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Enjoy the 2019 Holidays with These Steps to LESS STRESS.

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Nov 27, 2019 6:23:00 AM

Holidays are that special time of year where you get to eat loads of delicious foods, enjoy spending time with your relatives, pretend you enjoy spending time with those relatives, go Christmas caroling, watch your children dress up like turkeys and pilgrims at their school plays, hang Christmas lights, make gingerbread houses, clean your home, do this, do that, do those other things, go to office parties, do more, bake a pie, do something else, go gift shopping, do more, more, more....AHHHHHH!!

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Topics: stress, holidays, healthy sleep

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 Dr. Harry Yuan 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

Sleep Patterns Linked to Bad Arteries

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

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

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.

These early signs of heart disease were also more prevalent in people who logged five or fewer hours of sleep per night and in people who reported poor sleep quality.

Insomnia is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. Over time, poor sleep can also lead to unhealthy habits that can hurt your heart, including higher stress levels, less motivation to be physically active, and unhealthy food choices. For better sleep, get enough natural light, especially earlier in the day.

The authors, whose study was published online September 10 by Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, note that many studies have linked insufficient sleep to high blood pressure and other factors that boost heart disease risk. It's less clear how excess sleep might contribute to early heart disease.

One possibility is that people who sleep longer than normal might have fragmented, poor-quality sleep, which may boost levels of inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease.

“Sleeping a solid seven or eight hours per night is a marker of good heart health,” says cardiac surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD. “Exactly how sleep influences the coronary arteries is still being studied, but we do know that not getting enough sleep is associated with risk factors for heart disease.”

Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease—regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits. Over time, this can lead to higher blood pressure during the day and a greater chance of cardiovascular problems.

Don't put your health and life at risk. Call Alaska Sleep Clinic to speak with one of our sleep specialists to get answers to your sleep problems.

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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

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