What is the Impact of Diet on Sleeping?

What is the impact of diet on sleeping? Changing eating habits can be conducive to better rest. Many people have a light breakfast, medium-size lunch, and heavy dinner. However, it could be good to reverse that order. Eat more in the morning when you need energy, and lighter at night. While an empty stomach might […]

Sleep Apnea – A Visual Guide

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Below is a visual guide depicting how sleep apnea affects your body (images courtesy of the National Institute of Health – NIH). Untreated sleep apnea can: Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart […]

Who Should Best Diagnose and Treat Sleep Apnea?

The blurred lines between doctors and dentists in the treatment of sleep apnea may soon become clearer.  In an announcement on their website on Monday, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) is fighting the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE’s) proposed rule change for dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The TMA supports the Texas […]

New Report Says One Third of Americans are Getting Insufficient Sleep

A new 2016 report released by County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), compared counties within each state on more than 30 factors that impact health, including insufficient sleep.  What they found might surprise you: Among counties in the US, on […]

Living with Sleep Apnea – How Can Family Members Help?

Often, people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it. They’re not aware that their breathing stops and starts many times while they’re sleeping. Family members or bed partners usually are the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. Family members can do a lot to help a loved one who has sleep apnea, […]

Assessing Sleep Apnea from Your Doctor’s Point of View

When assessing sleep apnea, your doctor will likely take into consideration several of the following symptoms, signs, and risk factors when evaluating your situation. Symptoms he or she will consider can include: Chronic and loud snoring Gasping or choking episodes during sleep Excessive daytime sleepiness (especially drowsy driving) Automobile or work-related accidents due to fatigue Personality changes […]

Why Should I Consider a Sleep Study?

Sleep studies are tests that are performed at sleep clinics that measure how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems. These tests can help your doctor find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is. Sleep studies are typically used to help diagnose: Sleep-related breathing disorders, such […]

Infographic on Sleep Disorders and Insufficient Sleep

The National Institutes of Health- (NIH) has produced research that is shedding light on how sleep and lack of sleep affect the human body.  A number of interesting facts and considerations from their studies are graphically highlighted below.     To download a pdf version of this infographic, click here. As you can see from this […]

The Top 25 States for People Getting the Most Sleep

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ranked all 50 states on the percent of adults who receive an average of seven or more hours of sleep per night. To find out if you are lucky enough to live in one of the top 25 states, and the percentage of people getting enough sleep, […]

Important Medical Bulletin Issued on OSA and Driving Commercial Vehicles

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a bulletin to Medical Examiners and Training Organizations regarding Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  The purpose of the bulletin was to remind healthcare professionals of the current physical qualifications concerning the respiratory system, specifically how the requirements apply to drivers that may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). FMCSA’s physical […]