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Alaska Sleep Education Center

New Year's Goal: Good Sleep Habits

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 6, 2019 12:12:00 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, sleep habits, routine, new year's resolution

How To Travel With CPAP? 3 tips on how to travel with sleep apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM

 

TRAVELING WITH SLEEP APNEA

With the annual Spring Break vacations right around the corner, the staff at the Alaska Sleep Clinic sees an influx of patients coming in asking questions such as “how do I travel when I have sleep apnea?”

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Topics: Sleep, apnea, CPAP, travel

Study Reveals Military Spouse Sleep Disorders Are Common

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 11, 2018 3:52:00 PM


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

How Often Do You Sleep at Work?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 11, 2018 3:31:30 PM

Sleeping on the job is one of those workplace taboos — like leaving your desk for lunch or taking an afternoon walk — that we’re taught to look down on. If someone naps at 2 p.m. while the rest of us furiously write memos and respond to emails, surely it must mean they’re slacking off. Or so the assumption goes.

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Topics: work, daytime sleepiness, Sleep

Beauty sleep is real! How lack of sleep is ruining your skin.

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 29, 2018 2:30:01 PM

Beauty Sleep is Real

It is ok to cancel plans to say “I need my beauty rest” because beauty sleep is real.  The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health.  When we sleep our bodies recharge.  Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well.   During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin.  If sleep is compromised so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions.  

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Topics: Sleep, beauty sleep, skin

Why Can't I Sleep? 7 Things That Could Be Robbing You of Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 20, 2018 2:24:00 PM

 

"I spend several days at a time without enough sleep. At first, normal activities become annoying. When you are too tired to eat, you really need some sleep. A few days later, things become strange. Loud noises become louder and more startling, familiar sounds become unfamiliar, and life reinvents itself as a surrealist dream."

 –Henry Rollins

People suffering from sleep loss may not realize just how many causes to their sleep troubles are out there.

External factors, personal choices, other people, medical conditions, and sleep disorders can all work independently or jointly to rob you of much needed sleep.

Here we compile a list of the most common sets of sleep disturbances that may be causing you to ask "why can't I sleep?"

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Topics: Sleep, sleep problems

Non-Human Animals and Sleep: Is There a Connection?

Posted by https://www.tuck.com/blog/ on Jun 8, 2018 8:38:00 AM

While sleep patterns vary widely among animal classes and species, there are a few general rules of thumb. Sleep serves important evolutionary functions for all animals, but sleep patterns and positioning are based in large part on available food supply and defense mechanisms.

Sleep helps animals consolidate memories and learn, which is why animals with larger brains require more REM sleep.

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Topics: animals, Sleep

Which Sleep Position is Best?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 22, 2018 5:41:00 PM

Most likely you have a favorite sleep position. For most of us, this is the first position in which we lay after getting into bed.  It’s usually our most comfortable position, and most likely the position you’ve been sleeping in for years.

Have you ever thought that your favorite sleeping position may be affecting your sleep? And if so, are there better positions to enhance your sleep?

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Topics: Sleep, Sleep Tips, sleep problems, Snoring, positions

Getting Your Kids Out of Bed

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 25, 2018 5:41:00 AM

Let’s face it. Getting your kids out of bed in the morning can be difficult. While the sleep experts at the Alaska Sleep Clinic can’t come wake your kids up in the morning, we can give you a few tips that will help your kids sleep better and be well rested and happier in the morning.

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Topics: Sleep, teens, kids

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

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