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How Night Shifts Negatively Impact Your Sleep

Posted by Lewis Robinson on May 31, 2022 1:16:37 PM

There are many industries around the world that require around-the-clock staffing. However, if you are on the night shift of one of these jobs, it can take a severe toll on your well-being. From insomnia to heart disease, disturbing your rhythms can cause long-term issues for you. Here are a few ways that it can impact your health. 

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, insomnia, losing sleep, cognitive sleep issues, shift work, alaska sleep

How To Sleep Well on Vacation

Posted by Kevin Faber on May 26, 2022 12:42:00 AM

With a step away from all of your responsibilities and the hassles of everyday life, vacation is the perfect time to relax and unwind. While this is a great way to reset, it can also present challenges to your sleep. Whether you experience jetlag, feel uncomfortable sleeping in another place or just have sleep difficulties, there are numerous reasons why you may struggle to sleep well while on vacation. Poor rest and daytime sleepiness are the last things that you’ll want to deal with along your amazing adventures. If you want to ensure that you can get good sleep on your upcoming vacation, here are a few must-try suggestions.

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Topics: travel, travel cpap, jetlag, traveling, alaska sleep, vacaation

How to Make Your Bedroom More Zen

Posted by Katie Tejada on May 24, 2022 12:50:00 AM

Your bedroom is the place where you should feel comfortable and relaxed. It is a safe space to unwind after a long day. It is a place to forget and let go of your stress and anxiety. Many people find comfort in decorating their bedroom according to Zen principles.

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Topics: environment, bedroom, alaska, alaska sleep, zen, promote better sleep

Can a Night Owl Become an Early Bird?

Posted by The New York Times Staff on May 22, 2022 7:24:00 AM

Q: I’m a night owl, but during the week I have to get up early for my morning commute to work. What can I do to become a morning person?

Good sleep is hard to come by. According to the federal government, more than one-third of adults routinely fail to get a healthy amount of sleep, defined as a minimum of seven hours a night. If your night owl tendencies are ruining your sleep, there are steps you can take to become more of a morning person.

The first thing to keep in mind is that your bedtime to some extent is influenced by your genetics. Everyone has a personal biological rhythm, or chronotype, that determines their optimal time to fall asleep and wake up. Studies show that there are many genes that nudge some of us to be morning people, some of us to be night owls, and others to fall somewhere in between. One study published in the journal Nature Communications, for example, analyzed the sleep habits of nearly 700,000 people and identified a large number of genes that play a role in whether someone is a morning person or not. On average, people who carried the highest number of genetic variants for “morningness” tended to fall asleep and wake up about half an hour earlier than people who carried the fewest.

“Your circadian rhythm tendencies are genetic and can’t really be changed,” said Dr. Ilene M. Rosen, a sleep medicine doctor and associate professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, referring to the body’s innate 24-hour circadian cycles that govern when we wake up and fall asleep. “But the good news is that we can give our clocks some cues that influence it a little bit.”

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Topics: circadian rhythm, morning, sleepless nights, alaska sleep

Weight loss, lifestyle intervention improves OSA in men

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 19, 2022 11:15:37 AM

Men with overweight or obesity and moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea receiving CPAP assigned to undergo an interdisciplinary weight loss and lifestyle intervention had improved outcomes and health-related quality of life.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP, obesity, weightloss, alaska sleep

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