Posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2021 at 9:46 pm
More than 22 million Americans live with sleep apnea. Of those people, it is estimated that 80% of those people are undiagnosed. Further, for the 20% who are diagnosed, many do not treat their sleep apnea properly. It is clearly evident that an easy to use and accessible solution is needed to help these sleep apnea patients.
Sleep apnea can lead to many health risks. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to strain on your heart and cause high blood pressure and enlargement of your heart. Sleep apnea also reduces the quality of sleep you’re getting every night, leaving you drowsy and irritable during the day. It could potentially put you at risk for accidents when driving, working, or operating heavy machinery. It is crucial to treat sleep apnea so that you can prevent these issues.
The “gold standard” for treating sleep apnea is the CPAP device. Though the CPAP is effective, it is unfortunately not the right solution for everyone. Many patients who have been prescribed a CPAP device find it intolerable to use and simply don’t use it at all, which leaves their sleep apnea untreated. Sleep apnea patients may be desperate for a solution that doesn’t involve an uncomfortable, bulky, and noisy machine. This has led to discussion about the possibility of a pill that can treat sleep apnea. Is a pill the right solution to treat sleep apnea? So far, research suggests that the answer is no.
Medications like benzodiazepines can treat sleep apnea, but they are rarely recommended by doctors. In a world that treats so many health conditions and diseases with medications, this may seem surprising, but benzodiazepines merely relax the airway tissues in your throat. This is not generally helpful because obstructive sleep apnea is most often caused by airway blockages that result because of relaxed tissues in your throat, so a medication to further relax your throat isn’t going to help the situation. Unfortunately, a pill is most likely not the right solution to treat your sleep apnea.
So there’s no magic pill to treat your sleep apnea, and your CPAP machine is absolutely intolerable to sleep with. What does that leave you with? Oral appliance therapy! This treatment is the perfect solution for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who cannot tolerate their CPAP device. It is a custom fitted mouth guard that works with the muscles in your mouth and throat to prevent blockages and reduce instances of apnea. There is no face mask, oxygen tube, or bulky machine to deal with. Just a small mouth guard that will help you get the amazing night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of!
If you’re looking for a better solution to treat your sleep apnea, you’ve come to the right place! Give us a call at 631-983-2463 to learn how we can help.
Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 at 6:34 pm
If you snore because of sleep apnea, you may be at an increased risk of developing memory problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, or dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative studied the link and found that sleep-disordered breathing can cause beta-amyloid build-up in the brain, a key marker for Alzheimer’s. The researchers reviewed PET scans and determined that the plaque build-up starts before any symptoms of dementia appear. They also concluded that you could experience more signs of the cognitive disease if there’s a greater build-up.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which a person intermittently stops breathing while they’re sleeping. As a result, your body tries to compensate. This compensation results in gasping for air, snoring or coughing. These disruptions can significantly disturb your sleep throughout the night and lead to various health problems.
According to statistics, one out of every four people between 30 and 70 years old lives with sleep apnea. Experts have linked the condition to serious medical issues, such as stroke, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Sleep apnea could even interfere with brain function and increase a person’s risk of developing dementia.
Connection Between Dementia and Sleep Apnea
Researchers have performed multiple studies on sleep apnea to learn about the link between the sleep disorder and dementia. During one particular review of several prior studies, researchers looked at the results and concluded there’s a strong connection between sleep apnea and dementia. They found that individuals with Alzheimer’s were five times more likely to have sleep apnea than those without the disease. They also discovered that around half of the people who participated in the study experienced sleep apnea before developing dementia.
The New York University School of Medicine also performed a study of more than 2,000 participants and reviewed their cognitive function and sleeping patterns. The results showed that mild cognitive impairment occurred in those with sleep apnea approximately ten years sooner than in those without. There was also a correlation between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s at 83 years old, instead of at 88 years, which was common for individuals without sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Although there isn’t a study that definitively proves sleep apnea can lead to dementia, there’s strong evidence showing a possible link. Fortunately, there are treatment options if you have sleep apnea and want to mitigate the risk of developing memory-related impairments and diseases.
One effective treatment for sleep apnea is an oral sleep appliance (OSA). An OSA is a device worn like a dental retainer while you sleep. The OSA keeps the chin in a forward position, which helps to keep the upper airway open. Not only is this device helpful for obstructive sleep apnea, it has been shown to reduce snoring, as well. An OSA is portable, quiet, comfortable, and easy to care for. You will need to be fitted for your OSA, as they are made specifically for each individual.
