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Night Lights:The Light of the World

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 31, 2018 4:10:00 PM

 

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Topics: sleep deprivation

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey: Part 2 (From the August 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine)

Posted by MICHAEL FINKEL, National Geographic Magazine, August 2018 on Aug 28, 2018 3:40:02 PM

Wile, the seven-year-old son of photographer Magnus Wennman, watches cartoons on his iPad— a modern bedtime ritual for some. The stimulation may drive off sleep, but so does the backlit screen: Light at night inhibits the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate our daily biological rhythms.
 

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Topics: sleep deprivation, circadian rhythm, losing sleep, wellness

While We Sleep, Our Mind Goes on an Amazing Journey: From the August 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Posted by MICHAEL FINKEL, National Geographic Magazine, August 2018 on Aug 27, 2018 2:11:00 PM

Joe Diemand, 76, has spent the past 20 years as a truck driver, sometimes driving all night. Such work, he says, leaves you “so tired that you can’t sleep.” The World Health Organization has described night shift work as “probably carcinogenic to humans.

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Topics: sleep deprivation, circadian rhythm, losing sleep, wellness

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 24, 2018 4:47:00 PM

This blog began with me reading stories from women (many in their 30s and 40s) who suffered from serious heart attacks.  As I read through the entire post, I knew it was pertininet to share the findings with Alaska Sleep Clinic's blog readers. We know that younger women can have heart attacks, and it’s acknowledged that doctors are not good at picking up heart attack symptoms in younger women.

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Topics: women, life with sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, wellness

Sleep: Why it’s Extra Important if You Have Cancer

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 22, 2018 2:06:00 PM

For people living with cancer, sleep doesn’t always come easy.

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Topics: sleep deprivation, circadian rhythm, wellness, cancer

Seven Signs You Might Have Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 1, 2018 2:07:00 PM

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders afflicting approximately 20 million adults in the U.S. with an estimated 80% of cases going undiagnosed. Many people may be unaware that a sleep disorder is the underlying cause of their health problems, and others may be aware of their sleep disorder but uninformed of the severe consequences of untreated sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is characterized by frequent breaks or pauses in breathing during sleep. There are 3 forms of sleep apnea: Central sleep apnea (CSA) in which the pauses are due to the brain failing to signal the respiratory system to breathe; obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in which breathing is interrupted by a physical blockage in the upper airways, often caused by soft tissues of the throat and tongue collapsing into the airway; and complex/mixed sleep apnea which is a combination of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep problems, sleep deprivation, losing sleep

4 FAQ's About the 4-Month Sleep Regression

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jul 10, 2018 1:10:48 PM

  Oh, the dreaded 4-month sleep regression.  Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you’re probably in the midst of one yourself and have no idea where it came from, how long it’ll last or what to do about it.  Every parent experiences the challenges of their newborn no longer sleeping like before, resulting in drastic changes to their little one’s sleep. 

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Topics: sleep deprivation, losing sleep, baby

Sleep Deprivation: Increasing Cravings and Making You Hungry

Posted by Ellie Porter on Apr 24, 2018 6:08:00 AM

Adequate sleep is part of many healthy eating plans for a good reason. With less than seven hours of sleep, the body changes the way it releases appetite-controlling hormones. Though it might be tempting to stay up late to watch an extra episode of your favorite TV drama, you’ll be affecting more than just your energy level the next day. Committing to a healthy lifestyle requires making adequate sleep a priority, and the best way to do that is through developing healthy sleep hygiene - the habits, and behaviors that affect your sleep quantity and quality.

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Topics: sleep deprivation, over eating

Sleeping for Two: Pregnancy Sleeping Tips

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 We all know the old adage eating for two. But what about sleeping for two? As baby grows, Mommy grows. And sleep is a luxury Mommy cannot afford to take for granted during those short 40 weeks. But with sciatic pain and baby kicks can make for long, restless nights.

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Topics: sleep deprivation, pregnancy, sleeping

What Your Body Does When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Posted by Rich Crane on Nov 17, 2016 2:17:15 PM

 

It’s no secret we’re sleeping less.  Our fast-paced lives demand more time, and often that comes at the expense of our sleep.  It also should be no surprise that there is a strong correlation between the amount, and more importantly, the quality of sleep we get, and the effect it has on our bodies. 

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, apnea, treatment, health, stress, sleep deprivation

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