Allergy Season Could Mean Less Sleep

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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Sleep Apnea in the Winter

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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Sleep Tech at Consumer Electronic Show

Sleep Technology was a star at this years 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017). The event debuted a Sleep Tech Marketplace to showcase all the sleep-oriented products! Snooze-inducing headphones, belts & other trackers to record every toss and turn, and ‘smart’ alarm clocks, pillowcases, & beds… Oh My!!! See what Bloomberg reports from the show floor.

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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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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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