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Sleep Apnea Predisposes The Elderly To Alzheimer’s Disease

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages although many can actually be seen in early childhood especially if the condition is caused by a congenital anomaly in the airway structure. Parents who are observant enough to their child’s sleeping habit can notice this early on and have them checked by a doctor but if left unattended, they will grow up with an undiagnosed sleep apnea that unknowingly impacts their health in a negative way over the years.  Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea although not all snorers have sleep apnea. It’s true we get annoyed at the loud snoring people to make but we lose sight of the danger their lives may be in because of a possible untreated disorder that literally endangers their lives and also compromises their health in the years to come.

It is common to see older people who snore in their sleep. The elderly already suffer from poor sleeping patterns and it is worsened by sleep apnea. And when left untreated, it can also predispose them to Alzheimer’s disease. Not only are your cells and brain continually deprived of oxygen in your sleep if you have this disorder, older people are also at higher risk of forming amyloid plaque in their brain, which is a significant indicator of Alzheimer’s disease among older …

Why is my Baby Such a Light Sleeper?

We’re all familiar with the idea that some people are naturally “light sleepers,” but when your baby is one of those individuals who wakes up at every little peep, it can force the whole house into a forced silence during every nap and bedtime.

In today’s video, I’ve got an explanation for this phenomenon and, believe it or not, a solution to the problem! I know, I know. It sounds too good to be true, but give it a try and see how it goes.

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Snorers Suffer from Nerve and Muscle Damage in Palate

People who snore may have extensive tissue damage in the nerves and muscles of the soft palate. This can in turn create problems with swallowing and contribute to development of sleep apnea, according to a new dissertation at Umeå University, Sweden, which also finds that treatment strategies aimed at early intervention to stop snoring might have beneficial effects in healing or preventing development of sleep apnea.

The reason why some develop sleep apnea is still unclear. Factors that are considered important are obesity, a small throat, neurological diseases, and hormonal disorders. But even those without that background have sleep apnea. The thesis shows that tissue damage in the soft palate also is an important factor that contributes to the development of sleep apnea and disturbances in swallowing function.

“The nerve and muscles injuries seem to contribute to the collapse of the upper airway during sleep. Most likely, the damage results from the recurrent snoring vibrations the tissues are exposed to,” says Farhan Shah, PhD student at the department of integrative medical biology at Umeå University, in a release.

In his dissertation, Shah reports a study where his research team has examined 8 patients who have been snoring for many years and 14 patients with snoring and sleep apnea. These have been compared to a control group of 18 non-snoring people.

What You Need To Know About Sleep Disorders And Diabetes

I see the connection between disordered sleep and diabetes all the time in my practice, as I work with patients who are coping with metabolic problems and sleep problems at the same time. Irregular sleep schedules and sleep disorders can increase risks for diabetes—and they also make managing the disease more difficult.

We’ve looked at the underlying ways that sleep contributes to diabetes—now let’s take a closer look at the specific sleep disorders that influence the condition, and the diabetes symptoms that can interfere with sleep.

 

The Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Diabetes connection

Before we look at the broader range of sleep issues and sleep disorders that occur with diabetes, I want to discuss the relationship between diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. It’s an important one, because of how often the two conditions occur together. OSA is the most common sleep disorder in people with diabetes. As research has shown, a majority of people with diabetes—as many as 86 percent—also have obstructive sleep apnea. People with diabetes are at increased risk for OSA and people with OSA are at higher risk for diabetes.

The relationship between OSA and diabetes is complex, and scientists are still working to understand how the two conditions affect one another. But it’s clear that obesity plays an important role in both sleep apnea and

How Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

People these days struggle with a lot of things. If there are two things they struggle on the most, it has to be about sleep and weight. People can obsess over these two things a lot because it is almost next to impossible to get quality sleep and maintain your ideal weight when the world is full of temptations that are meant to lure us into the easy life. Sad to say, though, that the easy and carefree life we thrive in does not necessarily help promote healthy living. Eating fast food, staying up all night and fidgeting with your smart devices, not exercising, all these things add up over time and result in weight problems. Now don’t be surprised why obesity is a major problem in the world when we do so little in ensuring our bodies are healthy and cared for every single day.

