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Drowsy Driving: The Dangers of Microsleeps and Sleep Deprivation

Posted by Laci Michaud on Jun 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We have all heard the horror stories that happen when people get behind the wheel intoxicated.  There are groups and organizations specifically dedicated to stopping drunk driving, such as mothers against drunk driving (MADD) and students against drunk driving (SADD)

Driving while impaired is not a subject that should be taken lightly by any means, but have you heard of a lesser known driving condition that can negatively affect a person’s ability to drive safely? 

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Topics: tired

CPAP Filters: Why filter replacement is so imporant

Posted by Laci Michaud on May 12, 2016 10:07:53 AM

As with any equipment you purchase, maintaining your CPAP is important.  An area often overlooked are the filters in your CPAP machine.  It is not only important to regularly change your filters for the health of your CPAP but it also directly impacts the user's health as well. 

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Topics: CPAP

Confused by confusional arousals? What to know about this parasomnia

Posted by Laci Michaud on Apr 26, 2016 3:48:31 PM


A Parasomnia is a disruptive sleep disorder.  It is an unwanted physical movement or action during sleep.  Some of the most common parasomnias include nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors.

Confusional arousals are a type of parasomnia. This sleep disorder has been dubbed “sleep drunkenness” and is also known as "excessive sleep inertia". 

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Topics: tired

Celebrities and sleep disorders: Who suffers from what?

Posted by Laci Michaud on Apr 7, 2016 4:17:54 PM

70 million + Americans suffer from sleep deprivation.  Celebrities are not immune. Below is a list of celebrities and sleep disorders in which they have admitted to suffering from. 

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Topics: tired

4 realities of life with sleep apnea and living with your CPAP Machine

Posted by Laci Michaud on Mar 31, 2016 12:04:04 PM

Everyone wants to receive a restful night’s sleep.  Humans are the only living creatures that will delay sleeping on purpose.  Every other mammal on the planet sleeps when their body tells them to.  However, when you have untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sometimes lack of sleep is inevitable.

Below are four realities of living life with sleep apnea for patients after they are diagnosed:

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Topics: CPAP, life with sleep apnea

6 Pros and Cons of Purchasing CPAP Equipment and Supplies Online

Posted by Laci Michaud on Mar 16, 2016 11:35:16 AM


We all want more “bang for our buck” in today’s super sized and fast paced economy.  So, why should your durable medical equipment (DME) or your continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine be any different?  

At the Alaska Sleep Clinic we are asked that very question all the time “Why are items online cheaper?” and “Why can’t I purchase my supplies online?” 

The answer is, you can.  The choice is yours to make, however, we want to point out a few pros and cons to purchasing your sleep apnea masks and other CPAP supplies online.

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I am in pain and I can't sleep: Fibromyalgia and sleep issues

Posted by Laci Michaud on Jan 7, 2016 9:52:34 AM


Fibromyalgia and sleep

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is thought to be the result of overactive nerves. It is a condition that results in chronic widespread pain and tenderness all over the body.  So what exactly does that mean?
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Pregnancy and Sleep Apnea: OSA and Increasing Weight Gain

Posted by Laci Michaud on Dec 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Like most moms-to-be, you are probably suffering from uncomfortable restless nights and sleep deprivation and you haven’t even had the baby yet!   As if nausea, chronic back pain, fetal movement, and frequent trips to the bathroom weren't discomforting enough, many women even develop sleep disorders while pregnant including insomnia, restless leg syndrome, nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and excessive daytime sleepiness.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea

Understanding Sleep Study Results A Personal Sleep Study Experience II

Posted by Laci Michaud on Dec 18, 2015 9:58:59 AM


Last week I discussed my personal sleep study experience outlining what to expect when you have a sleep study.  I discussed my background with sleep troubles, my love of sleep, and a random dream that woke me up during the middle of my study.  If you haven’t read it yet you can read it here.

Sleep Study Results Decoded

I am going to discuss and breakdown my sleep study results using the least amount of technical medical jargon as I possibly can.

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What Is A Sleep Study Like? A Personal Sleep Study Experience

Posted by Laci Michaud on Dec 9, 2015 4:58:48 PM


Let me preface this by saying I love to sleep!  Love it. LOVE IT!  I look forward to going to sleep every single day. Ever since junior/senior high school I remember taking naps after school on the sofa with my dog.  I would sleep from about 3:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. or until my mom would come home and make me unload/load the dishwasher. Maybe that’s why I hate doing the dishes. NAPS > DISHES. 

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