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The Troubling Connection Between Anxiety and Sleep Apnea

February 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 5:40 pm
Woman in bed, suffering from anxiety and sleep apnea in Fort Worth

Throughout recent years, both casual observations by medical professionals and formal research have found a connection between anxiety and sleep problems. In fact, one study found that anxiety is present in roughly half of people with sleep apnea. Is it just a coincidence that these do conditions are often found in the same people, or is there some sort of cause-and-effect relationship between anxiety and sleep apnea in Fort Worth? Let’s talk about this important topic.

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Sleep Apnea Is on the Rise — Why?

January 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 5:29 pm
Man in bed, exhausted because of sleep apnea

A few decades ago, sleep apnea received little attention. Perhaps many people were not aware of what it is or why it is so dangerous. That has changed. Data indicates that in recent years, the number of people starting treatment for sleep apnea has significantly increased. Greater availability of education about the disorder may be part of the reason for the uptick in diagnoses, but there may be more to the story. Let’s talk about some common risk factors for sleep apnea and how you can keep your risk as low as possible.

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Was Your CPAP Recalled? Try an Oral Appliance!

January 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 5:27 pm
Man sleeping peacefully with oral appliance from sleep dentist

A recent recall of CPAP machines from Philips Respironics affected millions of patients. Were you among them? If so, it’s understandable if you are thinking about other ways in which you may be able to address your sleep apnea. The good news is that you may be a candidate for oral appliance therapy from a sleep dentist. What is an oral appliance, and what advantages does one offer? Let’s answer those important questions.

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Have Sleep Apnea? Avoid These 4 Foods

December 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 11:15 pm
Ripe bananas, a food that can worsen sleep apnea

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, you are probably already taking steps to manage your condition. You might use a custom oral appliance, sleep on your side, and be diligent about keeping allergens in your home to a minimum. However, there is even more you can do. Let’s talk about some foods that have the potential to worsen your symptoms. Cutting back on them might just help you sleep better!

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Sleep Apnea and Sleeping Pills: What You Should Know

December 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 11:09 pm
Man preparing to take sleeping pills before bed

Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? Many people with sleep apnea do. To help them drift off, they may occasionally (or regularly) use sleeping pills. Such pills can relax your mind and spare you from tossing and turning in bed for hours before you finally get some shuteye. They might seem like an ideal way to help your body get the rest it needs. But are they? Well… no, they are not, especially if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Let’s talk about why individuals with OSA should stay away from sleeping pills.

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The Pros and Cons of Sleeping with Your Pet

November 25, 2021

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Woman sleeping in bed, cuddling with her dog

More than one-third of the homes in the U.S. have a dog, while about one-fourth have a cat, according to a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Indeed, our culture places a high value on our furry friends. Some people even spoil their pets by allowing them into their bedroom — many even share a bed with their dog or cat. If that’s true of you, you might wonder how this arrangement is affecting the quality of your sleep. Do pets and sleep apnea have a positive or negative relationship? Let’s talk about these important topics.

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Sleep Apnea and Brain Health: What You Should Know

November 20, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 10:04 pm
Illustration of man with poor brain health due to sleep apnea

The human brain is one of the most wonderful and complex creations in the universe. Unfortunately, though, it is also quite delicate. Even something as simple as not getting enough high-quality rest could drastically affect its ability to function. Let’s talk about the connection between sleep apnea and brain health and what you can do to keep your brain working its best.

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Can a Sleep Diary Help Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

October 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 2:56 pm
Man lying on bed, recording notes in sleep diary

Have you been feeling tired lately? Do you find it difficult to sleep? Do you often wake up with a headache or sore throat? It is possible that you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Getting an accurate diagnosis can be your first step on the road to receiving the treatment that you need to achieve more restful sleep. But how can you receive such a diagnosis? Let’s talk about the role a sleep diary may play in helping your doctor determine the cause of your sleep problems.

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Will My Sleep Apnea Go Away on Its Own?

October 7, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 2:52 pm
Woman struggling with sleep apnea symptoms early in the morning

The human body is amazing. It can resolve many health problems, such as colds, flus, and other sickness, all on its own. However, some medical conditions require proactive treatment. Sleep apnea falls into the latter category. Let’s talk about why it is unlikely to go away on its own and what you can do to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

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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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