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In contrast to just feeling tired, how likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations? (Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you.) Use the following sleep test scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:

0 = Would never doze
1 = Slight chance of dozing
2 = Moderate chance of dozing
3 = High chance of dozing

Your Situation:

Sitting and Reading

Watching Television

Sitting inactive in a public place

As a car passenger for 1 hour, no break

Lying down to rest in the afternoon

Sitting and talking to someone

Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol

In a car stopped in traffic

    

Research & Publications

Sleep Apnea and Snoring Research and Publications
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What Happens When You Don't Get Enough Sleep?

Man driving tired - sleep deprivationNot getting enough sleep? Learn how sleep deprivation can serious impact your health and the lives of others. Once you do, you will hit the sack early tonight!

Your Immune System Suffers
Lack of sleep jeopardizes the body's ability to fight illness which, of course, leaves you more susceptible to getting sick. Especially with a new school year beginning, lack of sleep can lead to colds, flu, and even mono.

You Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease
It's not a good idea to cut your sleep short...

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CPAP-to-go - Don't Leave Home Without It

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece (Mouthguard)According to the US Travel Association, Americans took 1.7 billion person-trips for leisure purposes in 2015. Add to it the 459 million person-trips for business and you have about 2.2 billion person-trips per year being taken annually by US residents. And, if 10% of women and 25% of men suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), we can deduce that, on the low end, 220m (10%) of those person-trips are associated with sleep apnea and, on the high end, 550m (25%) of those person-trips are...(read more)

Personal Story: Sleep Apnea & CPAP

The following excerpt is from a WebMD video titled "Personal Story: Sleep Apnea."

The main participants in the video are:

  1. Adam: Patient
  2. Laura: Adam’s wife
  3. Dr. Breus: Adams’ sleep doctor
  4. Nurse: Performer of the sleep study

Michael Breus, PhD, DABSM: What we’re seeing today is an epidemic of sleep deprivation. Roughly 10% of the population at any given time can have sleep apnea. That's more people that have diabetes and asthma combined.

Adam (patient): When I don't sleep well, I mean,...

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This Will Make You Use Your CPAP


A recent video from WebMD illustrates the dangers of not using your CPAP if one has been prescribed to treat your obstructive sleep apnea.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT


A CPAP machine can be a life changer but about 50% or more don't use it even if their doctor recommends it. It's prescribed to help people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which happens when your airway is blocked and you briefly stop breathing while you sleep. The CPAP pushes air into your throat to open up those airways so you can...(read more)

The 13 Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep

Poor sleep can leave you tired during the day but, if it's frequent, it can be extremely detrimental to your health.

A good night's sleep can:

  1. Help you look better
  2. Improve your memory
  3. Help you live longer
  4. Reduce inflammation that can lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging
  5. Trigger your creative juices
  6. Improve performance at work, in the classroom, and on the athletic field
  7. Improve your grades by piquing attention and learning curves
  8. Help you to lose weight...
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How Much Sleep Do You Need?

You probably know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and worldwide. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, there are over 600,000 heart-related deaths annually which costs you and our country $109b each year.

An article in Philly.com today titled Getting to the "Heart" of Sleep focuses on heart disease as it relates to sleep habits. Yes, people who do not sleep enough put themselves at a higher risk for heart disease. In one Mayo Clinic study, a sampling of adults over...

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Sleep Apnea Has Moved Past Darth Vader Masks

In February, we posted an article on sleep apnea patient experiences with the CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). Patients noted that the CPAP was too bulky and moved alot during sleep and thus prevented them from experiencing a true full night's sleep. It was was still instrumental in addressing sleep apnea symptoms but it wasn't effective enough. Patients needed it but ddin't want to use it. And when they did use it, it moved around too much to be 100% effective in treating...(read more)

Sinus Surgery May Also Ease Sleep Apnea: Response by Dr. Sesso

Chronic sinus infections may be affecting your sleep. According to a recent study published last month in JAMA-Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, sinus surgery can improve sleep quality. This study supports what we commonly observe in our practice every day. Think about the last time you had a "head cold, sinus infection or stuffy nose." Most likely you didn’t have a very good night’s sleep when your nose was congested. Patients suffering with chronic sinusitis may experience nasal...

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Tongue Size, Fat Implicated As Potential Causes Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obesity has become a public health epidemic.  Many health conditions have been linked to obesity---high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and sexual dysfunction.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.9 percent of U.S. adults – 78.6 million people - are obese, based on nationally representative survey data from 2011 – 2012.  It has been well documented that obesity is a risk factor for snoring and sleep apnea.  However, new...

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Sinus Surgery May Also Ease Sleep Apnea

Struggling to breathe with sinus troubles can keep you from getting a good night's sleep. But a new study suggests that surgery to deal with chronically stuffed sinuses can help people breathe and sleep better, including people with sleep apnea.

The study found that 15 percent of people with chronically stuffed sinuses also had the sleep disorder obstructive sleep apnea. After surgery to clear the sinuses, people reported better quality of life and improved sleep, regardless of whether or...

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