Month: January 2022

Are You a Covid 15, 30, or 50?

For many of you who are struggling with your weight, the pandemic is wreaking havoc with your health. It’s not uncommon to hear that some people have gained, 15, 30, or even 50 pounds.

Dr. Park explains why this may be a matter of life and death for you.

APA Stress in America Poll 

Longitudinal Study of Moderate Weight Change and Sleep-Disordered Breathing

CPAP and weight gain meta-analysis study

Are you still struggling with your sleep?

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The Connection Between Athletics and Sleep

All humans need sleep—it’s a biological necessity. Without appropriate and healthy sleep, we place ourselves at risk for developing potentially life-threatening health ailments, and worsening current conditions. Why? Because the body recovers during sleep. Without it, we miss out on vital processes that our bodies depend on.

Generally, it’s recommended that the average person receive 7-9 hours of sleep a night; but what if you’re not average? What if you consistently push your body to limits that the “average” person doesn’t? That’s what sports legend Lebron James does, and it’s why he sleeps an average of 12 hours each night.

In fact, many athletes are known to sleep many more hours a night than the average person—for example, Usain Bolt, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova sleep an average of ten. All are athletes who have accomplished incredible feats, and who therefore also need incredible sleep.

Being an incredible athlete, or an athlete in general, doesn’t exclude a person from experiencing sleep ailments, though; and in fact, sports researchers have found evidence linking high rates of sleep disordered-breathing in collegiate football players. For this reason, among the many others, it’s vital that athletes understand the impact that sleep—and sleep disorders—has on their bodies.

Athletes and the Importance of Sleep Education

For some time now, coaches have recognized that quality sleep is essential to player performance. Eight years ago, Dr. Charles Czeisler found himself being featured in The Atlantic. Why? Because he was known across the National Basketball Association (NBA) as “the Sleep Doctor.” The renowned Harvard department director doesn’t just have a reputation across the NBA, though—he’s consulted with nearly every major sports institution. 

Dr. Czeisler doesn’t relish in his notoriety though, as he sees his advice as being quite simplistic in nature: We need sleep. Without it, not only do our bodies suffer but our minds—and athletes rely on sharpened levels of cognitive functioning. This is why Dr. Czeisler particularly stresses the importance of sleep the night you learn something new. If a football player learns a new play during training but then doesn’t sleep, they won’t retain the tactic, giving a team that does prioritize sleep the advantage.

But for some, getting quality sleep is easier said than done. 

Football Players and Sleep Disordered Breathing

For the Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA), tackling sleep apnea in pro athletes is a critical mission. Founded in 2012, the alliance is made up of David Gergen, CDT, President of the PPHC, and a practicing dental lab expert for nearly 30 years, as well as former NFL players, including Roy Green, Derek Kennard, and Mike Haynes. Each player in the alliance has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and has been successfully treated using oral appliance therapy. 

The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in football players cannot be overlooked. In 2017, a review of studies conducted on sleep-disordered breathing in professional American football players concluded that there is sufficient evidence to connect high rates of OSA to the NFL (National Football League) population. As noted above, collegiate-level players are also in a high-risk category for developing the condition. 

Sleep-disordered breathing declines any individual’s quality of life—and that includes professional athletes. On top of increasing their chances of developing, and dying from, cardiovascular conditions, athletes who suffer from OSA also experience impaired athletic performance. Receiving treatment will not only improve the health of these players—and anyone who suffers from OSA—but it will allow them to stay in the game. 

What This Means For the Rest of Us

The recent shift in awareness about sleep deprivation and how it affects athletes’ performances is a positive one for sleep education across the board. Whether you’re training for the playoffs or sitting at a desk, poor sleep wreaks havoc on the body. It impedes your brain’s reaction time, drains focus, inhibits memory retention, and affects decision-making skills. Not to mention, quality sleep is absolutely critical for overall health and wellness. If you have any questions about how to improve your night’s rest, Dr. Kent Smith and Dr. Marie Dibra at Sleep Dallas are committed to ensuring you get the rest you deserve. If you believe you have a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea, or have other concerns about your sleep health, call us at (844) 409-4657 or request an appointment online for a free assessment.

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Coronavirus Updates for Our Patients

Spring 2022 Updates

Much has changed over the past two years, but the need to focus on health & safety as we’re confronted with this pandemic has remained. For that reason, we want to update you on our most recent COVID-19 protocols here at Sleep Dallas. We ask all patients to please follow these guidelines when visiting either of our locations (Irving or Frisco). 

We are continuing to see patients during this time and adhering closely to local health agency guidance in addition to the guidance provided by the CDC. In accordance with this guidance, we require all visitors to our offices to wear a mask in public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Please note that our lobby and hallways are included in this. Whenever possible, please distance yourself from others during your visit. We are fortunate to have spacious exam rooms at both our locations and have found this to be no issue.

Additionally, if you experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19, no matter how minor, please reschedule. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, body aches, congestion, runny nose, sore or scratchy throat, fatigue, and uncharacteristic headaches. We also ask that if you have come into contact with an infected person to please reschedule. Our team is on standby, ready to reschedule you without hesitation to a date that is not only convenient for you but still ensures you are receiving care in a timely manner.

It is also very understandable that many may be nervous during this time. Therefore, we want to reassure all patients that our public spaces are being disinfected regularly. Your safety and health are, and will always be, a top priority to us. ​​For more information about COVID-19, please visit CDC.gov.

Spring 2020 Updates

At Sleep Dallas, the health and well-being of our patients and team members have always been of utmost importance. We understand the concerns and uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our community as the situation evolves and more information is provided.

 We want to inform all of our patients that we are continuing to see patients at this time and reassure you that we are taking all the necessary precautions recommended by the CDC and local health agencies in the area. In a small, controlled environment such as our offices, it is easy to quickly and swiftly implement new emerging protocols as those recommendations become available. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We will keep you updated on any changes and continue to provide a safe, healthy, and relaxing environment.

We do request that any patients with symptoms associated with COVID 19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.) or who have been in close contact recently with anyone with these symptoms to please notify us so that we can reschedule your appointment. For those patients who fall into a higher risk category (elderly or pre-existing conditions) for severe responses to COVID-19 who would like to reschedule their appointment, we please ask that you notify our office as soon as you have made this decision. Our goal is to provide the top-level customer service and care you have come to expect from us and we want to guarantee we have the appropriate staffing to do so. We will also be practicing social distancing (such as not shaking hands) as a means of decreasing the possible transmission of COVID-19.

We appreciate your effort in helping our community limit the spread of this disease. For more information about the COVID-19, visit CDC.gov. In the meantime, we hope you and your family are healthy and look forward to seeing you soon.

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