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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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Summer Sleep Tips

The summer often brings a change in the weather and a change in our routines. For those with a sleep disorder, this can mean a disruption to healthy sleep patterns. Here are a few tips to maintain restful nights throughout the summer months. Don’t Over Indulge Summer is a time of celebration. Summer picnics and parties often include alcoholic beverages. Too much drinking can cause fragmented sleep that will not leave you rested in the morning. Drink modest amounts early in the evening leaving plenty of time for water before bed. Eating Before Bed The days stay lighter much later …

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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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What Would Happen if You Didn’t Sleep?!

Check out this TED-Ed quick video (less than 5 minutes) on What Would Happen if You Didn’t Sleep?! Wow, do our bodies need quality sleep! In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. TED-Ed and Claudia Aguirre show what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.

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Sleep Gives Pro Players an Edge

Having the best players is no longer enough for major league baseball teams. Teams must also look for advantages to keep their players ready to perform as often as possible. The Boston Red Sox feel that adequate sleep is just the advantage their team needs. “We consider sleep to be one of the most important activities we do as human beings,” said Red Sox head trainer Brad Pearson. “It is while we sleep that peak physical and mental recovery occurs. While this is important to us all, it is imperative in a sport such as baseball, where the players are …

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