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Sleep Apnea: An Aging Accelerator

Sleep apnea accelerates aging

Nearly 30 million adults in the United States experience disturbances in their sleep cycles as a direct result of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition marked by pauses in breathing during sleep. With many cases remaining undiagnosed and untreated, this sleep disorder poses a major threat to the overall health of affected individuals – including causing their cells to age more rapidly.

While sleep apnea tends to target older adults, men, postmenopausal women, and those who smoke or struggle with obesity, it does not discriminate and manages to affect a wide range of individuals.  A variety of factors, including lifestyle and environment, determine the risk of developing sleep apnea. Additionally, research links sleep apnea to a number of health complications within a multitude of individuals such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Snoring, sometimes accompanied by choking sounds or pauses in breathing, as well as symptoms of sleep deprivation during the day signal that sleep apnea may be impeding on not only your rest but also your overall health. New research indicates that the myriad of disruptive symptoms related to untreated sleep apnea may now include accelerated cell aging, especially in women.

The Connection Between Aging and Sleep Apnea

In 2019 Harvard University conducted a study investigating the relationship between epigenetic age acceleration (early aging of DNA within the cells) and sleep-disordered breathing among 622 adults. The research consisted of polysomnography (a sleep study) and “DNA methylation [in which] a marker for epigenetic age acceleration was measured in blood samples.”

The study concludes that severe sleep-disordered breathing correlates with early aging of DNA within cells. Further, the results found that out of all sleep-related conditions causing airway blockage in the throat, the number of obstructive sleep apnea cases outnumbered all other chronic sleep disorder occurrences. This comes as especially unfavorable news for women, who demonstrated stronger associations between their sleep disorders and epigenetic age accelerations than their male counterparts, despite typically exhibiting lower sleep disorder related health risks.

According to the lead author of the study, the correct treatment of conditions like sleep apnea can not only help improve health and decrease the risk of developing other serious health conditions, but can also reverse the consequences of epigenetic age acceleration. The sooner that individuals receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, the sooner they can begin combating the wide range of health issues, including premature aging, that accompany obstructive sleep apnea. 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Multiple variations of sleep apnea wreak havoc on sleep cycles, the most common of which is obstructive sleep apnea. Individuals who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea experience episodes of choking or gasping for air throughout the night, as well as pauses in breathing. These incidents occur as a result of an individual’s upper throat muscles relaxing, causing airways to tighten and ultimately blocking air from freely flowing into the lungs. The brain responds to a lack of oxygen by signaling to the affected person that they need to wake up, an incident that can occur anywhere from a couple of times a night to 30 times per hour. 

More often than not, severe sleep deprivation accompanies obstructive sleep apnea. Many affected individuals cannot recall every brief period in which they wake up throughout the night, but the numerous disturbances to their sleep cycle prove evident during the day. These periods, however short-lived, make it impossible for your body to achieve deep levels of restorative sleep. Healthy sleep is critical for repairing tissue, growing muscle, and synthesizing hormones. Without healthy sleep, the human body loses the ability to adequately function during the day. 

Other symptoms that may be indications of obstructive sleep apnea include loud snoring, difficulty staying asleep or experiencing insomnia, shortened attention span, waking up with dry mouth or sore throat, forgetfulness, and mood changes.

What Happens When Sleep Apnea Remains Untreated? 

The risk of developing other serious health conditions increases the longer that sleep apnea remains untreated. Those suffering from untreated sleep apnea run the risk of developing more serious symptoms including, but not limited to, non-alcoholic liver disease, depression, dementia, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. 

Faced with the challenge of juggling everyday life, individuals often disregard the early symptoms of sleep apnea as physical responses to everyday stressors. Sleep tends to take the backseat behind diet and exercise when prioritizing health when in fact, the brain and body require healthy sleep to function. 

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to contact a sleep specialist for a consultation. You are only one sleep study away from identifying the underlying source of your sleep-related hardships. 

