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, 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

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sleep Apnea: How Does the Airway Become Blocked?

The director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sleep Surgery division is researching the efficacy of an implantable electrode system – similar to a pacemaker – that stimulates the tongue during sleep to combat blockage of the airway. Obstruction of the airway can lead to sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition where breathing is interrupted during sleep.

When normal breathing stops during sleep, it can lead to a number of negative health consequences, including decreased oxygen flow to crucial parts of the body, disturbances to regular heart rhythm, and inability to get a good night’s rest, to name a few.

These debilitating effects can stem from blockage in the airway that hinders the proper flow of breath. The tongue, as well as these other structures in the body, can become too relaxed during sleep and obstruct the airway:

  • Soft palate tissue at the back of the mouth
  • Uvula
  • Tonsils
  • Adenoids
  • Muscles or soft tissue in the throat
After determining what’s causing your sleep apnea, a qualified physician can recommend treatment options to keep your airway clear during sleep. Though upper airway stimulation systems like the ones being researched at the University of Pittsburgh are still in the initial phases, there are also a number of existing sleep apnea treatments that could help you breathe more easily during sleep and preserve your health and rest.

If you believe you’re suffering from sleep apnea, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to begin exploring treatment options.

posted by Admin at 12:00 PM

Friday, March 21, 2014

How Severe Is My Snoring?

We’ve all heard the expression “sawing logs,” but does it actually sound like you’re using power tools in your bedroom when you go to sleep at night? If so, you might be suffering from severe snoring, which could in turn be a sign that you’re experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea. 

Though snoring loudly might bother your spouse, roommates, or anybody you share a home with, sleep apnea could pose a very serious risk to your health. Sleep apnea patients suffer lapses in breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times a night. Snoring and waking up with a start to catch your breath are some of the earliest symptoms, while over time this sleep disorder can increase your risk of obesity, depression, heart attack, and other major health concerns.

If somebody who sleeps nearby tells you that you snore, a sleep physician can determine if it’s indicative of sleep apnea. There are three different “grades” of snoring:

  • Grade 1: Snoring is irregular and comparatively quiet; no effect on patient’s breathing during sleep
  • Grade 2: Snoring occurs at least three nights a week and can become loud; airway does slightly narrow, meaning patient could experience some breathing difficulties
  • Grade 3: Snoring occurs nightly and is extremely loud; breathing could be interrupted or even stop for brief periods of time during sleep
Patients who snore heavily and suffer from symptoms like daytime fatigue, headaches when waking up, and memory difficulties could be experiencing sleep apnea. To find out more about this disorder and prospective treatment options, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-877-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 1:36 PM

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sleep Apnea Treatment with an Oral Appliance

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the body’s airway is blocked during sleep, causing harmful interruptions to regular breathing. Though there are many different sleep apnea treatments available, one of the most effective might be a device that compensates for features that can narrow the airway.

An oral appliance, sometimes called an orthotic, resembles a mouth guard you might wear while playing sports. The device will be customized to fit your bite, and it can serve multiple purposes, from properly aligning your teeth and jaw for optimal appearance and function to protecting your teeth from habitual grinding.

When used to treat sleep apnea, your orthotic will stabilize the tongue, throat, and soft tissue to alleviate snoring and facilitate easier breathing. Keeping the airway open and breathing consistent can prevent sleep apnea from interrupting your rest and reduce your risk for serious health issues like diabetes, hypertension, and others frequently tied to the disorder.

For some patients, an oral appliance might have advantages over other sleep apnea treatments:

·         Addressing the root cause of airway obstruction better than medication
·         More user-friendly and more comfortable than the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device often prescribed to sleep apnea patients
·         Non-invasive and less intensive than surgical procedures to alter or remove soft tissue that could be blocking the airway

If a loved one or roommate complains that you’re snoring, or you find yourself waking up during the middle of the night gasping for breath, you might be experiencing sleep apnea. To begin exploring treatment options, please contact an established local sleep physician or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-Mask) today.

posted by Admin at 1:04 PM

Friday, March 7, 2014

Do You Know the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

A recent column by a Kansas-based pulmonary specialist in The Wichita Eagle reports that an estimated 13 percent of men and 6 percent of women between the ages of 30 and 70 experience some degree of sleep apnea. If you believe you or a loved one suffers from this harmful sleep disorder, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea and know when to seek treatment.

Sleep apnea is characterized by intermittent to regular breathing cessation during sleep. When breathing stops, the amount of oxygen in the blood decreases. Short-term, apnea can interrupt your ability to get a good night’s rest; long-term, this disorder increases your risk of cardiovascular problems, obesity, depression, and other serious illnesses.

