As much as we love telling you about our services, sometimes it's best to hear from those that may have been suffering from some of the same problems you may be experiencing, and find out what you can expect from a visit with us.
The professional staff at Alaska Sleep Clinic has provided excellent service to me. I had my initial sleep study done here and continued with them when my doctor recommended that I start using a CPAP machine. They explained all the different devices on the market and assisted me in picking out the proper machine and mask based on my pressure settings. Alaska Sleep Clinic also worked directly with my health insurance company and assisted with any billing issues. I have been using the Fairbanks office now for 2 ½ years to obtain supplies, maintenance and new masks when required. The staff at this office continues to be extremely courteous and provides me with lots of information on any new masks / supplies that have recently come on the market. They are easily accessible and take the time to answer any and all questions that I may have. I would highly recommend this facility to anyone thinking about or currently using a CPAP machine. ~ Jerry J.~ Alaska Sleep Clinic Patient
The reason I fell asleep on the edge of the bed was because at 350lbs I couldn’t breathe. I tried using wedges, and propping up on pillows. I would wait until my husband fell asleep because of my snoring was so bad. My son, who was two bedrooms down, would come in and ask me to stop because he couldn’t sleep. I had stopped traveling for work due to the costs associated with having to book my own room. Now that I am on cpap I have been traveling again and I can share a hotel room with my coworkers and can work through the day as stated before. After I began using Cpap people were coming up to me and asking what I was doing different. I was told I looked 10 years younger. I am sleeping better and it is amazing how much better I feel. ~ Melanie W. ~ Alaska Sleep Clinic Patient
Oh gosh I love my CPAP, it has been an earth shaking change for me. I used to fall asleep at my desk at work, sitting in a chair or even on the edge of the bed. I can now work through the day without feeling exhausted or worrying about falling asleep. Cpap has been life changing for me. ~ Jan G. ~ Alaska Sleep Clinic Patient
Alaska Sleep Clinic FAQ
How much sleep is necessary?
The age-old wisdom that we each need eight hours of sleep each night is largely true and routinely confirmed by research. Yet, what matters most is how many hours of quality sleep you get each night. Sleep is intended to be restful and restorative, “resetting” your body’s systems for the day ahead. Some people are able to achieve this with fewer than eight hours of slumber each night, but it’s fewer than you might think. Most people need between seven and nine hours of sleep, and many, many Americans need longer sleep periods than they allow themselves.
What are the most common symptoms of sleep problems?
The primary symptoms of disordered sleeping are excessive sleepiness during the day, difficulty concentrating, falling asleep at inappropriate times, difficulty falling or staying asleep, excessive sleeping and abnormal behaviors during sleep (such as twitching legs).
Why is it important for a sleep problem to be evaluated?
If left untreated, sleep problems can lead to serious and even life-threatening problems, including high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, congestive heart failure and heart arrhythmias. Sleep apnea contributes to obesity, depression and injurious and potentially deadly accidents. The type of disorder, severity of symptoms and the presence of other sleep disorders or complicating factors are all important and need to be correctly identified in order to be appropriately treated. Once identified, specific treatment options can be recommended.
How can I sleep better?
Many people could improve their sleep with better “sleep hygiene” habits. Establishing a consistent bedtime and rising time as well as moving the television and computer out of your bedroom are good starts. Refrain from drinking caffeinated beverages in the evening and finish your last meal of the day at least three hours prior to bedtime. Of course, none of these changes in habit will cure or resolve sleep apnea, but they can help with a number of other common sleep disorders. Because of the subtleties involved, a sleep study may be necessary to determine of you have a sleep disorder or not. The very best way to start sleeping better is to find out why you are not sleeping well in the first place! You can get the treatment and information you need from a sleep specialist.
Does insurance cover the sleep study?
While it depends on your insurance company and the specific plan you have, most sleep studies are covered by insurance. As a courtesy to our patients and as part of our comprehensive services, Alaska Sleep Clinic will contact your insurance company to help you determine your plan’s coverage and your eligibility for services.