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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Kayla LeFevre

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Sleep Well When You're Sick

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Feb 11, 2019 10:41:00 AM

In the dead of winter, it’s miraculous for anyone to avoid getting the common cold at least once. And when a cold hits us hard, there’s no better relief than waking up from a long night’s rest, feeling renewed and like a million bucks after a bad beating.

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Ho Ho Holiday Weight Gain and Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Dec 23, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Holiday season is upon us, and the end of the year is possibly the busiest time for all of us.

We kick off the start of this season with Halloween, a night dedicated to costumes and candy followed by a week of finishing off the candy that ghouls didn’t ring your doorbell to claim. Shortly after that comes Thanksgiving, a day to harvest our work’s bounty with paid time off to sit around and do nothing else but eat and eat and eat.

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Topics: weight, holidays

Sleepwalking: Symptoms, Causes, and Cures

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Nov 5, 2018 5:53:00 AM

Imagine it: you’re watching your favorite spooky movie late at night. It’s autumn and the wind rattles your windows, whistling through the cracks and crannies of your home. You feel the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up, and there it is: a shadowy figure stumbling toward you, feet shuffling, face shrouded with hair, head bent and lolling. You begin to scream, but you stop just in time. It’s just your daughter, and she’s wandering around in quite an unconscious state.

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Topics: parasomnia, sleep walking

The Right Way to Sleep Train Your Baby

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Oct 1, 2018 10:37:00 AM

When it comes to sleep behavior, having to train your baby doesn’t usually come to mind. But for little ones who are just learning their new world, teaching them how to sleep independently builds life-long habits that both baby and parent will enjoy.

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Topics: sleep habits, sleep hygiene, baby, mothers

Sleep Behavior and the Signs: Your Sleep Horoscope

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Sep 12, 2018 9:38:23 AM

Admit it: When reading your favorite magazine or website, you regularly check your horoscope. There’s no shame in it, everyone looks for reassurance when the best day to ask for that raise will be to better the odds.

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Topics: sleep habits

Sleep Apnea in Children, Part 2: Attention and Memory

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jul 31, 2018 10:30:00 AM

We all think our own children are the brightest and only want the best for them in their intellectual and academic success. But who would have thought that something as simple as their cute little snore at night could be the reason they struggle behind in school and misbehave at times?

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Topics: sleep and children, circadian rhythm, adhd, sleep hygiene

4 FAQ's About the 4-Month Sleep Regression

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jul 10, 2018 9:10:48 AM

  Oh, the dreaded 4-month sleep regression.  Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you’re probably in the midst of one yourself and have no idea where it came from, how long it’ll last or what to do about it.  Every parent experiences the challenges of their newborn no longer sleeping like before, resulting in drastic changes to their little one’s sleep. 

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Topics: sleep deprivation, losing sleep, baby

Sleep Apnea and Preeclampsia

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jun 28, 2018 10:56:16 AM

The Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Preeclampsia

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Topics: pregnancy, OSA, baby, high blood pressure

7 Ways to Live with Your Partner's CPAP Machine

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jun 20, 2018 10:12:12 AM

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP compliance, CPAP, losing sleep

New Parents and Sleep Deprivation: The Real Dangers

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on May 29, 2018 5:38:00 AM

When I was a "Non-mom," I’d read stories of a new parent charged with shaking her two-week old baby resulting in its death and be absolutely shocked and heartbroken. Then when I had a two-week of my own, I suddenly had a much better understanding of how other mothers could reach that breaking point.

Don’t worry, I would never harm my own; but between my in-experience and severe sleep deprivation, I was having a tough time keeping my composure. Guilt from not being cool and collected as I thought I should be would slowly chip away. It was calming to hear other, more experienced moms express that same feeling. It seems to be another one of those things that people never talk about when it comes to parenting.

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Topics: losing sleep, moms, baby

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