Menopause and Sleep Disorders

September is a big month for sleep therapy and sleep awareness. Not only are we advertising the ASAA’s “Sleeptember” event, but we are calling to attention that September is Menopause awareness month. Why would Millenium Sleep Labs tie in menopause with the “Sleeptember” sleep awareness campaign? Very simple: “Menopausal women are 2 to 3 times more likely to have sleep apnea.  They are also at higher risk of insomnia and depression, which scientific research shows caused by the “domino theory” that sleep disruption leads to insomnia followed by depression.” “Research studies have shown: Women are 3.4 times more likely to …

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“SLEEPtember” Kicks Off

During the month of September, the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) and numerous partners will launch a month-long campaign to raise awareness of sleep disorders, to educate people on the importance of sleep and to promote healthy sleep habits. This program will use the power of social media to bring together people facing health challenges and advocates to form a powerful community that will support and comfort one another and create groundbreaking research and advocacy programs to change how research is conducted and funded. Participation is easy: Take your bedhead photo and post on your social media using #ASAAbedhead and …

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Panic Attacks and Sleep Apnea

Roughly 3% or more of American adults are living with a panic disorder. Many of these adults experience nocturnal panic attacks that could be a result of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. A panic disorder is when a person frequently experiences debilitating anxiety and fear without reasonable cause.  Symptoms of a panic disorder can include headache, dizziness, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and elevated heart rate. The symptoms of a panic disorder are similar to that of obstructive sleep apnea especially when experienced nocturnally. If a person suddenly awakens from a deep sleep with chest pain and difficulty breathing, it can leave that …

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African Americans may be at greater risk of OSA

Research collected by the National Institute of Health through their Jackson (Mississippi) Heart Study represents the sleep data of 825 African Americans with an average age of 63, and two-thirds of which were female. The data shows an increased incidence of sleep disorder related health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the African American participants. Further, three out of four participants were also found to have obstructive sleep apnea, based on an AHI level above 5. Yet only 2.1% of these participants had received a sleep apnea diagnosis from a physician, prior to this study. Researchers …

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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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