Sleep Health

Being Sleepy during the Day – Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease for Elderly

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[Best Syndication News] If you are excessively sleepy during the daytime you might want to let your doctor know about it as a French study discovered that otherwise healthy elderly people that reported feeling sleepy during the day had a significantly increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The study was published in Stroke which is put out by the American Heart Association.

The healthy elderly patients that reported having excessive day time sleepiness had a 49 percent increase risk of dying from a cardiovascular event. There was a 33 % increase in the relative risk of overall death. Of the cardiovascular deaths, these included cerebrovascular disease, myocardial infarction and heart failure.

Houston Dentist Treats Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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BSN Stock Photo Houston, Texas dentist Ronald W. Konig, is helping his patients and their families who are enduring sleepless nights because of snoring. Loud disruptive snoring may be related to a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and often results in fatigue, slowed responses, daytime sleepiness, and concentration problems. OSA has been correlated in a number of studies with cardiovascular sickness and is considered an independent risk factor for early mortality. Dr. Konig, who practices cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, is offering a non-invasive treatment to his patients who are suffering from snoring and OSA with a convenient oral appliance called SomnoMed MAS.

The SomnoMed MAS is a mandibular advancement splint (MAS), similar to an orthodontic retainer or an athletic mouthgaurd that is worn in the mouth during sleep. The splint treats snoring and OSA by holding the lower jaw forward, preventing the soft tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway.

Dr. Oz Ultimate Health Checklist 2009 on Oprah’s Best Life Week on The Oprah Winfrey Show

Dr. Oz Ultimate Health Checklist 2009 on Oprah’s Best Life Week on The Oprah Winfrey Show

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[Best Syndication New] Dr. Oz was on The Oprah Winfrey show for the Best Life Week. Oprah wants everyone to take notes on the show today that Dr. Oz provides. Today’s show was encouraging, because we got to see some success stories from past shows. There was also a lot of great practical information that Dr. Oz provided in the Ultimate Health Checklist for 2009 which was the basis of the show today. Dr. Oz along with co-author, Dr. Roizen have written several best selling books, the latest is "You: Being Beautiful."

The first story was for inspiration; Laura took the real age test on a show early last year. Her real age test was almost 60 (she is only 43) because smokes and doesn’t exercise. She has a lot of stress at work and at home. She has been smoking for 30 years. They showed her after the originally show that aired in February of 2008. They bring Laura back on the show today. In one year she has completely transformed her life. She has lost more than 40 pounds. Her new real age test is 41.7. She looked a whole lot healthier. Oprah had the cameras follow Laura to show what she does every day.

Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had Improved Glucose Levels when using a CPAP

Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had Improved Glucose Levels when using a CPAP

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[Best Syndication News] A recent study found that patients who had Type 2 Diabetes and Obstructive Sleep Apnea benefited using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help keep blood glucose levels down while they slept at night. The study was first reported in the December 15th issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

The researchers suggest that patients with type 2 diabetes should get screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as another method to potential address hyperglycemia, which is commonly referred to as high blood glucose levels.

In type 2 diabetic patients and OSA patients both have a similar problem of obesity. The results of their investigation found that with 20 individuals with type 2 diabetes that were diagnosed with OSA they measeured a reduction of nocturnal hyperglycemia when using the CPAP treatment over a 41 day period of treatment. They saw an average of 20 mg/dl of glucose level reduction after they used the equipment over those 41 days.

Sleep Apnea: Risks and Dangers

Having someone tell us we need a certain amount of sleep at night and actually getting that amount are two completely different things. Sure, going to bed early with the good intention of waking up the next morning refreshed with a song in your head and a spring in your step sounds nice. Who wouldn’t want that? However, the reality might be more like dragging your feet to the coffee pot, trying to keep your eyes open long enough so you don’t spill, and trying to remember where the shower is.

Lack of sleep can be like this. But is it because you were awake all night long, or is it because you’d fall asleep then wake up every ten minutes struggling to breathe? If it is the second scenario, you may want to find a sleep apnea dentist to see if you have obstructive sleep apnea. For one, you may find a treatment that helps, and two, sleep apnea has certain dangers that can literally kill you.

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