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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving: Laws, Policies, and Education

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 2, 2018 1:13:00 PM

Winter roads in Alaska pose many difficulties: icy corners, snow-choked roadways, low visibility from ice fog, and heavy snowfalls are dangers northern drivers are all too aware of. And when you partner poor road conditions with drivers that are intoxicated, aggressive, texting, or simply not paying attention, the chances of accidents increase significantly.

In recent years another kind of hazardous driving condition is beginning to get more national recognition: drowsy driving. You may be familiar with the 2014 news story in which a Wal-Mart truck driver, fatigued from being awake for more than 24 hours, struck the limousine of comedian Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike. The accident claimed the life of fellow comedian James McNair and critically injured Morgan and four other passengers. The accident also made the public very aware of the dangers of drowsy driving.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic

5 eye issues and sleep disorders:  The ocular signs of sleep apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Feb 21, 2018 7:30:00 AM

According to the
American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are ocular signs that an Ophthalmologist can see which could indicate that you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

As we know, OSA can be a deadly health disorder where during sleep your breathing stops periodically during the night. These lapses in breathing can occur for up to ten seconds or more and can happen hundreds of times a night. 

OSA appears to be an aggravating factor in the following 5 ocular complications:

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders

Traveling With Your CPAP: Keeping It Clean

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 26, 2018 10:25:00 AM


Traveling can be a hassle, especially for the CPAP user. 

Alaska Sleep Clinic wants to make your on-the-road CPAP experience a breeze. Here are some tips to help you sleep better while traveling with your CPAP.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, alaska sleep clinic, CPAP, travel, cpap accessories

Mattress Mayhem: Purchasing the Bed of Your Dreams

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 25, 2018 11:03:00 AM

Toss and Turn to a New Mattress

When you are tossing and turning at night, what pops into your mind as the reason? A lot of times, we are riddled with to-do lists when we put our head to the pillow. Some may have a partner who snores keeping you up at all hours. Others may struggle with kids climbing into bed after a nightmare.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, Sleep, relax, environment, get better sleep, sleeping

Yoga Your Way to Better Sleep

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Sep 13, 2017 7:36:35 AM

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

In-Lab Sleep Study Versus Home Sleep Test

Posted by Rich Crane on Aug 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Sleep studies are the diagnostic tool used to identify sleep disorders.  These are performed under the care of sleep professionals in one of two settings: in-lab or a home sleep test.  There are pros and cons to each environment, but make no mistake.  Completing an in-lab study is proven to be much more effective and controlled than a home sleep test.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep study, CPAP, home sleep test, cost of a sleep study, in-lab study

Dementia and Sleep Problems

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 30, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Many older adults tend to have trouble sleeping, but for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they have an even harder time. Alzheimer’s may reverse a person’s sleep-wake cycle, causing daytime drowsiness and nighttime restlessness. As Alzheimer’s continues to progress, these sleep disturbances often increase. With more severe forms of dementia, people tend to be sleepier during the day, which can cause their sleep at night to become fragmented and disrupted. It is common for people suffering from both dementia and Alzheimer’s to constantly wake at night and fall asleep during the day.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, Sleep, insomnia, sleep apnea, trouble sleeping, Narcolepsy, napping, tired

OSA and Dental Considerations

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 25, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a child’s breathing stops and starts during sleep. Child OSA is most commonly found in children between the ages of 2 and 6, but can occur at any age.

There are a variety of treatments for OSA. Some of the most common devices to help are a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP), mouth appliances, and specially designed pillows. Dentofacial orthopedics is another option for early treatment and even prevention of OSA. These orthopedics can open the airway 10mm or more by developing a facial profile to an optimum situation, which is a process to increase the airway space. Treatment can be started as young as 2 years old, and can help your child to reach the maximum sleep potential by reducing problems with breathing, swallowing, and sleeping.

Other oral treatments include a Mandibular Repositioning device and a Tongue Retaining device. These devices open your airway by bringing your lower jaw forward during sleep. They are acrylic and fit inside your mouth, much like an athletic mouth guard. Others may fit around your head and chin to adjust the position of your lower jaw as well.

Dental devices are only effective for mild to moderate sleep apnea. There are also a number of possible troubling side effects from using the dental the devices to include soreness, saliva build-up, nausea, and damage or permanent change in position of the jaw, teeth, and mouth.

It is very important to get fitted by a dentist specializing in sleep apnea. Also, see your dentist on a regular basis for any dental problems that may occur, and check with your sleep specialist to see if you are a proper candidate for OSA.

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP Masks, alaska sleep clinic, Sleep, sleep disorders, apnea, oral appliance

Worst Foods for Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 21, 2013 3:32:00 PM

In today’s fast pace lifestyle, it is easy to lose sleep over so many things: work, kids, a social life. Stress is one of the most cited reasons for why people can’t sleep,. But often there can be another factor that you aren’t considering, and that’s your diet. Certain foods can significantly effect how you’re sleeping.

Here are five foods you should avoid before bed:

Red Meat
Normally after a nice juicy steak, the first thing we want to do is put on some sweats and hunker down on the couch for a little siesta. The problem is that red meat is loaded with proteins and fats that will keep your body hard at work all night. Red meats can be great for the body, just not right before bed.

Celery is a natural diuretic which means it’s going to make you have to get up to use the restroom more than normal. Diuretics elevate the rate of urination because they push water through the system. Veggies are the most nutrient-rich foods you can fuel your body with, but if you want to sleep through the night, avoid celery.

Dark Chocolate
Avoid that chocolate on the pillow at your hotel! Although dark chocolate is the healthiest form of chocolate from an antioxidant perspective, it’s also loaded with high levels of caffeine. So, if your aiming for a good night’s sleep, dark chocolate is a food that should be left out of your late night snacking.

Spicy Foods
As tempting as that spicy mexican food is, try and avoid it right before bedtime. Indigestion, which spicy food brings on, will make it almost impossible for anyone to get a good nights sleep.

Sleep better and feel more organized during the day by avoiding these sleep-sabotaging foods.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic

Alaskan Winters

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 18, 2013 3:00:00 PM

Many Alaskan residents are used to being asked the question, “Is it really 24 hours of darkness in the winter?” The short answer is yes, but only in some parts. It can definitely be a challenge to get used to the vast differences in daylight during summer and winter months.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, tired

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