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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

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Watching Television

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As a car passenger for 1 hour, no break

Lying down to rest in the afternoon

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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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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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Sleep and Golf

Golfers and SleepA recent article in the New York Times, "A Lift Golfers Can Get With Their Eyes Closed" discussed the importance of sleep for professional golfers. The main theme dealt with managing “jet lag” or one’s circadian sleep rhythm. (Circadian rhythm refers to our internal clock that is set to external or environmental cues that distinguish daytime from night.) Most of us are familiar with the fatigue (jet lag) associated with travelling across many time zones. In addition, this distant...

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An Update On Inspire's Upper Airway Stimulation Device (UAS)

In April 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first implantable device to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered first-line therapy for the treatment of OSA, nearly 50% of patients will become non-compliant over time.  Inspire's implantable system, named Upper Airway Stimulation or UAS, is an alternative to the CPAP mask and includes a small generator, a sensing lead and a stimulation lead. Turned on by a...

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Patient Experiences: The CPAP

Recently, a sleep apnea patient came to my office after stopping his CPAP therapy.  He was fit for the CPAP mask about 6 weeks ago.  During the exam, he raised some issues that we commonly hear from patients. 

Initially, he felt much better rested after using the CPAP for the entire night in the sleep lab.  However, over time he began to struggle using it for 8 hours every night in his home.  Some nights, he would awaken to adjust the mask, other nights he would just remove it...

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Are The Holidays Affecting Your Sleep?

While the holidays are often a time of joy, they can also be stressful.  The demands to shop, clean, wrap presents, attend social functions and prepare for visitors may come at a cost. 

For many, the holidays demand sacrificing sleep in order to get everything done. 

The most common reason for fatigue is sleep deprivation.  It may seem that skipping sleep to finish all of your holiday chores is harmless, but sleep deprivation and fatigue can have serious consequences.  Lack of sleep...

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PAP Helps Golfers with Sleep Apnea Improve Their Game

PAP Helps Golfers with Sleep Apnea Improve Their Game. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) not only is a risk factor for hypertension, cardiac disease and stroke but also has negative effects on neurocognitive performance, including memory and concentration. Regular use of positive airway pressure (PAP) reduces the frequency of respiratory disturbances and improves the overall quality of sleep, but its effect on OSAS-associated neurocognitive deficits has been debated.

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BergerHenry ENT: Pioneering the Field of Advanced ENT Care

Red Book and Good Housekeeping magazines highlight BergerHenry ENT in this month's issue. With specialized training in nasal and sinus disorders, hearing loss, dizziness, tonsillitis, swallowing problems, pediatric care, and a host of other conditions that affect the ears, nose, and throat, the team at Berger Henry ENT Specialty Group is on the leading edge of some very exciting and very effective treatments.

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The Today Show: How Sleep Apnea Affects a Good Night’s Rest

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Twenty-two percent of couples report that their spouse or partner's snoring disturbs their sleep. And, according to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects well over 18 million Americans. People who work overnight or in shift jobs (e.g. firefighters) are more likely to have a sleep disorder. Firefighters are a good example because sleep is often interrupted or at least not deep enough or lacking...

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Leaving Sleep Apnea Untreated May Be Worse for Your Sex Life

In a recent study, published by Chest and reprinted by Philly.com, it was determined that "CPAP compliance does not impair sexual quality of life in patients with sleep apnea."

Don Sesso, D.O., Director of The Pennsylvania Snoring and Sleep Institute and one of the leading Sleep Specialists in the U.S. offers his view on the study performed by researchers from Chicago's Rosalind Franklin University.

In my opinion, not treating sleep apnea may actually be worse for your sex life.

"As a sleep...

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Sleep Apnea Gear Doesn't Squelch Sex Life, Study Says

Reprinted from Philly.com
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Study indicates that sleep apnea gear doesn't squelch sex life

(HealthDay News) -- Your sex life is unlikely to suffer because of sleep apnea treatment, according to a new study.

People with sleep apnea experience periods of disrupted breathing throughout sleep. This can lead to daytime fatigue, high blood pressure and other health conditions.

The gold standard of sleep apnea treatment involves going to bed wearing a mask or nosepiece with a hose that's attached to a machine that provides...

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