Silent Night Therapy provides the treatment necessary to correct sleep-related issues and improve quality of life. If you have sleep apnea and want to learn about your options to get a better night’s sleep, call us at 631-983-2463 for a complimentary consultation.
Posted on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 4:52 pm
Every year before the Spring Vernal Equinox, the World Sleep Society celebrates World Sleep Day, an event that aims to educate people around the globe about the importance of enjoying consistent, quality sleep. This year marks the event’s 14th anniversary and will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021.
The theme for 2021 is “Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.” The World Sleep Society is focusing, this year, on the many benefits that regular sleep offers. Getting a full night’s rest positively impacts our health, mood, and overall quality of life and may have secondary benefits, such as helping us achieve our academic and professional goals.
Sleep is essential for healthy daily living, but, unfortunately, many people either struggle to get the sleep they need, or they don’t make sleep a priority in their schedules. Recognizing this, 14 years ago, the founders of the World Sleep Society decided to create a space for healthcare providers to work together to help prevent sleep disorders and to shine a light on the importance of sleep.
This year, Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’s primary focus is getting at the heart of self-care, as it relates to sleep. The year 2020 was one of the most challenging years in recent memory. Even with all that divides humanity, getting enough sleep is certainly something everyone can agree on. Getting quality sleep, however, sometimes requires getting a bit of help from the experts.
What Are Sleep Disorders?
Sleep disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, from health problems to stress in your daily life. Sleep disorders can affect your alertness, focus, memory, and your health. Symptoms of a sleep disorder may include excessive moving while sleeping, feeling sleepy throughout the day, or even experiencing abnormal breathing patterns.
Some of the most common sleep disorders are:
- Insomnia – The struggle to begin sleeping and/or sleep for long durations.
- Narcolepsy – Affects the brain’s ability to determine the difference between being awake and being asleep. It shows up as chronic daytime sleepiness and can disrupt executive functioning throughout the day.
- Restless Leg Syndrome – A sensation of discomfort, often described as twitching or having the need to move one’s legs while resting and sleeping.
- Sleep Apnea – A condition where breathing is interrupted and long lapses occur between breaths. This limits the amount of oxygen you receive during the night and the quality of your rest, which can lead to significant health problems.
How Can I Get My Best Night’s Sleep?
Following are a few steps sleep professionals recommend to improve your sleep routine and overall quality of sleep:
- Use your bed only for sleep. Save work for the office and other recreation for the rest of the house.
- Avoid alcohol four hours before bed.
- Have a set bedtime routine with consistently scheduled bedtimes and wake-up times.
- If you take naps, never go over 45 minutes of sleep during the day.
- Have no caffeine six hours before bed (chocolate, tea, coffee, etc.).
- Cut out overly sweet, spicy, or rich foods four hours before bedtime.
- Exercise as much as possible during the day but schedule it several hours before going to bed.
- Make sure your bed and the climate in your bedroom are as comfortable as possible and have good ventilation.
- Mute all distracting noise and limit light as much as possible. White noise machines and blackout curtains are good options.
How Do I Participate in World Sleep Day?
You can participate in the event by:
- Creating an exciting event for others to attend
- Getting the word out to your local community and media outlets
- Delivering informational hand-outs
- Share #WorldSleepDay on social media
It’s an understatement to say that sleep is vital to our well-being. The benefits of achieving quality sleep are numerous, including improved memory, less inflammation, better breathing, and sharper focus, to name a few.
We cannot wait to have you join us on March 19, 2021, to kick off Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.
Contact Silent Night Therapy Today
Do you have concerns about the quality of your sleep? The sleep professionals at Silent Night Therapy can help. We’ll work closely with you to identify the cause of your sleep trouble, whether it’s sleep apnea, general insomnia, or something else. Contact us today at (631) 983-2463 to schedule your appointment.
Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 12:45 am
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a common treatment option for individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. While you’re sleeping, you wear a mask connected to a hose that delivers lightly pressurized air from the CPAP unit.
It can be effective in preventing sleep apnea by keeping your upper airway open. Unfortunately, CPAP intolerance has become a problem for many people. This is the inability to handle wearing the mask while sleeping.
