Sleep Health

Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is as common as adult diabetes affecting more than 12-million Americans. Anyone can suffer from this dysfunction but typical sleep apnea patients are overweight men who are over 40 years old. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep causing the patient to stop breathing. Some episodes can number in the hundreds and last for over a minute long each.

If sleep apnea is left untreated, patients can suffer from cardiovascular disease, chronic headaches, memory problems and impotency. This disease can affect job performance and a person’s quality of life. There are three major types of sleep apnea:

• Obstructive – the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses blocking the airway

• Central – there is no airway blockage but the brain fails to signal muscles when to breathe

• Mixed – is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea. With each blockage, the patient’s sleep is interrupted resulting in very little rest

Sleep Apnea - Does Your Child Suffer From It

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It is estimated that 2% to 4% of children in the United States under the age of ten suffer from childhood sleep apnea. These children frequently display behaviors and/or symptoms that are generally associated with other childhood disorders, not sleep apnea. These behaviors may include the tendency to resist going to sleep, restless or interrupted sleep patterns, bedwetting, irritability, depression, a diminished ability to learn and thrive academically, and excessive frustration or aggression. Unfortunately, because these behaviors are indicative of other serious disorders, many children are misdiagnosed with behavioral disorders such as Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a result, childhood sleep apnea often goes unnoticed and untreated.

Teeth Grinding in Children (Bruxism): What Can You Do?

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Teeth grinding in children is otherwise known as bruxism and happens when children clench their upper and lower teeth, rubbing them together. Commonly children grind their teeth whilst sleeping and are not aware of what they are doing.

What are the causes of bruxism in children?

It is not known for certain why some children start grinding their teeth and some children don’t. There are many theories to suggest that it could be down to the fact that the sets of top and bottom teeth do not fit together comfortably due to the fact that children’s teeth and jaws grow in phases leading to unpleasant sensations in the area. The natural response of the child is to grind their teeth to soothe themselves which often later develops into a habit. It has also been shown that both children and adults grind their teeth when they feel anxious in some way, or even as a response to facial pain such as an earache or teething. It has also been shown that hyperactive children have developed bruxism.

SomnoDent MAS: Oral Appliance for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Snoring has long been considered a hazard of marriage for women and men. But the effect of snoring on a person's sleep can be debilitating. On average, cosleepers of snorers lose an hour or more per night as a result of their partner's snoring. This is in addition to the loss of rest to snorers themselves who can wake and disturb their own sleep.

Finally, about 30 % of all snorers suffer from what is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition in which a person stops breathing because the airway collapses during sleep. As a result of the cessations in breathing, a person experiences periods of dramatically lowered blood oxygen levels, which is measured by an apnea/hypoxia index (AHI). The dangers of sleep apnea include heart attack, arrhythmia, and high blood pressure. Studies have found that OSA sufferers have a death rate that is 2-5 times higher than the general population.

Cause of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring Stats Show Nearly Everyone Is Affected By It

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Many of us do it at night. It is involuntary and we cannot help it, because we usually are not aware we are snoring, until we wake ourselves up with a fright when we get to loud. It often becomes more prevalent after the age of 30. According to some studies, as many as 59 percent of adults admit to it and until the point when a woman reaches menopause, her male counterparts are twice as likely as she is to start snoring. Pediatricians even report that at least 5 percent of children snore habitually as well.

Regularly and consistently snoring is no longer being treated as ones quirk or idiosyncrasy by the medical community. Large amounts of money and a multitude of research studies are being conducted to understand and treat what is now understood to be both the symptom of a more serious problem, like sleep apnea or in some cases and the cause of other various conditions.

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