In the last few decades, scientists have concluded that there is a relationship between having Sleep Apnea (with the most common being Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA) and having Hypertension. But before we get into what that is, let’s talk about what each disease is.
According to the definition from the Mayo Clinic, “Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.”
The definition of hypertension, also from the Mayo Clinic, “High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.”
So how does a disorder that has to do with breathing affect high blood pressure? Research indicates that patients who have sleep apnea are more likely to develop high blood pressure at some point in the future.
Research done by Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Public Health studied more than 6,000 adult men and women age 40 or older. Sleep Apnea was confirmed in participants by using polysomnography, which records brain waves, heart waves, blood oxygen levels, and breathing rate while a person sleeps. Participants were connected to a sleep monitor, and the average number of breathing pauses per hour of sleep was used to measure the severity of Sleep Apnea.
The results of the study showed that people with more than 30 pauses per hour of sleep were more than twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure than those with no breathing pauses. An increased risk of high blood pressure was found even at moderate levels of sleep apnea. Since sleep apnea is more common in overweight individuals–who are already at a higher risk of high blood pressure–additional statistical analyses were conducted to control for body weight and waist circumference. Even after controlling for these variables, however, sleep apnea was associated with an increased frequency of high blood pressure.
When you come to Sleep Rehab, we’ll give you a sleep test to determine whether or not you have Sleep Apnea through studying your breathing patterns. Once we determine your sleep issues, we can create a customized oral appliance for you, which will eliminate or reduce the effects of your sleep apnea and may help you avoid the life-threatening consequences of hypertension and other conditions. Book an appointment today!
Comments Off on The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Hypertension
Feeling exhausted in the morning and throughout the day, despite getting an adequate amount of sleep, is a common side-effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (also known as OSA). There are a lot of modern solutions available, but it’s important to find the solution that best fits your needs.
Sleep Rehab prides itself on providing non-invasive and non-surgical solutions for sufferers of OSA. Dr. Fedosky and his team of highly skilled medical professionals provide top-of-the-line products to get you back to a more comfortable life. This month, we’re highlighting an oral appliance, the Whole You™ Respire Blue.
This product is an alternative solution for something more robust like a CPAP machine. As a customized, personalized mouthpiece, it features a dual block design with interlocking wings. It works by keeping the airway open in any sleep position and allows for a wide range of mouth movements.
The Respire Blue has mesh support that is welded and placed inside the acrylic mouthpiece. This improvement offers one of the strongest dorsal fin designs on the market, it’s easily adjustable, and it has more room in the anterior area which allows the patient to open and close as they please. It is also open in the front to add comfort by increasing the tongue space allowing the patient to inhale and exhale more air per breath.
4-Wing dorsal fin appliance
Dual-block design with more freedom for vertical mouth movement
Additional support for lateral movement
1-year manufacturer’s warranty
It should be noted that the Whole You™ Respire Blue is not available for purchase on its own. A sleep test and diagnosis are required, which can be done at Sleep Rehab! Please fill out an appointment form here and we look forward to helping you soon.
Comments Off on Oral Appliance Spotlight: Whole You™ Respire Blue
Isabel, a hard-working parent of three kids found herself in the office of Dr. Fedosky at Sleep Rehab after many long days of daytime exhaustion. She came to her wit’s end with just barely making it through the day. Like you may be experiencing, Isabel woke up not feeling rested and had to trudge through the day regardless of her fatigue. Frustrated and tired with a full plate of responsibilities, she knew there had to be a solution.
“As soon as I woke up, I would be sleepy within an hour. I was drinking fifteen cups of coffee a day… two to four Cokes a day,” Isabel recalls.
So, what do you do when you’re so chronically exhausted that no amount of caffeine can? This is where Sleep Rehab stepped in to create a life-changing solution for Isabel.
“I heard about Sleep Rehab online as I was Googling different doctors in my area,” Isabel said.
After a consultation with Dr. Fedosky and the Sleep Rehab team, several options were presented and a plan was constructed to combat this daytime sleepiness once and for all so she could be fully present for her kids and family.
“The difference between now and before is that I definitely have more energy. I just feel a lot better, I’m sleeping. I’m starting to get a little bit more active, whereas before I didn’t have any energy to do any kind of walking or working out, or anything, much less cooking.”
A common complaint with patients suffering from Sleep Rehab is a lack of energy to tackle everyday tasks like walking the dog or going grocery shopping.
I can focus better and I can do those things for my family and I feel good about it.”
Thank you, Isabel, for trusting Sleep Apnea and finding us to improve your life and wellbeing. We invite you to watch Isabel’s full testimonial below and contact Sleep Rehab for all of your sleep needs!
Comments Off on When 15 Cups of Coffee Isn’t Enough
You may have heard by now, in your research regarding sleep apnea, that weight plays a role in why you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. In fact, being overweight or obese is considered one of the primary risk factors of sleep apnea.
