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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.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

How Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics are related. Contraction vs Expansion Orthodontics

I frequently discuss Dental Sleep Medicine in terms of treatment, this letter is more concerned with preventing procedures that cause snoring, sleep apnea, headaches, migraines and TMJ disorders

IT IS A Reply to Real Self Letter:
Expansion vs Contraction Orthodontics
Orthodontics vs Orthopedics
I am putting on my blog a letter to a patient from the Real Self Website
The link has photos.
I got braces about 5 weeks ago and the orthodontist said I needed my 4 bicuspids removed. Was it the right decision?
I already have them removed but did I even need to? I am now regretting my decision from reading that it causes TMJ and ages your face and changes your face profile. Later on in life it will affect my face and just age my face I'm very sad now and don't know what to do please help did I make a good decision or not?
Dr Shapira’s Answer:
Extraction of Bicuspids: Good or bad idea?
Expansion vs Contraction Orthodontics
The best time to ask that question is prior to removing the teeth. There are different schools of thought about your question.
I would have suggested looking into Epigenetic Orthopedics/ Orthodontics before committing to any treatment.
I personally believe there is a significant risk of increased headaches, migraines ,TMJ disorders, snoring and sleep apnea as a result of contraction orthodontics which includes some headgear cases which retract the maxilla and in four bicuspid extraction cases that are sometimes referred to as "Four on the Floor" or "Suck Back" orthodontics. The cosmetic and health benefits of Orthopedics vs Orthodontics only, are immense!
Orthopedics creates a full wide smile that most patients prefer.
I am giving you my personal opinion as a doctor who treats TMJ disorders, headaches, migraines and sleep apnea. I first commented on this in a letter to the editor of the ADA Journal in 2004. I stated, at that time in a response to an article on evidenced based medicine that covered this exact topic.
I had hate mail from from doctors who believe in amputating (extracting) premolars a practice I term Contraction Orthodontics.
I received an enormous amount of calls by doctors who thoroughly believe in Expansion Orthodontics. They consider the idea of amputating teeth ludicrous and dangerous. The debate in dentistry has not yet reached a conclusion. it is definitively a very hot topic!
I reiterated this in an editorial in Cranio Journal in 2007.
Cranio, 2007 Apr;25(2):77-8.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute considers the cardiac and sleep consequences of temporomandibular disorders.
I also discussed this issue in my guest editorial celebrating the Journal of Cranio-Mandibular Practice adding Sleep to its name, now the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice.
Volume 31, Issue 1 (January 2013), pp. 1-2
TMJ Alias, The Great Imposter, Has a Co-Conspirator: Poor SleepIra L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO
20 years ago I did not believe it was possible to orthopedically grow adults without surgery. I was dead wrong!
My personal opinion NOW is that there is almost never a reason to amputate teeth for orthodontics anymore due to new technology in growing jaws orthopedically.
YOU DON'T KNOW, WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW! I believe this statement sums up my feelings about doctors who continue to amputate body parts unnecessarily. Many doctors do not understand that they are they are treating Epigenetic Problems but think they are treating Genetic problems.
Dr Robert S Corruccini's book (published 1999) "How Anthropology Informs The Orthodontic Diagnosis Of Malocclusion's Causes" clearly show how almost 100% of typical orthodontics are due to epigenetic changes that have taken place in the last 400 years. This book should be required reading not just for orthodontic students but for the educators in orthodontics.
Dr David Signh created a new concept in treating failure of normal development of the maxilla (upper jaw). It was based on his work at the NIH. It is possible to grow the maxilla orthopedically and the airway pneumopedically. Pneumopedically is a term coined by Dr David Signh who created the DNA Appliance to describe growing larger airways. I personally feel that amputation of teeth to rearrange remaining teeth in limited bone will continue (unfortunately in my mind) for many years.
This does not mean you personally will have problems. It is also possible to see a dentist who does not create problems in spite of extractions. I would probably look for a doctor who does not do extractions and get a second opinion. This doctor probably has a very different mind set.
I have lectured on the Developmental aspects of TMJ disorders, Migraines, Sleep Apnea, Gerd, ADD, ADHD in Argentina and in the US. A lecture I gave at the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine A4M meeting to two thousand physicians has been made into a chapter in a textbook on anti-aging medicine.
I recommend the all children be evaluated for airway as young as possible especially if there is snoring. The best time to address these problems is as young as possible. These problems are widespread and common and can create a lifetime of problems.
I will be posting this answer on my websites,,,, websites.
Each of my websites has additional material on this subject.
Ira L Shapira DDS
Chair, American Alliance of TMD Organization
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management
Regent & Fellow, International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics
Former Assistant Professor Rush Medical School Sleep Center
Lifetime member American Dental Association
American Academy of CranioFacial Pain
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Charter member Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea (DOSA)
Founding Credentialed member Sleep Disorder Dental Society (Became American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine)
American Equilibration Society

