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New Study: Correlation Between Age Acceleration & Sleep Apnea

December 30, 2019

As a sufferer of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you might be experiencing quite a few side effects including trouble breathing in the middle of the night, waking up unusually exhausted, and others. However short-lived those effects may be, there are other effects of not sleeping through the night that may cause long-term damage, including your lifespan.

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Could untreated sleep apnea result in shaving years off of your life? According to a 2019 study by Oxford, it certainly could.

In this article titled, Sleep Disordered Breathing Associated with Epigenetic Age Acceleration, tested with 53% female and 47% male and an average age of 67.8 found that disruption in your breathing while asleep not only changes your circadian rhythm causing exhaustion, but it also aids in age acceleration.

The scientists that published the article concluded: “Increasing SDB (sleep disordered breathing) [a side effect of OSA] severity and sleep disruption was associated with epigenetic age acceleration, independent of measured confounders.”

Epigenetics refers to the changes that can happen in DNA because of lifestyle and environmental factors that can affect how genes behave. When you don’t get enough sleep, your DNA could be aging faster than it normally would.

In the study, one of the authors stated, “Traditionally, we don’t give as much attention to sleep as we do to exercise or smoking,” says Dr. Li. “But it’s another modifiable risk factor, like smoking, physical inactivity, or poor diet.”

The good news is, epigenetic aging is reversible when treated and could improve cardiovascular and neurobehavioral health.

Although there is no cure for sleep apnea, recent studies show that successful treatment can reduce the risk of heart and blood pressure problems.” – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

At Sleep Rehab, located in the Dallas area, we can provide treatments that have proven time and time again to treat your sleep apnea with the possibility to slow the age acceleration that OSA has caused. These treatments are non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical. No CPAP required. Contact us today to learn more and get started.

 

 

A Letter to the Snoring Spouse

December 2, 2019

My dear [insert name here],

I’m writing this letter during yet another sleepless night. I have been awoken to what sounds like a massive, growling bear beside me in the wee hours of the morning. Wide-awake now, I’m unable to fall back asleep. Work is just a few short hours away. It’s going to take a truckload of coffee to get through the day, I can already tell. Now, this letter is not a sudden decision. It’s taken a lot of deep contemplation on my part as to how to tell you this:

The snoring has got to stop.

That might sound harsh and you know I love sleeping beside you every night, but I’m not sure I can take it any longer. I’m not sure if we can take it any longer.

It’s apparent that you’re not getting a full night’s rest, either. The disruptive, loud, snoring and breathing pauses can’t be healthy for you and they wake you up, too. In fact, I know it isn’t healthy because I’ve been doing some research. However, with the research, I have discovered that there are solutions (that don’t require one of us sleeping in the guest bedroom!). Plus, these solutions I’ve found aren’t surgically-invasive or pharmaceutical. How perfect is that?

First, you’ll go through a sleep test to determine what the cause of the snoring is. From there, you’ll be presented with a variety of sleep appliance options. Dr. Fedosky will talk you through each one and carefully identify which will work best for you. And, guess what? We’re not the only couple going through this problem, Sleep Rehab has helped other couples just like us get a better night’s sleep.

I’m excited about this solution, and I hope you are too. It’s time we both sleep through the night, next to each other. When you’re ready, we can request an appointment.

With love,

Your Exhausted Spouse

Will a Sleep Apnea Appliance Work for Me?

August 8, 2018

Woman waking feeling restedNo treatment is right for every patient, but if you’re suffering from sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can offer significant improvement in the quality and quantity of sleep. Many patients with sleep apnea struggle to adjust to treatment using the more traditional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. For these patients and those who don’t achieve adequate improvement in sleep using CPAP alone, an oral appliance may provide effective treatment to help you get a good night’s sleep.
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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

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