As many as 68% of Americans in a recent Consumer Reports survey reported having trouble falling or staying asleep at least once a week. With so many reasons to stay awake including late work nights and the temptations of computer and phone screens, the climbing number of sleep sufferers is no surprise.
Alaskan Summer Transition Adjustment Difficulty - Factors
Alaska’s big. This hardly needs be said. It’s particularly big from North to south: over 1,300 miles. The difference is this: the southern parts of Alaska have summer light transitions that are uncomfortable but not drastically different than much of the norther part of the lower 48. From Anchorage on up, the transition ranges from drastic to as extreme as it gets.
What is a CPAP Machine?
A CPAP device/machine stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP is considered the gold standard of obstructive sleep apnea treatments and in ensuring you are breathing (and sleeping!) continuously throughout the night.
How Sleep Changes as We AgeChanges in your sleep patterns are a normal part of aging. In general, people tend to have a less satisfaction and more trouble with sleep than when they were younger - this includes both falling asleep and staying asleep [National Sleep Foundation]. As a result, an extremely common misconception about sleep is that we need less sleep as we get older. You may have heard such from your grandparents or even wondered about it yourself.
How Much Sleep Do Children Need?
Children need at least nine hours of sleep, up to about 17 hours for newborns [Baby Center]. A lack of sleep for children can significantly impact children's performance, both in school and in behavior.
What are Parasomnias?
A parasomnia is an abnormal (“para”) sleep (“somnia”) or sleep cycle (circadian rhythm). Parasomnias are considered disruptive sleep disorders that occur during sleep. The most common parasomnias are:
Nightmares and Night Terrors Also Terrifying for Bystanders
Have you been witness to your child or spouse's nightmare or night terror? It may have been just as scary for you as it was for them. The words "helpless" and "heartbreaking" come to mind. Being able to distinguish the difference between a nightmare and a night terror will help you better understand:
What is Sleep Apnea in Children
Sleep apnea is a medical condition where you stop breathing many times throughout the night and, in consequence, momentarily wake up throughout the night. Symptoms of sleep apnea in children are also the same as adults, though you might describe some of the symptoms more in "child" terms:
You've gotten pokes and prods in the rib from your partner in the middle of the night to wake you from sleep. He or she rolls over and groggily moans, "You're snoring again." After months of this repeated ritual, you begin to wonder: Do I have sleep apnea?
Why Alaskan Winters Can Be Bad for Sleep
Much of the year in Alaska, we live in either the extreme darkness or extreme lightness. These extreme lighting conditions affect our lives in many different ways: