BOTY_2018_Online_webpage_header_recipient-1.png

Alaska Sleep Education Center

How Drugs Can Influence on Your Sleep

Posted by Gary Peterson on Jul 29, 2019 9:55:00 AM

Having just one night where you didn’t get enough sleep can lead to a very grumpy morning where you can’t handle stress and all you can think about is just going home and getting some sleep. Now imagine, having to deal with that every single day as the situation worsens.

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, medication

Understanding and Combating Sleep Problems That Affect Seniors

Posted by Guest Blogger: Jane Sandwood on Jun 10, 2019 12:24:00 PM

13% of men and 36% of women over the age of 65 have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, according to a study reported by Sleep Education.

Read More

Topics: sleep and elderly, life with sleep apnea, seniors

Sleep Troubles Can Damage the Rest of Your Life

Posted by Guest Author: Voila Conner on Jun 4, 2019 1:00:00 PM

It goes without saying that it’s almost impossible to function and efficiently hit your targets when your eyes just want to drop. Not having enough sleep can be a stressful situation.

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness, sleep debt

4 Realities of Life with Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 21, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Living with your CPAP machine

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea

What Is Sleep Apnea? - A Refresher Course, Part 5

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 30, 2018 10:25:00 AM

Epidemiology

The costs of untreated sleep apnea reach further than just health issues. It is estimated that in the U.S., the average untreated sleep apnea patient's annual health care costs $1,336 more than an individual without sleep apnea.

This may cause $3.4 billion/year in additional medical costs. Whether medical cost savings occur with treatment of sleep apnea remains to be determined.

The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study estimated in 1993 that roughly one in every 15 Americans was affected by at least moderate sleep apnea.

It also estimated that in middle-age as many as nine percent of women and 24 percent of men were affected, undiagnosed and untreated.

History

The clinical picture of this condition has long been recognized as a character trait, without an understanding of the disease process. The term "Pickwickian syndrome" that is sometimes used for the syndrome was coined by the famous early 20th century physician William Osler, who must have been a reader of Charles Dickens. The description of Joe, "the fat boy" in Dickens's novel The Pickwick Papers, is an accurate clinical picture of an adult with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.[78]

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, OSA

What Is Sleep Apnea? - A Refresher Course, Part 4

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Weight loss

Excess body weight is thought to be an important cause of sleep apnea. In weight loss studies of obese and overweight individuals, those who lose weight show reduced apnea frequencies and improved Apnoea–Hypopnoea Index (AHI) compared to controls.

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, OSA

What Is Sleep Apnea? - A Refresher Course, Part 3

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 28, 2018 11:31:00 AM

Central sleep apnea


PSG system showing a central apnea.
Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, OSA

What Is Sleep Apnea? - A Refresher Course, Part 2

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Diagnosis

Sleep apnea may be diagnosed by the evaluation of symptoms, risk factors and observation, (e.g., excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue) but the gold standard for diagnosis is a formal sleep study (polysomnography, or sometimes a reduced-channels home-based test).

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, OSA

What Is Sleep Apnea? - A Refresher Course, Part 1

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 26, 2018 11:12:28 AM

Sleep apnea, also spelled sleep apnoea, is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep.  Each pause can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and they happen many times a night. In the most common form, this follows loud snoring

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, OSA

PTSD and Its Connection to Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 9, 2018 10:07:39 AM

You may already know that serving in the military increases the chance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing a terrifying event like war. But what you may not realize is that PTSD is linked to a potentially dangerous nighttime issue: sleep apnea .

Read More

Topics: life with sleep apnea, Military, veterans, ptsd

Subscribe to our Blog

Alaska Sleep Clinic's Blog

Our weekly updated blog aims to provide you with answers and information to all of your sleeping questions.

New Call-to-action
Got Sleep Troubles

New Call-to-action

New Call-to-action

 

Popular Articles

Posts by Topic

see all