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posted by Dr Shapira at 8:51 AM

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting Used to Your Sleep Apnea Appliance

One of the best solutions for sleep apnea is an oral appliance. Oral appliances allow patients to sleep soundly, reducing the dangers of sleep apnea like snoring and insomnia. 

For many patients who suffer with sleep apnea, an oral appliance can help them avoid surgery or a CPAP machine. Oral appliances may take some getting used to, but the advantages are clear.

There are many options on the market for sleep apnea appliances, so getting the right one to reposition the jaw, tongue, soft palate and hyoid bone to keep your airway optimal is key. You may need to try more than one appliance to find the one that is right for you.

Even with the right appliance, you will need a customized fit by getting the proper adjustment. For some patients, oral appliances can cause stress to the jaw and teeth. These problems should be resolved with a readjustment of the oral appliance.

Oral appliances generally take some getting used to, and you may need a few adjustments, but with the right appliance, the benefits include:
  • Better, sound sleep that helps you wake refreshed and ready to tackle your day
  • Improved mental state without the fog of sleep apnea
  • Better overall health with reduced risks of high blood pressure and stroke
  • Improvement or elimination of snoring

To find out more about oral appliances and how the right one might work for you, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a local specialist.

posted by Admin at 9:00 AM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Allergens to Keep Out of Your Bedroom

Most people look forward to summer all year, but for millions of Americans, it also means allergy season. Allergies can cause congestion that makes breathing difficult and can make sleep apnea and snoring worse than ever. Treating allergies can offer a snoring solution and reduce sleep apnea symptoms

Steps you can take to reduce allergens in the bedroom include:
  • Remove unnecessary items: Things like stuffed animals, magazine racks, unused furniture and even rugs can collect dust and allergens. A minimalist approach to your bedroom décor can provide a serene feeling while reducing allergies.
  • Keep it Clean: Thorough and regular cleaning is the best thing you can do to rid your bedroom of allergens. Hardwood floors are ideal, but if you have carpet, be sure to vacuum thoroughly with a HEPA certified vacuum. Be sure to launder your bedding once a week.
  • Keep Pets Out: Even if you are not allergic to your pets, keeping your bedroom a pet free zone can help reduce the allergens they can bring in from outside and reduce the presence of dust mites.
  • Use Anti-Allergen Bedding Covers: Mattress covers and zippered pillow covers that are designed to keep dust mites out can greatly reduce allergy symptoms and offer a snoring solution.
Managing your summer allergies is a crucial step in treating sleep apnea. To find out what else you can do, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak with a sleep specialist in your area.

posted by Admin at 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How to Change Your Sleep Position

The unfortunate symptoms of your sleep apnea may leave you desperate for a snoring remedy. One of the things you can do to both treat your sleep apnea and prevent snoring is to adjust your sleeping position.

Changing your sleep position may seem like an impossible feat, but with practice and relaxation it can be done. For most people it only takes about two weeks, and the benefits are worth the effort.

Some sleep positions may provide a snoring remedy and improve your sleep apnea, while others can make it worse:
  • Side: Side sleeping is the best position for increasing blood flow and oxygen flow caused by sleep apnea. Adding a pillow between your legs can alleviate tension on your spine that can lead to lower back pain. Be sure to use a pillow with plenty of loft to keep your head in line with your spine.
  • Stomach: Stomach sleeping can also help keep your airways more open and provide a remedy to your snoring, but it can put a lot of pressure on your spine, neck, face, breasts, and joints.
  • Back: While back sleeping offers many benefits to those suffering from back problems or acid reflux, it is the worst for snoring, and can exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms and asthma.
To keep your desired position while you are getting used to it, you can try wearing backpack or fannypack with a few folded towels inside to prevent you from rolling back onto your back. Another tip is to use pillows around your body so it is uncomfortable to roll over.