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How Many Times is Sleep Apnea Interrupting My Sleep Every Night?

Snoring womanAbout 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, with a vast majority not even realizing it. This disorder occurs when your breathing is repeatedly interrupted during the night. But just how frequently does this happen? And what can it tell you about the severity of your condition? Read on to learn more about sleep apnea in Irving – and just how often it can strike.

Why is Breathing Interrupted During Sleep Apnea?

The most common reason for sleep apnea to occur is for there to be some kind of obstruction in your airway. For example, your throat muscles and tongue could relax when you fall asleep and fall back on the airway as a result. Other causes might include bone deformities in your jaw or enlarged tonsils. Also, the disorder has been linked to obesity, drinking alcohol before bed, sleeping on your back, and using certain medications.

How Many Times is Breathing Interrupted?

The number of breathing interruptions, called “apneas”, that you experience during the night will vary. Patients who sleep normally will normally have fewer than 5 apneas per hour. If you have mild sleep apnea, you can expect 5 to 14 events each hour, while moderate sleep apnea usually causes about 15 to 29 events per hour. Particularly severe cases of sleep apnea result in 30 or more apneas per hour; that’s potentially hundreds of events every night!

What are the Consequences of Sleep Apnea?

When your breathing is interrupted, your brain is forced to wake the body up to resume the flow of oxygen, preventing you from getting quality sleep. This can leave you feeling exhausted during the day, and you may be at a higher risk for car accidents.

Furthermore, sleep apnea increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart problems, dementia, obesity, and diabetes. The more severe your sleep apnea, the worse these health issues are likely to become.

What Can You Do About Sleep Apnea?

If you’re found to have some form of sleep apnea, you should talk to a sleep dentist right away so that they can devise an appropriate treatment for you. The most common solution for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy, but if you have a hard time tolerating the machine, you might be prescribed an oral appliance instead. The appliance will reposition your jaw so that the soft tissues in the mouth and throat don’t collapse and leave the airway clear. Your sleep dentist might have other suggestions that could help, like changing your sleeping position.

Since you may not even remember having sleep apnea events during the night, it can be difficult to know just how severe the problem is on your own; that said, it’s always important to get help as soon as possible so that you can enjoy a good night’s rest again.

About the Author

Dr. Kent Smith is Sleep Dallas’s founding practitioner and chief medical officer, and he’s been helping patients in Irving suffering from sleep breathing disorders for over 25 years. He’s double board-certified in dental sleep medicine and regularly facilitates national and international seminars and lectures on the subject. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (844) 409-4657.

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Is Your Morning Headache a Sign of Sleep Apnea?

Headache in bedYou wake up, and then immediately you notice the unpleasant pain in your head. Does this happen to you every morning? If so, it might be a sign of a sleep disorder. In particular, chronic headaches might be a sign that you have sleep apnea – a disorder that could lead to far worse problems if left alone. Read on to learn why those migraines might be warning you that you aren’t enjoying quality rest.

What is Sleep Apnea?

If you experience frequent pauses in your breathing while you’re asleep, you have sleep apnea. These pauses are usually due to the airway becoming blocked somehow, which can happen hundreds of times during the night. People with sleep apnea keep waking up when their breathing is interrupted; as a result, they often feel tired during the day even if they think they got a full night’s sleep.

How Does Sleep Apnea Cause Headaches?

When your breathing stops, your brain receives less oxygen. This causes the blood vessels in your head to widen, triggering vascular headaches. Sleep apnea-related headaches usually don’t last very long, but they can occur frequently. In general, more severe sleep apnea will result in more painful headaches.

What Other Effects Does Sleep Apnea Have?

You should especially consider morning headaches to be a potential symptom of sleep apnea if you also notice:

  • Loud snoring or interruptions in breathing during the night (which someone else would likely tell you about)
  • A lack of energy during the day
  • High blood pressure
  • A sudden increase of weight
  • Irritability, depression or mood swings

How Can You Treat Headaches Caused by Sleep Apnea?

