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What You Can Do About Insomnia in Alaska

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Why Light Extremes Can Cause or Worsen Insomnia

Obviously, for those of us living in Alaska it’s no secret that we are operating under “unique” circumstances in summer and winter: mainly, lots of light, and lots of darkness. Though it might seem counter intuitive, the amount of excess darkness, which is significant in the Southeast and oppressive in the Far North, actually makes sleep more difficult for many people.

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What You Need To Know About Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Definition of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that causes uncomfortable feelings in your legs, making you want to move them. The discomfort of RLS is usually enough that it interferes with sleep (causing sleep deprivation) and so it is conserved a sleep disorder as well.

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Best Tips for Sleep Studies in Alaska

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

What is the Real Purpose of Sleep Study?

Sleep studies are important diagnostic tools for common sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, circadian and rhythm disorders. Sleep studies have proven to be particularly important in Alaska where the extreme darkness and lightness tend to either cause or worsen sleep disorders.

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Topics: sleep study

How to Know if You Have a Sleep Disorder in Alaska

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Should I Be Worried I Have a Sleep Disorder?

Some sleep disorders are actually fairly common. They all have one thing in common: they disrupt healthy sleep.

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Topics: Sleep Disorders

Sleep Debt Growing This Alaskan Summer? What to Do

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

What is a Sleep Debt?

You’ve probably heard of the term “sleep debt.” It’s the term that refers how much less sleep you are getting than what you should be getting. The idea is that over time, a “sleep debt” forms that you need to get extra sleep to “pay back” your debt. To list it more succinctly:

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Topics: Sleep debt

Two Sleep Disorders Alaska Contributes to Most

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Why Alaska is Tough on Sleep

Living in Alaska poses unique sleeping challenges most months out of the year. Other than a few months out of the year between “spring” and “fall” in Alaska, we are dealing with darkness that lasts most (or all) of the day, or light that lasts most (or all) of the night.

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Everything You Should Know About Sleep Studies

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM


Why Would I Need a Sleep Study?

Sleep studies are important diagnostic tools for common sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders. Sleep studies have proven to be particularly important in Alaska where the extreme darkness and lightness tend to either cause or worsen sleep disorders.

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Topics: sleep study

Why Do I Snore? – Causes of Snoring and Ways to Fix It

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Normal vs. Socially Unacceptable Snoring

Does your partner wear earplugs to ward off the blows of your nightly, nasally inhales? Is your snoring the rule, not the exception? Is your snoring a common joke among family members?

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Topics: Snoring

Ways to Tell If It’s Obstructive Sleep Apnea or Just Loud Snoring

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Importance of Just Snoring vs Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Is your or your partner’s snoring the primer for family jokes? Does your loud snoring require come with an “earplugs required” caveat for your partner? Is your snoring the rule, not the exception?

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Topics: OSA, Sleep Apnea, Snoring

Primary vs Secondary Insomnia: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Tyler Britton on Sep 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

What Does Insomnia Look Like?

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that prevents you from getting enough sleep because:

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Topics: Insomnia

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