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How the Summer Solstice Can Score You Better Sleep Year-Round

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 21, 2018 11:13:00 AM

 

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Topics: circadian rhythm, sleep habits, summer

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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Topics: sleep assessment, get better sleep, sleep habits

America's Truck Drivers and Sleepy Driving

Posted by Julia Higginson on May 31, 2018 1:32:00 AM

A new study has reported that sleep apnea in truck drivers can be particularly dangerous.

According to a press release by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, truck drivers who fail to get treatment for obstructive sleep apnea “are a public safety threat on U.S. roadways.” Weighing 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and needing 20-40 percent more road space to stop than cars, trucks are already a significant threat to other vehicles on the road, killing 3,660 people in 2014.

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Topics: sleep habits, losing sleep, truckers, drivers, roads

Five Simple Tips for Better Sleep Month

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 14, 2018 6:17:00 AM

May is Better Sleep Month, and if you visit AlaskaSleep.com frequently, you’ve likely seen a myriad of articles that tell you the consequences of sleeping poorly or not enough. Among other things, lack of sleep may make you gain weight, get sick more often and reduce your ability to learn new facts.

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Topics: get better sleep, sleep habits

Let's Celebrate "Better Sleep Month" Today...with a Nap

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 2, 2018 2:30:00 PM

How the beloved nap got its start

The tradition of napping dates back thousands of years, with modern-day siestas originating in Spain. The name comes from the Latin hora sexta, which means “the sixth hour.” Since the hours of the day begin at dawn, the sixth hour is noon, which is when siestas often start.

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Topics: sleep habits

May is "Better Sleep Month"

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 1, 2018 6:34:00 AM

The aim of "Better Sleep Month" is to encourage people to establish better sleeping patterns.

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Topics: sleeping, sleep habits, losing sleep

Teens, sleep, and depression: The Link Parents Should Know

Posted by Julia Higginson on Apr 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Constant moodiness, sleeping in late, copping an attitude, and even being depressed are all seen as typical teenage behavior. But what if your teen just being a teen is really your teen reacting to the effects of sleep deprivation.

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Topics: Pediatrics, teens, behavioral psychology, depression, suicide, sleep habits, losing sleep

Sleep Apnea and Sports Injuries

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 6, 2018 2:16:43 PM

The modern elite athlete knows that physical conditioning and good nutrition are critical in reaching peak athletic performance; however, sleep, while often overlooked, plays an equally important role. In recent years, it’s become clear that the quality and quantity of sleep obtained by elite athletes can be the edge between winning and losing on game-day.

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Topics: sleep habits, sports, injuries

Sleep Like an Olympian

Posted by Julia Higginson on Feb 13, 2018 10:50:00 AM

The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway.  As we look forward to seeing some of the world’s greatest athletes compete for gold, it’s easy to wonder what Olympians do each day to keep in tip-top shape.

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Topics: get better sleep, sleep habits

Awareness of the Five Senses at Bedtime

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 1, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Newsweek reports chronic insomnia effects nearly 30 percent of adults at some point during their life; chronic defined as a month or longer of disrupted sleep. With so many causes of insomnia from health ailments to psychological issues, it is important to think about how your five senses can improve your sleep. Even Harvard Medical School breaks down how the five senses change while you age. So discovering some answers along the way can help make a routine flexible to change over time. How can you make the five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound work together to create the ambiance needed in bedroom?

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Topics: therapies, music, sleep habits

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