So, can your sleep apnea be cured by simply losing weight? The short answer is that it’s possible, but not guaranteed.
Weight loss is a known treatment for a variety of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Improving your lifestyle habits like eating healthier or increasing the amount of exercise helps your body regulate chemical levels and takes the pressure off of major organs.
In the case of sleep apnea, excess weight creates fat deposits in a person’s neck called pharyngeal fat. Pharyngeal fat can block a person’s upper airway during sleep when the airway is already relaxed. (Source: The Sleep Foundation)
In a study about how weight loss affects obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients (OSA), the sleep quality of 72 overweight patients with mild OSA was monitored. The patients switched to a reduced-calorie diet and received counseling about their lifestyles, which resulted in a significant decrease in their BMIs. After losing weight, the subjects’ mean number of apnea events per hour decreased significantly. Post weight-loss, the number of patients with sleep apnea decreased by 75%.
While that is a significant decrease, it’s important to remember that carrying around extra weight isn’t the only cause of sleep apnea. People that have a large neck (over 16-17 inches), are over 40, have a nasal obstruction, or have large tonsils are more at risk of suffering from sleep apnea.
If weight loss doesn’t completely help your suffering of sleep apnea, contact Sleep Rehab today for a consultation for a non-invasive, non-surgical solution.
Comments Off on The Link Between Weight Loss and Severity of Sleep Apnea
It’s been a little over a year since the outbreak of the entirely too familiar COVID-19. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones have remained safe during this time, but the reality is that the disease impacted all kinds of people in different ways, and we sometimes don’t know why. However, with time and knowing what we know now, studies have come out that people diagnosed with Sleep Apnea are at a higher risk for hospitalization for COVID-19.
Why does having Sleep Apnea increase your risk of COVID-19 hospitalization?
Sleep Apnea is associated with higher body mass index (BMI), diabetes, older age and male gender, which are all risk factors for severe COVID-19. Researchers identified 445 individuals with COVID-19, and 38 (8.5%) of them with OSA of whom 19 out of 91 (20.9%) were hospitalized.
Of the patients requiring hospitalization for severe COVID-19, more than 1 in 5 had OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), which was shown to be associated with COVID-19 hospitalization independent from age, sex, BMI, and comorbidities.
The researchers in the study concluded, “We believe that our finding may help in identifying high-risk individuals for severe forms of COVID-19 infection, and therefore screening for previous indications of OSA could be beneficial among individuals testing positive for the virus.”
Vaccines are rolling out and life is getting a little bit back to normal, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. If you suspect you may have undiagnosed Sleep Apnea, make an appointment to get a sleep test today so you can identify your risk factors early on and avoid hospitalization for COVID-19.
Many people fall victim to headaches for a multitude of reasons. In fact, according to the WHO, “Half to three-quarters of adults aged 18–65 years in the world have had a headache in the last year and, among those individuals, 30% or more have reported migraine.”
The only way to get rid of these awful, nuisances are to get to the bottom of what is causing them. One of the causes of your headaches could be TMJ. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury or inflammation to the temporomandibular joint.
How do you know if TMJ is causing your headaches or migraines? Make note of these signs next time your head is pounding.
Over-exertion of your jaw
Have you noticed that your headaches are more prominent after chewing tough food or gum, talking for lengthy periods of time, or any other intense jaw activities? Your headache may be related to TMJ. According to a study in the Journal of Pain, “Painful temporomandibular disorders were associated with a higher primary headache frequency.” Using your jaw just a little too much may trigger the headache.
Do you clench your teeth before or after a headache? Let’s not rule out bruxism. Bruxism is unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth while you’re awake or asleep. People who clench or grind their teeth (brux) during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).
Try the “Pencil Test”
Although it’s not infallible, a way to test whether or not your TMJ is the cause of your headaches is to hold a pencil in your teeth while you’re experiencing the headache. If you feel relief or a reduction in pain, it could hint that TMJ is the root cause of your head pain.
If one or more of these signs are hitting home or if you’re finally looking for a solution to your headaches, contact Sleep Rehab for a TMJ consultation. We’re here for you.
A lot of health disorders originate from genetics, and you may be wondering if your Sleep Apnea is hereditary. It could be that you had a parent that struggled with sleeplessness and snoring and now that you’ve been formally diagnosed, it may have occurred to you that it could run through the family genes.
According to an article on healthline.org, “Research suggests that obstructive sleep apnea is about 40 percent attributable to genetics, which means it can be hereditary.” That is quite a large percentage, especially because the other 60 percent are attributed to environmental and/or lifestyle-related factors. In short, the more relatives you have with Sleep Apnea, the higher percentage that you will also have Sleep Apnea in your lifetime.
You may have children and are worried about passing Sleep Apnea along to them. The good news is that there is not a clear genetic link related to Sleep Apnea, but according to healthline.org, “Additionally, it’s been shown that obesity can have underlying genetic causes. Since obesity is a major risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, this is an indirect way obstructive sleep apnea is hereditary.”
