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How to Treat Insomnia At Home

Posted by Luna Here Kitt on Sep 18, 2020 5:04:00 AM

Sleep is essential for everyone, children, and adults alike. For children, it helps in proper growth and development of the child. For adults, sleep deprivation can result in mood changes, problems with concentration, memory issues, low sex drive, poor body balance, weakened immunity, weight gain, low libido, increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Insomnia is a condition that makes you sleep fewer hours or have difficulties falling asleep. The best way to treat insomnia is to get adequate sleep, at least eight hours a day. Here are ways to treat insomnia at home:

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Topics: insomnia, home sleep test, remedies

Just Moved in for Quarantine?Make Your Bedroom More at Home

Posted by Steve Kline on Jun 23, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Taking the step forward in a relationship and moving in together can seem daunting!  Many couples put this off until after marriage, while others move in within the first six months of being together.  That pressure should be enough- but many couples are moving in together during the quarantine, so they don't have to be apart.  If you want to make sure your relationship flourishes, your bedroom must be a safe and comfortable space for the two of you to share.

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Topics: home sleep test, bedroom, quarantine

Home Sleep Studies: Pros, Cons, & Procedures

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 25, 2019 8:10:00 AM

Home Sleep Tests (HSTs) have burst onto the scene as an alternative to traditional sleep studies where the patient spends the night in a lab with a sleep tech conducting the study, but not everyone will fit the criteria for a HST.  At the Alaska Sleep Clinic, our Sleep Specialists will look at your medical history, sleep habits and sleep issues to decide if a HST is best for you.

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Topics: home sleep test, in-lab study, sleep test

Sleep Deprivation: Chapter 8

Posted by Joe Smith on Oct 18, 2018 7:20:00 AM

Chapter 8

Diagnosis of Sleep Deprivation

As we have already discussed, sleep specialists state that the most tell-tale sign of sleep deprivation is feeling drowsy during the day. Even if a task is very uninteresting, you should be able to stay alert if you are not sleep deprived. If you fall asleep within five minutes of lying down, you are likely to have very severe sleep deprivation.

Those who have sleep deprivation also tend to suffer from micro-sleep,  a brief period of sleep experienced during waking time. A person is rarely aware that they have experienced micro-sleep and will simply view it as a few lost seconds. If you are driving while fatigued, you may not remember how you got to your destination.  This is an example of micro-sleep.

There are occasions it is a more serious, even life-threatening, sleep disorder like sleep apnea. If this is even a possibility, a sleep specialist may decide to conduct a sleep study to monitor your breathing, heart rate, and other vital signs over the course of the night. It also provides an excellent amount of information to help diagnose and treat your underlying conditions.

For the diagnosis process to begin, your doctor will perform a physical exam, including asking you for symptoms so that they can match them up with the ones we have already discussed. We’ve already mentioned much of the diagnosis process, and here are some of the tests your doctor might order:

Polysomnogram: a sleep study that evaluates oxygen levels, body movements, and brain waves to determine how they disrupt sleep.

Electroencephalogram: a test that assesses electrical activity in the brain and detects any potential problems associated with this activity.

Genetic blood testing: a blood test commonly used to diagnose narcolepsy and other underlying health conditions that might be causing sleep apnea. 

If you believe you or a loved one is suffering through sleep apnea, call Alaska Sleep Clinic today to speak with one of our board-certified sleep specialists for your free sleep evaluation.

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Topics: home sleep test, treatment, sleep deprivation, circadian rhythm, cpap mas, remedies

In-Lab Sleep Study Versus Home Sleep Test

Posted by Rich Crane on Aug 19, 2016 1:00:00 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

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