At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we have heard just about every excuse possible from patients about why they didn't believe their sleep apnea (or other sleep disorder) was a major cause for concern. Many of these patients didn't realize they had a problem until a loved one showed concern for their sleeping habits. Others weren't convinced serious health problems could result from sleep troubles. And quite a few people were more worried about the cost of having a sleep study than the negative impact that living with a sleep disorder could have on their lives.
Topics: sleep apnea
Snoring is a condition that affects approximately 90 million Americans. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, one-third to half of those that snore could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a serious sleep disorder that needs to be treated.
Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but most people underestimate just how critical sleep is. Insufficient or poor quality sleep affects day-to-day well-being and increases the risk of developing health problems. Thankfully, it’s in your power to improve your wellness through better sleep.
It’s that time of the year again. Warmer weather and sunny skies beckon all to enjoy the outdoors, from picnics to hikes to even walks around the block just to enjoy this perfect season. Trees are blooming, flowers are popping back up from the ground, birds are chirping – and pollen is running amuck on your sinuses.
Being a mom can be as rewarding as it is difficult. With all the joy comes challenges, such as not getting enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 90% of parents believe that sleep is very important in their lives for their own wellbeing and that of their family. But how many moms are getting enough sleep?
When we think about the typical sleep apnea patient, we often picture a heavyset man over forty years old with a thick neck and an earth-rattling snore. And while this image often does fit the profile of a sleep apnea patient, it by no means represents a complete picture of the demographic of sleep apnea sufferers.
Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea patients come in all shapes, sizes, races, genders, and can even have symptoms atypical of those common for sleep apnea. For instance, not all sleep apnea sufferers snore, many are not obese or even overweight, and not all of them are male.
Here we discuss the prevalence of sleep apnea in women and why they are often an under-diagnosed and under-served population suffering from this sleep disorder.
As we know, OSA can be a deadly health disorder where during sleep your breathing stops periodically during the night. These lapses in breathing can occur for up to ten seconds or more and can happen hundreds of times a night.
OSA appears to be an aggravating factor in the following 5 ocular complications:
No one needs to tell you twice – when you’re pregnant, you’re tired. All the time. And there’s no better time to justify hitting the snooze button one or five more times.
Dreams can be a powerful influencer over our daily lives and a fascinating subject to study. The impact and meaning of dreams have even been analyzed for centuries by ancient civilizations. The Romans would translate their dreams as messages from the gods, and would debate dream subjects in the senate. The Greeks would purify themselves before sleeping in the temples to receive untainted messages from the gods. But the Assyrians would interpret their dreams as signs, whether a forewarning of things about to go wrong or as advice to follow.