To find out more about snoring remedies and behavior modification for sleep apnea, call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak with a sleep specialist in your area.

posted by Admin at 5:00 PM

Monday, May 4, 2015

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Blood Pressure?

May has been recognized as National High Blood Pressure Education Month by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute since 1974. Today, the education campaign involves over 100 national organizations and many more community health organizations across the country.

Sudden drops in blood oxygen (hypoxia) which take place during sleep apnea cause increased blood pressure (hypertension) that puts a strain on the cardiovascular system. Individuals with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of high blood pressure. The more severe the sleep apnea, the higher that risk.

There are many health risks associated with sleep apnea. For example, sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke, even when it does not elevate blood pressure, but high blood pressure is also linked to higher stroke risk. Hypoxia from obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to sudden death due to a cardiac event if an underlying heart disease is present.

Over 1,000 deaths each day are caused at least in part by hypertension. Treating your obstructive sleep apnea is an important step to getting your high blood pressure under control. Other steps you can take to lower your blood pressure include:
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Being a non-smoker
  • Exercising for 30 minutes several times a week
  • Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Managing stress
  • Limiting alcohol intake
To find out more about how to treat obstructive sleep apnea, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a local specialist.  

posted by Admin at 5:00 PM

Monday, April 27, 2015

CPAP Can Help Heart Rate, But Is There an Alternative?

For patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation due to sleep apnea, the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device can cut the risk of arrhythmia in half. While this news – outlined in a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology – is certainly positive for patients at risk for cardiovascular issues due to sleep apnea, many people who have undergone CPAP treatment might wonder if an alternative is available.

CPAP is a proven therapy for sleep apnea. Unfortunately, it has not proved popular with patients.

Many patients who use CPAP report difficulty sleeping due to the machine’s uncomfortable design and noisiness during operation. Others experience irritation of the sinuses, mouth, and eyes, as well as rashes where the mask straps onto the face.

Thankfully there are CPAP treatment alternatives that alleviate sleep apnea without the discomfort and disadvantages that cause compliance rates with the device to be so low. Alternative treatment options include:

Sleep apnea is a danger to the heart and other parts of the body, so seeking timely treatment is very important. For patients who have difficulty adjusting to CPAP during sleep, a specialist can discuss alternative treatment options that have less of an impact on your lifestyle.

Find a suitable CPAP treatment alternative today: Call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak with a sleep specialist in your area. 

posted by Admin at 3:00 PM

Monday, April 20, 2015

Does Snoring Increase Dementia Risk?

Patients with sleep apnea often experience cognitive problems. However, if a bed partner has complained about your snoring, these issues might be a sign that you’re at greater risk for a serious neurological disorder.

A recent study at NYU found that patients with a sleep disorder tend to develop mild cognitive impairment more than a decade earlier than those who don’t suffer from chronic snoring, sleep apnea, or another condition that affects breathing during sleep. TIME Magazine reports that the researchers also found a connection between apnea-related snoring and dementia stemming from Alzheimer’s disease, though the link wasn’t as strong.

Mild cognitive impairment is a risk factor for dementia. Symptoms might include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in mood
  • Trouble with decision making and planning
  • Impulsiveness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
Patients with sleep apnea may also experience cognitive difficulties and emotional and behavioral issues. If you snore, it’s important to take the problem seriously and seek early intervention for sleep apnea.

According to TIME, patients who underwent CPAP treatment for snoring experienced a reduction in their risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia, though adherence rates were (predictably) low. Thankfully, alternative treatments for snoring and sleep apnea are available to help patients breathe normally during sleep without having to wear an uncomfortable CPAP mask.

For more information about snoring treatment, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a local specialist.

posted by Admin at 12:00 PM

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sleep Apnea and Your Child’s Development

According to the American Sleep Apnea Foundation, one quarter of the children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could in fact be suffering from the effects of sleep apnea. The symptoms of these two conditions can manifest in similar ways in children, which is why it’s important for parents to know when their child might be suffering from a sleep disorder.

