Obstructive Sleep Apnea and COVID-19

The current pandemic is understandably leading to anxiety and fear for many people, who are not only concerned about their own welfare, but vulnerable loved ones too. There is still much to be understood about this new strain of flu-like virus. However, one of the often-repeated facts we are aware of is the elderly and people with underlying health conditions are at increased risk of displaying severe symptoms and increased mortality rates. People with obstructive sleep apnea need to take additional care to minimize their potential exposure to the virus as it is a chronic respiratory condition which could place …

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Boost your Immune System with Sleep

You may remember a parent saying you need sleep to stay healthy when you were a kid. You may have thought it was a conspiracy to get you to go to bed.  It probably was, but it’s also true!  Sleep is essential to our immune system’s ability to fight disease. According to Mayo Clinic experts, studies have shown that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus like COVID-19 or even the common cold virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you …

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Patient Safety regarding Infection Diseases

Message from the Chief Operating Officer: Millennium Sleep Lab is dedicated to the health of our patients which means getting them the test they need and not exposing them to COVID19 or any other infectious disease. We have existing infection control protocols for cleaning test equipment and facility surfaces that include: Intermediate level disinfectants used on hard surface like plastic cases Laundering with medical grade detergent of soft materials like elastic sensors Careful separation of clean areas from receiving areas The disinfectant used exceeds the recommendation from the CDC.  These protocols have been reviewed, inspected and approved by the JCAHO …

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Servicing the Undiagnosed OSA Population

We at Millennium Sleep Lab are disappointed that a pillar of the home sleep testing community has filed for Bankruptcy.  We considered NovaSom a quality provider that delivered in both technology as well as patient care. Losing a national sleep testing provider when there are an estimated 22 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea and 80% undiagnosed, leaves many patients at risk of not receiving the care they need! Millennium Sleep Lab has historically served the mid-West with home sleep tests, but in the last year has expanded to serve the entire continental United States!  We can bring our core values of convenience, quality, …

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May is High Blood Pressure Education Month!

83% of drug resistant hypertension patients also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea! Half of Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients also have hypertension! The good news is treatment can help! For example evidence shows when you treat people with sleep apnea, their blood pressure is not only lower at night – it’s also lower during the day. Take time to have your (or your loved ones) sleep evaluated –  it can even be done in your own home! Talk to your us or your medical professional about your sleep today! According to the National Sleep Foundation https://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/sleep-apnea-and-heart-disease The American Heart Association and the American …

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#HeartMonth February

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 thepositive 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 into …

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Circadian Rhythm – The Science behind Healthy Sleep

At Millennium Sleep Labs we are dedicated to not only diagnosing and treating sleep disorders but to educating what the effects of sleep loss can have on the system. Today we are getting a little technical by looking how having a sleep disorder can disrupt your Circadian Rhythm and affect the enzymes that your body produces. Circadian (∼24-hour) timing systems pervade all kingdoms of life and effect behavior and physiology in humans. The consequences of disruption to the circadian system and sleep are profound and include myriad metabolic ramifications. If not addressed, the effects of such disruption will continue to …

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Sleep Apnea and Depression

Here at Millennium Sleep Lab our focus is on helping individuals recognize and treat sleep disorders. Although our focus is on treatment the first step in any treatment program is recognizing there is a problem. If we can bring more awareness to sleep related health issues we can treat some of the symptoms before further harm is done before they lead to significant health risks. In appreciation of the good work at WebMD, we are reposting a checklist to help identify some of the warning signs of depression. Feeling down? Get checked out. Visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org. Help yourself If you have suicidal …

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