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Alaska Sleep Education Center

New Year's Goal: Good Sleep Habits

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 29, 2019 3:00:00 PM

It’s that time of year again … the time when we make a promise to ourselves that we’ll finally hit the gym, lose weight, or spend more time with friends and family.

Perhaps I’m biased, but it is always surprising to me that “improving sleep” does not show up on more New Year’s resolution lists. Sleep, along with exercise and diet, are part of the three “pillars of health.”

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Topics: Sleep, Sleep Tips, routine, new year's resolution, sleep habits

Want better sleep? Relax!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 5, 2019 10:48:00 AM

Music soothes the savage beast

Having trouble sleeping can have wide-ranging, negative effects on your health, so it's something that you should take seriously. For instance, it makes you less safe behind the wheel and increases your long-term risk of medical conditions such as obesity and heart disease. 

Though medical sleep aids may work quickly to help you drift off, they can have side effects and aren't good to use in the long term. Luckily, there is another treatment for sleepless nights that's cheap, isn't habit-forming, and has absolutely no negative side effects: music.

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Topics: Sleep, relax, yoga, music

Lack of Sleep May Raise Child's Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) link, this year's focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes affects the lives of over 30 million people; and research shows that children who get too little sleep are more likely to have risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea in Children

The study of more than 4,500 youth found a link between kids' sleep habits and certain diabetes "risk markers." Children who slept fewer hours each night tended to be a bit heavier and show more insulin resistance.

Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. When the body starts to become resistant to insulin, it can be a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

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Topics: Sleep, Pediatrics, diabetes

The Military’s App to Improve Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 28, 2019 10:10:00 AM

Active duty military personnel lead stressful lives. Whether deployed abroad or serving stateside, demands on their time, bodies, and families can prove difficult to manage. Studies have shown that this stress can negatively affect the sleeping habits of active duty military personnel. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a recent study revealed that over 85% of active duty military suffer from some type of sleep disorder.

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, sleep study, sleep specialist, Family, application, Military, game

Effective Bedtime Routines to Enhance Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 27, 2019 1:22:00 PM

Most of us have a routine we follow. We get up at the same time, go through the same steps to get ready for the day, and even have the same thing for breakfast. There are many reasons we follow routines. We may do it out of habit, or do it because it’s comfortable, or maybe it’s the most effective and efficient way to go about our days. Our habits and routines can even make us more successful according to an article recently published in the Harvard Business Review.

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Topics: Sleep, Sleep Tips, electronics, relax, routine, technology, bedtime, unwind

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