Both sleep apnea and ADHD can lead to behavioral issues and learning difficulties. For kids with sleep apnea, these symptoms are a result of poor, inconsistent sleep patterns.

Sleep apnea in children might be accompanied by the following behaviors:

  • Snoring
  • Restlessness
  • Odd position while sleeping
  • Bedwetting
  • Sleep walking
As with adults, children must undergo a sleep study to determine whether or not they have sleep apnea. If your child is diagnosed with sleep apnea, the specialist can discuss prospective treatment options.

Though some children overcome sleep apnea as their bodies develop, kids who don’t face the risk of stunted growth and ongoing struggles with ADHD-like symptoms. This could result in trouble with a child’s social skills, school performance, and, if left untreated, negatively affect their transition into the teenage years and adulthood.

If you suspect your child is suffering from sleep apnea, don’t delay getting a diagnosis. Please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to find a local sleep specialist in your area today.

posted by Admin at 8:36 AM

Monday, April 6, 2015

Can a Smartphone Catch Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

ZeeAppnea is a new app available for most smartphones that can detect lapses and other changes in breathing that indicate sleep apnea. In a recent interview with Medgadget, the physician who developed ZeeAppnea said it was the only app-based screening tool for sleep apnea symptoms available.

After downloading the app, users simply take earbuds with microphone capability and place them directly below the nostrils. The earbuds are held in place overnight by hooking the cords over the ears and affixing the cords to the cheeks with tape or an adhesive bandage.

The first alert for someone with sleep apnea symptoms is often a significant other whose sleep suffers because of their partner’s abnormal breathing. Some of the most common signs bedmates cite with concern include:

  • Snoring
  • Sudden stops and starts to breathing
  • Tossing and turning
  • Starting awake and gasping for breath
  • Irritability and other mood changes
In the past, sleep apnea patients simply had another person’s word that they had a problem. Some were incredulous, ignoring symptoms until the condition started having a negative impact on their overall health.

With smartphone technology like ZeeAppnea, hopefully the number of people with undiagnosed sleep apnea symptoms will decrease. However, there is no substitution for a sleep study and consultation with an experienced specialist. Call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a qualified sleep doctor in your area.

posted by Admin at 8:01 AM

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Oral Appliances and Bite Changes: Why a Neyuromuscular Dentist may be the best Doctor to Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a serious medical disorder that puts patients at risk for numerous cardiovascular problems, endocrine problems including changes in Growth hormone, insulin resistance, thyroid hormone and cortisol levels. Other related problems include excessive tiredness, short term memory loss, cognitive problems, marital strife and severely increased risks of motor vehicle accidents.

Sleep apnea is vastly underdiagnosed and currently it is thought that well over 90% of patients with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed.

The guidelines for treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea include oral appliance therapy and CPAP as first line therapies.  Severe sleep apnea guidelines still recommend CPAP as first line treatment and oral appliances as an alternative when patients can't or won't tolerate CPAP.

These guidelines are expected to change after long-term studies (88 months) have shown equal outcomes for severe sleep apnea treated with oral appliances or CPAP.

Studies have long shown CPAP to be extremely effective however on 25% of patients utilize all night on a regular basis.  Over 90% of patients offered a choice prefer oral appliance therapy over CPAP.

Oral Appliance therapy can cause tooth movement or  bite changes over time.
These changes appear to be self limiting and are not sufficiently problematic for most patients to discontinue treatment.  The nature of the changes are apparently healing of the stomatognathic musculature and TMJoints.

Evaluation of the end point of these changes in my office show that patients tested frequently heal to their neuromuscular trajectory. Even though the bites appear to be malocclusion patients rarely experience long-term issues.

The neuromuscular trajectory is the physiologic closing path of the mandible from rest position to first tooth contact.  Because this appearantly is a natural position to heal it may be ideal to restore bites to this position.  Some patients can have minor equilibration or coronoplasty to equalize the bite while others can be restored prosthetically or orthodontically.  Epigenetic (DNA Appliance) orthodontics is an excellent method of correcting the bite on a long term basis.