Despite the dangers if left untreated, there are early signs and symptoms of the disorder that could indicate you’re suffering from sleep apnea. These symptoms include:

·         Loud, heavy snoring
·         Waking from sleep during the night choking or gasping for breath
·         Feelings of fatigue when waking up and throughout the day
·         Headaches in the morning
·         Weight gain
·         Difficulty thinking or remembering

If you suffer from symptoms like these, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. To find out more about sleep apnea symptoms and possible treatments for the disorder, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 11:43 AM

Friday, February 28, 2014

Can Sleep Apnea Make Diabetes Worse?

Weight gain and/or being overweight is one of the most common risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study in the medical journal Diabetes Care supports prior research indicating that sleep apnea, another condition aggravated by excess weight, can increase the likelihood of complications in patients with diabetes.

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)
An increasing number of doctors have reported that weight loss and exercise can help alleviate the severity of sleep apnea. Patients with diabetes also benefit from adherence to a fitness regimen, which can help control weight, lower blood pressure, and train the body to manage blood sugar levels better.

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

You’ve heard of an electric blanket, but have you heard of an electric pillow? This new product claims to be able to detect the vibrations caused by snoring and make the snorer move to a different position using an inflatable air bladder within the pillow. However, you can also stop snoring effectively without buying expensive technology.

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
If you’re looking for manageable ways to stop snoring, please contact a qualified sleepdoctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 12:19 AM

Monday, February 17, 2014

Study: Weight Loss Can Alleviate Sleep Apnea

Researchers in Finland recently found that even losing a moderate amount of weight can lead to a reduction in the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Before embarking on any sleep apnea treatment, it’s important to consult a qualified physician who can assess your overall health and make informed recommendations.

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
To find out more about sleep apnea treatments, please contact an experienced sleepdoctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 2:27 AM

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Study Finds Sleep Apnea Symptoms More Pronounced, Harder to Detect in Women

New research conducted by the UCLA School of Nursing found that some of the ill health effects caused by sleep apnea can be a “hidden,” but very real, danger to women. If you’re concerned about how sleep apnea symptoms could affect your overall health, it’s important to seek early treatment from a qualified sleep doctor.

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?

If you are consistently tired during the day even though you seem to be getting an adequate number of hours of sleep each night, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea symptoms stem from the interruption of breathing during sleep, which ultimately affects your ability to get sufficient rest.

Some people suffer from sleep apnea but don’t realize it. If you regularly experience daytime fatigue symptoms like not feeling refreshed upon waking up or an intense, unexplained need to take naps during the day, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible for a medical evaluation.

One of the most common initial signs of sleep apnea is extremely loud nighttime snoring. If the disorder persists, daytime fatigue could get worse with prolonged interruption to your sleep patterns. However, these are only two items in a lengthy list of sleep apnea symptoms, including:

  • Morning headaches
  • Jolting awake with a feeling like you’re gasping for breath
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Short-term memory problems
  • An inability to concentrate when awake
  • Limited energy level
  • Depression or anxiety
If you are suffering from daytime fatigue or experiencing physical, mental or emotional symptoms like the ones mentioned above, it is important to get evaluated for sleep apnea. This breathing disorder can be life-threatening if not diagnosed in a timely fashion and treated properly.

To find out more about sleep apnea symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and other information, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 6:12 AM

Friday, January 24, 2014

Are Surgeries to Treat Sleep Apnea Safe?

The most common variety of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition where blockages in the airway momentarily stop breathing during sleep. If you have this disorder, you and your doctor can discuss treatment options that address the severity and specific circumstances of your health. In very serious cases, sleep apnea surgery is a potential option.

Some sleep apnea treatments use medication, an oral appliance or other methods to relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea. The goal of surgery procedures is to increase the size of the airway and reduce the presence of obstructions permanently.

Sleep apnea surgeries can be conducted on parts of the airway such as:
  • Tonsils
  • Tongue
  • Soft palate
  • Uvula
  • Adenoids
  • Jaw
  • Throat tissue
While sleep apnea surgery can offer permanent relief for breathing problems during sleep, surgery is a much more intensive, invasive treatment method than many other remedies, sometimes requiring a lengthy recovery period.

Most doctors will recommend trying a less drastic approach before surgery. Your sleep doctor will work closely with you to determine the cause of your apnea and initial treatment options that suit your condition. If necessary, you can discuss the potential benefits of sleep apnea surgery if other treatments are ineffective.

If you’d like more information about sleep apnea surgery, please contact a sleep physician in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule your initial consultation.

posted by Admin at 12:05 AM

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How Do Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea?

