Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, August 22, 2014

6 Keys to Managing High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a known symptom of sleep apnea. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine this month published a study that discovered the risk to the heart could be even greater, with untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increasing the likelihood of resistant high blood pressure.

Resistant hypertension is elevated blood pressure that doesn’t respond to treatment with medication, sometimes multiple prescriptions simultaneously. In some cases blood pressure resists treatment due to an underlying condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Seeking sleep apnea treatment could be a critical step for making your blood pressure more manageable. Some lifestyle changes are also an effective solution for both OSA and hypertension, including: 

  • Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products – ask your doctor about the DASH diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
  • Reducing the amount of salt and saturated fats you consume
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Losing excess weight
Even minor weight loss has been linked to a drastic reduction in the severity of sleep apnea symptoms. By shedding extra pounds, you can limit the interference of oversized structures blocking the airway during sleep as well as improve your overall health, including lowering blood pressure.

To learn more about symptoms and treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 7:44 AM

Friday, August 15, 2014

What to Expect During a Sleep Study

With the recent release of new diagnostic criteria for sleep apnea, doctors at the American College of Physicians are reaffirming the importance of an overnight sleep study to find evidence of this potentially fatal condition. Though there is an abundance of information on sleep apnea on the Web and elsewhere, the best way to find out whether you suffer from the disorder is an overnight sleep study.

A sleep study measures your quality of sleep and how your body responds to changes while you rest. The study will take place overnight in a lab outfitted with equipment used to monitor sleep patterns in patients who might suffer from apnea or other sleep disorders.

Before you go to sleep, a technician will place special sensors on your head, face, chest, and arms. While you sleep, the sensors will measure bodily signs like:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Blood oxygen level
  • Activity in the brain, eyes, and muscles
Known medically as a polysomnogram, sleep studies are painless. The doctors and technicians at the lab will try to make you as comfortable as possible to get an accurate picture of symptoms you might be experiencing.

If you regularly experience episodes of daytime sleepiness or your spouse has complained about your chronic snoring, undergoing an overnight sleep study could be the first step toward better health. Please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) for more information on sleep apnea.

posted by Admin at 7:26 AM

Friday, August 8, 2014

What Causes Daytime Sleepiness?

Revised guidelines published recently in the “Annals of Internal Medicine” medical journal discuss new diagnostic criteria for determining whether or not a patient experiencing daytime fatigue is suffering from sleep apnea. If you often suffer from drowsiness or other sleep apnea symptoms, it’s crucial to seek treatment sooner than later.

You might experience insufficient or poor quality sleep from time to time due to any number of lifestyle factors. Stress, excessive caffeine, and certain medications can disturb your sleep cycle and make you feel tired all day even if you got eight hours of shuteye.

However, persistent daytime fatigue could signify a serious health issue. Sleep apnea is one potential cause of chronic sleepiness, but other possibilities include: 

  • Diabetes
  • Migraine headache
  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Excess calcium in the bloodstream (hypercalcemia)
  • Low sodium levels (hyponatremia)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
Some of these conditions will require medical intervention to help you recover your overall health and good night’s rest. A qualified physician can evaluate you for fatigue and other symptoms to determine whether or not you’re suffering from sleep apnea or another disorder.  

If you frequently suffer from tiredness during the day or you feel that the quality of your sleep has lapsed, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule an evaluation.

posted by Admin at 9:45 AM

Friday, August 1, 2014

COPD and Sleep Apnea Pose Double Threat to the Heart

Though some of the most extreme complications of sleep apnea affect the heart, a disorder of the lungs can elevate the risk of cardiovascular problems even more. Studies show that roughly 10% to 20% of patients with sleep apnea also suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD is a chronic respiratory condition that causes breathing difficulties. In most cases the disorder is caused by inhaling harmful fumes or air particles, especially tobacco smoke. Symptoms of COPD include: 

  • Persistent cough, sometimes accompanied by mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight feeling in the chest
  • Greater susceptibility to pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung infections
Similar to sleep apnea, COPD interrupts breathing. This causes the heart and other parts of the body to be deprived of essential oxygen. Thus, the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and other serious health issues is compounded when a patient suffers from both COPD and sleep apnea.

