sleep apnea can be a bad combination.

 Alcohol may initially help you nod off, but even a small amount can affect your quality of sleep. Once alcohol starts to metabolize(usually within 2 hours) it actually increases the number of times you awaken during the night.

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Sleepless in Seattle?  Why Women Need More Sleep Than Their Guys

Posted by Julia Higginson on Mar 14, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Women need more sleep than men. No, really; no matter how you spin it, research shows that men and women are biologically designed to need different amounts of sleep.

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Topics: women, losing sleep

Student Athletes and Sleep

Posted by Julia Higginson on Mar 13, 2018 10:31:00 AM

Have you ever heard the young athletes say they eat, sleep, and breath their sport? Well, it turns out that sleeping really is an important part of training for any young athlete.

 Young athletes tend to focus on nutrition and training schedules, yet sleep may be more critical to their overall health and performance.

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Topics: Pediatrics, sports, losing sleep

Time to Spring Forward: How to Survive Daylight Savings

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 9, 2018 6:05:00 AM

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Though it may not feel like it to the US East Coast residents getting pummeled by snow, sleet, and rain from the back-to-back nor’easter storms, spring is almost here. In anticipation of the season’s official start on March 19, Americans will “spring forward” THIS Sunday by moving our clocks an hour ahead. While the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST) means losing sixty minutes of precious sleep or play, it does allow for longer days during the spring and summer months.

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Topics: sleeping, daylight savings, losing sleep

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

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 8, 2018 12:08:00 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

A Master Bedroom for a Master

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 7, 2018 6:22:00 PM


A sleepless night can be attributed to a lot of reasons. Some blame the lumpy mattress, their snoring spouse, the hot temperature, or the extra anxiety that comes with a stressful day. But one way to ensure a good night sleep is the environment. Dark colors on the wall, wrong curtains on the windows, and even clutter filling the nightstands can prohibit your chances for an oasis to call your own.

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Topics: environment, get better sleep, sleeping

Sleep Apnea and Sports Injuries

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 6, 2018 2:16:43 PM

The modern elite athlete knows that physical conditioning and good nutrition are critical in reaching peak athletic performance; however, sleep, while often overlooked, plays an equally important role. In recent years, it’s become clear that the quality and quantity of sleep obtained by elite athletes can be the edge between winning and losing on game-day.

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Topics: sleep habits, sports, injuries

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