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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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Sleep Apnea and Your Dental Health

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 9, 2020 6:07:00 AM

Did you know sleep apnea can cause dental problems adding to health issues? Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense against tooth decay. It washes away food debris, neutralizes destructive acids caused by bacteria and helps keep the soft and hard tissues of the mouth in good condition.

Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea that causes dry mouth leading to oral bacterial infections or other dental issues.

Bruxism (aka grinding teeth) diminishes not only your quality of sleep but harms the enamel making your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. It can also lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) which causes migraines, oral numbness or pain, or pinched nerves. Add in any missing teeth and grinding can increase bringing frequent loss of sleep.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep apnea, dental

Shift Work Sleep Solutions

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 6, 2020 4:30:00 AM

Shift work is defined as schedules outside the typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. day. Roughly 15 percent of full-time U.S. employees work on shifts outside this traditional schedule. For many, shift work is part of the job as service occupations like healthcare professionals and protective services  are needed 365 days a year 24 hours a day.

The Sleep Health Institute defines two types of shift work schedules:

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep hygiene, shift work

Don't Drive Drowsy: It's Dangerous and Deadly

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 31, 2020 5:45:00 AM

Don't Drive Drowsy

It can happen in a blink of an eye. All accidents happen quickly or they would not happen at all and the majority could have been prevented.

Before cell phones, it was reading or eating while driving as a distraction. Then texting was to blame. Now the endless activities, appointments, and around-the-clock work schedules bring more obstacles into driving carefully and responsibly.

Falling asleep at the wheel can also happen in a blink of an eye. You may feel sleepy and before you know it, your eyes are closed and you can hear and feel the rumble strips under the tires. But how can we become more aware of our surroundings? The first steps start with understanding why you are falling asleep.

There are numerous reasons why you feel drowsy and tired. But there are also numerous treatments and options available to educate yourself on how to be more alert and healthier.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep apnea, drowsy driving

How to Use All 5 Senses for Better Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 29, 2020 6:22:00 AM

Newsweek reports chronic insomnia effects nearly 30 percent of adults at some point during their life; chronic defined as a month or longer of disrupted sleep.

With so many causes of insomnia from health ailments to psychological issues, it is important to think about how your five senses can improve your sleep.

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Topics: sleep hygiene, light therapy, getting better sleep

Healthy Eating, Healthy Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 27, 2020 12:10:00 PM

Many of us already know not to drink coffee or sugar-rich foods prior to bed.  But, it is also a good reminder to cut out caffeine early in the day since it takes the body six hours to metabolize the stimulant.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, diet, getting better sleep, staying healthy

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