COPD is irreversible but the symptoms are manageable. Likewise, sleep apnea treatments can offset the negative impact on the body. Restoring healthy breathing is critical, as better breathing means more oxygen reaches the heart.

To learn more about COPD, sleep apnea, and prospective treatment options, please contact an experienced physician or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 8:22 AM

Monday, July 28, 2014

Texas Child Thrives Only After Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

A sleep apnea diagnosis and subsequent treatments came as a welcome relief to the parents of 6-year-old  Emma Weedon.
Since infancy, the girl suffered from night terrors and generalized anxiety, and was recently struggling to adjust to preschool, according to a July 2014 report on KETK-TV, an NBC affiliate in Tyler, Texas.
Emma's parents believed an ADHD diagnosis was hasty. They also felt hesitant to medicate their child unnecessarily. Finally, a visit with sleep doctors revealed that Emma suffered from such sleep apnea symptoms as irregular breathing and teeth grinding. She had been waking about every half-hour during the night since she was less than a year old.

With appropriate sleep apnea treatment, however, Emma's sleep improved along with her growth rate, concentration, and overall health.
While Emily found success with continuous positive airway pressure therapy, many other children find it difficult to sleep with a CPAP, making them candidates for other sleep apnea treatments like a custom oral appliance.

It is common for young children to struggle to regulate their sleep as they grow up. But particularly when kids are unusually or inexplicably challenged in other areas of their development, such as concentrating in school or maintaining an active lifestyle, a visit with a pediatric sleep specialist to talk about sleep apnea could prove illuminating.

Sleep doctors suspect that between 10 and 25 percent of kids age 2 to 8 suffer from children's sleep apnea. Its symptoms may include:

·         Snoring

·         Breathing difficulty during sleep

·         Chronically restless sleep

·         Night sweats

·         Nightmares, or "night terrors"

·         Bed wetting

·         Sleep walking

·         Slowed growth

·         Concentration problems

·         Hormonal and metabolic problems

·         Failure to thrive
If a child in your family is struggling with these or other symptoms and may benefit from a sleep apnea test and subsequent treatment, please contact a qualified sleep doctor today or call (866) 727-6275.
 

posted by Admin at 6:00 AM

Monday, July 21, 2014

Am I a Good Sleep Apnea Appliance Candidate?

With dozens of different sleep apnea oral appliances now available, chances are great that this treatment is the right one for many mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers -- particularly those patients who have found it difficult to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.

A sleep apnea appliance looks like a mouth guard. When worn during sleep, these appliances work by pulling the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep. Oral appliances, which can be used in concert with other sleep apnea treatments such as lifestyle changes or surgery, have the added benefit of being more comfortable to most sleep apnea patients than wearing a CPAP.

·         You may be an ideal candidate for a sleep apnea oral appliance if you comply with one of the following criteria:

·         Apnea persists despite weight loss and lifestyle changes.

·         Patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who find themselves unable to use a CPAP.
Patients who would like to avoid more drastic surgical steps to correct sleep apnea such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, or tracheotomy.
To find out more about how an oral appliance can address your sleep apnea, please contact one of our qualified sleep doctors today or call (866) 727-6275.

posted by Admin at 7:00 AM

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Romance Supports Sleep Apnea Diagnoses

Faster sleep apnea diagnosis may be among the marriage and long-term relationship benefits, which also include financial security, emotional maturity and better socialization.
 
