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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Healthy, Easy Meals for a Great Night of Rest

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Nov 7, 2019 6:05:47 AM

You work a long 8-hour day, pick up the kids from school, take them to activities, and arrive at home after dark. The easiest way to fuel the family is the fast-food drive-thru or quick, frozen meals. Did you know late night eating can quickly turn into unhealthy habits not only for you but for your kids?

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Topics: food, healthy sleep, thanksgiving

Healthy Sleep for Children: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Guest Author from Bedrating.com on Oct 30, 2019 6:29:00 AM

A growing body of scientific literature is highlighting the negative effects of inadequate sleep. A survey carried out in Japan concluded that "shortened nocturnal sleep is a growing social phenomenon in industrialized countries.” Another study published in the Sleep Journal states: “It is widely recognized that sleep is important for children's health and well-being and that short sleep duration is associated with a wide range of negative health outcomes.” Both studies agree that that lack of healthy sleep is associated with negative physical, emotional as well as cognitive outcomes.

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Topics: Pediatrics, healthy sleep

Too much or too little sleep linked to stiffer arteries

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 20, 2019 1:14:00 PM

People who sleep too much or too little may be more likely to have early signs of heart disease, according to a study of more than 47,000 apparently healthy young and middle-aged adults.

The study volunteers filled out sleep questionnaires and underwent tests to assess the arteries in their hearts and legs. Researchers found that people who slept for nine or more hours per night had more calcium buildup in their heart artery walls and stiffer leg arteries than those who slept seven hours per night.

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Topics: get better sleep, heart disease, high blood pressure, healthy sleep

Remedies for Sleepless Nights Caused by Grief and Anxiety

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Oct 16, 2019 8:17:00 AM

According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America those who suffer from depression or anxiety claim an increase in their anxiety due to lack of sleep with 52 percent of men and 42 percent of women stating it directly affected their ability to remain focused the following day.

Your social life can also suffer which can lead to depression or increased depression signs. Without quality sleep, the body cannot repair and becomes a state of sleep deprivation that stacks nightly. This leads to a rapid decline of behavioral response including moodiness and irritability.

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Topics: stress, anxiety, healthy sleep

Awake at 3 a.m.? Strategies to get back to sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 12, 2019 5:41:00 AM

Sleep-maintenance insomnia is common in mid-life. Changing your thoughts and behaviors can help.

It's 3:00 in the morning—far too early to get up for the day. But you can't get back to sleep because your mind keeps rehashing past and future worries—and fretting that you're going to be exhausted all day long. Sound familiar? Known as sleep-maintenance insomnia, this common problem often crops up in mid-life.

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Topics: insomnia, healthy sleep

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