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Announcement: Sleep Apnea

September 1st, 2009

Sleep Apnea or Sleep Apnoea (depending on where you live) is a common disorder nearly as common as adult diabetes with the most common and usually most severe sleep apnea condition being known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA for short.


It is thought that one in twenty-five middle-aged men and one in every fifty middle-aged women may have Sleep Apnea and of these less than half are likely to have been diagnosed. Sleep apnea diagnosis usually depends on other persons observations of the sufferer and the  recognition of the sleep apnea symptoms, particularly sleep apnea snoring and cessations in breathing while asleep, as most sufferers may not even be aware that they have the condition.

With the American Sleep Foundation reporting that sleep deprivation, not cancer or coronary illness, now constitutes the number one killer in the Western World, Sleep Apnea is fast becoming a major issue for western society.

There are three types of Sleep Apnea, these being.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea where the airway collapses or becomes blocked and restricts breathing, and is the most common form of Sleep Apnea .
  • Central Sleep Apnea is the less common form of Sleep Apnea and is where the brain fails to tell the body to breath and
  • Mixed Apnea which is a combination of both Central and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Untreated Sleep Apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. The broken sleep pattern that comes with Sleep Apnea also leads to increased tiredness and decreased awareness in waking hours, with some sufferers experiencing periods of momentary sleep events at times throughout the day.

The sleep apnea treatment method adopted will depend on the severity of the condition and the physical condition of the patient and in most cases involves the ongoing use of a CPAP or Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine,  but can also include the use of physical devices such as Mandibular Advancement Devices (or MAD’s) or in some cases sleep apnea surgery.

Sleep Apnea is normally something that develops over a period of time and as such is usually not noticed as a problem, with most people putting the symptoms down to just being part of “growing older”; this is not necessarily the case.

There are no blood or other post event tests for determining Sleep Apnea , and as such Sleep Apnea is normally diagnosed as a result of comments or complaints from sleeping partners or family who have noticed the gaps in breathing or the excessive snoring.

Sleep Apnea can be treated or managed once diagnosed. The risks to your health associated with failing to act on sleep apnea are significant and Sleep Apnea should not be taken lightly. If you have any of the symptoms or are told by your partner that you do, then you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea, take action now, get yourself assessed, it could save a life, yours.

 

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12 Natural Treatment Tips for Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, and other Sleep Disorders!

April 11th, 2011

http://www.mystic-sleep.com/index.htm?aff=y/84 Sleep is the natural state of bodily rest. When you sleep, your body rests and restores its energy levels. Consistently good sleep helps you cope with stress, solve problems and recover from illness, and helps ensure long-term physical and mental well-being.

* Infants require about 16 hours a day
*Teenagers need about 9 hours on average
* Most adults need 7 to 8 hours a night for the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day
*Women in the first 3 months of pregnancy often need several more hours of sleep than usual

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You can optimize your health and quality of sleep by:

1) Reversing Damage – Years of stressful living caused damage to your body and mind. To help reverse this, Mystic Sleep releases hundreds of phytonutrients that act at the molecular level to normalize hormone levels, support brain function, alleviate mental duress, remove toxins, restore your immune system, and reinstate healthy sleep cycle.

2) Set a Schedule – Go to bed at a set time each night and get up at the same time each morning. Disrupting this schedule may lead to insomnia. Avoid napping during the day. “Sleeping in” on weekends also makes it harder to wake up early on Monday morning because it re-sets your sleep cycles for a later awakening.

3) Exercise – Try to exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day. Daily exercise often helps people sleep, although a workout soon before bedtime may interfere with sleep. For maximum benefit, try to get your exercise about 5 to 6 hours before going to bed.

4) Avoid Caffeine, Nicotine, and Alcohol – Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, which acts as a stimulant and keeps you awake. Sources of caffeine include coffee (100-200 mg), soft drinks (50-75 mg), non-herbal teas (50-75 mg), chocolate, diet drugs, and some pain relievers. Smokers tend to sleep very lightly and often wake up in the early morning due to nicotine withdrawal. Alcohol robs people of deep sleep and REM sleep and keeps them in the lighter stages of sleep.

5) Avoid Using Sedatives – While you might fall asleep, the complete restorative sleep cycle will be not realized. You might awaken feeling unrefreshed, groggy, or hungover. Once you stop taking the sedatives, you might suffer withdrawal symptoms which will further interfere with attainment of natural sleep.

6) Drink Milk – Milk contains a substance called tryptophan. The body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, a chemical in the brain. Serotonin helps control sleep patterns, appetite, pain, and other functions. Milk does not contain enough tryptophan to change sleep patterns, but drinking a glass of milk before bed may help you relax.

7) Avoid Large Meals / Excessive Fluids – This might cause you to awaken due digestion problems or urination.

8) Relax before Bed – A warm bath, reading, or another relaxing routine (deep breathing, yoga, meditation) can make it easier to fall sleep. You can train yourself to associate certain restful activities with sleep and make them part of your bedtime ritual.

