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Is Sleep Apnea a Risk Factor for Cancer?

September 15, 2021

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Woman with cancer and sleep apnea taking medication

Cancer is among the leading causes of death in the United States. While some cases of cancer occur due to unchangeable circumstances, such as genetics, other cases are the result of modifiable risk factors. Research suggests that obstructive sleep apnea may be one such risk factor, particularly in women. Let’s take a look at the relationship between these serious conditions.

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Does Sleep Apnea Make You Age Faster?

September 3, 2021

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Woman with sleep apnea concerned about signs of aging

As humans, we tend to do everything we can to hold onto youth for as long as possible. We might exercise diligently, use all sorts of skincare products, and always be on the lookout for tips on how to eat better. But did you know that the quality of your sleep can also affect how rapidly you age? Research suggests that sleep disordered breathing, such as what is associated with sleep apnea, can speed up the clock. Let’s talk about why that may be the case and how you can tell if you would benefit from sleep apnea treatment.

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How to Adjust to Your Oral Sleep Appliance

July 11, 2021

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Prosomnus oral appliance for sleep apnea isolated against white background

When you first learned about oral appliances for sleep apnea, you might have been excited — finally, a more convenient option than CPAP! But after you got your oral appliance, did you find that it wasn’t as easy to use as you anticipated? That’s quite common. Fortunately, adjusting to your new appliance isn’t difficult and shouldn’t take more than a few weeks. Let’s talk about some common side effects of oral appliances and what you can do to adapt to your treatment as quickly as possible.

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4 Tips for Planning a Trip with Sleep Apnea

June 22, 2021

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Crowd of people at an airport

When you begin sleep apnea treatment, you’ll receive a series of instructions on how best to use your oral appliance or CPAP machine. Following the necessary routine is easy enough at home, but what happens when you need to travel? How can you make sure that you’ll be able to remain compliant with your treatment once you arrive at your destination? Here are 4 tips to help you plan your next trip and take some of the stress out of traveling with sleep apnea.

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Does Sleep Apnea Lead to Depression?

June 18, 2021

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Man with sleep apnea and depression sitting on bed

There are plenty of treatment options available for those suffering from depression, but around 20% to 30% of people with depression and other mood disorders find that the existing therapies do not help. There could be a variety of reasons for this, but one possible explanation is the presence of sleep apnea. More and more studies point to a link between sleep apnea and depression that suggests that treating the former could be a necessary step to treating the latter. Read on to learn more about the link between these conditions.

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The Importance of the 4 Stages of Sleep

May 12, 2021

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Woman sleeping peacefully in bed

Whenever you fall asleep, there’s quite a lot going on in your brain and body. There are 4 distinct stages of sleep, and you need to go through each one of them to reap the full benefits of a good night’s rest; if the cycle is interrupted by sleep apnea, then you won’t be enjoying a proper full night’s rest no matter how early you went to bed. Take the time to learn more about the different stages of sleep and why you should take every possible step to make sure that your body can complete the cycle.

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Should You Get a Weighted Blanket for Sleep Apnea?

April 26, 2021

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Pile of weighted blankets with a blue feather on them

Weighted blankets aren’t just a useful sleep aid for people with anxiety or ADHD; virtually anyone can use them to enjoy a more refreshing night’s rest. With weighted blankets making such a significant difference for so many people, the natural question that many sleep dentists find themselves asking is: could they be a useful aid for reducing sleep apnea symptoms? You can find out more about the benefits of weighted blankets by reading below.

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Why Shouldn’t You Nap if You Have Sleep Apnea?

April 14, 2021

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Middle aged man taking a nap on the couch

When you’re feeling exhausted during the day, the natural thing to want to do is take a nap. On the surface, this may seem like a good way to get your energy back so that you can go about the rest of your day feeling more refreshed. However, studies have shown that napping can have its drawbacks, and that’s especially true for anyone who is already suffering from a sleep disorder.  Below, you can learn more about why napping and sleep apnea may not be the best combination.

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Alcohol and Sleep Apnea: How Drinking Leads to Even More Restless Nights

March 15, 2021

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Woman having a glass of wine while reading in bed

A nice, cold drink right before bed is just the thing you need to relax, right? Think again. Drinking alcohol in the evening has been known to lead to a number of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. And if you’re already suffering from such a disorder, the alcohol makes it worse. It’s important to understand what causes sleep breathing and how drinking can contribute to it. In this post, you can explore the link between alcohol and sleep apnea.

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Could Your TMJ Disorder Be Linked to Sleep Apnea?

February 28, 2021

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Man lying in bed feeling jaw due to TMJ pain

If you’ve been suffering from chronic jaw pain, headaches, and other painful symptoms of a TMJ disorder, you need to start asking important questions about your health – including, surprisingly, “How well am I sleeping?” Roughly 43% of patients with TMJ disorder also tend to have issues sleeping, with sleep apnea being particularly common. Could your jaw pain have something to do with sleep-disordered breathing? Below, you’ll discover the hidden connection between TMJ and sleep apnea.

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