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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Stefanie Leiter

Stefanie Leiter is a May 2016 graduate of Purdue University earning a 4.0 GPA in the master's of science communication program. She is a graduate of Anderson University (Indiana) with a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications with a specialization in public relations. Stefanie serves as assistant professor of public relations at Anderson University. Stefanie is the faculty advisor for Fifth Street Communications, a student-run pr agency; AU's PRSSA faculty advisor; and serves on the United Way of Madison County board of directors. She also earned a graduate certificate in strategic communication from Purdue University in 2015 and starts her Ph.D. in Communications from Regent University in 2018. Stefanie is married to her best friend, Dave, and their two adorable, young children.
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Yoga Your Way to Better Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 25, 2019 2:07:00 PM

We all have those mornings when, like this little puppy, we did not get an adequate amount of sleep. We push through the day tired, unproductive, and grumpy.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, stress, exercise, yoga

TV Binge-Watching and Para-social Living

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 12, 2019 8:00:00 PM

It is winter and sometimes the only thing to do is watch a movie or television for relaxation. Though tempting to spend all your time bundled up by the fire while binge-watching your favorite shows, it can be detrimental to your sleep.

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Topics: insomnia, parasomnia, binge-watching

CBT and Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Defined by Psychology Today, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts resting on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior.

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Topics: cognitive sleep issues

The KETO Craze and Your Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 3, 2019 10:00:00 PM

You’ve tried all the popular diets: Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, shake replacements. The options are endless, but it doesn’t mean you have found the right fit for your body. With a little homework, a ketogenic diet could be the key to a healthier you with the added bonus of a full night’s sleep.

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Topics: sleep hygiene, diet, nutrition

Childhood Obesity and Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 25, 2019 2:00:00 PM

We all know the feeling. You wake up on the right side of the bed feeling refreshed and well rested. Not only does it keep you healthy physically but your brain has time to regenerate keeping memories and knowledge alive and well. Unfortunately, parents are struggling with busy schedules and packed calendars to instill this important lifestyle on their children.

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Topics: OSA in children, weight

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus; but we ALL need good sleep here on Planet Earth.

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

At bedtime, you may get into the routine of brushing your teeth, taking a shower, and laying out clothes for the morning at the same time as your partner or spouse. It may even follow with some light stretching, meditation, or yoga.

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Topics: women, beauty sleep, couples, men

Sleep aides promise restful nights; but can they deliver?

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 21, 2019 2:32:00 PM

A lot of products promise you a better night sleep. A comfortable pillow, the correct mattress, a zen bedroom, or an unplugged nightstand are a few simple solutions. But natural and medical interventions may be the right options to ease your body to better sleeping habits.

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Topics: medication, remedies

Bad Sleeping Habits, a.k.a "Sleep Hygiene"

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 12, 2019 4:15:00 PM

When sleepless nights stack up for days, anxiety may take over your thoughts when lying down. Your mattress, pillow, or comforter could even be the culprit.

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Topics: sleep habits, sleep hygiene

Working Out and Sleeping Well in Winter

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 21, 2019 11:03:00 AM

It is dreary, windy, snowy, and bitter cold outdoors most of the fall and winter months for Americans. One of the quickest times of year to gain weight is through the holiday months from Halloween to New Years. Winter is also a challenging time to fit in a workout when you want to cuddle up with a good book by the fire at home. With less daylight and more comfort foods in the cupboards, spending time at the gym is the last place you want to be. But did you know without exercise your sleep can greatly affect your health?

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Topics: exercise, winter

Parasomnia Events: The Rarely-Talked About Sleep Disorders

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 14, 2019 4:05:00 PM

It is the other sleeping disorders people are either too embarrassed or too confused to talk about with others. But they have become problems that plague many Americans each day creating an unhealthy environment in the bedroom when trying to sleep the recommended 7 to 9 hours every night.

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Topics: parasomnia, sleep habits, sleep walking, cognitive sleep issues, hallucenations

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