Healthy Sleep this Holiday Season

The team at Millennium Sleep Lab appreciates our patients and partners we wish you a year filled with healthy sleep in 2017.  Our patient educators are here to help if you have any remaining questions about sleep testing or sleep therapy. If you or someone you love has mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance might be the perfect gift.  Did you know a custom-fit oral appliance can provide the same level of sleep therapy as CPAP? An oral appliance also removes the need for the cumbersome equipment and supplies associated with CPAP therapy. At Millennium Sleep Lab, we believe …

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Tongue during a MRI

A unique look at the TONGUE! The human tongue is truly an incredible muscle?! If only the video depicted what happens during snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Then we might be able to watch the relaxed throat muscles collapse and block the airway. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses. In trying to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring.

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More Stress Leads to Less Sleep

Many of us toss and turn when we can’t sleep for a night or two. But for some, a restless night is routine. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million report having an occasional sleeping problem. Stress and anxiety are key contributors to these reported sleep problems. Stress is our response to daily life. It affects us emotionally, physically, and behaviorally. Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately …

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Thanksgiving Tips for those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Thanksgiving is a time when families gather to share thanks and to indulge. Families travel near and far to share festive meals and celebrations with those they love. For those with sleep disorders these indulgences and celebrations can wreck havoc on their sleep routines. Following these few Thanksgiving and Obstructive Sleep Apnea guidelines makes it possible to enjoy the holidays and maintain positive sleep health. Avoid Overeating  Healthy eating and weight management are an important part of any obstructive sleep apnea treatment plan. These guidelines also pertain to the holidays. You can still enjoy the Thanksgiving feast it just requires …

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Call for Type 2 Diabetics to be Screened for OSA

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.6 million Americans aged 20 years or older suffer from diabetes, with 90 to 95 percent of the cases being Type 2 Diabetes. With Type 2 Diabetes, the body does not use insulin properly leaving patients struggling to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Research shows that seven in 10 people with Type 2 diabetes also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which directly impacts their diabetes symptoms and their glucose control. The more severe a diabetic’s untreated sleep apnea, the poorer their glucose control. Sleep Apnea is identified by pauses in breathing. …

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Pledge to Not Drive Drowsy

Will YOU Take the Pledge to Not Drive Drowsy? Check out the Change.org campaign started by media mogul Arianna Huffington HERE. Please join us in taking the pledge to not drive drowsy, to not let your friends and family drive drowsy, and to join the effort to bring the same attention to drowsy driving as we brought to drunk driving. When we do, we can succeed not only in raising awareness, but in saving lives.  #TakeABreakToStayAwake

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DROWSY DRIVING – Are you putting yourself in danger?

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The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has designated, November 6-13 as National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving. The dangers of drowsy driving are not as well known but are just as real. In fact, sleep-deprived drivers cause more than 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries on American roadways each year. 1 Drowsy driving is when a driver is fatigued due to lack of sleep. Drowsy drivers have diminished awareness, delayed braking and can even fall asleep at the wheel. Studies show that being awake for more than 20 hours …

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SLEEP TEST AT HOME – No need to go to lab!

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Did you know there is an alternative to testing in a lab? We provide portable home sleep testing in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  In recent years the technology in sleep diagnostics has evolved. First, it is important to note that not all portable home sleep monitoring or testing are equal. A Home Sleep Test, know as HST, can lead to accurate diagnosis while allowing patients to stay in their familiar home environment. Millenium Sleep Lab offers a comprehensive Home Sleep Test (HST) instead of the cumbersome and expensive attended lab sleep test, know as Polysomnography (PSG). Although these two test differ slightly …

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TIRED OF BEING TIRED – Are you putting yourself in danger?

“Sleep-deprived drivers cause more than 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries on American roadways each year.” said Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD who is working with the National Sleep Foundation on its Drowsy Driving Consensus Panel. If your quality of sleep is compromised due to an issue such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you are putting yourself and others at risk every time you get behind the wheel.  Drowsy Driving is Dangerous! Get out of danger – see Patient Info to take your next steps!

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