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Why is sleep so important for our health?

Sleep is important  for memory functioning. In order to have optimum mental functioning and alertness throughout the day you need to have adequate sleep time.  Chronic sleep deprivation can cause weight gain by altering levels of hormones.  If you don’t have adequate sleep time it causes mood swings, irritability, inability to focus.  Sleep is important […]

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Is there anything you can do to stop snoring?

Anything that can increase airflow and open up the airway from the nose to the back of the throat can help with snoring.  If you have nasal congestion and you can treat it with decongestants and open up the nasal passages, that will decrease snoring and that is why Breathe Right Strips can be very […]

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common and dangerous disorder causing narrowing of the upper airway while you are sleeping resulting in pauses in breathing or complete stopping of breathing during the night.

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When Should You See a Sleep Doctor?

Having trouble falling asleep, as well as staying asleep, or waking up tired and sleepy are very important indications that something is wrong. Falling asleep inappropriately during the daytime is an important sign that it is time to seek medical help and have a full evaluation for the possibility of sleep disorders.

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Can I catch up on my sleep on the weekend?

It helps a little.  Think of it as being the equivalent of having a big deficit in your bank account, putting money in the account is going to help but you’re still going to be in debt.  If you’re going to be sleep deprived mentally you’re not going to function optimally until you clear up […]

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What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused by obstruction of airflow through the mouth and nose causing the upper palate to vibrate.  People sometimes confuse snoring with sleep apnea. Snoring does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea, however most people with sleep apnea do snore.

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Insomnia – Can It Be Helped?

Insomnia is an extremely common problem, particularity in the increasingly stressful environment that people have with the financial situation and all the problems going on in the world today.  People are over stressed.  There are problems falling asleep at the beginning of the night, which is called sleep onset insomnia, and problems in the middle […]

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How much sleep does a person need to have adequate functioning?

The range of normal is 5 to 10 hours.  Some people who are short sleepers only need 5 hours and they wake up refreshed and have optimal functioning during the daytime.  Others need 10 hours to accomplish that.  Sleep deprivation is almost like putting in a deposit or a withdrawal from a bank. If you […]

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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The main symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness that occur during the daytime, snoring, frequent arousals throughout the night, choking, gasping episodes, and actually it can cause insomnia.  About one third of patients with sleep apnea present with insomnia.

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Why is sleep apnea so dangerous?

When the brain is asleep there is less nerve stimulation to the muscles that keep your airway open, muscles relax and your airway can narrow or collapse. Your brain protects you by waking you from the sleep state by the release of hormones. However these hormones can cause high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, hardening […]

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