There is no specialty in TMJ or occlusal positioning but Neuromuscular Dentists understand the concepts of neuromuscular trajectory. Finding a neuromucular dentist can be difficult.

The best place to locate a neuromuscular dentist is thru ICCMO, the International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics at their website or

More information on Sleep Apnea and TMJ disorders are available from the NIH at which contains an excellent report "CARDIOVASCULAR AND SLEEP-RELATED CONSEQUENCES OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS"

More information is available  at and at

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posted by Dr Shapira at 1:52 PM

Monday, March 30, 2015

Is Seasonal Snoring Disturbing Your Sleep?

Spring has just begun, which means more sunshine and nice weather but also the onset of allergy season for those allergic to trees, grasses, pollen, and more. A stuffy nose is unpleasant enough while you’re awake, but congestion can make it hard to breathe at night and potentially cause snoring.

Allergies create blockages in the airway. The goal of snoring treatment is to open up the nasal passages so the patient can breathe more easily, which means managing allergy symptoms can diminish the frequency and severity of snoring.

Potential treatment options for allergies that could also reduce snoring include:

  • Laundering your pillowcase and other bedding to remove dust particles and other allergens
  • Irrigating your nasal passages with a salt water solution
  • Antihistamines, decongestants, and other allergy medication
  • Open your airway by taking a hot shower just prior to bedtime
Allergies can make snoring worse by causing the sinuses to become inflamed, restricting the airflow even further. If you suffer from sleep apnea, the effects of allergy season can intensify the symptoms, leading not only to daytime fatigue but severe health risks if the condition goes unabated for an extended length of time.

To learn more about snoring treatment during allergy season and how to keep your airway open to avoid sleep apnea, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a local specialist today.

posted by Admin at 7:55 AM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What Is the Cost of Sleep Apnea?

An article in the magazine Dental Economics recently discussed the toll sleep apnea takes on American society, and the findings are staggering. The estimated economic impact of apnea in the United States is $165 billion.

Previously a problem confined to the bedroom, sleep apnea poses more than just a financial risk. Agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have put in place screening requirements and guidelines in an effort to prevent commercial and mass transit employees from endangering passengers and bystanders due to sleep deprivation.

Like a number of other diseases and conditions, dentists are uniquely positioned to be able to catch sleep apnea in its early stages. Many patients have found relief from apnea symptoms through dental interventions such as:

Children as well as adults can suffer from sleep apnea. The author of the Dental Economics piece (who is also a dentist) posits that treating developmental issues affecting the jaw, palate, and other parts of the oral cavity when a patient is young can reduce the incidence of sleep apnea and have a positive overall impact on a patient's growth.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can reduce life expectancy by as much as 20%. To find out how a dental specialist can help you or a loved one, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 10:08 AM

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sleep Well Illinois: Promoting Universal Sleep Apnea Screening inCariology and Internal Medice Practices

Sleep Apnea is a dangerous condition that can have advere effects on all aspects of patients live.  Sleep apneaa is usually easy to diagnose and treat but historicaly medicine has only diagnosed about 10% of patients. 

This is a crisi because sleep apnea can lead to heart attacks, strokes, Atrial Fibrillation, excessive daytime sleepiness, increased memory loss, marital problems, high blood pressure,  gastric reflux, ADD, ADHD and other problems,

Sleep Well Illinois is a new company promoting Universal Screening for Sleep Apnea in Physicians offices.  Learn more about Sleep Well Illinois at:

Utilizing a physician based screening program will save both patients and nsurance companies money and insure that the 90% of undiagnosed patients have approriate screening.
A home sleep study model will also be extremely effective in diagnosing the mild and moderate sleep apnea patients who respond amazingly well to comfortable oral appliance therapy rather than CPAP.

CPAP is still considered the gold standard for severe sleep apnea  but patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea usually prefer oral appliance therapy.  Even severe patients who do not tolerate CPAP  and utilize oral appliances do amazingly well in long-term outcome studies in cardiac patients.  These outcome studies show that oral appliances higher compliance rate more than offset superiority of CPAP in these patient.

The exception is in the morbidly obese population.  It is expected that more and more severe sleep apnea patients will opt for a comfortable oral appliance as their primary treatment.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 7:10 AM

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Does Sleep Apnea Make Fatty Liver Disease Worse?

