sleep apnea disorderSleep apnea is a common disorder in which a person experiences one or more breathing pauses or shallow breaths while sleeping. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the airway collapses or becomes blocked. It can range from mild to severe.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, memory or learning problems or not being able to concentrate, feeling irritable or depressed, waking up frequently to urinate, dry mouth or sore throat upon waking.

Sleep Apnea Dangers: Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes; worsen heart failure; make irregular heartbeats more likely; and increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents. Read the rest of this entry

Observable Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea symptomsSleep apnea is a serious and deadly disorder wherein the normal breathing is paused for several seconds during sleep. Such interruptions or pauses in breathing may beoccurring for  hundreds of times every night.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has identified following warning signs and observable symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Chronic and loud snoring that may be interrupted by a pause, followed by a gasping or choking sound.
  • Feeling very sleepy during the day, or even falling asleep while working or driving.
  • Having headaches, a sore throat or dry mouth in the morning.
  • Struggling with learning, concentration or memory.
  • Noticing changes in mood or feeling depressed or irritable.
  • Waking up often during the night to urinate.

Sleep Disorders Open House At Devenport

devenport sleep centerThe Genesis Sleep Disorders Center will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at its Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park location, 1401 W. Central Park, Davenport.

Staff from Genesis Home Medical Equipment will be available to show new CPAP equipment used to treat sleep apnea. Board-certified sleep specialists will be available to answer sleep questions.

The Genesis Sleep Disorders Center offers treatment for excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, apnea, insomnia, sleepwalking and childhood sleep problems with the help of board-certified sleep physicians and registered sleep technologists. Genesis sleep programs are located in Davenport, DeWitt, Silvis, Maquoketa, and Aledo.

For information, call (563) 421-1525, or go to www.genesishealth.com/sleep.To see a board-certified sleep specialist at the Genesis Sleep Clinic, call centralized scheduling at (563) 421-3200, or toll-free at (866) 829-8108.

sleep center1WellStar Health System is celebrating helping people sleep better with the 20th anniversary of WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program.

The Sleep Medicine Program was launch in March of 1993 with a two-beded sleep center at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Today, WellStar’s Sleep Medicine Program has 20 beds at four locations in metro Atlanta and has performed nearly 30,000 sleep studies.

About 40 million people in the United States suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million people experience occasional sleep problems. The WellStar Sleep Medicine Program treats sleep disorders ranging from insomnia to sleep apnea.

Sleep centers are located at WellStar Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill Hospitals and the WellStar Acworth Health Park. The Sleep Medicine program now offers home sleep testing and plans to open two additional sleep centers at South Cherokee Medical Center in Woodstock and at the new East Cobb Health Park, slated to open September 2014. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit wellstar.org.

pregnant womenWomen with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiac symptoms have a 31 percent incidence of cardiac dysfunction. Researchers have recommended use of echocardiograms should be considered in the clinical management of these women.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. These pauses can last from at least ten seconds to minutes, and may occur five to 30 times or more an hour; this can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Researchers conducted an observational study with an objective to measure the incidence of OSA among pregnant and reproductive women.  Read the rest of this entry

strokeAccording to the findings of a recently concluded research study the atrial fibrillation (AF) may play an intermediary role in the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and stroke, research findings suggest.

Resaerchers at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, USA observed that  patients with OSA who had a stroke had significantly higher rates of atrial fibrillation, even after accounting for potential confounders, than their peers without stroke.

“This could potentially indicate that patients with OSA and AF need aggressive treatment to mitigate the risk of future stroke,” the researchers say, although they caution that as theirs was a case-control study, a causal relationship between AF and stroke could not be established. Read the rest of this entry

sleep apneaSleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release]/-A dental clinic in Vancouver now offers affordable diagnosis and cure to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition wherein there are gaps to a person’s breathing during sleep. There are two possible causes for sleep apnea. The first is that there are defects in how information are transferred from the nerves to the brain and second, there could be some obstructions. The second reason is what corrective dental surgery aims to target.

In most cases of sleep apnea, individuals who suffer from sleep apnea tend to not be aware of the condition. Determinant factors would be excessive sleeplessness during the day and over fatigue. Loved ones may also report excessive snoring, which while may not be an indicator of sleep apnea, when taken into consideration with other factors, may suggest the possibility of sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

Good Sleep Helps Tolerating Labor Pains

childbirthPregnant women need as much good sleep as possible during day hours and it helps them leading up to their due date. Good quality sleep could help women in tolerating labor pains.

Sleep deprivation is known to result in irritability and lack of focus, among other cognitive impairments. A day followed by an insomniac night is one of the horrific experiences for anyone and during pregnancy such experience of sleep deprived state could affect adversely in childbirth.

Sleep deprivation is very common among pregnant women, particularly in the final weeks of pregnancy, when it is often difficult to find a comfortable sleep position. Women are often waking frequently to urinate or with Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Sleep deprived women have been found to face difficult time tolerating labor during childbirth. Women who have long labors often go for nights on end with little to no sleep. Women who are able to have enough and good quality sleep generally progress through labor very quickly.

Women by nature have been blessed with an extraordinary ability to give birth without pain medication. However, sleeplessness, insomnia, sleep apnea, and prolonged labor as well as lack of support could create problems in normal childbirth.

Understanding Couple’s Sleeeping Styles

couple sleeping styleIn order to understand sleeping behavior of people it is also important to evaluate how couples get along in bed.

These findings indicate the importance of a sleep surface that provides comfort and support from edge to edge, because a relatively small number of consumers sleep cuddled up with their partners.

Most consumers wind up on their own side of the bed at some point in night. And about one in 10 consumers reports sleeping in a separate bedroom from their partner. Read the rest of this entry

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Leads to Memory Deficit

memory deficitA recently concluded research study published in the journal Sleep examined episodic memory performance in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Meta-analysis was used to synthesize results from individual studies examining the impact of OSA on episodic memory performance. The performance of individuals with OSA was compared to healthy controls or normative data.

Forty-two studies were included, comprising 2,294 adults with untreated OSA and 1,364 healthy controls. Studies that recorded information about participants at baseline prior to treatment interventions were included in the analysis.

Participants were assessed with tasks that included a measure of episodic memory: immediate recall, delayed recall, learning, and/or recognition memory. Read the rest of this entry

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