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Stress, Insomnia and How They are Related (Clone)

Posted by Sally Norton on Mar 18, 2020 10:34:36 AM

Insomnia is one of the worst stress-induced conditions you can experience. Not being able to sleep after a hard-days-work can cause a plethora of issues. Is your job, family, or relationship related stuff causing you such stress that it affects your sleep?  Although insomnia is not caused only by stress, it is most often the main cause.

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Topics: insomnia, sleep habits, sleep hygiene

It's National Sleep Awareness Week. Let's Celebrate with a Nap.

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 1, 2020 1:15:00 PM

The National Sleep Foundation hosts its annual Sleep Awareness Week® on March 8 -14, 2020. The annual event celebrates sleep health and encourages the public to prioritize sleep to improve their overall health and well-being.

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Topics: sleep hygiene, sleep health

This is Your Body on Zero Sleep

Posted by National Sleep Foundation on Feb 29, 2020 3:15:00 PM

A missed night of sleep is a fairly common experience for young people, new parents, and all kinds of busy adults. And while sometimes it’s because you’re having fun (New Year’s Eve!) and other times it’s because you must (an infant in the house).

The end result of a sleepless night is the same: Your body has been deprived of an essential component for good health and energy.

Most adults do best with between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, but nearly 30 percent get less than six, and some occasionally miss a night entirely, resulting in a slow accumulation of sleep debt that can affect your appearance, your immune system, and even the way your brain functions. Read on to discover a few of the ways a sleepless night affects your body.

Dark Circles

Puffy eyes and a pasty complexion aren’t what you want to see when you wake up in the morning, but your appearance can be affected when you get too little sleep. Missing a night’s sleep can cause fluid to accumulate below your eyes, leading to circles and swelling.

Hunger Pangs

Lack of sleep changes the way your body interprets hunger signals, leaving you with cravings that can be hard to control. In fact, women who sleep five hours or less a night are 15 percent more likely to become obese during the next decade.

Feeling Unfocused

Missing a night of sleep increases the likelihood that you will feel forgetful or experience slow reaction times, which can result in small mistakes (typos on a work presentation) or very big ones (impaired driving).

Common Cold

An itchy, drippy nose is another potential side effect of a missed night of sleep. Your immune system may also be affected, leaving you more susceptible to colds.

Less Sex

Fatigue is a big factor when it comes to being in the mood for sex. In National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, about a third of women say they put sexual activity with their partner on the back burner when they are sleep-deprived.

A single night without sleep isn’t usually a big deal, but over time, these occasional lapses can lead to more serious conditions. Longer term, too little sleep may contribute to heart disease,  high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and stroke.  

The big takeaway here to a healthy life is to strive to practice good sleep habits, including getting to bed on time.

If your sleep issue goes way beyond one night of lost Zzzz's, you may have a sleep disorder.  Don't panic!  Alaska Sleep Clinic's board-certified sleep specialists will correctly diagnose and treat that sleep problem. 

Call us today @ 907-770-9104 or click the link below.

Improve Your Sleep.  Improve Your Life.

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Topics: sleep habits, sleep hygiene, sleep loss

Sleep Tips for Teenagers

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Feb 27, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Teens love to label themselves “night owls,” trading stories of all-nighters and sleeping away an entire Saturday. Though teenagers and their sleep habits may be maddening to parents, they’re partly in response to physical changes that occur during puberty. “Teens experience a natural shift in circadian rhythm,” says Johns Hopkins sleep expert Laura Sterni, M.D. 

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Topics: OSA in children, teens, sleep hygiene

10 Ways to Invest in Your Sleep

Posted by Guest Blogger on Feb 26, 2020 12:44:00 PM

We all know sleep is important to good health, but for those of us with sleep problems like insomnia, sleep apnea, and general restlessness, getting quality sleep can be difficult. Even more challenging are the costs associated with sleep, including pricey mattresses, memory foam pillows, and sleep-inducing pillow sprays

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Topics: cost of a sleep study, sleep hygiene, sleep health

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