Allergy Season Could Mean Less Sleep

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Allergies are the 5th leading cause of chronic illness in the US. An estimated 40 million people suffer from allergies in the US each year. An allergy is when your immune system reacts to an allergen, or foreign substance that is eaten, inhaled, touched, or injected into your body. Allergic reactions vary from rashes and hives to breathing trouble and even death. A common form of allergies is allergic rhinitis. This is the irritation and inflammation of nasal passages caused by breathed in allergens from sources such as trees, pollen, mold, dust, and pets. Sleep problems are common for people …

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February is Heart Month

February is heart month. February is when we have our hearts checked and when we commit ourselves to heart-healthy living. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.  On the positive side, there are many ways to reduce our risk of heart disease, and one of the easiest is to get tested and treated for sleep apnea. Evidence continues to show a close relationship between heart disease, including hypertension, and sleep apnea.  When oxygen levels decrease during sleep, blood pressure spikes. This high blood pressure can then carry …

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Research Study compares Sleep Testing

A new research study compared laboratory-based test Polysomnography, know as PSG (complete set of channels), to home study type testing, or HST (limited channels). The research revealed A 7-channel HST including airflow, effort, body position, and oxygen saturation that is manually-scored is comparable to in lab testing A 2-channel HST that is auto-scored is inferior The study titled “Physician Decision Making and Clinical Outcomes With Laboratory Polysomnography or Limited-Channel Sleep Studies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Randomized Trial” was just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The trial was conducted in 406 patients suspected to have OSA. The research compared outcomes of …

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Sleep Apnea in the Winter

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Are your OSA symptoms more severe in the winter months? If so, you are not alone. More patients report severe sleep apnea symptoms in the colder months of the year. In fact the number of patients reporting their OSA symptoms as severe is 6% higher in the winter. The AHI, or measure of how disrupted your breathing is and how much it affects your oxygen levels, is often higher in the winter as well (17.8 Winter to 15 Summer). * So, why is winter more severe for OSA patients? There are many potential factors. First, there are more colds and …

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