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Weight loss, lifestyle intervention improves OSA in men

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 19, 2022 11:15:37 AM

Men with overweight or obesity and moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea receiving CPAP assigned to undergo an interdisciplinary weight loss and lifestyle intervention had improved outcomes and health-related quality of life.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP, obesity, weightloss, alaska sleep

5 Ways Poor Sleep Hygiene Affects Your Mental Health

Posted by Sophie Bishop on Apr 13, 2022 1:36:00 AM

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep hygiene, mental health

Stop Bang Questionaire

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jun 19, 2021 4:57:00 AM

Today, we will look at how STOP-Bang can help identify sleep apnea patterns and problems. When the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much, they do not allow for normal breathing. The muscles support your mouth roof (soft palate), the hanging tissue from the soft palate (uvula), the tongue, and the tonsils.

When these muscles are relaxed, the airway narrows as you breathe which lowers the level of oxygen in your blood causing a buildup of carbon dioxide. Your brain is triggered by the impairment in breathing which rouses you from sleep. Snorting, choking, or gasping is correcting the problem with a few deep breaths.

“This pattern can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour, all night long. These disruptions impair your ability to reach the desired deep, restful phases of sleep, and you'll probably feel sleepy during your waking hours.”

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea: 5 Things That Make It Worse

Posted by Veselina Dzhingarova on Aug 6, 2020 8:43:37 AM

If you are one of the 18 million adults in the United States who have obstructive sleep apnea, getting a good night’s sleep can be incredibly challenging. To lead a good quality of life, it’s vital that you are well-rested throughout the night, helping to boost energy levels and stamina.

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Topics: sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, life with sleep apnea

How Sleep Quality Impacts Your Lung Health

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jul 6, 2020 11:59:47 AM

Sleep is considered a basic human biological function, which is crucial to your overall health, including the proper functioning of the respiratory system. The primary respiratory organ is the lungs. Since it alters gas exchange and ventilation, our breathing pattern is believed to be affected by sleep disorders.

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Topics: obstructive sleep apnea, lung, CPAP therapy, coronavirus, CPOD

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