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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Working Out and Sleeping Well in Winter

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 21, 2019 11:03:00 AM

It is dreary, windy, snowy, and bitter cold outdoors most of the fall and winter months for Americans. One of the quickest times of year to gain weight is through the holiday months from Halloween to New Years. Winter is also a challenging time to fit in a workout when you want to cuddle up with a good book by the fire at home. With less daylight and more comfort foods in the cupboards, spending time at the gym is the last place you want to be. But did you know without exercise your sleep can greatly affect your health?

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Topics: winter, exercise

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 18, 2019 2:03:00 PM

"Winter is coming." For most people throughout the world, these words are generally associated with George R. R. Martin's famous saga  A Game of Thrones. But for us here in Alaska, the words aren't merely a pop-cultural reference, but instead ring a very real truth: the days are getting noticeably shorter, the nights are increasingly longer and colder. Winter is here, but that doesn't mean the winter blues have to come with it.

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Topics: seasonal affective disorder, winter

Winter Sleep vs. Summer Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 13, 2019 9:31:00 PM

Depending on where you live, you may notice major differences in how you sleep during the summer versus the winter. What causes these differences and what can you do about it to make sure your getting enough sleep all year long?

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Topics: sleep myths, winter, summer

Camping In Winter

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 8, 2019 4:04:00 PM

Camping enthusiasts that live in climates with drastic temperature changes do not want a limited time to explore the outdoors. But in order to stay safe while camping in the frigid tundra, especially snowy or icy covered regions, requires smart planning and research.

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Topics: camping, sleep apnea, winter

Sleeping Well In Winter

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 7, 2019 11:15:00 AM

Sleeping well may seem easy in the winter months during gloomy weather and grey skies; but winter can be the hardest time to catch enough zzzz’s. Post-holiday, winter blues can set in, disrupting sleep and creating a long-lasting cabin fever.

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Topics: holidays, exercise, sleep training, winter

Here’s Why You Want to Sleep More in the Winter

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 8, 2018 10:01:00 PM

Starting to miss some of your evening runs and outdoor boot camps yet? It’s unofficially winter here in Alaska.  The shorter days and colder nights make it a real task to get out of bed in the morning, much less actually exercise. If you live in a place that experiences the true four seasons, you know how harsh that winter cold can be and how depressing it is when daylight is gone by the time you leave work (so forget trying to save that sweat session for the end of the day…).

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Topics: winter

How moms can fight seasonal affective disorder

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Oct 27, 2017 1:24:32 PM

If the final months of the year get you or one of your family members feeling down, irritable, or low on energy or craving sweet or starchy foods and sleeping more or less than usual, you may experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s common in the winter months. There is not one Alaskan that has not had to deal with at least one side affect of these seasonal blues. 

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Topics: depression, seasonal affective disorder, suicide, winter

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