Alaska Sleep Education Center

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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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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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

Dorm Sleeping: Advice for the College Student

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

For 18 years, your parents created structure. There was a consistent dinner time, bedtime, and wake up time. The refrigerator maybe even had a color-coded list showing who in the house had what activity at what time and in what location.

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Topics: sleep study, losing sleep, sleep hygiene

Feeling anxious? Tips on how to prepare for an in-lab sleep study

Posted by Julia Higginson on Aug 1, 2017 4:58:26 PM

You may have many questions as you prepare for your upcoming in-lab sleep study. You may even feel a lot of pressure and anxiety over making sure you get the right results so you can get back to restful sleep.

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