Patients who are dissatisfied with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and reluctant to undergo surgery for sleep apnea might find relief for the debilitating effects of this sleep disorder by visiting a dentist. If you suffer from interrupted breathing during sleep caused by obstruction of the airway, a qualified sleep apnea dentist can evaluate your health and recommend treatment options.

Though your dentist’s recommendation will vary based on the unique circumstances of your condition, a common sleep apnea treatment involves the use of a specially made oral appliance. Oral appliances come in many different forms and serve many different functions to help keep your airway open during sleep and alleviate the severity of sleep apnea, including:

  • 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
When selecting a dentist to treat sleep apnea, be sure the provider has extensive knowledge of apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders in order to get informed diagnosis and treatment options. It’s also imperative for the effectiveness of the oral appliance that the device be fitted properly to match the unique structure of your mouth.

Once your oral appliance is in place, maintain an appointment with your dentist at least every six months for the first year of sleep apnea treatment to ensure the functionality of the device and make sure it fits properly within your mouth.

To find out more about potential dental solutions for sleeping disorders, please contact asleep apnea dentist in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 6:07 AM

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What Snoring Could Say about Your Blood Pressure

The only time most healthy people receive a blood pressure reading is at their yearly checkup at the doctor's office. But snoring and other breathing problems during sleep can be a symptom of a very serious medical condition: sleep apnea. If you are snoring at night, it’s important to contact a sleep doctor to begin receiving diagnosis and treatment.

You might not even be aware that you’re snoring until your significant other or housemate in an adjoining room complains about the noise. Loud snoring is an indication that your airway is being obstructed during sleep.

While occasional snoring is normal and non-harmful, snoring every night could be one of the earliest indicators that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, a condition where breathing becomes interrupted during sleep. One of the many serious symptoms of sleep apnea is diminished oxygen content in the blood, which can increase the risk of high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is another serious medical condition that makes the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body. High blood pressure can be asymptomatic in its early stages, making it hard for patients with the disorder to know when to seek treatment. However, regular appointments with your doctor can help track your blood pressure so it doesn’t reach critical levels.

Early detection might reduce your risk of potentially serious complications such as:
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Diminished kidney function
  • Damage to blood vessels in the eyes
  • Cognitive impairment affecting memory and learning abilities.
If you’re snoring at night, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule a blood pressure evaluation and learn about steps for treating sleep apnea.

posted by Admin at 12:08 AM

Monday, December 23, 2013

Childhood Sleep Apnea Linked to Later Behavior Issues, Study Says

The medical journal Pediatrics recently published a statistical analysis of childhood sleep patterns that indicated children as young as six months old who experience sleep apnea symptoms are at significant risk of exhibiting behavioral problems as they develop. If you think your child is suffering from a sleep disorder, it’s important to explore sleep apnea treatment sooner than later to encourage healthy growth.

Children need significantly more sleep than adults to stay alert and retain optimal health. By obstructing the airway and making sufferers wake up, however briefly, to catch their breath, apnea and other sleep disorders can interrupt your good night’s rest hundreds of times per night, depending on severity.

Kids with sleep apnea can suffer not only from the established health risks of the disorder but mental and emotional effects from insufficient sleep as well. The developmental impact of sleep apnea on children can manifest as:

  • 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
If any of these effects remind you of your child’s behavior, keep an eye out for sleep apnea symptoms such as:

  • 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
To find out more about sleep apnea treatments for children and adults, please contact a sleep doctor in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

posted by Admin at 10:44 PM

Friday, December 20, 2013

What Causes Snoring?

Most people think of snoring as an auditory nuisance, but it can pose a serious health risk to the sleeper if left untreated. If you snore, it’s important to talk to a physician specializing in sleep disorders who can examine your health and suggest snoring treatment options.

In terms of basic anatomy, snoring can occur when your airway becomes obstructed during sleep. The unpleasant sound that often accompanies snoring is actually an audible vibration emanating from the sleeper’s soft palate and uvula (respectively the soft tissue on the roof of the mouth and the punching bag-like structure at the back of the throat) as he/she struggles to inhale.

There are multiple reasons why your airway could be obstructed at night. Common causes of snoring include:

  • 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
Heavy snoring can also be one of the early symptoms of sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that interrupts breathing (and, consequently, decreases the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream) during sleep. Much like snoring, sleep apnea can result from blockage impeding the movement of breath in the airway.

There are a number of risk factors for developing sleep apnea, so it’s important to consult a sleep physician in your area right away to find out what’s making you snore and discuss potential treatments.

If you’re seeking a snoring treatment to ensure you and your housemates can enjoy a quiet night’s sleep, please contact a local sleep doctor or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to schedule your initial evaluation.

posted by Admin at 10:39 PM