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Study Finds Lack of Sleep Limits Ability to Interpret Facial Expressions

Researchers at the University of Arizona found an association between sleep deprivation and the ability to recognize facial expressions. The study was based on data from 54 participants who were shown photographs of the same male face with varying degrees of fear, happiness, sadness, anger, surprise and disgust. Researchers found that facial expressions — such as an obvious grin or frown were easily identifiable regardless of how much sleep a participant got. However, participants who were deprived of sleep for one night had a harder time identifying facial expressions of happiness or sadness compared to when they were rested. “As …

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World Sleep Day 2017

Join participants from over 72 countries around the world in a global call to action about the importance of sleep. Friday, March 17, 2017 is the 10th annual World Sleep Day. Created and hosted by World Sleep Society, World Sleep Day is an internationally recognized awareness event bringing sleep health professionals and patients together for one important common cause: Sleep. Did you know: Sound sleep is one of the three pillars of good health along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleep is a basic human need, …

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Ugh It’s Time To Spring Forward And Lose An Hour Of Sleep

Daylight Saving Time — setting clocks ahead an hour — goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday March 12th. The National Sleep Foundation says “springing forward” takes more of a toll than “falling back,” largely because most Americans are already plenty sleep-deprived as it is. Even though the clocks change by only an hour, the effects can be noticeable. Giving up just one hour of shuteye can negatively impact how you feel and function during the day. It’s as if you end up with a mild case of jet lag!

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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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Poor sleep, is it worth it?

Lack of sleep is dangerous to your health. It makes you more susceptible to disease and infection. It causes wounds to heal slower and makes your aches and pains more intense. It increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and in extreme cases leads to death. It is important to see a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping. There are also immediate side effects that can cause physical and mental changes to your body such as morning headaches, daytime drowsiness, irritability, difficulty focusing and low motivation. If your side effects and health risks aren’t enough to send you …

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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

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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What is an IN HOME SLEEP TEST?

What is an In Home Sleep Test? An In Home Sleep Test is modified sleep test performed in your home with a portable device. In Home Sleep Tests are primarily used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These tests use lightweight portable devices to monitor your sleep position, snoring, oxygen level, heart rate, air flow and breathing effort. What is the difference between an In Home and an In Lab Sleep Test? An In Home Sleep Test is performed in your home versus staying overnight at a sleep lab. In Home Sleep Tests use portable monitoring devices that measure oxygen …

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