Typically, treating your sleep apnea will also stop any recurring headaches that it’s causing. In many cases, you can improve your symptoms with an oral appliance. When worn at night, an oral appliance can adjust your tongue and/or jaw so that the airway remains open while you’re asleep. There are numerous different kinds of appliances you can get depending on your needs; for example, some are designed for patients with smaller mouths, while others can accommodate for orthodontic work.

There are also some changes you can make at home that make it easier to overcome sleep apnea. For instance, sleeping on your side (instead of on your back) can prevent tissues in your mouth in throat from collapsing and blocking your airway. Some patients benefit from using a humidifier; adding moisture to the air can sometimes encourage clearer breathing.

It’s important to stick to your sleep apnea treatment once you’ve begun; the disorder tends to worsen over time, and the symptoms associated with it also become more severe as a result. There’s no reason to put up with constant headaches and exhaustion any longer than you already have; get in touch with a dental sleep expert today!

About the Author

Dr. Kent Smith is the founding practitioner and chief medical officer of Sleep Dallas in Irving; he has been helping patients overcome sleep breathing disorders for over 25 years. He’s an expert in the field of dental sleep medicine and currently helps facilitate multiple national and international seminars to help dentists combat sleep apnea. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (844) 409-4657.

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What’s Interrupting Your Sleep? 5 Causes of Sleep Apnea

Snoring ManIf you keep waking up with a very sore throat, frequently feel exhausted throughout the day, or have heard your partner complain about loud snoring throughout the night, you might have sleep apnea – a severe disorder where breathing is frequently interrupted while you’re asleep, forcing your body to wake up briefly to get some air. Since leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to heart problems and other potentially deadly health issues, it needs to be treated as soon as possible. But to do that, first the underlying source of the problem needs to be found. Here are 5 potential causes of sleep apnea to be aware of.

1. Excess Weight

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea, and in many cases it happens as a result of being overweight. Obesity is highly associated with soft tissues near the back of your mouth and throat; if these tissues relax while you’re asleep, they can block the airway. This is why, in many cases, losing just 10 percent of your body weight might improve your OSA – or even get rid of it entirely!

2. A Smaller Airway

Even if you have a healthy weight, your natural anatomy could still put you at risk for OSA. Anything that crowds the upper airway can block your breathing. For adults, this might mean having a big tongue or small chin. Children with overly large tonsils or glands in their upper airway also tend to suffer from sleep apnea more often.

3. Excessive Alcohol Use

Alcohol tends to relax the muscles near the back of your throat, making it more likely for them to collapse. If you’re suffering from OSA, limiting your alcohol intake can go a long way towards relieving your symptoms.

4. Allergies

Nasal congestion brought on by allergies can irritate and inflame your nasal passageways, causing them to narrow and increasing the chances for sleep apnea and snoring. Luckily, relieving the symptoms of your allergies will also help you sleep soundly again.

5. A Problem with the Brain

Even if your airway remains unobstructed, you might still suffer from a rare form of sleep apnea known as central sleep apnea. This is when the brain fails to send the proper signals to control your breathing. It’s usually a side effect of other conditions that affect the brain stem, including damage done by a stroke or neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.

No matter what the cause of your sleep apnea is, the first step is to have your condition diagnosed by a professional. Once it has been confirmed, you can receive appropriate treatment, such as oral appliance therapy. Find out the truth behind your restless nights so that you can get the quality sleep you need to enjoy life to the fullest again.

About the Practice

At Sleep Dallas in Irving, we help patients find relief from sleep apnea and snoring as well as the fatigue and teeth grinding that are often associated with them. We offer oral appliances as a more comfortable, convenient alternative to CPAP therapy. If you think your sleep is being interrupted and need to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (844) 409-4657.

