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
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Irregular heartbeat and/or breathing
posted by Admin at 7:49 AM
Friday, April 11, 2014
Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Job?
- Trouble concentrating
- Poor short-term memory
- Mood swings
posted by Admin at 9:10 AM
Friday, April 4, 2014
Does Your Child Have Sleep Apnea?
- Loud snoring
- Tossing and turning
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Bed wetting
- Sleep walking
posted by Admin at 7:43 AM
Friday, March 28, 2014
Sleep Apnea: How Does the Airway Become Blocked?
- Soft palate tissue at the back of the mouth
- Muscles or soft tissue in the throat
posted by Admin at 12:00 PM
Friday, March 21, 2014
How Severe Is My 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
posted by Admin at 1:36 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014
Sleep Apnea Treatment with an Oral Appliance
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.
posted by Admin at 1:04 PM
Friday, March 7, 2014
Do You Know the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
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:
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?
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