sleepingSleep apnea have been estimated to affect adversely more than six percent of the working population across the globe. Ironically almost 80 percent of these people don’t even know that they are suffering from such a deadly sleep disorder.

A recently concluded research study involving  more than 4200 workers at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands revealed startling finding. Philips and a research team from the Netherlands University of Twente worked together to identify just how often workers are victimized by the commonest form of sleep apnea, an intermittent blockage in the upper airways while sleeping that’s called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS).

According to the US National Institutes of Health the surprisingly serious condition often slips by without being diagnosed because, you are sleeping. However, if you live with anybody else, you should pay attention if they complain that you snore. When you try to breathe through the blockage, it can cause extremely loud and disruptive snoring as your body struggles to catch its breath. And that’s the first sign of a problem. Read the rest of this entry

Daylight Savings Time:Tips To Sleep Better

daylight saving timeIt’s once again time to “spring forward” and change the clocks as Daylight Savings Time takes place.While the lost hour of sleep may cause some people to feel sluggish on Sunday and Monday, most will quickly adjust. Unfortunately, for a significant number of Americans, losing just one hour of sleep and having to wake up when the timing of your biological clock has not yet adjusted can affect performance and safety.Sleep problems are widespread and on the rise, yet many people dismiss the issue and don’t realize the consequences that can result. Even one hour of lost sleep can take a toll on one’s health and many individuals experience grogginess, difficulty focusing, irritability and more seriously, drowsy driving. Statistically in the days following Daylight Savings there are more car accidents due to the lack of alertness. Read the rest of this entry

How To Reduce Sleep Deprivation in Children

For years, you’ve been through the loss of an hour in the spring and the gain of an hour in the fall as part of daylight saving time. With the upcoming time change slated for 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, adults may be used to it, but children, including teenagers, may not be.

According to a sleep specialist, “the spring’s loss of an hour is usually the one that causes the most sleeping havoc”.

However, parents can lessen the effects of potential sleep deprivation with a few simple steps, says Dr. Philip Alapat, medical director, Sleep Disorders Center, Harris County Hospital District, and assistant professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine.

“While some adults are significantly affected by the time changes, children tend to have the most difficult time,” he says. Read the rest of this entry

This weekend is Daylight Saving Time ! The Alarm clocks will be set ahead an hour in advance of the warmer weather.Statistically, accidents increase considerably the Monday after the time change. It is mainly because people condition themselves, particularly young people, to operate on a certain schedule and getting up earlier can easily make someone sleep deprived.

Depending on what you’re doing Saturday night and what you have to do Sunday morning, you’re going to lose an hour of sleep definitely. It’s always best to try and be prepared heading into the weekend.

You should try having a light meal for dinner the next few Saturdays and don’t rely on coffee, it could leave you more at risk.  Know the symptoms of fatigue before getting behind the wheel.

If you’re frequently yawning, if you feel less alert and you’re losing concentration and your thoughts are wondering (which happens to us at the best of times), but particularly if you’re driving and you’re drifting out of lanes of traffic, you find yourself correcting, you’re speed is unsteady and you’re going fast and slow.

And obviously, it is equally mindful of other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on the roadway, they’re probably just as drowsy as you are.

On Sunday, March 13, Americans will lose an hour of sleep due to daylight saving time.

Dr. Alaa El-Gendy of Florida Lung & Sleep Associates is participating in National Sleep Awareness Week this week to help patients gain that hour back.

 From today through March 13, his office is offering free sleep evaluations to anyone who walks in; appointments are not necessary. 

They will help identify if patients are at risk for sleep apnea by having them fill out a brief questionnaire and discussion. 

“A lot of people have it, but they don’t know they have it,” El-Gendy said. “It’s a free evaluation to see where their lung function is at.” 

The office is located at 2625 Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres. For more information, call 369-3333. 

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