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Alaska Sleep Education Center

6 scientific ways to fall asleep easier

Posted by Alex Briggs on Aug 11, 2019 10:03:00 PM

Sleeping isn’t always the easiest thing to do. The Center of Disease Control estimates that 35% of Americans do not get enough sleep on a nightly basis, either through lifestyle habits, insomnia, or another sleep disorder. Even worse, a chronic lack of sleep raises a person’s risks for a myriad of health complications.

Falling asleep effectively might require a lifestyle change, but there are science-backed steps you can take to fall asleep quicker and easier. Even better – you won’t even have to take pills to do it.

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Topics: Sleep, insomnia, Sleep Tips, electronics

Back-to-School Sleep Tips for Parents, Children, and Teens

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jul 31, 2019 11:50:00 AM

A new school year kicks off in 21 days!  Where did this hot Alaska summer go?  We all know what this means...our kids' lazy, relaxed days of summer are about to be replaced with packed schedules full of class time, homework, and after school activities. More than likely your children have been staying up late and sleeping in through much of their summer-break, and getting them back into a healthy sleep routine may be challenging to say the least.

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Topics: school, children, Sleep Tips, sleep and children, teens

8 Common Sleep Myths Debunked

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jul 16, 2019 1:25:00 PM

Even in the modern age with all of the information we could possibly desire available at our finger tips, myths and falsehoods about all subjects still abound. And while we can't help clear the air about myths still circulating in other fields of interest, we can help set the record straight about common sleep myths.

From what happens during sleep and why tired teens are mislabeled as lazy, to how alcohol and television really impact your sleep, we have compiled a list of the most common fallacies about sleep, and the truths you should know.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

Food for Sleep: The Best and Worst Foods for Getting Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 24, 2019 1:33:00 PM

There are many tips and tricks that you can implement to help you get to sleep every night. Many of them come in the form of practicing good sleep hygiene, which are basic habits that one can apply to their nightly routines that promote getting great sleep at night. One of the most underrated sleep hygiene practices that really goes far in improving quality sleep is making the right dietary choices.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

Alaska Summer Sleep Tips: How to Sleep Under the Midnight Sun

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 8, 2019 9:22:00 AM

One of the things that makes Alaska such a unique place to live or visit is its amazing summers. Summer time in Alaska is like no other place in the U.S. because of the vast amount of daylight we get. In the northernmost parts of the state the sun refuses to set for nearly a month. In the interior, the sun briefly dips behind the mountains leaving golden hues to hold its place until it returns minutes later. And even in the southern parts of the state, periods of darkness are so short, that if you blink, you could miss it.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

Are Mom’s Getting Enough Sleep?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 8, 2019 7:10:00 AM


Being a mom can be as rewarding as it is difficult. With all the joy comes challenges, such as not getting enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 90% of parents believe that sleep is very important in their lives for their own wellbeing and that of their family. But how many moms are getting enough sleep?

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Topics: sleep apnea, Sleep Tips, moms

Do You Practice Good Sleep Habits? Take This Sleep Quiz and Find Out

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 20, 2019 11:48:00 AM

We all know that getting good sleep at night has a direct impact on how we feel during the day. If you sleep poorly even one night, you will probably feel sluggish and tired the next day. And if you continually get poor sleep it can lead to serious health problems down the road.

However, while most of us know how important sleep is to our health, many people may not realize that they're practicing poor sleep habits, or are not aware of better sleep habits.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

Foods for Sleep: A List of The Best and Worst Foods for Getting Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Feb 17, 2019 11:52:00 AM

There are many tips and tricks that you can implement to help you get to sleep every night. Many of them come in the form of practicing good sleep hygiene, which are basic habits that one can apply to their nightly routines that promote getting great sleep at night. One of the most underrated sleep hygiene practices that really goes far in improving quality sleep is making the right dietary choices.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

7 Tips and Tricks for Getting Kids to Sleep at Night

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 24, 2019 2:11:00 PM

When it comes to children and sleep, one of the most frequent concerns from parents is how to get them to bed on time every night. Nearly every parent has had to deal with the difficulty of putting a child to bed at some point, and for a lot of parents, bedtime is a recurring nightmare. It seems strange that kids require much more sleep than adults do, yet many resist going to sleep with every fiber in their body. This can cause a strain on both parents and children and lead to poor sleep for everybody in the household.

So how do you get your kids to go to sleep at night? And more importantly how do you get them to go to sleep at night regularly? Here we give you 7 tips on getting your kids to bed on time everynight:

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Topics: children, Sleep Tips, sleep and children, Pediatrics

New Year's Goal: Good Sleep Habits

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 6, 2019 8:12:00 AM

It’s that time of year again … the time when we make a promise to ourselves that we’ll finally hit the gym, lose weight, or spend more time with friends and family.

Perhaps I’m biased, but it is always surprising to me that “improving sleep” does not show up on more New Year’s resolution lists. Sleep, along with exercise and diet, are part of the three “pillars of health.”

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Topics: Sleep, Sleep Tips, routine, new year's resolution, sleep habits

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