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5 Tips for Cleaning an Oral Appliance That’ll Let You Rest Easy

Sleep Apnea ApplianceOnce you get an oral appliance to help treat your sleep apnea, you’ll be able to remember what it’s like to feel well-rested again. These devices are essential for letting patients with sleep disorders breathe normally without disrupting their night’s respite. Of course, like any other device that spends a lot of time in your mouth, sleep apnea oral appliances need to be kept clean to avoid serious oral health problems down the road; to do that, follow these 5 essential tips for excellent hygiene.

1. Be Gentle While Brushing

You should brush your appliance whenever you take it out of your mouth, but be careful; you could scratch it if you’re too rough while cleaning. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush (which is better for your teeth as well), and don’t use abrasive toothpaste on the appliance. You can use water, mild dish soap, or a denture cleaner during this process.

2. Make Sure Your Teeth are Clean

Any bacteria on your teeth will get trapped under your oral appliance. Over time, this will cause it to become discolored and might result in a funny smell; it could also increase your risk for gum disease and cavities. To avoid all of these problems, never put your appliance in until you’ve brushed and flossed as thoroughly as possible. Be sure you’re covering every area, including the gum line and the hard-to-reach spaces near the back.

3. Keep Your Appliance in a Safe Place

Don’t leave your appliance uncovered next to the sink or lying on your nightstand; that’ll make it a prime target for bacteria to accumulate and breed. Always rinse your appliance thoroughly to get rid of any saliva before storing it properly. This might mean putting it in a storage container, but you should follow the instructions provided. Do not leave it soaking in mouthwash, as that’ll end up damaging it.

4. Don’t Expose It to Heat

Each oral appliance is customized for the patient’s mouth, but if it’s exposed to heat, it could become warped and will no longer fit properly. Never use hot or boiling water to clean it, and avoid putting it in direct sunlight. (Leaving it in your car is also a bad idea, so keep that in mind when you’re driving home after receiving your appliance!)

5. Be Careful While Traveling

If you’re traveling by plane, keep your appliance in a carry-on bag and a dry container. Not only will this help you keep track of it, but it’ll also save the device from the heat of the plane’s cargo hold.

If you follow this advice, you’ll help ensure that your sleep apnea therapy is a success while also protecting your smile. Don’t be afraid to ask for more tips about life with an oral appliance; doing so will only help you get the rest you deserve!

About the Practice

Our experts at Sleep Dallas have the knowledge and expertise necessary to help patients with sleep apnea breathe and sleep normally again. By using oral appliance therapy at our practice in Irving, we’ll make sure you receive safe, high quality care that’ll provide satisfying results. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (844) 409-4657.

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5 Surprising Facts About Your Thyroid And Sleep [Podcast 84]

thyroid disease

In this episode, Kathy and I will talk about thyroid diseases, a very common condition that’s not often addressed when you are seen for a sleep problem.

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Show Notes:

Hypothyroidism

Hyperthyroidism

Hashimotos thyroiditis

Graves disease

Autoimmune thyroiditis

The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss by Mary Shomon

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired

Thyroid and interaction with sleep

Ideal thyroid labs

TSH less than 2

Free T4 top 25%

Free T3 top 25%

Reverse T3, low end

Anti-thyroid antibodies as low as possible

Thyroid binding globulin

Vitamin D > 50

Ferritin > 60

Thyroid friendly foods

Health organic foods

Iodine in seafood and salt, as well other various foods

Selenium to help thyroid function

Vitamin D health chart

Omega-3

Zinc

Copper

Vitamin B Complex

Magnesium

Iodine

Ashwagandha

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How to Treat Your Sinusitis Without Medications [Podcast 83]

Sinus infections with pain and pressure are all-too-common this time of the year. Please join Kathy and me as we reveal:

  • Why your sinus infection may not be an infection al all
  • What many doctors (even ENTs) may miss when treating sinusitis
  • How to treat your sinus symptoms without using antibiotics
  • How sinus pain may be linked to anxiety
  • Alternative ways of treating your sinus condition.

