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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Jennifer Hines

Jennifer and her husband Micah moved their family, including their daughters Madison (12) and Willow (6) from Little Rock, Arkansas to Anchorage in July 2017. Jennifer co-hosted a classic rock morning radio show for 10 years and a CMA winning country morning radio show for 6 in Arkansas. She was born and raised in Morrilton, Arkansas and was top ten at the Miss Arkansas Pageant in 1997. Jennifer graduated from The University of Central Arkansas in Conway, with a Major in Telecommunications and a Minor in Music. Now, Jennifer is the Lead Marketer for Alaska Sleep Clinic, while her husband is a Lead technician. Her family loves Alaska and is grateful for the adventure and opportunity.
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Age and Sleep Apnea: Does Age Affect The Prevalence of Sleep Apnea?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 28, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Previously we discussed how not all patients with sleep apnea fit the typical profile of someone suffering from the sleep disorder. The notion that mostly middle aged, overweight men are the ones likely to develop sleep apnea is a misconception that often leads to misdiagnosis in atypical patients with sleep apnea.

And while it's true that heavyset men over the age of 40 are the highest "at risk" group for having sleep apnea, it by no means is a comprehensive representation of all sleep apnea sufferers.

For example, women with sleep apnea are often mistreated for other sleep disorders such as insomnia because many general practitioners hold tight to the belief that women aren't as likely to have sleep apnea as men.

Here we hope to shed light on how age plays a role in the development of sleep apnea, and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments that my differ based on a patient's age.

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Topics: sleep apnea, sleep and children, sleep and elderly

How much does a sleep apnea machine cost? Costs, Insurance, Rates

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 27, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Does this scenario sound familiar?  You have a snoring problem.  You come into a sleep lab to have a sleep study conducted and find out you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

The next thought is “ok, so how do I treat my sleep apnea?”

The most common way to treat sleep apnea is to be put on a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine while you sleep.  PAP Therapy involves placing a small mask or nasal pillows over the nose or nose and mouth and blowing compressed air into the lungs.

PAP machines are also known as Durable Medical Equipment (DME).  DME is the medical term for long lasting medical equipment prescribed by a doctor for use in your home. 

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Topics: CPAP Masks, CPAP, cpap accessories

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep on a Business Trip: Part 2

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 26, 2019 10:17:00 AM


Flights. Jet lag.  Hotel rooms. Meetings. Conferences. Drinks.

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Topics: Sleep, travel

Food for Sleep: The Best and Worst Foods for Getting Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 24, 2019 1:33:00 PM

There are many tips and tricks that you can implement to help you get to sleep every night. Many of them come in the form of practicing good sleep hygiene, which are basic habits that one can apply to their nightly routines that promote getting great sleep at night. One of the most underrated sleep hygiene practices that really goes far in improving quality sleep is making the right dietary choices.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

Infant Bedtime Tips

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 23, 2019 2:20:00 PM

Infant Bedtime Tips

If you’ve just brought a newborn home, you’re probably preoccupied with sleep – both the baby’s and yours. Establishing a sleep routine with your infant is a good way to instill good sleep habits. Here are a few suggestions for bedtime with your baby.

  • Take note of your baby’s sleep trends. You don’t need to start a routine immediately; first, get to know your infant’s tendencies. Once you figure out when your infant sleeps for the longest chunk, begin a bedtime routine about 45 minutes before that.
  • Establish a routine. Whether it’s saying goodnight to everyone and everything, singing a song, or taking a bath, incorporate 1-4 activites that can help your baby wind down and cues them that it’s time to relax.
  • Cut back on caffeine. For you breastfeeding mom, consider going decaf while you’re breastfeeding; your baby will get a caffeine jolt otherwise.

 

Remember, a baby who sleeps through the night is a wonderful thing, but a baby who has a tough time sleeping is not a reflection of your parenting! Go easy on yourself, and if you have any questions about your or your baby’s sleep don’t hesitate to call us. 

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Topics: Sleep, Infant, children

How the Summer Solstice Can Score You Better Sleep Year-Round

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 21, 2019 7:13:00 AM

 

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Topics: circadian rhythm, sleep habits, summer

Top 9 Summer Solstice Sleep Tips

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 20, 2019 8:17:00 AM

 

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Topics: get better sleep, summer, sleep hygiene

Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): How Naps Can Diagnose Sleep Disorders

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 16, 2019 2:25:00 PM

For some sleep disorders an overnight polysomnogram (PSG) test may not be conclusive enough to determine a person's specific type of sleep disorder. Occasionally, patients will be asked to return to the sleep clinic during the day to have a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT).
So what exactly is a MSLT? What does it measure? How is it different from a PSG or a maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT)? And what sleep disorders is it used to diagnose?
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Topics: sleep study

What is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) and How is it Treated?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 15, 2019 10:33:00 AM

Have you been told by your bedpartner that your legs move frequently while you sleep? Have you noticed that you're feeling tired during the day, even after you've had a full night's sleep? If so, it's possible that you may be suffering from periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD).

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Topics: sleep disorders

Alaska Summer Sleep Tips: How to Sleep Under the Midnight Sun

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 8, 2019 9:22:00 AM

One of the things that makes Alaska such a unique place to live or visit is its amazing summers. Summer time in Alaska is like no other place in the U.S. because of the vast amount of daylight we get. In the northernmost parts of the state the sun refuses to set for nearly a month. In the interior, the sun briefly dips behind the mountains leaving golden hues to hold its place until it returns minutes later. And even in the southern parts of the state, periods of darkness are so short, that if you blink, you could miss it.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

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