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Mattress Mayhem: Purchasing the Bed of Your Dreams

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 25, 2018 11:03:00 AM

Toss and Turn to a New Mattress

When you are tossing and turning at night, what pops into your mind as the reason? A lot of times, we are riddled with to-do lists when we put our head to the pillow. Some may have a partner who snores keeping you up at all hours. Others may struggle with kids climbing into bed after a nightmare.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, Sleep, relax, environment, get better sleep, sleeping

CPAP Therapy: How it Works, Getting Set up & Results

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 24, 2018 8:06:04 PM



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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP compliance, CPAP Masks, Sleep, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP, cpap accessories

How Much Sleep Do You Need? (Pt.2)

Posted by Candace Osmond on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

How Much Sleep Do You Need to Survive?

While this article is based on making sure you get the right amount of sleep to help you perform at your best at work and home, it might be difficult for you to actually get the recommended amount.

So just how much sleep do we need to stay alive? Scientists have tested how long humans can survive without air (about three minutes), how long a person can go without water (three days) and even how long someone can last without food (three weeks).

But when it comes to sleep, not as much research has been done.

Even one night of no sleep can have the same effect on the human body as being drunk. The longest anyone has ever stayed awake was about 11 days which was done for a school project (really!) in 1965.

Despite all the health problems listed above, no human has ever died from not having enough sleep alone. The problems are when someone develops other health complications through a lack of sleep.

A pretty horrible experiment on rats in 1999 did actually see the creatures die after two weeks of being kept awake.

Even people with sleep disorders manage to get a few hours every night.

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Topics: Sleep, Infant, sleep disorders, trouble sleeping, children, sleeping

New Year's Goal: Good Sleep Habits

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 4, 2018 2:00:00 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

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

Which comes first: sleep disorder or ADHD?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 9, 2017 8:52:28 PM

Despite much research, how sleep, ADHD, medication and other disorders are related remains uncertain. Scientists are working to develop a clearer idea how the different regions of the brain interact and overlap for attention, sleep and functioning.

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Topics: Sleep, restless leg, sleep problems, circadian rhythm, adhd, bedtime resistance, stimulants, sleep disordered breathing

Need better sleep? Just relax!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 29, 2017 10:01:45 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 Aug 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Children who get too little sleep may be more likely to have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

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

Picking the Perfect Pillow Pt. 2: Snoring, Pain, Allergies & Pregnancy

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on May 22, 2017 12:31:18 PM

A perfect pillow can make a world of difference for anyone’s quality of sleep.  But while finding an everyday pillow for everyday sleep dilemmas is easy enough, what about when your slumber problems go beyond just tossing a couple of times? Luckily, there are some pillows that are specifically designed for those who suffer issues like snoring, back pain, allergies or pregnancy-caused discomfort to get better sleep.

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Topics: Sleep, pillow, get better sleep

Athletics and Sleep

Posted by Rich Crane on Dec 7, 2016 12:15:12 AM

There’s a new edge in sports that athletes are exploiting to improve their performance. And it’s so simple it may surprise you.

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Topics: Sleep, tired, exercises, exercise, athletes, athletics

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