"People who have no sleeping partner may go for years without recognizing their difficulty" with sleep apnea, Michigan surgeon John L. Pfenninger writes in a July 2014 Midland Daily News article about the challenges and dangers of living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). " The classic hallmark of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring. Anyone with significant snoring problems should be evaluated."
Dr. Pfenninger also elaborates on the most common causes of sleep apnea, which is more dominant in men, particularly those with large necks. Among its causes:
·         Obesity
·         Drug, alcohol or sedative use or abuse
·         Aging
·         Decreased muscle tone
·         Naturally narrow airways
Sleeping alongside another person can help potential sleep apnea patients identify heavy snoring or interrupted night breathing. Since sleep apnea can exacerbate other health problems including cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, it may be especially prudent for a patient to take note of such sleep apnea symptoms as:
·         Daytime sleepiness
·         Morning headaches
·         Insomnia
·         Concentration problems
·         Unusual moodiness or irritability
·         Depression
·         Fatigue
·         Decreased sex drive
If you believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact a qualified sleep physician in your area or call (866) 727-6275.

posted by Admin at 2:07 PM

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sleep Apnea Linked to Deadly Train Accident


The conductor of the Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to New York City that derailed in December 2013 reportedly suffered from sleep apnea, according to an investigation into the accident by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The early morning wreck occurred after the train moved too quickly around a sharp curve on the Hudson Line just outside Spuyten Duyvil station in The Bronx.  It left four people dead and dozens more injured.
The conductor, William Rockefeller, was a 20-year public transportation veteran and reportedly took several appropriate procedural safety precautions prior to leaving Poughkeepsie, including turning off his cell phone and conducting a safety meeting with the train's assistant conductor.
However Rockefeller also told investigators that he experienced something like a blackout while he was working, and only blinked back to consciousness after he sensed that something had gone very wrong with his train.
It was only after the accident that doctors and investigators concluded that he suffered from previously-undiagnosed sleep apnea, or the condition that causes sufferers to awaken up to hundreds of times during the night because of obstructed breathing.
Despite the fact that sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, its symptoms can be difficult to recognize. Sleep apnea symptoms include:
·         Loud snoring
·         Daytime sleepiness
·         Insomnia
·         Fatigue
·         Shortness of Breath
Do you currently suffer from sleep apnea and seek new treatment options, or do you simply want to learn more about this diagnosis? If so, please contact a qualified sleep physician in your area or call (866) 727-6275.

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posted by Admin at 4:06 PM

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Musical Solution to Sleep Apnea?

A group of sleep apnea patients in Vermont have stumbled upon a novel treatment idea for taking back their health: sessions where they play the didgeridoo, a horn-like instrument native to Australia notable for producing long, sustained notes. For the less musically inclined, a variety of sleep apnea appliances can also clear the airway and help facilitate better breathing.

The basic premise of oral appliance therapy is to move the jaw slightly forward and make it easier for breath to enter the body. Patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea get less oxygen during sleep because structures in the airway collapse, blocking the flow of breath.

When the tongue, tonsils, and other muscles or soft tissue obstruct the airway, it can increase a patient's risk for a wide range of major health issues. Oral appliances that can keep the airway open and breathing steady during sleep include:

·         Mouth guards
·         Oral splints
·         Mandibular positioners
·         Oral ventilation devices

Oral appliances come in a variety of different designs. A sleep doctor can assess your condition and recommend treatment options that will allow you a good night's rest while keeping your airway open and combating the onset of snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.

Please contact a qualified sleep physician in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to schedule a consultation to learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and whether oral appliance treatment is right for you.

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Study Links Sleep Apnea to Hearing Loss

Researchers who evaluated key characteristics of 14,000 subjects found that patients who suffer from sleep apnea are anywhere from 30% to 90% more likely to experience a loss in the ability to hear sounds on both the high and low ends of the audible sound spectrum. Snoring treatment could be a crucial step for patients suffering from sleep apnea who want to decrease their chances of hearing loss.

The scientists who conducted the study hypothesized that hearing loss could stem from intense vibrations in the inner ear due to the heavy snoring that often accompanies obstructive sleep apnea. Another theory: Blood flow to the ear is interrupted because of the inflammation symptomatic of sleep apnea.

Snoring and choking or gasping sounds during the night are both major signs that you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Typically other people, such as a spouse or roommate, would be the ones to tell you about these symptoms. You might also experience:

·         Dry mouth and sore throat
·         Fatigue upon waking up, as well as throughout the day
·         Headaches
·         Irritability
·         Problems staying focused

If any of these symptoms sound like you, seek treatment for snoring and sleep apnea immediately. A sleep physician can recommend minimally intrusive solutions such as a custom oral appliance and even home remedies to reposition the body to avoid snoring.

