ANCSLEEP BLOG

New Year, New CPAP?

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Dec 30, 2016 3:15:00 PM

Is it time to upgrade your CPAP?

 

Is your CPAP machine noisy?  Is it keeping you and/or your partner awake at night?  If your CPAP is three years old or older, there’s a good chance that it is. There are new CPAP machines that are quieter, lighter and auto-titrating. Meaning they automatically adjust to the optimal pressure settings. 

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Polar Nights: lack of natural light and how it effects us

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Dec 21, 2016 12:27:49 PM
 
Alaskan’s have enjoyed another Summer of the Midnight Sun but Winter is upon us so here come those dark days. We now have our next challenge to face, Polar Nights. As the bears crawl into their dens for their long winter naps, we would be glad to join them. The sun driven energy from the Summer is gone and we are up against the health challenges of trying to wake up in darkness.
 
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Traveling with CPAP

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Dec 16, 2016 1:02:25 PM

 

The holiday season has arrived! Not only should you be excited, but there is so much to look forward to. Time with family and friends, shopping and traveling are all many things that we take part in during the holiday season. However, for patients with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), going untreated while traveling can put them in line for serious health consequences, not to mention limiting the enjoyment of their trip. And, let’s face it, sleep apnea doesn’t take a holiday but here are a few quick tips to make traveling with sleep apnea a little less cumbersome.

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CPAP Equipment Cleaning Tips

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Dec 9, 2016 4:01:03 PM
 

Are you or a loved one a CPAP user? They can change your life, but up to 50% of people stop using them within one year. Why? Because most find the maintenance of their equipment daunting. At first it might seem overwhelming but understand with time it will become as routine as brushing your teeth. 

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Topics: Sleep, Health, Tips, CPAP, OSA, Cleaning

IBD and Poor Sleep

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Dec 7, 2016 1:30:00 PM

 

 

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is a waxing and waning disease characterized by diarrhea, abdominal pain and weight loss. IBD, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affects as many as 1.6 million Americans, most of whom are diagnosed before age 30. Since there is no cure to these diseases, patients are relieved when they go into remission.

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GERD and Sleep Disorders

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Nov 22, 2016 3:30:00 PM

 

It’s not surprising that the week of Thanksgiving was chosen as GERD awareness week, especially with our tendency to indulge in a little too much of everything!  GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a common disease that affects millions of Americans.

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7 Foods to Help You Sleep Better

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Nov 16, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Tired and stressed? Join the club. Forty percent of Americans report having symptoms of insomnia at some point within a given year, according to the National Sleep Foundation

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Daylight Savings Negative Effects

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Nov 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM

 

 

An extra hour of sleep can welcome a short period of rest for many people. But it can also disrupt normal sleep patterns, which puts strain on the body.

The change in schedule can throw off the body's internal clock, or circadian rhythm.

It is great to have the extra hour of sleep, but a few days later that can lead to worse sleep. 

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The Connection: COPD & OSA

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Nov 4, 2016 12:00:00 PM

 

Have you ever heard of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)? What about participation in the Ice Bucket Challenge or No-Shave November?

Chances are you’re familiar with at least one of these well-known health awareness observances. But did you know the calendar is full of special months, weeks, and days that raise awareness for a variety of important health issues and conditions? They’re dates where people with certain health conditions, their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups rally around a common cause: health.

November is full of awareness for many serious medical condtions.  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is among one of them.

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Americans at Risk for Sleep Apnea

Posted by ANCSLEEP BLOG on Nov 2, 2016 12:00:00 PM

 

People with high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes should be screened for sleep apnea, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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