23 Apr

Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: What are the Risks?

blood pressureThere are more than a few medical researchers who now believe that there may be a connection between sleep apnea and high blood pressure, even if the high blood pressure is being treated with medications. Because so many people suffer from one or the other of these maladies (sleep apnea or high blood pressure), it is a subject worth looking into.

In recent studies, people who suffer with sleep apnea (moderate to severe), and who were also at risk for heart problems and high blood pressure, were studied to see what, if any, effect the apnea had on the individual’s blood pressure. There were 284 participants in the study with the average age being 63. Of these, 61 percent had their blood pressure under control and the rest did not. Those individuals who had severe sleep apnea were found to have 4 times more cases of resistant higher blood pressure than those without apnea. Read More

16 Apr

Sleep: How Much Do You Really Need?

sleep apnea 4We all know that a healthy human being needs a certain amount of food and water  each day to remain healthy. We also know that to stay healthy, we need a certain amount sleep each night. But, how much sleep does a person need? The answer may surprise you.

One would think by now, here in the 21st century, that doctors and scientists would have nailed that answer down. The truth, however, is we simply do not know, for sure, exactly how much sleep any one person needs. The reason for this is because every person is different, and has different sleep requirements. There are, however, some recommendations we can use as guidelines, and the variable in these ranges is age. How old a person is determines a lot as to how much sleep he or she needs. Read More

15 Apr

Sleep Review: Can We Assure Adherence in Patients Titrated by Autoadjusting CPAP at Home?

sleep apneaThe use of a CPAP machine is still considered the gold standard when it comes to the treatment of sleep apnea. The problem? The average sleep apnea patient is either completely adverse to its use, declining it altogether, or does not use it optimally.

This is made more difficult by the fact that titration is usually done in a lab setting, slowly increasing the pressure to help a patient acclimate. The good news is that there are now autoadjusting CPAP devices, also known as ACPAP, that take away some of the irritation patients feel about the entire process. Read More

13 Apr

Red Sox Player Mike Napoli Undergoes Surgery to Remedy Sleep Apnea

Mike Napoli, 2013. Photo: Keith Allison

Mike Napoli, 2013. Photo: Keith Allison

For many, mild to moderate sleep apnea means sleep study testing – at home (we hope) or in a lab – and the use of dental appliances or CPAP machines to keep an individual breathing properly in his sleep. For Boston slugger Mike Napoli, treatment for severe sleep apnea became more complex.

Athletes, especially, know how important it is to get the right amount of sleep each night. But Napoli, previous to his treatment, was waking up anywhere from 50 to 100 times per night. He couldn’t remember the last time he actually had a dream.

Thanks to Dr. Kaban, the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial SUrgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Napoli now sleeps soundly. The procedure, called maxillomandibular advancement, reconfigured Napoli’s entire jaw and sinus area.

To read the entire article about Napoli’s treatment, how sleepiness impacts athletes, and how even circadian changes impact MLB players, check out Science of nap time: Seeking an edge in the most basic of all human needs on SI.com.

09 Apr

Asleep at the Wheel

sleep apnea 3Do you doze off while driving? If so, you are not alone. You may be surprised to learn that thousands of drivers will nod off while driving each and every day. For some of those who fall asleep while driving, tragedy will happen. This can result in injury or death to the driver, passengers, or to others on the road. But there is good news for those who have this problem.

Generally speaking, dozing off behind the wheel is caused by not getting enough good, restful sleep during the night before. There are can be many reasons for people to suffer from poor sleep, from the medical condition known as narcolepsy to poor sleeping habits. Thankfully, there are ways to treat most of the sleeping disorders and sleeping problems. Read More

02 Apr

Everybody Snores, Don’t They?

blackstone design  1 .png  1350×3733Millions of people snore each night. This condition is not only a problem for the one snoring, but can also be a problem for the spouse or others in the house. No one gets a peaceful night’s rest when someone is sawing logs, as they used to say.

Another condition, and this one can be very serious, is known as sleep apnea. It is also called OSA which stands for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is a medical condition in which the upper air passages close off (or reduce in size), which interrupts the person’s ability to breathe. At some point, this lack of air will cause the person to come away suddenly, at which time, breathing returns to normal. It has been estimate that over 18 million US adults have some form of OSA. Read More

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