To find out more about snoring treatment, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1-727-866-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule a consultation.

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Friday, June 13, 2014

Drowsy Driving a Major Cause of Car Accidents

The most recent data collected by the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 5,000 to 6,000 fatal auto accidents are caused by driver fatigue each year. With daytime fatigue a major symptom of sleep apnea, it’s important for people at risk of falling asleep at the wheel to seek treatment for their own safety, not to mention the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.

Even after a full night’s rest, many sleep apnea patients complain of feeling tired throughout the day. While this can lead to sluggishness and difficulty focusing on routine tasks, exhaustion and operating a car are a dangerous mix.

Lack of sleep can affect driving in the following ways: 

  • Diminished attention to road conditions and traffic
  • Reaction times become longer
  • Sound judgment and decision making become more difficult
Studies have shown that being awake for 24 hours straight has the same impact on the body as a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .10. Every state in the country has implemented laws making it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08.

Though sleep apnea patients aren’t entirely deprived of sleep, the regular interruptions to breathing can cause a sufferer to wake up sometimes hundreds of times a night. Cumulatively, the loss of sleep can lead to a variety of health problems.

If you suffer from sleep apnea symptoms, you could be putting yourself and other people at risk when you’re on the road. Contact a qualified sleep physician in your area today, or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) for more information.

posted by Admin at 7:29 AM

Friday, June 6, 2014

Is Sleep Apnea Sabotaging Your Relationship?


An estimated 25% of U.S. couples don’t sleep in the same bed or even the same room. Though studies show a variety of different reasons for this trend, one of the most commonly cited is snoring. If one partner’s snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, both halves of the couple are likely to lose more than sleep.

Loud, persistent snoring throughout the night is often an early sign of apnea. It can also keep others in the immediate vicinity awake, aggravating all concerned.

However, the annoyance posed by snoring isn’t the only way sleep apnea can put strain on a relationship. Along with negative health effects, sleep apnea can also lead to a host of other issues that can impact social, romantic, and professional interactions, including: 

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Impotence
  • For women, irregularities in the menstrual cycle
Many sleep apnea patients suffer from periods of anxiety and depression. These emotional disturbances can only be exacerbated by tensions with friends, family members, and coworkers caused by lack of sleep.

A good night’s rest can help keep your mind, body, and relationships healthy. If you suffer from sleep apnea snoring and other symptoms, contact a qualified local physician in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to begin exploring treatment options.

posted by Admin at 7:00 AM

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Distinguishing Between Sleep Apnea and ADHD

Does your child struggle in school, or have difficulty focusing on one activity for a period of time? Though diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has exploded among kids in recent years, it’s possible that your child could be suffering from sleep apnea symptoms.

The symptoms of ADHD and sleep apnea can sometimes overlap. Both often result in:

  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Diminished concentration
  • Mood swings and irritability
Children with sleep apnea often face a number of challenges. Chronic inability to sleep well at night can compromise performance in the classroom, cause behavior problems that lead to strained social interactions with peers, and long-term even stunt growth.

Thankfully, there are a variety of sleep apnea treatments that can be customized for adults and kids alike. Although only a qualified physician can provide diagnosis and recommend the correct treatment option, sleep apnea does have several warning signs your child could exhibit.

Like many adults with the disorder, children who suffer from sleep apnea often snore very loudly at night. They might also be extremely tired during the day, and complain of headaches upon waking up.

If you’ve noticed symptoms like these in your child, contact an experienced sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to begin exploring sleep apnea treatment options.

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sleep Apnea Appliance Market on Upward Move

Recent data suggest that the market for devices used to diagnose and treat sleep apnea is expected to grow by more than 15 percent in the next two years. Greater supply of and demand for sleep apnea appliances can be attributed to the increasing prevalence of the sleep disorder, which can have fatal consequences if left untreated.

