Alaska Sleep Education Center

6 Mistakes That Don't Allow You to Get a Healthy Sleep

Posted by Daniela McVicker on Jun 5, 2020 8:05:00 AM

If restless nights have become a problem for you and you always wake up feeling tired, there is a chance you might be able to fix this situation. Many of us do certain things during the way we do not even realize and this can cause our sleep to be problematic.

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Topics: REM sleep, sleep habits, OSA

Sleeping with Man's Best Friend

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Mar 22, 2020 5:30:00 PM

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Topics: insomnia, REM sleep, pets

How Your Body Use Calories While You Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Feb 27, 2020 7:20:00 AM

Burning calories is a term most often associated with aerobic exercise and physically taxing jobs. But actually, you don’t need to be engaged in strenuous activity to burn calories. Your body uses them up around the clock, even when you are asleep. Learn more about the functions your body performs at night, and exactly how it uses calories while you sleep.

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Topics: REM sleep, sleep habits, body

Strange and Unusual Facts about Dreams

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 18, 2019 5:02:00 AM

Counting sheep, warm milk, and tea are all some traditional methods used to fall asleep. But what happens after that? Why do we dream what we do? Why can’t you always remember your dreams? Dreaming is a mystery. Sometimes they are enchanting and other times we can’t get wake up fast enough to get out of them.  

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, REM, REM sleep

8 Relaxing Sounds to Help You Sleep

Posted by Caitlin Reynolds on Sep 14, 2018 10:01:00 AM

Noise at night can be disruptive—or it can lead to better rest. These are some of the most potent sounds for sleep.

White noise

If you regularly struggle with insomnia, make sure you’re aware of these easy fixes. And if you’re trying to sleep in a loud environment, white noise might help you nod off more easily. A mixture of all sound frequencies at once, at the same level of intensity, white noise does a good job of masking other noises that can disrupt your sleep. Like a whirring fan or the hum of an air conditioner, white noise provides an even, steady stream of sound. In a study published in the journal Sleep Medicine, researchers at Brown University Medical School reported patients in a hospital intensive care unit awakened less frequently during the night with white noise present, because it decreased the difference between background noise and the “peak” noises that punctuated the hospital’s noise environment.

Ocean Sounds

It’s no surprise that ocean waves are a popular choice for soothing sleep sounds. For many people, the rhythmic crashing of water onto sand and rock can be meditative—and meditation carries some surprising health benefits. By creating a mental state of relaxation, contentment, and gentle focus, the wave sound can be deeply relaxing. In an interview with LiveScience, Dr. Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of behavioral health at Penn State University, described how the sound of the ocean can promote sleep. “These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people, “Buxton explained. “It’s like they’re saying: ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry.’”

Other water sounds

It’s not just ocean waves that can provide soothing sounds to go to sleep. Maybe it’s the light patter of a rain shower, or the steady flow of a running stream that helps you wind down at the end of a long day. One key to the power of water sounds to help us sleep, said Buxton, is the relatively gentle, gradual variations in the intensity of moving water sounds. Even more than volume, the abrupt, sudden presence of a noise can be jarring to sleep, Buxton and fellow researchers found in their 2012 study of how hospital noises disrupt sleep, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Topics: REM sleep, stress, sleep habits, wellness

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