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Shownotes:

Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz 

Sinus And Migraine Study

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired 

Reflux and chronic sinusitis 

OSA and reflux

CPAP reduces reflux

Pepsin in middle ear

Pepsin and H. pylori in maxillary sinus

Pepsin and lungs

Macrolide antibiotics and anti-inflammatory properties

Biaxin and chronic sinusitis in Japanese study

DISE in AHI < 5 study

Anxiety podcast

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Dr. Robert Sapolsky 

Unstuff your stuffy nose free report 

Acupuncture studies

Myofunctional therapy studies

Janet Bennet of ijustwanttosleep.com

 

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7 Unexpected Reasons for Your Anxiety [Podcast 81]

Stressed anxious woman

During this holiday season, are you anxious or stressed? Please join Kathy and me as we reveal 7 Unexpected Reasons for Your Anxiety.

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  1. Sleep deprivation for any reason (quantity or quality)
  2. Food as stimulants (artificial sweeteners, caffeine, aspartame, MSG, etc.)
  3. Weather changes
  4. Lack of sunlight
  5. Normal hormonal fluctuations
  6. Media overconsumption/addiction, and over-scheduling
  7. Poor nasal breathing.

Shownotes:

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired 

Aspartame and sugar cravings in mice

Artificial sweeteners and weight gain

5 Ways to Sleep Better and Lose Weight Using Light podcast

Pro-gest bio-identical progesterone cream

Nitric oxide and increased oxygen uptake in lungs

Relaxing breath: Dr. Andrew Weil

How to unstuff your stuffy nose ebook

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How to Get Your Whole Family Sleeping Better – Part 2 [Podcast 80]

Please join me as we continue our important discussion on how you can get your entire family sleeping better. Whether you have young children or are single, young or old, the concepts presented will significantly increase your chances of feeling better, thinking clearer, and have a much calmer and controlled household.

Listen to this podcast to find out how you have a chance to receive for free the audio version of my book, Sleep Interrupted (worth $15).

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Show Notes:

7 year olds with lack of sleep   more problems with reasoning, emotional control and behavior problems.

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. Original 10,000 hours study

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Dr. Richard Ferber

12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

Essential Oils link (Kathy gets a small commission)

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired

Branch Basics natural cleaning formula blog post with discount code (Kathy gets a small commission).

Appliance therapy options podcasts (Homeoblock, ALF, DNA, Mandibular Advancement Devices

Outline:

  1. Limit screen time
  2. Do inventory of light exposure
  3. Address possible sleep apnea
  4. Uncluttered, pleasing, calming bedroom
  5. Dust/allergy-free bedroom
  6. Consider essential oils
  7. Regular scheduled rest
  8. Don’t over-schedule your activities
  9. Schedule free time regularly
  10. Eat healthy meals and snacks
  11. Eat meals together as a family
  12. Consider vitamins and supplements
  13. Toxin-free living (chlorine filter, fluoride filter, cleaning supplies, personal care products, natural materials, etc.)
  14. See a professional (ENT, sleep, dentist, allergist, acupuncturist, myofunctional therapist, naturopath)
  15. Weight loss

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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Masks Market 2020 – openPR

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Masks Market 2020 Global Industry Size, Outlook, Share, Demand, Manufacturers and 2026 Forecast

A rise in prevalence of breathing problems and related diseases such as sleep apnea is promoting the growth of the global continuous positive airway pressure masks market says Fortune Business Insights in their new study. The study is titled “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Masks Market Size, Share and Global Trend by Type of Masks (Nasal Masks, Full Face Masks, Nasal Pillows, Pediatric masks), By Patient Type (Pediatric, Adults), By Distribution Channel (Hospital Pharmacy, Online Pharmacy, Retail Pharmacy) and Geography Forecast till 2026”. This report analyzes major factors driving and restricting the growth of the market during the forecast period of 2019 to 2026.

For more information in the analysis of this report, visit: https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/industry-reports/continuous-positive-airway-pressure-masks-market-101130

* This article was originally published here

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