The exact cause of sleep apnea is currently unknown. What is known is that the disturbances in blood oxygen level stemming from interrupted breathing during sleep lead to a variety of serious symptoms.

Research shows that some of the major risk factors for developing sleep apnea are: 

  • Age: People over 60 are more likely to develop sleep apnea
  • Weight: Overweight and obese individuals are at a significantly higher risk of sleep apnea
  • Airway obstructions: Nasal congestion, enlarged tonsils, and narrowness of the throat can interrupt the flow of breath during sleep
  • Substance use: Alcohol, tobacco, and sedatives can all increase the likelihood of sleep apnea symptoms
If you're at risk for or already have sleep apnea, appliances for diagnosis and treatment are easy to find. However, many patients find themselves unable to use certain sleep apnea appliances long-term due to discomfort and interruptions to sleep.

Before selecting a sleep apnea appliance, consult a qualified sleep physician who can discuss your options and which one might benefit you the most. To begin exploring treatment, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK).

posted by Admin at 8:00 AM

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

If you find yourself snoring throughout the night and oftentimes waking up severely tired, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person has difficulty breathing while sleeping, which can sometimes lead to brief cessations of breathing altogether. These breathing problems can cause the patient to never have a fully restful sleep, oftentimes leaving them groggy and sluggish throughout the day.

When considering treatment options for sleep apnea, there are a variety of ways to alleviate the symptoms, including:

  •         CPAP device
  •          Oral appliance therapy
  •          Surgery
  •          Behavioral changes
  •          Positional sleep therapy
  •          Medications

A very common treatment is the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device which is often prescribed for sufferers of sleep apnea. The CPAP device would involve you wearing a mask while you sleep that sends air through the nasal passages using a pressurized system. This keeps air flowing through your airway, however, it is oftentimes considered uncomfortable.

Oral appliance therapy involves the use of an oral appliance that can be used to manipulate the jaw so breathing isn't difficult during sleep.

Sometimes medications will be administered in order to alter hormones that may be involved in the breathing difficulties that arise from sleep apnea.

Behavioral therapy can also help to lessen your sleep apnea symptoms. These can include limiting your alcohol consumption and stopping smoking, as both of these can contribute to relaxed muscles in the throat.

Positional sleep therapy can also be integrated as a form of treatment where you simply train yourself to sleep in positions that do not inhibit your breathing abilities.

For more information on sleep apnea treatment, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.



posted by Admin at 3:21 PM

Friday, May 9, 2014

FDA Approves New Sleep Apnea Treatment

The Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation device is expected to be available to sleep apnea patients later this year after receiving FDA approval at the beginning of May. The Inspire appliance is the latest addition to the wide range of sleep apnea treatments prescribed by doctors to help suffering patients breathe easier at night.

Once it is surgically implanted in the chest, the Inspire device stimulates nerves in the neck with mild electric shocks. These shocks trigger nerve activity that keeps the airway open during sleep. 

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, patients who used Inspire experienced a 68 percent reduction in apnea attacks.

Though Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation isn't yet available to consumers, there are other sleep apnea treatments to choose from. Some of the most common examples include:

·         Weight loss, adjustments to your normal position in bed, and other behavior modifications
·         Specially made oral appliances, such as a custom splint or mouth guard
·         Surgery to adjust structures in the airway that block air flow

The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is often considered the “gold standard” treatment for sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many users find the appliance uncomfortable and difficult to use night after night, hampering its effectiveness as a treatment option.

Before you decide on any sleep apnea treatment, it's important to consult a professional who can carefully evaluate your health and determine which remedy could best restore your good night's rest. Untreated sleep apnea can be deadly: Don't delay contacting a local sleep physician or calling 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to find an experienced doctor near you. 

posted by Admin at 7:10 AM

Thursday, April 24, 2014

How Is Snoring Linked to Weight Gain?

A recent article written by a Philadelphia sleep specialist for Philly.com discussed the effect snoring can have on the body’s ability to retain a healthy weight. Though snoring is often an indicator of weight gain, particularly in the face and neck area, the opposite relationship can also occur.

