Asthma and COPD are both obstructive diseases that make it difficult for lungs to completely get rid of all the air in them. Asthma is more common in younger patients and is reversible through treatment with drugs like albuterol and terbutaline. COPD is not reversible and is more evident in older patients, especially those with a history of smoking. It's important to know the difference between these two diseases and also the impact they can have on your sleep. Continue reading to find out more about sleep problems in these individuals.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that consists of many pauses in breathing throughout the night. This pause can lead to several sleep disturbances as your body has to wake you up again to start breathing. Sleep apnea is more than a sleep disturbance, however. It can have tremendous effects on health in a variety of systems, including cardiovascular health. Continue reading to find out more about this relationship and what you can do.
Sleep disorders have one thing in common, they cause interrupted sleep one way or another. Therefore, it's important that if you have a sleep disorder, you find out the problem because interrupted sleep can lead to chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is more than just being tired. It can negatively impact several organ systems, including your heart. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, so it's important to do everything possible to maintain its health - including getting enough sleep. Continue reading to find out how common sleeping disorders can lead to cardiovascular disease!
Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, is a concerning symptom all on its own. But when it happens at night, that can be indicative of something seriously wrong. Normally, while you're sleeping, you shouldn't be out of breath because you're not doing anything but sleeping. So if you are out of breath at night, that is indicative of something wrong. Continue reading to find out about potential causes of shortness of breath at night.
Positive airway pressure (PAP) is one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that affects 3 to 7% of the population. Positive airway pressure is a way to offset the breathing difficulties that these patients have throughout the night. There are two types of machines that can assist with sleep apnea treatments. One is called a CPAP and the other is called a BiPAP. We are going to talk about the difference between these two and which one to use in which situations.
Importance of Just Snoring vs Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Is your or your partner’s snoring the primer for family jokes? Does your loud snoring require come with an “earplugs required” caveat for your partner? Is your snoring the rule, not the exception?
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder and medical condition that causes you to repeatedly stop breathing and then rouse yourself throughout the night. OSA happens when the throat muscles in the back of your throat relax, causing the airway to narrow and your tongue to block to the back of your mouth. This instigates snoring and a closed airway. Because you have to wake up each time this happens, OSA prevents you from getting restful sleep, resulting in chronic (and potentially severe) sleep deprivation.
The Revolving Circle of Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, and Obesity
The connection between diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea is fairly well-studied and undeniable. Regardless of whether the chicken or the egg comes first in this case – i.e., the root cause of the sleep apnea, diabetes, obesity connection – the point is that they are all linked in ways that negatively affect each other.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical condition and sleeping disorder that causes you to stop breathing for about 20 seconds many times throughout the night. Each time you stop breathing, your body rouses itself to force you to start breathing again. Each of these stop-start breathing cycles is called an apnea event, and they essentially prevent you from getting restful sleep, leading to moderate to severe sleep deprivation. OSA can cause significantly negative impacts on your life. Some are more at risk to develop OSA than others, the question is: are you at risk?
Chronic Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Chronic, “socially unacceptable” snoring could just be something that is the cause of jokes in your family. It could also be sign that you have obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder and medical condition. Loud, chronic snoring is one of the primary symptoms of OSA, and is often one of the first signs that something isn’t quite right about one’s sleeping.