Though both conditions have been linked to excess weight, researchers were long of the opinion that there was no connection between sleep apnea and fatty liver disease. However, a recent study of obese subjects with sleep apnea symptoms found a strong correlation between the sleep disorder and fatty liver.

Two-thirds of the patients evaluated during the study showed signs of fatty liver disease. The patients with severe sleep apnea symptoms tended also to suffer from more extreme cases of fatty liver.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition where, quite simply, fat deposits build up in the liver. Most patients experience no ill effects from the extra fat, but others might suffer inflammation of the liver and, over time, the development of scar tissue.

If fatty liver disease progresses, possible symptoms might include: 

  • Pain in and around the abdomen where the liver is located (upper middle and/or upper right)
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Dark patches on the skin
In advanced cases of fatty liver disease, permanent damage to the organ can occur. Liver failure and cancer of the liver are also more likely.

Sleep apnea can negatively affect the health and function of many parts of the body. The liver is no exception, which is why it’s vital for patients suffering from sleep apnea symptoms to seek treatment from an experienced professional.

Please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to find a sleep specialist in your area.

posted by Admin at 10:21 AM

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Making Sleep a Priority a Painless Choice

It’s Sleep Awareness Week, and the National Sleep Foundation has unveiled the results of its annual Sleep in America™ poll. This year’s survey focused on the impact of pain on quality sleep.

The national poll found that a majority of American adults suffer from some type of recurring pain. For these respondents, pain resulted in an average “sleep debt” of approximately 15 minutes to over 40 minutes. In contrast, 65% of the people who reported not experiencing pain said that their sleep quality was good or very good. On average, these people sleep 18 to 23 minutes more than their counterparts who experience regular pain.

According to the Foundation’s report, people who don’t get the quality of sleep they need due to pain experience a number of negative effects, including:

  • Higher stress levels, including anxiety about the impact lack of sleep might have on their health
  • Greater tendency to wake up during the night (sleep sensitivity)
  • Sleeplessness due to environmental factors
  • Interference in their emotional state and personal and professional activities
Making an effort to get more sleep tends to correspond with greater quality and quantity sleep, even among people who experience pain. If you suffer from sleep apnea or other disorders that affect your ability to get a good night’s rest, you know the importance of sleep and the need to set aside enough time to get a healthy amount.

If you’re not getting the sleep you need and you know you need to make positive steps to change that, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today. A local sleep specialist can counsel you on treatment options for sleep apnea, pain, and a variety of other issues. 

posted by Admin at 8:56 AM

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hold Your Position, Stop Sleep Apnea

The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found that patients who undergo positional sleep therapy often enjoy the same relief from apnea symptoms as patients who use a CPAP device. The study in the Journal specifically addressed the efficacy of the FDA-cleared Zzoma sleep apnea device.

By wearing Zzoma on the upper body during sleep, patients are prevented from lying on their backs. The airway is often more open when sleeping on your side, which can reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Some patients only experience interruptions to breathing when they sleep in a particular position.

If your sleep apnea is positional, there are multiple options for keeping your body in the optimal position. Specially designed devices like Zzoma are available, as well as home care solutions.

Positional therapy options for sleep apnea might include:
  • Propping yourself up with extra pillows
  • Attaching a tennis ball or other object to the back of your pajama top to keep from rolling over
  • A vibro-tactile device that alerts your body to change positions if you lie on your back
Generally, positional therapy is most effective for mild instances of sleep apnea. More severe cases might require a combination of treatments along with altering your sleep habits and making other lifestyle changes.

For more information about sleep apnea devices and other treatment options, please call a sleep specialist in your area at 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 9:20 AM

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Heart Failure Patients With Sleep Apnea Face Higher Risk of Death

By itself, heart failure is an extremely serious health event. However, when taken in tandem with a sleep apnea diagnosis, the need to make positive changes becomes impossible to ignore.

A recent study found that more than 75% of patients hospitalized for heart failure are also diagnosed with sleep apnea. The presence of sleep-disordered breathing in someone who suffered heart failure was also discovered to be a strong indicator of hospital readmission and even a predictor of death within three years of the cardiac event.