9) Don’t Lie in Bed Awake – If you can’t get to sleep, don’t just lie in bed. Do something else, like reading, watching television, or listening to music, until you feel tired. The anxiety of being unable to fall asleep can actually contribute to insomnia. Don’t expose yourself to content that is prone to increase anxiety – like the news.

10) Create a Sanctuary – Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet. Use eye shades or earplugs if needed. Maintain a comfortable temperature in the bedroom. Extreme temperatures may disrupt sleep or prevent you from falling asleep.

11) Minimize Snoring – Sleep on your side to minimize snoring and breathing problems.

12) Sleep until Sunlight – If possible, wake up with the sun, or use very bright lights in the morning. Sunlight helps the body’s internal biological clock reset itself each day. Sleep experts recommend exposure to an hour of morning sunlight for people having problems falling asleep.

Mystic Sleep stops the cycle of sleep problems. It increases production of melatonin which keeps your circadian rhythm in tune, thwarts the production of cortisol (the “stress hormone” which at elevated levels prevents sleep), regulates cyclical nocturnal surges of growth hormones which interfere with your sleep cycle, stimulates production of neurotransmitters to alleviate irritation and depression caused by insufficient rest, releases antioxidants to combat free radical damage and inhibit deterioration of brain function, supports liver and metabolic processes to remove toxins from your body, aids in production of Leptin which reduces your craving for excessive calories (Leptin is depleted by lack of sleep thus increasing chances of obesity), introduces bio-enhancers to increase availability of nutritional substances to help restore your body’s immune system, and counteracts tension and high blood pressure.

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A breakthrough treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

April 4th, 2011

Provent Therapy is an easy-to-use, discreet nasal device proven to significantly reduce AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index), ODI (Oxygen Desaturation Index), and OSA-related snoring.

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CPAP Mask Types and Maintenance – ResMed CPAP Overview – Part 6

March 28th, 2011

Learn about CPAP Therapy and OSA.

This 8-part series of videos (plus an introduction) was produced by ResMed to help patients begin their new therapy, and is bought to you by TheCPAPPeople.com, a leading Internet reatailer of CPAP supplies. Visit http://www.TheCPAPPeople.com for more information.

Introduction – Are you at risk for OSA?
Part 1 – Introduction to OSA
Part 2 – What to Expect Before and After a Sleep Study
Part 3 – Welcome to CPAP
Part 4 – CPAP Device Operation
Part 5 – Understanding Humidification
Part 6 – Mask Types and Maintenance
Part 7 – Routinely Replacing Supplies
Part 8 – Going Forward, What’s next?

This video is part of series. To view the complete series and learn more about CPAP Therapy, visit: http://www.thecpappeople.com/resmed-complete-overview-of-cpap-therapy.aspx

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Michael Papsidero, MD

February 28th, 2011

Collapse of tissues in the back of the throat, blocks airway, and causes obstruction during sleep…

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American Health Front presents Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea feat. Dr. Raymond Skowronski Jr.

December 23rd, 2010

“AMERICAN HEALTH FRONT!” is owned and produced by Medical Media Group, a subsidiary of 2010 Productions, Inc. based in Colorado. We are the producers of half-hour, public-interest medical television programs, such as the “TO YOUR HEALTH!” medical news series and now “AMERICAN HEALTH FRONT!”. Both series have been broadcast to millions on major network affiliates in television markets nationwide.

The goal of these specials is to educate and inform our viewers about options now available in the ever-changing world of medicine and health care. On the programs we make it very easy for viewers to contact featured specialists in their community to find out more about topics of special interest to them and their families. As a result of these broadcasts millions of viewers have the opportunity to call health care facilities in their community to request information on the wide range of health care topics covered on these television specials.

This particular broadcast features Dr. Raymond Skowronski Jr., a general dentist from Sterling Heights Michigan. Dr. Skowronski will be sharing his knowledge and expertise surrounding the health issues that pertain to Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Please feel free to contact the office of Dr. Raymond Skowronski Jr. for more information about any of the health issues discussed in the American Health Front Broadcast.

More info: http://www.dr-ray/services_sleep-apnea.php

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What Causes Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

December 14th, 2010

This video describes the cause for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The physicians of Snoring Austin (Daniel Slaughter, MD, Christopher Thompson, MD, & Zachary Wassmuth, MD) each have over 15 years of experience in treating both snoring and sleep apnea. There are several treatment options for both problems, some even work the same day! Call 512-339-4040 or visit www.snoringaustin.com today for more information.

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ComfortGel Full Face Review_Pt1 of 2

November 13th, 2010

Pt 1 of 2 of www.cpapchoice.com review of the Respironics Full Face Comfort Gel CPAP Mask.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Options – Lifestyle Changes

November 13th, 2010

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Options – Lifestyle Changes

Brought to you by Sleep Apnea Stop. The only stop you will need to stop your sleep apnea and snoring once and for all. Sleep like a baby tonight.

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COMLEX USMLE Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAP

November 9th, 2010

COMLEX USMLE Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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