CPAP intolerance can result in ongoing issues associated with sleep apnea and worsening symptoms. That’s because many patients will take the machine home, discover they’re unable to use it, and give up on their problem. They think that’s their only option and accept that they will have to live with sleep apnea.
The most common reasons patients have cited for CPAP intolerance are:
- Allergy to latex
- CPAP machine and parts limit ability to move while sleeping
- Headgear and straps are uncomfortable
- Leaking mask
- Unable to find a mask that fits properly
- CPAP machine makes noise disrupting sleep or disturbing partner
Alternative Options for Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes a range of symptoms, including:
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
- Night sweats
- Restlessness while sleeping
- Sexual dysfunction
Without proper treatment, it can cause cardiovascular issues and significantly affect a person’s overall health. It may seem like there are no other options for treating your sleep apnea when you are CPAP-intolerant. Fortunately, you might be eligible for alternative methods, such as oral appliance therapy.
CPAP intolerance can cause frustration, but it does not have to mean you must live with sleep apnea for the rest of your life. Silent Night Therapy can evaluate your medical condition and determine the right options for alleviating your symptoms.
Contact Silent Night Therapy
You deserve to sleep soundly every night, and our team will work hard to find the right solution. You may have suffered in silence for years or decades, not realizing that you have sleep apnea and there are options for treating your symptoms. We will provide the answers you’ve been searching for and get you on the path to a better night’s sleep before you know it.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea and CPAP intolerance leaves you struggling to find the right treatment, call Silent Night Therapy at (631) 983-2463 for an appointment.
Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at 3:43 pm
Sleep apnea is a condition that makes it difficult to breathe while sleeping, either because of collapsed tissues in the airways or the anatomy of one’s neck and nose. People who experience sleep apnea often wake up gasping for air throughout the night, and they usually feel groggy in the morning.
There are clear connections between sleep apnea and other health problems, such as increased levels of stress, daytime fatigue, and type 2 diabetes. But there is also a link between sleep apnea and oral health, especially as it relates to breathing through your mouth.
Sleep apnea has been linked to several oral health issues, including TMJ disorders, bruxism, and mouth breathing. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which connects the upper jaw to the lower one. People with TMJ oftentimes have jaw pain, problems chewing, and pain in their neck and shoulders. Doctors believe that TMJ and sleep apnea may be connected based on evidence from a 2013 study. The study found that people with sleep apnea were more likely to also suffer from TMJ.
Grinding your teeth while you sleep is a pretty common occurrence, affecting nearly 31% of all adults. Up to a quarter of these individuals suffer from sleep apnea. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, also called bruxism, can cause headaches and neck and jaw pain.
Because sleep apnea makes it so difficult to breathe, many people resort to breathing through their mouths at night. This can lead to dry mouth, which causes tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. According to an article from the Journal of the Indian Society of Periodontology, about 60% of people with sleep apnea suffer from dry mouth or periodontal disease.
Contact Silent Night Therapy
If you are experiencing sleep apnea and are concerned about the effect it has on your dental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to Silent Night Therapy. Our sleep specialists will help you understand your sleep disorder and find a solution that is right for your lifestyle. Call us today to learn more about our at-home sleep tests at (631) 983-2463.
Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 7:43 pm
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, you have probably tried a variety of remedies for this common sleep disorder. Nasal sprays, nose strips, and CPAP machines are common go-to’s, but sleep apnea pillows are another possible treatment.
People who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea might benefit from special pillows made specifically for this disorder. These pillows are designed to help patients breathe easier and open their air passages while they sleep. They often complement existing sleep apnea treatments, such as positional therapy, which focuses on the patient’s sleeping position.
Experts recommend that people who suffer from sleep apnea sleep on their side to prevent their tongue from blocking their air passages. A specially designed pillow can help train sleepers to lay on their side or even elevate their legs to keep airways from getting obstructed. Before you begin shopping for your next pillow, consider which position you usually sleep in. If you sleep on your side, you need a pillow that will support your neck, ear, and head. People who sleep on their stomachs need a thin pillow to keep their spine aligned with their head.
Experts also recommend pillows made of foam or memory foam for the best night’s sleep. But the shape of the pillow is even more important than the material it is made of. If you use a CPAP machine, there are pillows designed to complement the work it does. You can also find pillows that help align your back, neck, and head for optimal breathing comfort.
