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Alaska Sleep Education Center

The Military’s App to Improve Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 28, 2019 10:10:00 AM

Active duty military personnel lead stressful lives. Whether deployed abroad or serving stateside, demands on their time, bodies, and families can prove difficult to manage. Studies have shown that this stress can negatively affect the sleeping habits of active duty military personnel. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a recent study revealed that over 85% of active duty military suffer from some type of sleep disorder.

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Topics: Sleep, sleep disorders, sleep study, sleep specialist, Family, application, Military, game

Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): How Naps Can Diagnose Sleep Disorders

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 16, 2019 2:25:00 PM

For some sleep disorders an overnight polysomnogram (PSG) test may not be conclusive enough to determine a person's specific type of sleep disorder. Occasionally, patients will be asked to return to the sleep clinic during the day to have a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT).
So what exactly is a MSLT? What does it measure? How is it different from a PSG or a maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT)? And what sleep disorders is it used to diagnose?
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Topics: sleep study

When Should CPAP Users Have a Second Sleep Study?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 25, 2019 12:51:00 PM

For those of you that have had your CPAP prescriptions for a long time, you may be wondering "when should I have a second sleep study performed?" And this is a great question that often goes unanswered by medical professionals.

Currently, there is not set time frame in which your current CPAP prescription expires. Unlike other prescriptions in which annual clinic visits are required to assess any prescription changes, CPAP users are not required to have regular sleep studies to verify any pressure change needs.

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Topics: sleep study

Is a Doctor's Order/Referral Necessary for a Sleep Study?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 26, 2019 5:53:00 AM

We get these calls everyday at Alaska Sleep Clinic asking us if Doctor's referrals are necessary for a sleep study so we thought we'd hammer out a blog post about this very question.

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Topics: sleep study

What is a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test ?

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

It may sound a little strange to hear, but not all sleep tests conducted at sleep clinics monitor you as you sleep. One of the tests you may be asked to take is called an MWT, or Maintenance of Wakefulness Test.

While most tests are designed to diagnose sleep disorders during sleep (polysomnogram), monitor how quickly patients fall asleep (MSLT), or to calibrate CPAP machines (CPAP titration) after breathing disorders are diagnosed, the maintenance of wakefulness test is intended to challenge patients to attempt to stay awake during periodic trials. 

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Topics: sleep study, sleep problems

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