You don’t really have to starve yourself or spend long hours in the gym when simply sleeping better can actually help you shed off that excess weight. It may not be fast but it sure is effective. You see, sleep has powerful restorative properties that make us feel like we can take on the world if we only get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night. Take note, sleep at night not just …

Should You Drink Alcohol Before Bed, Effective Bedtime Rituals, Cannabanoids, Lyme Disease And Sleep

Happy Sunday! I know all of you in the United States are probably celebrating Mother’s Day today and I am as well. Hopefully you had a chance to see my Mother’s Day gift guide, with all the reviews and discounts available for you (or your Mom) on some great products I choose just for all the sleepless mothers out there.

I spent a lot of time reading this week and discovered a few studies I think you may find interesting. I’m covering three different key topics: cannabinoids, alcohol and sleep, and Lyme disease and sleep. Plus, I’ll be telling you about one of my favorite nighttime rituals.

Cannabinoids and Sleep Apnea

As a sleep doctor, I’m rigorous about understanding the influence of all supplements and compounds that may help (or hurt) people’s sleep. Of course, cannabinoids and CBD (CBD is not marijuana, read my article here) are in the news daily now. I wrote a detailed article called Understanding CBD: The calming and sleep promoting benefits of cannabidiol, if you haven’t read it, you owe it to yourself to understand how this can positively impact your sleep.

The first study I read about included new research looking at how Cannabinoids can help with sleep apnea. Yes, I know that sounds strange, but check out the fascinating research.…

Tech Solutions To Your Sleep Woes

Sleeping is fundamental to life. We can’t survive for long if we don’t sleep. And simply sleeping a few hours each day is not enough because our body needs more. We are not just even thinking about sleep length here, sleep quality is also a major issue along with the time at which you sleep. Simply sleeping during the day won’t do your health justice as it should be nighttime sleeping that is ideal for our good health. There are certain things that happen to your body that only takes place at night and you might miss out on if you don’t observe daily. Just remember that it is what nature designed for all of us. People back then had no issue about this because they did not have technology to mess up with their sleep.

They automatically drift off to dreamland at night and do what they go to do in life during the day.

Much has changed since then. We now have various technologies that we have virtually changed human lifestyle. You can now choose whether you want to be a day or night person and still be able to do most of the same things without any worries. That has significantly messed up our health. No wonder people die younger now and we easily succumb to more …

What Mom Really Wants More Of This Year For Mother’s Day, Sleep

Almost every mom I talk to wants one thing, a little more sleep!

This year, I decided to see if I could help you with a few gift ideas for mom.

Everyone, especially moms, love their coffees, teas, and other warm drinks. One of my favorites is Mushroom Coffee, a delicious cup has less caffeine than coffee and the benefits that come with mushrooms. While it sounds a little odd, it is delicious!

Want to be a real hero? Make your mom this homemade warm bedtime drink that will soothe her soul and warm her heart (and hands).

Recipe
One large cup of hot water
Dissolve one tablespoon of raw honey (it will help her sleep) in the water
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the hot water
Allow to steep for 60 seconds, deliver, and watch her enjoy

I often make this for my wife and myself before bed. It is a wonderful ritual and it helps you relax and drift to sleep. Nighttime rituals help you and your body prepare to sleep. They are a good trigger to tell yourself it is time to rest.

If mom (or you) is a hot sleeper, whether she is just wired that way or experiencing symptoms of menopause, the Chilipad is a great addition to cool down any bed

Finding Focus in Dental Sleep Medicine: Rosemarie Rohatgi, DMD

Why Rosemarie Rohatgi, DMD, left general dentistry to open San Diego Sleep Therapy, where she exclusively works with patients who have obstructive sleep apnea.

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Many people advised Rosemarie Rohatgi, DMD, that a dental sleep medicine-only practice would not succeed. But San Diego Sleep Therapy is now a thriving dental practice in which most patients are physician referrals.

General dentists often start with making a few oral appliances “here and there” when opportunity presents itself as a complement to their traditional practices. Far rarer is a dentist who jettisons the safety net of a traditional practice altogether to focus exclusively on dental sleep medicine.

Rosemarie Rohatgi, DMD, is one of those trailblazers. After almost two decades as a general dentist, she went looking for a new space to ply her trade. While she had no equipment, no physical location, and could not take any patients with her, she made it a point to lay a strong educational foundation, earning Diplomate status with three separate boards, the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Rohatgi previously had completed her undergraduate training at University of Oregon, Eugene, and graduate work at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry, Portland. She also