Category Archives: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Is There a Link Between Sleep Problems and Cancer?

Are sleep problems be linked to prostate cancer risk? A study done in Iceland showed that men with the most trouble sleeping were twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as those without any sleep disruptions. The study participants primarily experienced severe insomnia. Other research has also linked sleep disruption and cancer. A previous study… Read More »

New Health Trends

A national research group called The Values Institute at DGWB surveyed consumers and determined the new health trends for 2012. They predict we’ll be hearing about: Natural energy drinks – consumers will be looking for an energy boost from more natural ingredients like vitamins and tea extracts and avoid chemically laden drinks like Red Bull… Read More »

Exercise Improves Sleep

Do you exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week? You might want to start if you have been having trouble staying awake during the day. A new study in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity reports that people sleep much better and feel more alert during the day if they get… Read More »

Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Brain?

Remember those commercials showing an egg in a frying pan with the tag line “this is your brain…” and then “… this is your brain on drugs”? It may be that sleep apnea patients are having their brains “fried” as well.  A study published last year found reduced amounts of brain “gray matter” in multiple… Read More »

Sleep Apnea May Be More Dangerous In Middle Age

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which people stop breathing during sleep. OSA has been diagnosed in all age groups.  A study published in the journal CHEST found that OSA may have more of an effect on the health of those who develop the condition during middle age as opposed to those who… Read More »

Dangerous CPAP Alternatives on the Internet

Trolling  the internet recently I discovered dozens of  websites, forums and user groups that discuss the ongoing battles that patients seem to have with the CPAP machines. While CPAP is the gold standard of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea most patients can’t stick with the machines over the long term. The traffic on these sites… Read More »

Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Sleep Apnea

The risk of heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (afib) are dramatically increased in patients who have sleep disordered breathing such as sleep apnea. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that the risk of having an abnormal heartbeat was 18 times higher immediately after an apnea episode compared to… Read More »

High Blood Pressure Affected By Sleep Quality

When sleeping, humans shift in and out of several phases of sleep. The most restorative type of sleep is deep or slow-wave sleep and a study reported in Hypertension found that older men with the lowest levels of deep sleep were at increased risk of high blood pressure. Most previous studies of sleep and hypertension… Read More »

Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)  is a disorder that causes the stoppage of breathing during sleep.Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of obstructive sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed and this dangerous disorder is left untreated. Because most people visit their dentist more often than they see their doctor screening for obstructive sleep apnea is something… Read More »

Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is common among patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Choosing to treat obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy may allow patients to deal with two problems at once. It appears that using an oral appliance may also reduce acid reflux symptoms. A small study looked at dental patients who wanted to use an… Read More »