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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

Ideal Sleeping Environment in Alaskan Summers

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 6, 2020 7:50:00 PM

Overview of Ideal Alaskan Summer Sleeping Environment

Creating an ideal sleeping environment is absolutely essential to getting a good night’s rest. It can also play a crucial role in the process of identifying and diagnosing a sleep disorder (or ruling it out). A sleep environment is, unfortunately, not something many people think about when they think about having sleeping problems. The common reaction is to instead reach for a sleep aid, such as melatonin. But I repeat, a sleep environment can make all the difference in the world.

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How to Adjust Sleep During Alaskan Summers

Posted by Tyler Britton on Jul 1, 2020 7:43:00 PM

Why Sleeping in Alaskan Summers in Difficult (If it Isn’t Obvious)

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.

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How to Grade Your Sleep Quality

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 29, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Sleep Quality vs Quantity

What is your sleep GPA? Yes, I mean grade point average. We do this kind of measuring for most things that matter to us, but for some reason when it comes to sleep, we generally only report on how many hours we got the night before. Sleep is much more complex and nuanced than this, and it’s about time we took a closer look.

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Topics: sleep health

Mindfulness Practices for Improved Sleep

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 29, 2020 8:00:00 AM

What is Mindfulness anyways?

There are many buzz-words these days in the health and fitness field. Mindfulness is definitely one of those words, which is used so often it has become a cliché of its own. It is used so much, and in so many circumstances, that it can be difficult to parse out exactly what the word mindfulness means.

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How to Take Sleep Inventory to Combat Sleep

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is exactly what it sound like: you are deprived of sleep. If you have experienced sleep deprivation, you know how brutal it can be. Chronic sleep deprivation is when you are deprived for long periods of time – at least a month or more. This differs from acute sleep deprivation, that is short lived and often has a very specific cause. Chronic sleep deprivation will most certainly make life miserable for you, and can negatively impact those around you as well.

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How Muscles and Pain Affect Sleep

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Pain is all too common in our world today, and it greatly impacts our quality and quantity of sleep. Chronic pain can really hinder your ability to get a good night’s sleep, which makes it harder to heal, and creates all sorts of complications. Here is a quick overview of how muscles and pain interact with sleep, and some tips for how to improve your sleep, even in the presence of pain.

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Topics: Pain and Sleep

How CBD Can Help With Insomnia

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Overview of Insomnia

If you’ve had insomnia or are dealing with it right now, then you know how frustrating it is and how challenging it can make living a normal, happy life. In short, it can make life extremely miserable. It can make you feel and act like a different version of yourself. It can make you less productive in all areas of life. It shortens your life span and lowers quality of life. So yes, taking steps to avoid it is well worth the effort.

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Topics: Insomnia

How Cortisol Affects Sleep

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Contributing factors to quality sleep

Sleep quality is impacted by many contributing factors. Sleep position, cortisol levels, dietary considerations, light exposure, and many more factors all play a role in sleeping. Many of us are looking for ways to improve our sleep quality, because of the myriad of benefits that high-quality sleep provides:

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Topics: Cortisol

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