The potential signs of heart failure include:

·         Breathlessness
·         Fatigue
·         Arrhythmia
·         Swelling in the lower limbs
·         Nausea and loss of appetite
·         Cough accompanied by white or pink mucous
·         Disorientation
·         Heart palpitations

Patients who are hospitalized for heart failure should undergo a screening for sleep apnea. Within six months to one year, the survival rate among patients who undergo appropriate sleep apnea treatment is roughly equivalent to the recovery rate of a patient who suffers heart failure and does not have a sleep disorder.

Living a heart-healthy lifestyle is critical to prevent loss of function and failure of the organ. Smart choices like losing weight, getting exercise, and not smoking can also diminish the impact of sleep apnea by reducing the likelihood of the airway becoming constricted.

If you believe your health is at risk due to sleep apnea, please call a local sleep specialist at 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today. 

posted by Admin at 1:31 PM

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Snoring Treatment Critical to Reduce Heart Disease Risk

According to a recent estimate by the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, more than 25 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. OSA is accompanied by a myriad of health problems, including a significantly higher likelihood of death from heart disease.

Snoring is more than just a nuisance – it is an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. People with OSA are five times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, so it's essential for patients to find effective snoring treatment before poor quality sleep starts taking a toll on the health of the heart and other parts of the body.

Interruptions to breathing during sleep put a strain on the heart and could lead to high blood pressure as well as an increased risk of heart disease and other complications such as:
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Irregular heartbeat
Approximately 30% to 40% of adults who suffer from hypertension also have sleep apnea. Among patients with heart disease that doesn't respond to medication, the incidence grows to 80%.
Treatment options are available for snoring and sleep apnea as well as high blood pressure. Patients can also make healthy lifestyle adjustments for improved well-being: Losing excess weight can lower the risk of both OSA and hypertension, for example.
For more information about snoring treatments in your area, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to speak with a local sleep specialist.  

posted by Admin at 11:51 AM

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Assessing Your Sleep Quality

Sleeping well isn't just about the number of hours you get per night. More and more research shows that the quality of rest is highly subjective and interruptions from environmental sources, health disorders like sleep apnea, and simply not making bedtime a priority can all be problematic for overall health.

The National Sleep Foundation recently released revised guidelines on the recommended amount of sleep for different age groups. The adult population was broken into three categories: young adults, adults age 26-64, and older adults. All three groups are advised to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep a night.

Environment and behavior can function as “sleep stealers” for any age group, but the foundation report also stressed the need to seek help for sleep interruptions stemming from potential medical issues. The foundation cited some common symptoms of apnea and other sleep disorders as reasons to visit a doctor, including: 

·         Insomnia
·         Snoring
·         Breathing problems
·         Lack of alertness or focus while awake
·         Chronic discomfort, cramping, or tingling of the legs

Sleep is critical to our mental and physical well-being, so not getting enough of it or consistently feeling like you're not well-rested should be treated as a serious health matter. If you're sick of being tired, the first step is to be honest with yourself about your lack of sleep and speak to a professional who can help you identify solutions.

Are you concerned about sleep apnea or other sleep disorders? Please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to speak with a local specialist. 

posted by Admin at 7:50 AM

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Know the Signs of Child Snoring

“Sawing logs” isn't just something adults do during sleep. Approximately 10% of children snore on an almost nightly basis, and as many as one-third of those kids could regularly be suffering from breathing difficulties. All parents should know the risk of child snoring so they can seek help before their child's overall health begins to suffer.

Like adults, child snoring could be indicative of sleep apnea. But this isn't the only sign. Researchers in Canada, for example, have found that when the ratio of the circumference of the neck to the circumference of the waist exceeds .41, a child has a higher likelihood of sleep apnea.

Other potential indicators that your child's snoring might present a bigger problem than just noise include:
  • Choking or gasping for breath during sleep
  • Sleeping in unusual positions
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Trouble in school
  • ADHD and other behavioral issues
  • Stunted growth
Unlike adults, children might not have the ability to describe feelings of fatigue or restlessness while they're awake. Instead, it's important for parents to be aware of a child's behavior during the day and check on them at night for signs of snoring and issues with breathing.
If you suspect your child's snoring might indicate a serious health problem, contact a local sleep specialist in your area: Please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.     

posted by Admin at 10:56 AM