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, February 28, 2014
Can Sleep Apnea Make Diabetes Worse?
Sleep apnea and diabetes have been linked in earlier studies. Researchers have found that the lapses in breathing during sleep caused by apnea disrupt the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. Because diabetes patients already struggle to regulate their blood sugar, sleep apnea could exacerbate this problem even further.
Because of this evidence, patients who have or are at risk of developing diabetes should be aware of the symptoms of sleep apnea. One of the earliest signs is severe snoring, potentially followed by:
- Daytime fatigue
- Sore, dry throat when first waking up
- Changes in mood
- Nocturia (regularly waking up to urinate during the night)
If you suffer from sleep apnea, please contact a qualifiedsleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to find out more about treatment options.
posted by Admin at 1:32 AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Simple Tips to Stop Snoring
Snoring is an inconvenience for those sleeping nearby, but for the snorer the loud breathing can be an early indicator of sleep apnea, a very serious medical condition where breathing stops during sleep. Fortunately, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and some instances of snoring are treatable without spending a lot of money or making major lifestyle changes.
The following methods can help stop snoring by preventing the tongue, throat, and other structures from becoming too relaxed and blocking the airway during sleep:
- Sleeping on your side; taping a tennis ball to your back while you sleep is one way to modify this behavior
- Not drinking alcohol to excess, especially in the four or five hours before going to bed
- Losing weight
- Keeping your nasal passages open with nose strips or a warm shower before bedtime
posted by Admin at 12:19 AM
Monday, February 17, 2014
Study: Weight Loss Can Alleviate Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the interruption of breathing during sleep because of blockage in the airway, such as overly relaxed muscles in the mouth or throat. According to the Finnish study, patients who lost approximately five percent of their body weight experienced a reduction in the severity of their sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other serious health issues.
Though the link between obesity and sleep apnea is still being examined, weight loss can be beneficial for your health whether you have sleep apnea or not. After you set specific, definable goals, the following keys can help you lose weight healthily:
- Identifying and consistently remembering the reason you’re losing weight, such as a healthier lifestyle or a more attractive physique
- Tracking your calorie intake
- Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Substituting oils, fats, and dairy products with low-fat alternatives
- Maintaining a regular exercise regimen
- Talk with friends and family who can encourage and support you while you pursue your weight loss plan
posted by Admin at 2:27 AM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Study Finds Sleep Apnea Symptoms More Pronounced, Harder to Detect in Women
The UCLA researchers measured the heart rate of male and female sleep apnea patients after a series of physical tests. Though both the men and women with sleep apnea who participated in the study exhibited weakness and delay of heart rate in response to exertion, the effect was more apparent in the female participants than their male counterparts.
Paradoxically, though the impact of sleep apnea symptoms in women is more severe than men, the symptoms themselves are also subtle and more difficult to detect. Assessing both the increased severity of symptoms and difficulty of diagnosis, the UCLA team stressed the importance of early detection and treatment for women with sleep apnea.
The researchers noted that a woman with sleep apnea can appear healthy, making misdiagnosis more likely. Failure to catch sleep apnea early in women could increase the risk for heart disease and other conditions where the body struggles to adapt to everyday activities.
To find out more about sleep apnea symptoms, early diagnosis, and treatment, please contact asleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.
posted by Admin at 12:07 AM
Thursday, January 30, 2014
How is Daytime Fatigue Tied to Sleep Apnea?
- Morning headaches
- Jolting awake with a feeling like you’re gasping for breath
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Short-term memory problems
- An inability to concentrate when awake
- Limited energy level
- Depression or anxiety
posted by Admin at 6:12 AM
Friday, January 24, 2014
Are Surgeries to Treat Sleep Apnea Safe?
- Soft palate
- Throat tissue
posted by Admin at 12:05 AM
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
How Do Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea?
- Holding the jaw forward
- Realigning the bite
- Repositioning soft tissue like the tongue or soft palate
- Holding the tongue forward
- Strengthening the tongue to keep it from sagging and obstructing the airway
posted by Admin at 6:07 AM
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
What Snoring Could Say about Your Blood Pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Diminished kidney function
- Damage to blood vessels in the eyes
- Cognitive impairment affecting memory and learning abilities.
posted by Admin at 12:08 AM
Monday, December 23, 2013
Childhood Sleep Apnea Linked to Later Behavior Issues, Study Says
- Emotional imbalance
- Difficulty coping with stress, possibly leading to frequent crying or temper tantrums
- Short attention spans, impulsiveness and hyperactivity
- Poor performance in school due to inability to concentrate, lack of engagement or unmanageable behavior
- Loud, persistent snoring (can occur in children as well as adults)
- Tossing and turning in bed
- Breathing through the mouth
- Night sweats
- Frequent nighttime urination (for children, this could mean bedwetting)
- Difficulty waking up and getting out of bed for school or other activities
- Stunted growth compared to peers
posted by Admin at 10:44 PM
Friday, December 20, 2013
What Causes Snoring?
- Consistently sleeping on your back
- Being overweight or obese
- Asthma, seasonal allergies and other disorders or conditions that inflame the bronchial tubes
- Alcohol or tobacco use
- Some prescription and over the counter medications, including sleep aids and cold or allergy drugs
- Irregular structures in the airway, such as enlarged tonsils or a deviated septum
posted by Admin at 10:39 PM
How Sleep Apnea Affects Blood Pressure
Blood pressure measurements consist of two numbers: systolic and diastolic. The systolic level measures blood pressure within arteries when the heart beats, while diastolic measures artery pressure when the heart is at rest. Blood pressure is defined as follows:
- Systolic below 120 and diastolic below 80 (measured in millimeters of mercury, or mm Hg) is normal
- 140-159 systolic or 80-89 diastolic is a warning sign of high blood pressure, also called prehypertension
- Systolic over 140 mm Hg or diastolic over 100 mm Hg is considered high blood pressure, with higher measurements representing increased risk to your health
However, the fluctuation in oxygen levels caused by sleep apnea is just one element that can contribute to the risk of hypertension. Other risk factors include:
- Unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as poor diet, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption or smoking
- Genetic predisposition to high blood pressure
- High cholesterol
To learn more about sleep apnea treatment options, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule an initial evaluation.
posted by Admin at 6:32 AM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
FAA Hoping to Ground Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Cardiovascular: Increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke
- Liver: Fat buildup can cause inflammation and scarring
- Mental/mood: Depression, stress about health and appearance, social anxiety
- Sexual: Erectile dysfunction, fertility problems, impotence, etc.
- Skin: Poor regeneration and prolonged healing time after injury
- Serious illnesses: Increased risk of diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, etc.
posted by Admin at 6:27 AM