The important thing to know is that if you can keep your weight at a healthy number, the development or progress of this sleep disorder could subside. However, if you feel like you’ve tried everything and need a successful solution, at Sleep Rehab we offer a variety of non-invasive, non-surgical CPAP alternatives to treat Sleep Apnea.
You can’t choose your genes, but you can choose a solution to an inevitable problem, and we are here for you. Request an appointment at Sleep Rehab today.
We won’t beat around the bush here, because coronary artery disease (a common cause of heart attacks) is a serious, and sometimes deadly, condition. So the short answer is yes, suffering from sleep apnea puts you at a greater risk of experiencing a heart attack.
You may think it’s just a little snoring at night, but actually, being woken up multiple times throughout the night is not good for your heart. This is because when you stop breathing while you sleep, the sudden decrease in your oxygen levels causes strain on your cardiovascular system. Your blood pressure increases because your involuntary reflexes ultimately cause a micro-arousal, which elicits an accelerated heartbeat, resulting in high blood pressure.
Over time, having spiked blood pressure, low oxygen levels and increased CO2 leads to increased lifetime exposure to adrenaline. This causes stress on the heart and can lead to a heart attack, or even heart failure because too much exposure to adrenaline increases and damages your blood vessels over time.
The good news? There are effective treatments that can stop or even reverse these damages.
If your spouse or partner has let you know that you are gasping and waking up suddenly at night, it is time to seek treatment. The good news is, at Sleep Rehab, we have the tests and tools to successfully and non-invasively treat your sleep apnea. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Comments Off on Can Sleep Apnea Increase Your Chances of a Heart Attack?
Are you suffering from Temporomandibular joint (commonly known as TMJ) disorder (TMD)? You may have found yourself here looking for solutions, which Sleep Rehab offers. However, if you’re on the fence about seeking TMJ treatment, it is definitely worth knowing just how detrimental TMJ can be in your life.
Eating is painful, which causes withdrawal from normal, social activities.
One of the most common side effects of TMJ is intense pain in your face and jaw. This can make something as simple as eating become a huge burden to endure. Because eating is such a painful activity, it may cause you to decline invitations to family dinners, lunch with friends, etc. Mealtime and eating is a large part of American social culture, and TMJ could cause you to become withdrawn socially, which then could lead to depression.
TMJ causes disruption in your sleep.
Even the tiniest bit of pain anywhere is enough to cause a bad night’s sleep. With sufferers of TMJ, an evening yawn can cause intense pain in the jaw, making it difficult to fall asleep. Clenching and grinding of the teeth at night make it near impossible to sleep through the night. And overall, not getting enough sleep at night affects productivity, happiness and so much more.
TMJ affects your ability to concentrate.
Another side effect of TMJ is headaches, because of the constant grinding or clenching of the jaw. We all know that headaches of any kind are imperative to everyday activities, especially when it concerns focusing on work. Although headaches can be subsided with over-the-counter medication, it may require more long-term solutions.
With modern medicine and the technology we have today, there’s no reason that your TMJ should negatively affect your life as much as it does. Reach out to Sleep Rehab today to see your options for simple solutions to aiding with TMJ.
Many people experience the occasional acid reflux, or more commonly referred to as, heartburn. Acid reflux can happen for a variety of reasons including smoking, drinking alcohol, ingesting a large meal or even being overweight. Those who have experienced this uncomfortable and unsettling feeling know that in time it will pass and learn how to avoid it from happening in the first place. However, if you have ongoing symptoms of acid reflux, as in more than twice a week, you may be diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
GERD, a chronic form of acid reflux, can greatly impact your quality of sleep. Unlike occasional acid reflux, it can contribute to Sleep Apnea. There are a few reasons for this. One, because of your horizontal position, the reflux causes the contents of your stomach to rise as high as the throat. The acid from your stomach will cause an intense burning sensation and an unsavory awakening. Secondly, according to an article published on NCBI, “The prevalence of GERD has been shown about 58-62% of patients with OSA, however, these results may all be confounded by obesity. Apnea may increase trans-diaphragmatic pressure and decrease intra-thoracic pressure, favoring GERD.” To put it more simply, Sleep Apnea, which causes respiratory pressure to change, can make it easier for reflux to occur.
To help alleviate acid reflux, you can start out by propping up your pillow to sleep more at an angle and work with gravity to make it more difficult for the reflux to reach your throat. Another tactic is using over-the-counter neutralizing medications like Tums and Pepto-Bismol. However, neither of those is going to get rid of your Sleep Apnea. Sign up for an appointment today to get a handle on the problem before it worsens!
We all want to sleep well, but for patients with sleep apnea, getting a full night of rest is difficult. Thankfully, treatment is possible. At Sleep Rehab in Garland, TX, a better night of sleep is only three steps away