Sleep Disorders – The New York Sleep Doctor http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com Helping New Yorkers Get A Good Night's Sleep Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:15:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Dr Alpert on Collective Fatigue Syndrome on Fox NY News http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/dr-alpert-on-collective-fatigue-syndrome-on-fox-ny-news/ http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/dr-alpert-on-collective-fatigue-syndrome-on-fox-ny-news/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:21:17 +0000 http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/?p=417 New York News

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Is there anything you can do to stop snoring? http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/is-there-anything-you-can-do-to-stop-snoring/ http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/is-there-anything-you-can-do-to-stop-snoring/#respond Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:18:04 +0000 http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/?p=181 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 helpful. Nasal steroids, and treatment of allergies can be very beneficial in people who snore.  If somebody is overweight that contributes to snoring and sleep apnea because the fatty tissue in the neck area presses against the trachea. That’s why losing weight can be very beneficial in helping decrease snoring as well as sleep apnea.

If you drink alcohol or take other sedatives,  that relaxes the muscles and causes more snoring – that is why people snore more on the nights when they’ve had alcoholic beverages.  If you take any kind of tranquilizers or sedatives that will relax the upper airway muscles also contributing to snoring and sleep apnea.

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What is Sleep Apnea? http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/what-is-sleep-apnea/ http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/what-is-sleep-apnea/#respond Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:01:22 +0000 http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/?p=88 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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What causes snoring? http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/what-causes-snoring/ http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/what-causes-snoring/#respond Fri, 14 Jan 2011 03:06:13 +0000 http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/?p=111 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? http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/insomnia-can-it-be-helped/ http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/insomnia-can-it-be-helped/#respond Fri, 14 Jan 2011 02:59:45 +0000 http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/?p=105 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 of the night which is called sleep maintenance insomnia and some people  have a combination of both problems.

Insomnia is due to a hyperactive state of the brain.  The brain is hyperactive both during the daytime and at night, but it manifests as insomnia at night when you are trying to sleep.  In order to decrease the hyperactive state you need to have a wind down period before trying to go to sleep.  Although you can’t make yourself fall asleep, it is helpful to have a more relaxed state of mind and that may require a certain wind down period.

Meditation, relaxation tapes, and certain other techniques would help some people have a better nights sleep:

  • Have a regular bedtime and a regular wake time so you can help regulate your body clock.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages after lunchtime
  • Alcohol although it helps you fall asleep, there is a rebound affect and when the alcohol wears off it actually causes you to wake up.
  • Avoiding nicotine is also important because nicotine is a stimulant and also avoiding looking at the clock throughout the night.

Some people actually associate the bedroom with anxiety because of their fear of insomnia. They are not looking forward to going to bed because they are concerned that they are going to be up all night. Since not falling asleep can cause anxiety, do not stay in bed for prolonged periods if you’re unable to sleep.  Sometimes its best to get out of bed and do something that is relaxing.

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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/what-are-the-symptoms-of-sleep-apnea/ http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/what-are-the-symptoms-of-sleep-apnea/#respond Fri, 14 Jan 2011 02:05:22 +0000 http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/?p=93 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? http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/why-is-sleep-apnea-so-dangerous/ http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/why-is-sleep-apnea-so-dangerous/#respond Fri, 14 Jan 2011 02:03:32 +0000 http://www.newyorksleepdoctor.com/?p=90 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 of the arteries, as well as diabetes and weight gain.

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