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Guide: Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

Circadian rhythms are natural changes in the body that happen roughly every 24 hours and regulate the sleep-wake cycle. These changes may include core body temperature, hormone levels, alertness, and appetite. So, if the sleep-wake cycle isn’t synchronized with the day-night cycle it means that a person is suffering from some type of circadian rhythm sleep disorder (CRSD). Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders Common CRSDs include advanced sleep phase disorder (ASPD), …

PTSD and Sleep

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people after experiencing or witnessing shocking, traumatic, scary, or dangerous events. It is characterized by re-experiencing these events and having intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings. Sleep Disturbances and PTSD After experiencing traumatic events it is very common to suffer from some sleep issues and not being able to get a good night’s sleep. Namely, a PTSD patient has an …

ASV for Treating Complex and Central Sleep Apnea

One of the newest PAP (positive airway pressure) machines on the market is Adaptive Servo Ventilation (ASV) which is a non-invasive therapy and created especially for treating adults suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and central/complex sleep apnea. This ventilatory treatment unit can control and adjust to the patient’s issue continuously. Based on the input from the patient, the ASV adjusts the pressure which means that it doesn’t require a fixed …

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Sense of Smell

Impairment in the sense of smell, also known as olfactory dysfunction, is one of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that people usually overlook. People with olfactory dysfunction aren’t able to identify or differentiate between odors. This link between obstructive sleep apnea and the sense of smell is noticeable once OSA patients undergo CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy and experience an improvement in their sense of smell. Obstructive …

Should I Use a CPAP Device for Mild Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep conditions people suffer from characterized by breathing interruptions while sleeping caused by a blockage of the upper airway. In general, 20% of the world population has this disorder, especially obese people or those who suffer from heart or metabolic conditions. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea may lead to poor cardiac and metabolic health, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, depression, and …

Is There Even Such Thing as a Sleep Doctor?

In an ideal world, people have a long face-to-face appointment with their primary care doctor at least once a year to discuss overall health and issues. They may share they have breathing problems, high blood pressure, pain in the neck, excess weight, etc. But, do they tell their doctor if they experience sleeping issues? – Probably not. So, who should they talk to? Is there such a thing as a …

What is Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Therapy for Sleep Apnea?

Even though continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has proven to be the most beneficial for combating obstructive sleep apnea, those who suffer from the condition know how challenging and annoying sleeping with a mask can be. Therefore, many sufferers are looking for alternative ways to fight sleep apnea, one of which could be hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HGNS) therapy. So, read on and find out what hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HGNS) …

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatments Options

A sleep condition characterized by breathing interruptions during sleep is called obstructive sleep apnea. The severity of the condition, which can range from mild to severe, will determine the treatment option which may be as simple as a lifestyle change to surgery. Here are the common obstructive sleep apnea treatments options based on the severity of the symptoms: Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment Options If you experience mild symptoms of …

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty and Sleep Apnea

If you have a few extra pounds that you desperately want shed, you will be interested in learning more about endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, especially if you have sleep apnea. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a completely new procedure used for weight loss. This procedure is minimally invasive and leads to significant weight loss. During endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, the endoscopist inserts a suturing device into your throat and down to your stomach. …

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sleep Apnea

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), is a neurodegenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head. CTE is also known as “punch-drunk syndrome.” Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is very common in sportspeople, such as hockey players, boxers, and footballers. Likewise, combat veterans and victims of domestic abuse that have experienced repeated head trauma have also been affected by CTE. However, it is often the case that doctors overlook other treatable conditions …