Contact a Sleep Apnea Specialist
Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep, but we know that sleep apnea often gets in the way. If you suffer from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, the experts at Silent Night Therapy are ready to help you find a solution.
Because of the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, we are offering remote, virtual consultations to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients. We can mail you an at-home sleep study kit to determine whether you have sleep apnea. If you have questions about our services, please do not hesitate to reach out at (631) 983-2463 or fill out a contact form today.
Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 2:43 pm
Researchers in Finland have found a connection between sleep apnea and COVID-19. A disproportionate number of coronavirus patients were admitted to hospitals in Finland who also suffered from obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This is somewhat expected since the coronavirus is known to affect older people, especially those with pre-existing conditions, more severely than younger people.
The University of Turku and Turku University Hospital researchers in Finland found that reduced oxygen saturation in a patient’s body may be an indicator of whether that patient will need critical care. Twenty-nine percent of the 28 patients studied had a pre-existing condition of sleep apnea when they were admitted to the hospital for coronavirus.
People with sleep apnea often suffer from other health problems, such as heart disease, obesity, older age, and diabetes. The virus naturally affects people with these conditions more than it does otherwise healthy patients, so those with sleep apnea and respiratory diseases are at a higher risk of needing to be hospitalized.
If you are using a CPAP machine, there are a few tips you can follow to better protect your health.
- Move your CPAP machine out of the way of others who might sneeze or cough on it. Because you are using the machine to breathe, any pathogens on the machine are more likely to travel into your respiratory system.
- Sanitize your CPAP machine daily. Thoroughly clean the tubing, mask, and humidifying chamber with warm soapy water. Wash your hands before putting the mask on before sleep.
- Replace the CPAP machine filter as directed in the instructions.
Contact a Sleep Apnea Specialist
Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep and assurance that they are doing everything in their power to maintain their optimal health. If you are worried that your sleep apnea might put you at a higher risk of suffering critically from the coronavirus, the team at Silent Night Therapy is here to help you.
We are currently offering virtual consultations to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients during these difficult times. Additionally, we can send you an at-home sleep study kit to determine whether you have sleep apnea. If you have any questions about our services at Silent Night Therapy, please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 983-2463 or fill out a contact form today.
Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 at 2:31 pm
Getting enough sleep each night is just as critical to our bodies’ functions as eating fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water. But people who suffer from sleep apnea often get less than the recommended 6 to 9 hours of sleep. This can lead to a myriad of health problems, ranging from increased risk of heart disease to lowered sex drive.
About 1 in 3 American adults suffer from a lack of sleep, according to a study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Many of these people suffer from untreated sleep apnea, a condition that repeatedly impedes your breathing during the night. Symptoms of sleep apnea include excessive snoring, daytime fatigue, dry mouth, headaches, and insomnia.
The Impact of Sleep Deprivation
One of the biggest health threats of sleep deprivation is to the cardiovascular system. Studies have found a link between sleep deprivation and a higher risk of developing heart disease, increased heart rate, and high blood pressure. Coronary heart disease and increased risk of strokes can also be consequences linked to getting less sleep.
Additionally, people who get less sleep at night tend to struggle more with cognitive tasks. This could manifest at work when replying to emails or typing up a presentation, or even having conversations with clients and coworkers. According to an article from Healthline, decision-making, reasoning, and problem-solving worsened when sleep study participants missed a night of sleep.
Other negative consequences of sleep deprivation are:
- Weight gain
- Lower libido
- Increased forgetfulness
- Increased risk of cancer
- Lowered immune system
- Higher risk of developing diabetes
Luckily, the sleep experts at Silent Night Therapy are here to help you. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, our dedicated team is offering at-home sleep studies. We will evaluate the results and offer a consultation via phone or video call.
Contact a Sleep Apnea Specialist at Silent Night Therapy
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and want to do an at-home sleep test, the experts at Silent Night Therapy are ready to help. We are taking a safe and proactive approach toward the COVID-19 outbreak. We are still available during this time and can work toward getting the vital care you need through virtual consultations and at home-sleep study tests. Please call us at 631-983-2463 to schedule your appointment today.
Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at 6:17 pm
Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when the upper airway repeatedly collapses during sleep, causing the patient to wake up feeling groggy in the morning. This is because the person suffering from sleep apnea stops breathing multiple times during the night.
