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How Physical Injuries Impact Your Ability To Sleep

Posted by Lewis Robinson on Sep 15, 2022 1:32:00 AM

Experiencing a serious injury to your body can disrupt your life in a variety of ways. Depending on where the injury occurred, you may find it difficult to walk, run, reach, or even carry out a number of basic daily tasks. For countless people, physical injuries have a direct impact on sleep cycles. Whether you find that you are having a hard time falling asleep at night or you are sleeping far more than you normally do, understanding why your body is going through these changes can be helpful. Review these points to learn more about physical injuries and sleep.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, injuries, sleep hygiene, sleepless nights, alaska, alaska sleep, alaska sleep center, physical health

Survive Those Hot, Sleepless Nights

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Aug 21, 2022 8:57:00 AM

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, Sleep Tips, hot, sleepless nights, alaska, alaska sleep, alaska sleep center

7 Ways Alcohol And Drugs May Affect Your Sleep

Posted by Dani Martin on Aug 15, 2022 7:24:35 PM

A good night's sleep is necessary for your soundness and well-being. But consumption of alcohol and drugs can greatly impact your sleep in negative ways. 

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, trouble sleeping, sleep hygiene, alcohol, addiction, sleepless nights, drugs, alaska, alaska sleep, alaska sleep center

How to Get Better Sleep If You Work the Night Shift

Posted by Arslan Hassan on Jun 24, 2022 1:37:00 AM

In industrialized countries, an estimated 20% of the population works in a job with nonstandard shifts. Approximately 10% to 38% of these workers have shift work disorder, marked by intense tiredness when awake or difficulty sleeping when needed.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, parasomnia, daytime sleepiness, melatonin, shift work, getting beter sleep, sleepless nights, alaska

Can a Night Owl Become an Early Bird?

Posted by The New York Times Staff on May 22, 2022 7:24:00 AM

Q: I’m a night owl, but during the week I have to get up early for my morning commute to work. What can I do to become a morning person?

Good sleep is hard to come by. According to the federal government, more than one-third of adults routinely fail to get a healthy amount of sleep, defined as a minimum of seven hours a night. If your night owl tendencies are ruining your sleep, there are steps you can take to become more of a morning person.

The first thing to keep in mind is that your bedtime to some extent is influenced by your genetics. Everyone has a personal biological rhythm, or chronotype, that determines their optimal time to fall asleep and wake up. Studies show that there are many genes that nudge some of us to be morning people, some of us to be night owls, and others to fall somewhere in between. One study published in the journal Nature Communications, for example, analyzed the sleep habits of nearly 700,000 people and identified a large number of genes that play a role in whether someone is a morning person or not. On average, people who carried the highest number of genetic variants for “morningness” tended to fall asleep and wake up about half an hour earlier than people who carried the fewest.

“Your circadian rhythm tendencies are genetic and can’t really be changed,” said Dr. Ilene M. Rosen, a sleep medicine doctor and associate professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, referring to the body’s innate 24-hour circadian cycles that govern when we wake up and fall asleep. “But the good news is that we can give our clocks some cues that influence it a little bit.”

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Topics: circadian rhythm, morning, sleepless nights, alaska sleep

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