Category Archives: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Don’t Drive Drowsy

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Every year sleepy drivers cause at least 100,000 accidents including many fatalities. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine is helping dentists spread the word about drowsy driving dangers. Drowsy driving accidents usually occur between midnight and 6am, but for patients with obstructive sleep apnea drowsy driving… Read More »

Women’s Sleep Apnea Symptoms May Differ

Sleep apnea affects both men and women but it may be diagnosed less in women because their symptoms may be different from men. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that causes people to stop breathing during sleep. Loud snoring, gasping for breath and daytime fatigue are common symptoms for men but women are less… Read More »

Dentistry and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Why is my dentist talking about sleep apnea?  Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of Americans but an estimated 90% of sufferers have not been diagnosed. It turns out that dentists can spot many of the telltale oral signs of sleep apnea and offer a highly effective treatment as well. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition… Read More »

Could Sleep Apnea Be Linked To Depression?

Yes, it seems that sleep apnea and depression do have a link. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has associated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with major depression. There was no link shown between snoring and depression. Dr. Anne Wheaton, the lead author of the study said “Snorting, gasping or stopping breathing… Read More »

Sleepy Truckers More Prevalent Than You Think

Sleep apnea in the trucking industry is not a secret but what is surprising is just how prevalent the problem is. The recent issue of the journal Sleep published a study that showed 41% of the truck drivers in Australia have obstructive sleep apnea. Less than 5% of the drivers said they had previously been… Read More »

Sleep Apnea Raises Depression Risk

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk for major depression according to a CDC survey. Both men and women appear to have this elevated risk. But while the risk for men was doubled, women in the survey showed a fivefold increase in risk for depression. Snoring by itself did not raise the risk… Read More »

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders but 2/3 of all sufferers are undiagnosed. How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Let’s try answering a few simple questions: Did you feel groggy when you woke up this morning? How about the mornings before that? Has your bed partner complained about… Read More »

Sleep Apnea Treatment Important

Many people think that obstructive sleep apnea is only loud snoring and that treating the disorder isn’t that important. Wrong – obstructive sleep apnea causes the stoppage of breathing during sleep which results in oxygen levels dropping dangerously low. The effects of obstructive sleep apnea include: Headaches Depression Weight gain Inflammation and chronic pain Nighttime… Read More »

Disrupted Sleep Hurts Your Brain

Sleep disruptions hurt your brain and I don’t mean just waking up with a headache! I hear stories about disrupted sleep every day from my Asheville, NC area patients. Now research appears to link disrupted sleep with an increased risk for memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease. Study author Dr. Yo-El Ju states “Disrupted sleep appears… Read More »

Need Sleep – There’s An App For That

It seems like there is a smartphone app for almost anything. Need directions, use the GPS app. Want to discover the night sky, there’s an app that will tell you the names of the stars directly above you. Want to sleep better – why not try an app for that as well? Actually there are… Read More »