If left untreated, sleep apnea could cause a slew of other health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Resistant hypertension
- High blood pressure
- Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Some people may be at higher risk of developing sleep apnea, even though it can affect people of all ages. People who are older, have excess body weight, smoke, or have a family history of sleep apnea are more at risk of developing this disorder. Recognizing the signs of sleep apnea is the first step to seeking treatment.
Some signs to look out for are:
- Loud snoring
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Daytime fatigue or drowsiness
- Headaches upon waking up
- Moments where you stop breathing during sleep
- Waking up with a dry mouth
Treatment for Your Condition
If you believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, please do not wait to contact us to get treatment. Our office is still ready to help patients in spite of the pandemic through remote consultations and at-home sleep studies. The team at Silent Night Therapy understands the safety concerns that our patients and prospective patients have regarding the spread of the coronavirus. In response, we are excited to offer remote sleep consultations and at-home sleep testing kits through SNAP Diagnostics Dropship.
SNAP Diagnostics Dropship simply delivers a sanitized at-home sleep testing kit to your home. You simply go about your normal nightly routine before attaching the equipment to yourself. When you are finished with the study, mail the equipment back to the lab for analysis, and an expert from Silent Night Therapy will call you to discuss the results.
Contact a Sleep Apnea Specialist at Silent Night Therapy
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and want to do an at-home sleep test, the experts at Silent Night Therapy are ready to help you. We are taking a safe and proactive approach toward the COVID-19 outbreak. We are still available during this time and can work toward getting the vital care you need through virtual consultations and at home-sleep study tests. Please call us at 631-983-2463 to schedule your appointment today.
Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 4:09 pm
The word apnea comes from Ancient Greek and means “absence of breathing.” It is more commonly defined as a temporary cessation of breathing, usually during sleep.
Sleep apnea can be a serious sleep disorder that commonly causes snoring. Not all sleep apnea cases involve snoring though.
Certain types of people can be more susceptible to sleep apnea depending on their anatomy or living conditions. In some cases, sleep apnea may be overcome through simple lifestyle changes but other cases may require medical devices or surgery.
The Different Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea generally comes in three different forms. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which involves blockage of a person’s airway.
Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, involves a person’s brain not sending the right signals to muscles that regulate breathing. Complex sleep apnea syndrome involves a person who has both OSA and central sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can affect people of all ages, including children. People may be more likely to suffer from sleep apnea if they are male, overweight, or over 40 years of age. Other possible causes might include people simply having large necks, tonsils, or tongues, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or family histories of sleep apnea.
Possible Signs of Sleep Apnea
Most people exhibit one or more signs that they are suffering from sleep apnea. Certain symptoms are easier to identify than others.
In general, some of the most common signs of sleep apnea include, but are not limited to:
- Snoring — Undoubtedly the most common sign of a sleep apnea problem is loud and chronic snoring. Unfortunately for many people suffering from sleep apnea, they may be completely unaware of how much (or how loudly) they are snoring at night. It is often a spouse or romantic partner who shares a bed with a person with sleep apnea that has to make them aware of the snoring problem.
- Breaks or Pauses in Breathing — People suffering from OSA may have their brains awaken suddenly when respiratory systems need to begin working properly again after airflow becomes obstructed. While the brain may waken, the actual person may still stay asleep through these episodes.
- Constant Drowsiness — If a person struggles to rise in the morning, feels tired during the day, or suffers from a general lack of energy, these could all be factors of sleep lost at night because of issues caused by sleep apnea.
- Headaches— Lack of proper oxygen to the brain because of sleep apnea often causes people to suffer headaches when they awake in the morning.
- High Blood Pressure — A person’s blood pressure can spike during certain sleep apnea events as the brain tries to regulate blood vessels. Blood pressure issues can continue to persist during the day even when the individual is breathing normally.
- Obesity Issues — With overweight people, fatty tissues that build up in the neck or throat can cause sleep apnea issues.
Some people wake up gasping for air while others have difficulty falling asleep. When a person is exhibiting any symptoms of sleep apnea, it is usually in their best interest to speak to a medical professional about the signs they have noticed.]
Silent Night Therapy understands the effects that sleep issues can have on individuals. We understand the steps that can be taken to help resolve sleep apnea issues. Call (631) 983-2463 or contact us online to have our team help you understand all of your possible improved sleep options.