Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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, […]

Headaches Can be Caused by Sleep Apnea – Curing Sleep Apnea Headaches

Do you tend to suffer from headaches in the morning? Headaches are an unpleasant way to start the day, and they can be a serious drain on productivity and happiness. Often, they lead to additional stress, sensitivity to light and sound, and general discontent. If you have headaches that hit predominantly in the morning, they […]

Sleep Apnea and Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Increased Risks for Men Suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Many patients who have obstructive sleep apnea also have erectile dysfunction, and there is a high correlation between these two conditions. While we are not completely sure if one causes the other, it is clear that the two disorders are related. Based on clinical studies, when evaluating sexual dysfunction and impotence in men who have […]

How Sleeping Pills Make Your Sleep Apnea Worse—and What To Do About It

Quite a few of my patients work in high-powered, high stress careers in technology, law, and government here in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the Washington, DC metro area. Along with their high-pressure lifestyles, many also suffer from sleep apnea (and often don’t even know it), which further disrupts the uninterrupted sleep they need to manage […]

Lack of Sleep and Your Daytime Life

Daytime fatigue is the consequence of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and we are poor judges of how impaired we are due to lack of sleep. And when we are driving, a lack of self-awareness of our own fatigue puts us and our passengers at risk for serious accidents. We frequently talk about “the impaired […]

Tips for Curing Insomnia

70 million Americans suffer from some form of insomnia. Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep. Ongoing insomnia can predispose to depression. Treatment of depression with medications and treatment of insomnia by behavioral modification results in an improvement of the depression which would not otherwise take place without the simultaneous behavioral […]

Health Risks of Sleep Deprivation

Aside from the clear day-time problems associated with sleep deprivation—higher accident rates, reduced mental performance and lower productivity—prolonged lack of sleep, which is a consequence of physical disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), can seriously affect one’s health, leading to many serious conditions. Generally, sleep deprivation weakens the immune system, part of the body’s system […]

“Sleepless in America:” Excellent National Geographic Documentary on Obstructive Sleep Apnea

There is an excellent 90-minute video documentary on the National Geographic Channel on sleep and sleep apnea. This documentary, entitled “Sleepless in America,” also produced by the National Institutes of Health and The Public Good Projects, is an analysis of American sleep patterns. According to the program, 40% of American adults are sleep deprived. Here […]