Category Archives: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Waking Up For Potty Breaks May Be Sign of Sleep Disorder

Are you one of  those people who gets up for potty breaks during the night? This could be an unusual sign that you might have sleep apnea. Mouth breathing can be another unusual sign. Some people also experience a lower threshold for pain, depression, concentration problems or irritability. Because these symptoms can be linked to… Read More »

Migraines and Sleep Apnea

Migraine headache sufferers might want to think about getting tested for sleep apnea. Percy Harvin, a football player for the Minnesota Vikings,  underwent a sleep test following a collapse during practice. Harvin has suffered from migraine headaches for years and at first his collapse was thought to be headache related. The results of the sleep… Read More »

Sleeping Badly Increases Heart Disease Risk

If you are sleeping badly and only sleeping for short amounts of time, new research shows that you have a 65% increased risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, compared to normal sleepers. A recent study explored the combined associations of sleep duration and quality with incidence of heart disease. Nearly 20,500 participants between… Read More »

Fatty Diet Can Ruin Your Sleep

A glass of warm milk at bedtime can help you sleep better and that Thanksgiving Turkey is notorious for making people nod out on the couch, but did you know the wrong things in your diet can ruin your sleep? Researchers in Minnesota found that eating a diet with a lot of high fat foods… Read More »

Children’s Sleep Problems Linked to School Problems

Children who have sleep problems are more likely to experience learning problems at school. While pediatric sleep disorders have been linked to behavioral and speech problems in earlier studies, a new study of British children involved in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (a large group has been followed since 1992 providing data… Read More »

Sleepy Truckers More Common Than We Think

The transportation industry has been highlighting the dangers of driving while drowsy and a new study from Switzerland shows that up to 40% of truckers may suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be dangerous on the road because leads to daytime sleepiness and has been implicated as the cause in fatal wrecks. The new… Read More »

Choices For Treating Sleep Apnea

We have to make lots of choices in life – but do you have a choice about how to treat your sleep apnea? In most cases obstructive sleep apnea is treated using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) but did you know that there is another option, a dental appliance! The choice of which device can be… Read More »

Is Your iPad Affecting Your Sleep?

Research published in the journal Applied Ergonomics showed that using an electronic device with a “back-lit” display like those used by the iPad and other tablet computers affected melatonin levels. Melatonin is a hormone that is part of our sleep-wake cycle. Our bodies naturally produce more of this hormone at night which is why we… Read More »

Get A Better Brain With Better Sleep

Do you sometimes feel like your brain is in a fog? How’s your sleep? The two are strongly linked. One of the functions of sleep appears to be acting as file clerk to our memories. The brain “files” things that we have learned throughout the day into the appropriate “file cabinets” in our brain. This… Read More »

Is Sleep Apnea Serious?

An estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea – the same number of people who have diabetes or asthma. Of those 18 million people only 10% have been diagnosed. What is sleep apnea and is it really serious? Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes interruptions in breathing while you are asleep. The… Read More »