When a person snores during sleep, he/she is having difficulty breathing. Interruptions to the air flow consequently diminish the quality of sleep. Thus, daytime fatigue is a common symptom of chronic snoring.

If you snore at night and feel exhausted during the day, your appetite will increase and your capacity for activity will decrease. Taken together, these effects can lead to weight gain and difficulty losing said weight.

Snoring can negatively affect health in other ways which, when combined with weight gain, can cause severe issues over time. Potential complications from snoring include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions
  • Diabetes
Snoring is also a sign of sleep apnea, a disorder where breathing actually stops for brief periods of time during rest. Sleep apnea can also lead to daytime fatigue, weight gain, and many of the serious conditions discussed above.

Please contact a qualified sleep specialist in your community or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to begin exploring treatment options for snoring, sleep apnea, or other issues interrupting your ability to get a good night’s rest.

posted by Admin at 11:48 AM

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sleep Apnea Patients at Higher Risk for Osteoporosis

People who suffer from sleep apnea are nearly three times more likely to develop brittle bones, according to a new study from researchers in Taiwan. HealthDay reports that the researchers found this correlation after analyzing medical records for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea over the course of six years. This latest information on sleep apnea demonstrates yet another dangerous complication linked to the disorder.

The nightly breathing cessation that occurs during sleep apnea deprives the body of necessary oxygen. The Taiwanese researchers linked this lack of oxygen to an increased risk of osteoporosis, especially among female and elderly patients.

However, diminished skeletal strength isn’t the only negative health consequence of lower blood oxygen levels. Other serious conditions you might be at higher risk for if you suffer from sleep apnea include:

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Irregular heartbeat and/or breathing
If you suffer from chronic daytime fatigue, or a spouse or roommate complains about your loud snoring night after night, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. To begin restoring proper oxygen flow during sleep and lower your risk of serious complications, a trained physician can perform a sleep study and discuss treatment options.

For more information on sleep apnea, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 7:49 AM

Friday, April 11, 2014

Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Job?

While investigating a train derailment that killed four passengers last year in New York City, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that the engineer who operated the train suffers from severe sleep apnea. One of the foremost symptoms of sleep apnea is daytime fatigue, which can pose a major danger to patients and bystanders alike in the workplace. 

The interruptions to breathing and alterations in blood oxygen levels caused by sleep apnea can lead to a wide variety of poor physical health effects. There are also a number of symptoms that can affect mental and emotional state.

The following sleep apnea symptoms can compromise cognitive and emotional function, which can not only cause problems in your personal life but diminish your ability to perform your duties at work:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
Though sleep apnea is dangerous no matter what your occupation, the disorder might be especially dangerous for employees who regularly operate heavy machinery, handle hazardous materials, or engage in other tasks with little margin for error.  Whether you snore at night, wake up feeling tired, or get drowsy during your commute or throughout the day at work, it might be time to seek medical attention.

Please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today. A physician specializing in sleep disorders can evaluate your symptoms and determine whether or not you’re suffering from sleep apnea.

posted by Admin at 9:10 AM

Friday, April 4, 2014

Does Your Child Have Sleep Apnea?

Researchers in Canada have found a strong correlation between neck size and the risk of sleep apnea in children. According to the Ottawa Citizen, boys 12 and older with above-average neck circumference are three times more likely to develop this debilitating disorder.

Though measuring neck circumference could be a potential screening tool for high-risk kids, the researchers have found that the test has its limits. For example, girls 12 and up demonstrate a weaker correlation between neck size and sleep apnea risk.

A sleep study is still the best way to determine whether or not a child is suffering from sleep apnea. If you're a parent, some signs might indicate your child is experiencing regular instances of interrupted breathing during sleep:

  • Loud snoring
  • Tossing and turning
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Bed wetting
  • Sleep walking
The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that anywhere from one percent to four percent of children suffer from sleep apnea. If left untreated, kids are at greater risk for physical health issues like stunted growth and diabetes, as well as developmental problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and difficulty focusing in school.

Please contact a sleep medicine specialist in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to begin exploring sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment options for your child.

posted by Admin at 7:43 AM