Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 at 3:42 pm
If you are currently using a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea, please check the brand as soon as possible. If your machine is made by Phillips, your device may have been recalled for safety concerns.
Recently Phillips announced that it is recalling sleep apnea machines and ventilators because they contain a foam that may cause cancer or other health issues. Millions of the Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices have been immediately recalled. The defect is due to the polyester-based foam which deadens the sound emitted by the machine. Phillips has reported that the foam can degrade over time and cause irritation, headaches, asthma, and toxic carcinogens.
Most people living with sleep apnea use a CPAP machine, but they are not the right answer for many people. It’s been estimated that less than 50% of those prescribed a CPAP device actually wear them as prescribed. In light of this recall, we invite you to learn more about an alternative solution – Oral Appliance Therapy! At Silent Night Therapy, we will custom fit you for an Oral Appliance that will treat your sleep apnea just as well as your CPAP. This comfortable appliance does not need to be plugged in, nor does it take up nearly as much space as the traditional CPAP machine.
Learn all about the different Oral Appliances that we offer at Silent Night Therapy here and be sure to call us at 631-983-2463 to learn how we can help. There’s no need to worry about whether a replacement CPAP machine will threaten your health. You don’t need to suffer with an uncomfortable CPAP or wonder what to do in the event of a power outage when your CPAP doesn’t work. There is another solution, and we’re ready to show you how an Oral Appliance can change how you sleep for the better!
Posted on Saturday, June 26th, 2021 at 9:52 pm
It’s a common scene: you wake from a night of sleep but find yourself disoriented, unable to focus or process anything going on around you for the first few minutes after waking. Friends or family try to speak to you and pull you out of the half-asleep state, but it takes several minutes for you to realize that your body is up and moving around while your mind is decidedly not.
You’ve just experienced confusional arousal, or sleep drunkenness, a sleep disorder that affects about 15% of children and adults, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It’s characterized by having difficulty reaching a fully wakeful state until several minutes after waking up. Your body is able to move around normally, but you may be agitated, respond strangely to outside stimuli, answer questions bluntly, and not remember anything you say or do during this period when you are fully awake. The effects can last from a few minutes to upwards of 40 minutes.
Confusional arousal is a type of parasomnia, a sleep disorder that involves unusual physical events or experiences that disrupt sleep. You are essentially still asleep, but your body doesn’t know it. Your brain doesn’t fully make the transition from sleeping to waking, but you can still walk, talk, and respond to stimuli, albeit in a strange manner. You may talk to yourself or others, answer questions with nonsense, or stare off into space.
Sleep drunkenness is not particularly dangerous unless it occurs regularly or you injure yourself or someone else. Some people may react aggressively or even violently if they are sleep drunk. If you find yourself experiencing sleep drunkenness frequently, you may need a sleep study to determine the cause and how to remedy it.
There are many causes for sleep drunkenness, including:
- Alcohol consumption
- Mental disorder
- Other sleep disorder
- Circadian rhythm disruption, such as night shift work
Absent any other actual cause, sleep drunkenness can still occur simply from not getting enough sleep.
Diagnosing sleep drunkenness can be difficult because most people don’t know they have the disorder unless family members or their partner tells them they do, and most people who have the disorder don’t remember the episodes. Episodes can be infrequent and may not have an exact cause. If you think you have regular sleep drunkenness episodes, you should talk to your doctor about ways to track down why they’re happening.
Your doctor might recommend a sleep diary to maintain an accurate record of your sleep habits. A sleep diary is a record of when you go to bed, when you wake in the morning, and any instances of wakefulness during the night, as well as any risk factors like alcohol or caffeine intake. Your doctor may also ask about any health conditions or medication you’re taking or ask you to come in for a sleep study so they can fully monitor your sleep.
If you have regular sleep drunkenness episodes, you may not be getting the sleep your body needs. Contact Silent Night Therapy today at 631-983-2463 for a consultation and let us help you get a good night’s sleep.
Posted on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 at 9:56 pm
When the Covid-19 pandemic began, many people in isolation reported more frequent and vivid dreams. At Harvard Medical School, Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, launched an online survey and discovered some common themes from participants. After reviewing the respondents’ answers, she noticed many dreams involved being stalked by an invisible monster and being chased by small insects.
Barrett discovered an increase in dreams associated with negative emotions, such as anxiety. Of the 2,888 people studied, she found that women showed higher rates of anger, anxiety, and sadness and lower rates of positive emotions in their dreams. There were also more references to death, health, and biological processes during these dreams than experienced before the pandemic started. Men also experienced higher rates of negative emotions in their dreams, but they weren’t as significant as those noted by women.
Dreams Often Reflect Conscious Thoughts and Feelings
Deirdre Barrett is the former president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Her studies found a correlation between daytime thoughts and feelings and the feelings of fear or anxiousness during dreams. The emotions you experience while you’re awake will often translate to the scenarios you find yourselves in while you’re dreaming.
The early weeks of the pandemic contributed to many fear-based dreams, such as being chased by swarms of insects or monsters. However, when orders for people to stay home began, dreams involving loneliness and isolation started to occur.
For example, Barrett discovered common themes of solitary confinement, imprisonment, or becoming stranded in outer space. She also noticed that people living with roommates started dreaming about a lack of privacy or feeling crowded.
Dreams Could Be Beneficial to Brain Functioning
Research assistant professor of neuroscience Erik Hoel, Ph.D., from Tufts University believes the monotony of peoples’ lives during lockdown caused increased brain activity while sleeping. He explained that humans and other animals are at risk of becoming “overfitted” to the information they learn. That means they have a hard time generalizing the information they acquire for one task to other tasks.
Dr. Hoel believes that dreams are a way to improve flexibility in the brain. Flexibility can aid the process of generalizing specific knowledge for tasks during sleeping hours. If someone performs a mundane activity at work, they’re likely to have a dream involving the same type of mundane job. He hypothesized that many peoples’ dreams reflected their lives during the lockdown. It was a way for them to utilize their cognitive abilities while preventing an overfitted brain.
The team at Silent Night Therapy has extensive experience helping those with sleep-related issues find the right solution to their problems. We know that getting a good night’s sleep is beneficial to a person’s overall health. Sleep deprivation can impact brain functioning and affect your physical and emotional well-being.
Our experienced OSA specialists can evaluate your symptoms and determine if sleep apnea might be part of the problem. We’ll work to find a solution to improve your sleep quality so that you feel rested, energized, and focused during the day. Call us or reach out to us online for a consultation with our OSA experts now!