What Is Parasomnia?

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What Is Parasomnia?

What Is Parasomnia?

Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 3:25 pm    

Parasomnia describes any unusual activity that happens right before you sleep, during sleep, and in the moments between sleep and wakefulness. According to the Sleep Foundation, parasomnia often affects children more than adults, though it can affect people of all ages. Parasomnias can describe a number of unusual sleep anomalies, including sleepwalking, night terrors, sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and bedwetting, just to name a few.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recognizes three distinct groups of parasomnia: NREM-related, REM-related, and “other.” REM stands for rapid eye movement.

The first group is non-rapid eye movement-related. Non-rapid eye movement sleep constitutes the first 90 or so minutes after you fall asleep. Sleep specialists call this “shallow” sleep. People who experience parasomnias in this stage of sleep will have difficulty remembering the events of their episodes. According to the Sleep Foundation, NREM-related parasomnias include:

  • Confusional arousals
  • Sleepwalking
  • Night or sleep terrors
  • Sexual abnormal behaviors
  • Sleep-related disordered eating habits

The second group is rapid eye movement sleep-related. This REM stage of sleep occurs immediately after the NREM stages of sleep. REM sleep will last about 90 minutes, then your sleep will rotate back to NREM, then REM, and so on. During REM, your eyes move rapidly while closed, breathing accelerates, and heart rate and blood pressure will increase. Parasomnias of REM sleep include:

  • Recurring sleep paralysis
  • REM sleep behavior disorder (RSBD)
  • Nightmare disorder

The final group is simply called “other,” as it describes parasomnias that happen between sleeping and wakefulness. They might include:

  • Bedwetting
  • Hallucinations that persist for several minutes after the person awakes
  • “Exploding head syndrome,” when a person hears a loud noise like an explosion in their head and may see a bright light upon waking, though it is imagined

If you are experiencing any of the events listed above, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor or a sleep specialist. Parasomnias could be signs of an underlying health issue, such as anxiety, PTSD, or a complication with prescribed medicine.

Get a Better Night’s Sleep With Silent Night Therapy

Parasomnias could be a sign of a more serious sleep problem, such as sleep apnea or insomnia. If you’re having trouble getting restful sleep and are waking up exhausted, then you might have a sleep disorder. The sleep specialists at Silent Night Therapy can diagnose your problems and find reliable solutions. Call us today at (631) 983-2463 or schedule a free consultation online.


Foods That Help You Sleep

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 at 12:26 am    

Foods for sleep

Following a regular bedtime routine is one of the most beneficial things you can do for a good night’s sleep. You might take a shower, brush your teeth, and settle in with a good book before falling asleep. But did you know that some foods are better to eat before bedtime than others? Specialists say that eating certain foods before you go to sleep can improve your chances of getting a good night’s rest.

According to Healthline, there are nine foods and beverages that specialists have identified as the most beneficial to eat or drink before bed. They are:

  • Almonds
  • Turkey
  • Chamomile tea
  • Kiwis
  • Cherry juice
  • Walnuts
  • Fatty fish
  • White rice
  • Passionflower tea

Some experts also believe that warm milk, bananas, cottage cheese, and yogurt help you get a good night’s sleep. Consuming these foods and beverages two to three hours before you go to sleep is recommended because it’s less likely to cause acid reflux or an upset stomach.

Many of the items listed above are good sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, and serotonin, a chemical produced in the brain that regulates your sleep cycle. Cherry juice and almonds both contain high levels of melatonin, which in turn makes the person who consumes them sleepier sooner. Additionally, some research suggests that high amounts of magnesium in one’s diet can help promote sounder sleep. Walnuts, bananas, and almonds are all rich in magnesium.

Get Help at Silent Night Therapy

If you or your partner have difficulties falling asleep at night, this could be an indication of a more serious underlying health issue, such as sleep apnea or insomnia. Oftentimes, insomnia is caused by factors that are easy to address, but if you are suffering from sleep apnea, more rigorous treatment may be recommended. The specialists at Silent Night Therapy are here to help you through the process.

