June 23, 2015

Seven Strong Reasons to Take One Nap a Day!

Seven Strong Reasons to Take One Nap a Day! “A nap gives you two days in one!” -Churchill While talking to Dan Rather of CBS News in 1993, Bill Clinton said, “If I can take a nap—even fifteen or twenty minutes—in the middle of the day, it is really invigorating to me. On the days when […]

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Worsens Heart Function Even in the Absence of Congestive Heart Failure – a Study

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Worsens Heart Function Even in the Absence of Congestive Heart Failure – a Study A study published in this month’s Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine indicates that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is associated with cardiac dysfunction even in the absence of Congestive Heart Failure. A total of 79 patients with sleep disordered breathing, […]

Want to Improve CPAP Use? Team Up with a Buddy – a Study

Want to Improve CPAP Use? Team Up with a Buddy – a Study Poor adherence to the primary treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea—continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)—therapy is common, with 29% to 93% of patients being non-adherent to therapy when adherence is defined as greater than 4 hours of CPAP use per night. A study […]

Anxious @ CPAP? Try These Desensitization Techniques!

Anxious @ CPAP? Try These Desensitization Techniques! CPAP (Continuos Positive Airway Pressure) therapy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be frightening for some. I have seen  fear on their faces as soon as I walk in the exam room to discuss the treatment. For those patients, I have successfully used the desensitization technique […]

How You can Help Your Husband Get Used to CPAP – a Study

How You can Help Your Husband Get Used to CPAP – a Study Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves sleep and quality of life for both patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and their spouses, but adherence to CPAP therapy can be a challenge. A study by Dr Baron and colleagues at Northwestern University (the […]

Yes, CPAP can Make You a Better Leader!

Yes, CPAP can Make You a Better Leader! Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a frequent and often under-diagnosed condition associated with upper airway collapse, oxygen drop, and sleep fragmentation leading to sleepiness, hypertension, increased risk of heart disease, and neuro-cognitive disturbance. The gold standard treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Over the […]

What Does a Sleep Doc do When He Can’t Fall Asleep?

What Does a Sleep Doc do When He Can’t Fall Asleep? Well, there are times even a sleep doc can’t fall asleep! This happens most commonly prior to a big trip or sometimes after a page from the hospital or a phone call from the sleep lab. I used to get frustrated and worried about […]