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Save Your Sanity From Snoring

Pretty much most of you have a horror story when it comes to snoring. As a child, you likely have a grandpa, your own dad, or uncle who snored so loudly they basically become inside family jokes every time they sleep. Well, they may be funny but what we failed to realize is that snoring has its dangers too. And it is not just about your lost sleep because the loud snoring sound prevented you from drifting off to sleep once you hit the sack.

If you aren’t aware yet, a person snores because of the vibration caused by the air passing on a narrowed airway. It also happens to be the major indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. Not all snorers have sleep apnea, though. But still, the risk is there, especially once you find out that there are breathing pauses in your slumber if you have sleep apnea. For a few seconds, you cease to breathe as your brain decides whether to sleep or breathe and this is a constant occurrence with as many as 30 pauses over the span of an hour.

Conventional treatment involves surgery and the use of CPAP. However, many aren’t exactly thrilled at the thought of using CPAP and surgery isn’t as appealing either. Aside from popular anti-snoring gadgets such as mouthpieces like SnoreRx

July Fourth: Fun, But Not So Sleep Friendly

July Fourth: Fun, but not so sleep friendly

Here’s how to protect your sleep on noisy nights

For Independence Day, my family and I get together with a great group of friends for dinner, then head to the beach to watch the fireworks. Fourth of July is a lot of fun for us here in Southern California. But it’s not exactly the sleep-friendliest holiday of the year. The loud noises of fireworks and partying late into the night can keep kids and adults (not to mention those anxious pets) awake.Although, I am pretty sure my bulldog can sleep through anything!.

Especially on a year like this, when the holiday falls right in the middle of the week  a lot of people may need to get up for work the next morning, July 5 may arrive with a lot of sleep-deprived, over-tired folks.

With cracking and popping of fireworks fast on the way, this seems like a good time to talk about the most common noises that interfere with sleep—and how you can address them, so you and your family get the rest you need.

Why one night of poor sleep matters

I can just hear people saying, so what? Maybe I won’t sleep well on the 4th, but what’s the big deal? It’s just one night.

More and more, we’re seeing evidence of just how

AASM Health Advisory Warning: Insufficient Sleep May Play Significant Role in Development of Alzheimer’s

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has issued a health advisory warning of the significant role insufficient or poor sleep may have on the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the advisory, the AASM states that early intervention to treat a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea may help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease.

Epidemiologic studies of sleep show that years of chronic sleep loss or poor sleep may contribute to the gradual accumulation of beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease. This toxic material, linked to impairment of learning and memory, may be flushed out when sufficient sleep is achieved consistently.

“Research suggests, if not proves at this point that sleep deprivation may actually increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease,” says Ronald Chervin, MD, MS, AASM past president, in a release. “These findings highlight two take-home points. First, good sleep, for enough hours each night, should be a priority for anyone who cares about the long-term health of his or her brain. And second, adults who sleep poorly should speak to their physicians, or visit an accredited sleep center. The goal is not only to improve health, safety, and quality of life, but quite possibly to help reduce risk for dementia down the line.”

Studies also suggest that obstructive sleep apnea, one common

Drown Out The Snoring

Nothing can ruin a good night’s sleep on a regular basis than a spouse who snores. It can be really annoying as the loud snoring can wake up the entire household, promoting partners to sleep in separate bedrooms or even separate for real and for good. It is a nasty habit that has been the cause of many relationship breakups but in as much as how risky it is for your health to have this condition. Despite this sad reality, though, it does not erase the fact that the loud snoring is really annoying.

Even if you cover your head with a pillow, the sound will still pass through. If you love your partner, it will be too hard and painful for you to leave him at night and sleep in another room perhaps because sometimes you need to nudge him to stop snoring for a while. Even if there are a lot of anti-snoring products sold these days, nothing has really been able to cure sleep apnea, the root cause of snoring. Yet you can still live a normal life and get the sleep you deserve with the help of a few handy and innovative sleep solutions.

Do you have a spouse or significant other who snores? If you’re not willing to call it quits on your relationship in

I Learned I Have Sleep Apnea. It’s More Serious Than Many People Realize.

There are many treatment options for a problem that can be downright deadly, reports The New York Times.

One of the lighter moments along my journey to receiving a sleep apnea diagnosis was learning that “heroic snoring” is a clinical term. It sounds more like an oddball super power — snores that can be clearly heard through walls. Many of us have such a snorer in our lives, and some endure the disruption it causes nightly.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/06/i-learned-i-have-sleep-apnea-its-more-serious-than-many-people-realize/…

Recognizing The Dangers Of Snoring

Humans have peculiarities that may seem funny at first but are actually threatening to one’s health. A fine example is snoring. People often snicker at the sound of another person’s snoring because they have associated it as an embarrassing and annoying sleeping habit some old people have when in reality, it actually is a dangerous health condition that can even put your life in grave danger in your slumber.

