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Let Dad Know You Care About His Health This Weekend!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 15, 2018 4:01:40 PM


Father’s Day is this weekend, and we are celebrating our dad’s with the gift awareness!

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans, but did you know that sleep apnea is more prevalent in men vs. women with a ratio of 8:1, according to the National Sleep Foundation? This disorder is defined as having “one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep” (NHLBI) and can be under-diagnosed because of the fact it that only a partner or sleep test can observe the symptoms.

Most of the time individuals are unaware that they may suffer from the condition and fail to seek necessary treatment. Some symptoms include waking up suddenly throughout the night short of breath, waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat, headache, daytime sleepiness, irritability or attention problems.

If left untreated, sleep apnea is linked to very serious conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes. This is why it is vital for individuals to be tested and seek treatment early on.

If you or a loved one exhibits any symptoms of sleep apnea, call Alaska Sleep Clinic right away and speak to one of our board-certified sleep specialists.

Our Dad’s are selfless caretakers who consistently put our needs ahead of their own. Sometimes they need some encouragement to take care of themselves. Show your dad love and appreciation by making sure he knows how much you care and that you want him to be healthy.

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Happy Father’s Day to all from all of us at Alaska Sleep Clinic!  We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and health!

 

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Dangers of Snoring

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

Snoring is a condition that affects approximately 90 million Americans. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, one-third to half of those that snore could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a serious sleep disorder that needs to be treated.

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Pediatric Sleep Studies: Prepare Yourself and Your Child

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

 

We utilize the same tests used to diagnose and rule out sleep disorders in adults for children. However, because children are more likely to displace sensors during the night, we prefer to use attended studies rather than home monitoring.

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Topics: sleep and children, Pediatrics, sleep assessment

Pediatric Sleep Studies: Prepare Yourself and Your Child

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 29, 2018 8:56:18 PM

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What to Expect from Your Child's Sleep Study

We utilize the same tests used to diagnose and rule out sleep disorders in adults for children. However, because children are more likely to displace sensors during the night, we prefer to use attended studies rather than home monitoring.

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Topics: sleep and children, Pediatrics, sleep assessment

Epworth Sleepiness Scale: A Helpful Screening Tool for Sleep Disorders

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Apr 3, 2015 7:49:00 PM

Many sleep disorders are characterized by patients suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness. When sleep clinics receive calls from patients concerned that their sleep troubles may be a sign of a sleep disorder, many patients will be given a generalized screening questionnaire asking them about their symptoms.

While there are a few different screening processes that sleep clinics may use, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale is the standard method of assessment in the world of sleep medicine.

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Are You Too Sleepy During the Day? Take This Sleep Quiz and Find Out.

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Nov 4, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Getting the right amount of nightly sleep can mean the world of difference in how awake and alert we feel during the day. You may even think you're getting enough sleep at night because you go to bed 7-9 hours before you wake every morning, but you may not be aware that your sleep is being disturbed and causing you to feel drowsy during the day.

The following quiz is based on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, a short questionnaire that is used by sleep professionals to measure a patients likelihood of falling asleep at innappropriate times during the day. Answers are helpful for sleep physicians in diagnosing (or ruling out) potential sleep disorders.

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What to Expect After Going Through a Sleep Study

Posted by Jack Johnson on May 9, 2014 9:57:00 AM

So you have just spent the night at a sleep lab and are wondering "what did you find out, and what’s next?"  It's a statement we at Alaska Sleep Clinic encounter on a daily basis, usually when a patient wakes up. The answer of course, depends on how your test went.

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