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Alaska Sleep Education Center

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

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 20, 2019 3:48:00 PM

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 3:52:00 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

7 Tips and Tricks for Getting Kids to Sleep at Night

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 24, 2019 6:11:00 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

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

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 19, 2019 10:00:00 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

New Year's Goal: Good Sleep Habits

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

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

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

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 17, 2018 1:22:00 PM

A new school year kicks off Monday morning and that means your child's 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

Why am I So Tired All The Time, Even After A Full Night's Sleep?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 16, 2018 8:46:00 PM

Do you often go through the day feeling sleepy, sluggish, and lethargic, even after a full night's rest? While it's common to occasionally feel dead tired during the day, persistent symptoms of daytime drowsiness could be linked to your sleep and health habits.

There are a couple of possible reasons why you may be experiencing daytime drowsiness, and we want to help you better understand what you can do to start feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed everyday.

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Topics: Sleep Tips, tired

National Wellness Month continues...7 bad sleeping habits to AVOID to receive a good night's sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 13, 2018 8:03:00 PM

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. If you continually get poor sleep it can lead to some 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.  Below is a list of seven bad sleeping habits to avoid as soon as possible:

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Topics: Sleep Tips, health, sleep hygiene, wellness

What is a Sleep Diary? 4 Reasons You Should Keep A Sleep Diary

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 25, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Have you been feeling excessively sleepy during the day?  Are you having trouble going to sleep at night, staying asleep, or waking up earlier than you'd like?  Do you have difficulty concentrating or staying focused while at work or school?  Do you need caffeine to keep you awake and alert?  Does the sleep you do get feel unrestorative, or as if it's just not enough?

If your quality of sleep constantly feels like it's just not adequate enough, it's possible that you may have a sleep disorder.  And if you feel like you may have a sleep disorder, you're probably going to need to have a sleep study to discover the root cause of your nightly troubles.

Talking with your primary care physician or a sleep specialist about your difficulties with sleep is critical to getting a sleep study performed to find out just what is going wrong.  And more than likely your physician will ask you to keep a sleep diary for at least two weeks so he can figure out why you may be having trouble sleeping.

If you want to get ahead of the curve, start keeping a sleep diary as soon as you begin to recognize a problem.  It can only help to expedite the process towards proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Topics: Sleep Tips

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

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 25, 2018 1:22:00 PM

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

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