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Why Do I Pull Of My CPAP Mask in Sleep?

“Doc, I put the CPAP mask on every night but wake up with the mask on the bed. I don’t remember pulling it off,” frustrated patients often share with me.In my experience, nasal obstruction is the commonest cause of such occurrences. Studies have indeed shown that avoiding allergen exposure, and using nasal steroid spray at [...]

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Poor Sleep May Shrink Your Brain - a Study

European researchers have identified an association between poor sleep patterns like insomnia and the size of the brain.Researchers examined some 147 adults between the ages of 20 and 84 via two series of MRI scans.The first scan was taken before patients completed a questionnaire pertaining to their sleep habits, while the second scan was done [...]

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Can CPAP Improve My Sexual Function?

“I don’t have any sleep problem. My wife forced me to come here,” a young man in his forties vented out his irritation. I explain that the treatment of sleep apnea does reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, and early death. Now, he got even more irritated, “I am not [...]

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Persistent Depression Despite CPAP? Treat Daytime Sleepiness.

Photo Credit: Andrew RichardsUntreated sleep apnea is associated with depression symptoms. The treatment with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) improves these symptoms in most, but not all patients. In this multicenter prospective cohort study published in January 2014 CHEST journal, researchers evaluated 300 patients with OSAHS and depressive symptoms.After an average of 529 days of [...]

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Can't Use CPAP Because of Dust Allergies? Try These.

Dust allergy can cause nasal congestion, drainage, irritation, itching, and the blockage. This, according to several studies, is one of the common causes of discontinuation of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.Dust mites are ubiquitous in regions with high humidity. Mites need moisture and human dander for survival. High levels of mites can be found [...]

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CPAP Improves Depression Scores Markedly - A Recent Study!

My patients over the years have shared with me, "Doc, I am feeling great on CPAP. I am back to gardening, fishing, biking, camping, traveling. I now enjoy my work. My relationship has improved remarkably. We are back to sleeping together. Life is great!"(CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is the commonest treatment [...]

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7 Tips for an Alert, Energetic, & Enjoyable Monday | SnoozeClinic.com

Have you noticed how sleepy, tired, lethargic, and complacent you feel on Mondays? Medical studies indeed have shown reduced productivity and increased errors on Mondays secondary to disrupted sleep schedule on weekends.Here is how you can enjoy and excel at work even on Mondays.Keep moving. Staying physically active all day will energize your Mondays. Exercise [...]

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Are You Awake Yet? I Don't Think So!

Several years ago, a patient surprised me, and the staff, “Doc, this is the first time I came to your clinic. I wasn’t here last week.” He, in fact, was seen at the clinic the prior week (he had filled out all the necessary paperwork and had a progress note to prove his visit) and was sent [...]

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Sleep for Your Waist - a Study in Journal Sleep

Studies have shown that the insufficient sleep leads to weight gain.Dr. Sperry and colleagues reviewed 23 studies of 56,259 adults and reported (August edition of SLEEP) that there indeed exists a significant, inverse relationship between sleep duration and waist circumference. It is a huge problem. In the United States in 2001, only 38% of adults reported getting eight hour of sleep [...]

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To Reduce the Complications, Tell Anesthesiologist if You Snore - a Study in SLEEP

Dr. Abdelsattar and his colleagues at University of Michigan studied the impact of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) on Cardiopulmonary Complications during surgery and published their findings in the journal SLEEP (Volume 38 Issue 08.)Of 26,842 patients they studied, 2,646 had a diagnosis or suspicion of OSA. Of those, 1,465 (55.4%) were untreated. Compared with [...]

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