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6 scientific ways to fall asleep easier

Posted by Alex Briggs on Nov 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Sleeping isn’t always the easiest thing to do. The Center of Disease Control estimates that 35% of Americans do not get enough sleep on a nightly basis, either through lifestyle habits, insomnia, or another sleep disorder. Even worse, a chronic lack of sleep raises a person’s risks for a myriad of health complications.

Falling asleep effectively might require a lifestyle change, but there are science-backed steps you can take to fall asleep quicker and easier. Even better – you won’t even have to take pills to do it.

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Topics: Sleep, insomnia, Sleep Tips, electronics

I Just Need Some Sleep! What to Do When You Have Pregnancy Insomnia

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Aug 29, 2017 11:57:59 AM

No one needs to tell you twice – when you’re pregnant, you’re tired.  All the time.  And there’s no better time to justify hitting the snooze button one or five more times. 

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Topics: insomnia, sleep apnea, Sleep Tips, pregnancy

Study Reveals Military Spouse Sleep Disorders Are Common

Posted by Rich Crane on Jul 20, 2016 11:57:23 AM

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, active duty military personnel have a high prevalence of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and short sleep duration. Results also show that these sleep disorders lead to medical issues, such as depression, anxiety, and more.  With sleep research growing for active duty military personnel, many are getting the help they need through professional sleep clinics.

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Topics: Sleep, insomnia, sleep disorders, apnea, Family, Spouse, Military

7 Reasons to Treat Insomnia ASAP: Consquences of Sleep Deprivation

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 18, 2015 3:40:27 PM

If you find yourself having difficulty going to sleep at night, waking in the middle of the night without being able to get back to sleep, or waking earlier than you had planned but still feeling tired throughout the day, chances are you might have insomnia.

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder with over half of the U.S. population having reported symptoms of acute insomnia at some point in their lives, and approximately 10-15% reporting symptoms of chronic insomnia.

While acute insomnia often goes away on its own, or can be cured by practicing better sleep hygiene, chronic insomnia can lead to a lot of serious problems down the road.

Here we focus on some of the long-term consequences of insomnia, and why you should take steps now to alleviate your sleep troubles.

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Topics: insomnia

Non-Pharmaceutical Options to Beat Insomnia During Addiction Recovery

Posted by Melissa Davis on Apr 28, 2015 5:55:00 PM

If you are undergoing the process of addiction recovery and you feel better and more motivated than you have in a long time, you may wonder why you seem to have greater difficulty getting a good night's sleep. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost 75 percent of recovering alcoholics report sleep problems following detox.

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Topics: insomnia

Insomnia Facts: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment of Poor Quality Sleep

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jan 20, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Do you ever find yourself awake in the middle of the night staring at the ceiling for hours, willing sleep to come? Do you sometimes lay in bed dwelling on troubles of the past, worries of the present, or concerns for the future, all the while struggling to fall asleep? Or maybe you have difficulty staying asleep and constantly find yourself waking multiple times in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep, or you simply wake up earlier than you'd like, but find it impossible to go back to sleep.

If any of these examples sound like something you've experienced, chances are that you've had some form of insomnia, and depending on how often this happens to you, your restless nights could be sign of a serious sleep disorder.

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Topics: insomnia, sleep disorders

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

What to Look for In a Pediatric Sleep Center

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 9, 2013 1:26:00 PM

Children require special attention when undergoing sleep studies so be sure to choose a sleep center with specific pediatric expertise in childhood and adolescent sleep disorders.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sleep study, apnea, children, Snoring, sleep specialist, bedwetting


Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Sep 16, 2013 2:09:00 PM

A Polysomnography (PSG) is a sleep study which involves an overnight recording of many important body functions and measurements. Polysomnography is used to diagnose many different types of sleep disorders including narcolepsy, REM behavior disorder, and sleep apnea.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, insomnia, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disorders, polysomnogram, trouble sleeping, sleep study, apnea

Can Exercise Help my Insomnia?

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Aug 16, 2013 4:27:00 PM

There is quite a bit of research out there to suggest that the right kind of consistent exercise can have great benefits for chronic insomniacs.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, insomnia

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