Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder, and gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis. At first blush, it would appear that these two medical conditions have little to nothing in common. But emerging scientific evidence suggests that sleep apnea and gout are indeed linked. In a recent study published in the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, researchers revealed that an analysis of tens of thousands of patients indicated those with sleep apnea are about 50% more likely to develop gout. A look at the sleep apnea study The researchers analyzed… Read More
High blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and heart attack—these are all possible health effects of poorly controlled sleep apnea. This serious sleep disorder occurs when breathing stops and restarts in a cyclical fashion throughout the night. Often, patients don’t realize they have sleep apnea until their snoring prompts their sleep partner to make a doctor’s appointment. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you should be aware that the following factors can make your condition worse. Smoking cigarettes Smoking cigarettes is one of the worst things you can do to your… Read More
Few things are as frustrating as trying to fall asleep while your partner is snoring loudly enough to score on the Richter scale. If this happens regularly, or if your partner wakes up gasping throughout the night, it’s time to schedule a doctor’s appointment for him or her. These are classic signs of obstructive sleep apnea, and without treatment, this sleep disorder could lead to life-threatening complications. The good news is that sleep apnea is also treatable with just a quick trip to your dentist’s office. Cardiovascular complications of sleep… Read More
All sleep disorders affect health and quality of life, but sleep apnea is arguably one of the most damaging. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway muscles relax too much during sleep. As a result, the individual can’t get air to the lungs. The brain senses the lack of oxygen, and causes the individual to briefly awaken. Most people with sleep apnea aren’t even aware they’re waking up dozens and dozens of times each night. Because of the drop in oxygen levels, and the effect on the cardiovascular system, untreated… Read More
More than 20 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition that disrupts your breathing and nighttime rest. If you find yourself dozing off on your morning commute, unable to focus or stay awake at work, it may be time to speak with your primary physician about getting tested for sleep apnea. Snore Score Quiz There are many tools and methods for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea, including some preliminary tests you can take right in the comfort of your own home. For example, the American Sleep… Read More
Snoring is more than just a nuisance for your partner. It could be a symptom of a potentially serious yet common disorder known as sleep apnea. An estimated 25 percent of adults are habitual snorers, and while not always the case, these noisy rumblings may increase your risk for a host of health problems that impact quality of life. Obstructed sleep apnea is a common yet severely underdiagnosed condition. Recent studies indicate that 20 percent of American adults suffer from mild sleep apnea, which translates to some 40 million people.… Read More
Scientists say sleeping with an open mouth is as damaging to teeth as sipping orange juice or fizzy soda before bed. If you wake up in the morning with dry lips and your throat feeling like you’ve just swallowed sand, you could be a mouth breather. Breathing through your mouth as you sleep is more than just an annoying habit for a partner sharing your bed. Mouth breathing causes some very real health concerns that are worth addressing. Dry mouth and high pH A study published in the Journal of… Read More
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but 80 percent of them don’t know it yet. Some people stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds at a time, up to 400 times a night. They may not realize it, but the episodes prevent them from slipping into deep, restorative sleep, and greatly increase the risk of suffering a stroke, getting into a car accident, or having a heart attack. The trouble is that the symptoms aren’t always apparent because they occur during the night when sufferers aren’t fully aware. Without… Read More
To diagnose and treat sleep disorders, most people assume they should talk to their primary care physician or head over to a hospital-based sleep lab. But did you know that your dentist can also treat a sleep disorder? If you have untreated sleep apnea, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist. “Many people don’t realize just how serious sleep apnea really is,” says Dr. Nick Augenbaum of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to life-threatening complications.” Dr. Elliot Koschitzki of the same… Read More
An estimated 18 million Americans experience periodic pauses in breathing throughout the night – a serious condition known as sleep apnea. Research shows that the number of people with sleep apnea has grown considerably over the past two decades, due in large part to the ongoing prevalence of obesity in the United States. The longer obstructive sleep apnea goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more serious the consequences can become. Restless sleep can lead to concentration and memory difficulties and a slew of health problems ranging from cardiovascular disease to impotence. … Read More
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