Snoring isn’t just a habit but is actually the sound people make when air can’t freely pass a constricted airway and cause this hallmark symptom. In layman’s term, a person who snores (and often is diagnosed with sleep apnea) suffers from periodical breathing gaps all throughout their sleep. It is an involuntary response that is often triggered by a physical anomaly in body parts involved in the essential act of breathing.

So, every time a person snores, he/she is actually having a hard time breathing and the brain has to make the risky choice between breathing and sleeping. Imagine being in this delicate state every day, like every time you sleep there is always the risk of not being able to wake up.

The Sleep Lab has four fully equipped hotel-grade rooms for overnight sleep studies. Pulmonary or sleep medicine fellows study real-time data in a separate room under the

Are There Any “Good” Sleep Props?

If you have watched my videos before, you’re probably familiar with the term, “Sleep props.” I use it to describe anything a baby relies on in order to get to sleep, such as rocking, feeding, sucking on a pacifier, car rides, and so on.

You also probably know that I suggest eliminating sleep props from your little one’s bedtime routine so they can learn to fall asleep independently. But does that mean that there is no such thing as a “good” sleep prop?

Today, I’ll talk a little about how I define a sleep prop, why I advise against them, and where you might find a little loophole in the rules in order to allow your little one a nighttime friend in the crib.

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Your Summer Sleep Survival Guide

Summer sleep Guide

Here’s how you can boost your sleep this summer

Summer is here, which means plenty of sunshine, lots of active time outside, cookouts with friends and grabbing dinner fixings straight from the garden, or at the farmers’ market in town.

For all its many pleasures, summer can be hard on sleep. The heat makes it harder to get comfortable, sound nights of rest. Our schedules and routines can easily go sideways, upsetting sleep patterns and leaving us short on sleep. Many of my patients try to pack so much activity into their summer calendars they wind up feeling stressed and overwhelmed. If you’ve ever greeted September feeling like you need a vacation, you know what I’m talking about.

But summer doesn’t have to be unfriendly to sleep. If you follow a few simple strategies, you can not only protect your sleep this summer, but actually arrive at Labor Day better rested than you were in June.

Here are 8 essential sleep tips to get you and your family through this summer season:

1. Don’t ditch your sleep schedule

I think of this as the “school’s out” mentality about sleep routines. Summer arrives and it’s suddenly tempting to get really relaxed about our own, and our children’s, sleep schedules. Pretty soon, those regular bedtimes and wake times that anchor your family’s

Can Anti-Snoring Gadgets Save You?

If there is one thing that you used to take for granted before but want so badly now, it is probably sleeping. Young ones are often told to take naps by their parents but they detest it so much because of their hyperactive hormones and naturally inquisitive nature yet as you grow up and grow old, you realize that sleep is one of those things that can help you go on with life despite the challenges that come your way.

Unfortunately, getting that eight hours of sleep is easier said than done. Not only is your growing list of obligations stopping you from snoozing when needed but conditions like sleep apnea is a major factor too for your chronic sleep deprivation. Not only that, sleep apnea in itself is a deadly condition that can endanger your life in your slumber as you basically stop breathing multiple times while you are asleep.

For years, the public just ignored the dangers of sleep apnea, thinking that it is just one of those things you have to learn to live with. However, recent studies reveal just how dangerous this condition is and both young and old alike are at risk especially that congenital anomalies can increase your risk of snoring.

Night after night of disturbed sleep because of loud snoring is extremely

Headline: Summer Solstice And Sleep – Blood Test For Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Teens, Nighttime Screen Exposure And Depression

The Summer Solstice and Sleep:

The summer solstice is when the earth is tilted most toward the sun, more technically it is when the planets rotational axis is tilted the most toward the star it orbits (our Sun). It usually occurs in June (this year it’s June 21st). The actual summer solstice day, is the longest, in terms of daylight, of the year, except in the North and South Pole where there is continuous daylight, which can last for days or months.

It is all about light exposure. When the Earth is farthest from the sun, we get the least light. This effects sleep because light directly effects the production of Melatonin. More light means less Melatonin, less light, more Melatonin. This can also have an effect on depression as well, also known as the winter blues. In fact, we often see people waking up earlier due to sunlight exposure in the bedrooms. This will have an effect on your biological circadian rhythm

What to do?

1) Wear an eye mask to bed this week, keep the light out of your bedroom

2) If you have blackout curtains, make sure they are closed

3) Don’t go to bed hungry, my favorite before bed snack is called NightFood give it a try, they’re really delicious.

4) Make sure to take