sleep apnea bookEducation is important, which is why Dr. Mayoor Patel and Dr. David Dillard teamed up to write “Freedom from CPAP: Sleep Apnea Hurts, the Cure Doesn’t Have To,” which can be purchased at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/sleep. Through the creation of this book, Dr. Patel and Dr. Dillard hope to help dentists across the country educate their patients of sleep apnea and the importance of treatment.

“It was a pleasure working with Dr. Dillard on this book. We hope that patients and their loved ones will purchase this book to better their lives through improved sleep,” said Dr. Mayoor Patel. “Sleep apnea can hinder many aspects of a person’s life, which is why the treatment should be convenient and easy. In this book we touch base on what sleep apnea is, the negative effects of not seeking treatment and the available treatment options other than CPAP.”

Obstructive sleep apnea is a silent killer. Dr. Patel works with Dr. Dillard to educate potential sufferers in “Freedom from CPAP: Sleep Apnea Hurts, the Cure Doesn’t Have To.” Sleep apnea quietly destroys memory, motivation, and even marriages. Sleep apnea sufferers run the risk of losing their jobs, delaying promotions, and straining relationships—important factors in a person’s life. Without diagnosis or treatment, lives are significantly altered and health diminishes. Read the rest of this entry

sleepImageAcross the globe more than a million exhausted people with sleep apnea—a sleep and breathing disorder caused when throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep—get into car accidents, causing over a thousand deaths every year.

 Apnea is linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, an additional $3.4 billion in medical costs, and $16 billion in auto collision costs. Even though apnea has telltale signs (loud snoring, daytime fatigue), it remains totally undiagnosed in almost 75 percent of the people.

Polysomnography, the only diagnostic sleep study for sleep apnea is not cheap generally. the standard medical sleep study, requires a medical technician to attach 22 wires to a person’s body and monitor them all night long. The average cost is nearly $3,000. This is quite an out of the pocket expense for anyone. Follow-up tests are even more cost bearing and burdensome. The idea of doing clinical sleep studies once a month to monitor progress is a diagnostic crack-pipe fantasy. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea and Associated Health Problems

health problemsMajority of the people around the world living with sleep apnea may not realize their breathing is being interrupted while they sleep. Often family members might notice the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea first. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of developing other life-threatening heath conditions such as hypertension, stroke and heart disease.

When someone has sleep apnea, their breathing stops or becomes shallow while sleeping. In adults, apnea is considered significant when these pauses in breathing last 10 seconds or longer and occur more than five to 15 or more times an hour.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and is caused by the inability to move enough air through the mouth and nose into the lungs because of complete or partial blockage in the upper airways during sleep. When breathing resumes, it often is accompanied by a gasp, snort, body jerk or an arousal. Read the rest of this entry

Most Adults Get Restful Sleep On Friday

sleeping on sidesMajority of the adults in United States sleep on their sides, forget their dreams in the morning and often sleep with someone who snores, a survey of 3,700 indicates.

A survey for home furnishings retailer Anna’s Linens to coincide with National Sleep Day found 74 percent of U.S. adults said they wear pajamas to bed, 8 percent said they slept naked, 74 percent said they failed to recall their dreams in the morning, 74 said they sleep on their sides and 47 percent said they shared a bed with someone who snored.

Nearly two-thirds said they got a “restful night’s sleep” only three nights or less per week, only 10 percent said they got a restful night sleep every night, while one-quarter said they slept restfully five to six nights per week, the survey said.

The night providing the least restful sleep was Sunday, followed by Monday. Friday night provided the most restful sleep, followed closely by Saturday, the survey said. Out of those who shared a bed, 63 percent said they probably wouldn’t get a better night’s sleep if they slept alone.

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

sleep apnea2According to an estimate almost two-thirds of people with a potentially deadly sleep disorder have not been diagnosed – and are therefore not getting treatment.

Undiagnosed sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Sleep disorders, including OSA and sleep deprivation, are a global epidemic, affecting almost 45 per cent of the world’s population.

Commemorating the World Sleep Day 2013, Philips Resprionics is raising the stakes on OSA and pledging to test one million at-risk people over the next five years.

Philips is a leader in sleep health and committed making a good night’s sleep a healthy priority through the development of OSA treatment solutions that offer freedom and independence for millions of people suffering from chronic conditions.

It is now time to know that if you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), take this Sleep Quiz .

Snoring Children May Have Sleep Apnea Too

snoring in childrenSnoring is very common among the children. Nearly 10 per cent children snore most nights. Snoring is a noise that occurs during sleep when the child is breathing in and there is some blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth.

The opening and closing of the air passage causes a vibration of the tissues in the throat. The loudness is affected by how much air is passing through and how fast the throat tissue is vibrating.

Children aged three years or older tend to snore during the deeper stages of sleep. Primary snoring is defined as snoring that is not associated with more serious problems such as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), frequent arousals from sleep, or inability of the lungs to breathe in sufficient oxygen. Read the rest of this entry

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.

breathing excercisesYoga Breathing

According to Dr. Paulose, a plastic and laser surgeon, yoga does not cure sleep apnea, but it can help reduce symptoms. He suggests the ujjayi pranayama, or hissing breath, to increase lung capacity and remove throat blockages. Sit in a lotus position, breathe deeply through your nostrils until calm, then inhale forcefully through the nostrils while contracting your neck muscles to produce a low, throbbing sound. Hold this inhaled breath as long as possible, then close one nostril with your fingers and slowly exhale through the other nostril. Repeat with the other nostril and perform three to five times each day. Read the rest of this entry

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