At Silent Night Therapy, our offices are now open. We understand that our clients are concerned about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our staff has put in place comprehensive safety protocols to ensure the health of each of our clients. In addition, leaving the safety and comfort of your home is not required to see whether you have sleep apnea – we would be happy to mail an at-home kit right to your home. Contact us at (631) 983-2463 or fill out a contact form on our website today to learn more about our services.


Facts About Snoring

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 9:16 pm    

Shutterstock 743651992Snoring is extremely common in adults. In fact, about 90 million Americans suffer from snoring, either temporarily or semi-permanently. This could be because they have a cold or allergies, or it might be because of obesity or sleep apnea.

Some factors that frequently contribute to snoring are:

  • Sleep deprivation – the more tired you are once you finally fall asleep, the more your throat muscles will relax, which can cause increased snoring.
  • Sleeping position – snoring is less likely to occur when sleeping on your side, but more likely to occur if you sleep on your back.
  • Nasal and sinus problems – abnormalities in your sinuses can contribute to snoring because your air passages may be more clogged than usual.
  • Sinus and oral anatomy – a longer uvula, deviated septum, and narrow nasal passageways can all make snoring worse.

While snoring is a common occurrence, it could be harmful for some people. Snoring could lead to issues including:

  • Dangerous drop in blood oxygen levels
  • Cardiovascular issues, including heart disease or heart attacks
  • Narrowing of the arteries in the neck due to fatty deposits, leading to strokes
  • Daytime sleepiness due to lack of adequate rest
  • Irritability, mood swings and other mental health issues.

Contact an OSA Expert at Silent Night Therapy

If you or your partner snore at night, this might be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition, such as sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Oftentimes, snoring is caused by factors that are easy to fix, but if sleep apnea is the culprit, more rigorous treatment may be necessary. The experts at Silent Night Therapy are here to guide you through the process.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedication to our clients remains strong. We have altered the nature of our services to better serve and protect you during these times by offering virtual consultations. You do not even need to leave the safety of your home to get tested for sleep apnea – we can mail an at-home kit right to your door. Call us at 631-983-2463 or fill out a contact form on our website today to learn more about our services.


How to Pick the Right Pillow

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 7:43 pm    

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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.


The Coronavirus and Sleep Apnea

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 2:43 pm    

Shutterstock 1676752123Researchers 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.


What Happens When Your Body Doesn’t Get Enough Sleep

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.


What Happens if You Don’t Treat Sleep Apnea

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
  • Stroke
  • 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
  • Irritability

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.


Silent Night Therapy Available Through SNAP Diagnostics Dropship

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 6:10 pm    

The team at Silent Night Therapy understands the safety concerns that our patients and prospective patients have regarding the spread of COVID-19, and in response, we are pleased to offer virtual sleep consultations and remote sleep testing through SNAP Diagnostics Dropship.

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First, you will need to call us to set up a virtual consultation. Since it is not in the best interest of our community’s safety to meet in person, we will now be conducting sleep consultations through Facebook, Google Duo, and FaceTime. During your virtual appointment, your sleep specialist will explain how the in-home sleep study through Dropship will work. They will also discuss the symptoms of sleep apnea and ask what symptoms you are experiencing, then discuss goals and a potential treatment plan.

SNAP Diagnostics’ home delivery service, called Dropship, will deliver a sanitized testing kit to your home so you can conduct an in-home sleep study without needing to come into our lab. Simply follow the instructions and return your testing kit to SNAP Diagnostics, who will review your test and send us the results.

How Your In-Home Sleep Study Will Work

You will receive your in-home sleep study testing kit via delivery by SNAP Diagnostics’ delivery service, Dropship. An in-home study will use a belt, an oximeter probe, and an oral-nasal cannula, as opposed to a greater number of measuring tools used in a lab study. You simply go through your normal nightly routine and attach the equipment to yourself right before you go to sleep.

Because you are doing the study in the comfort of your own home, it will be easier to fall asleep and might yield more accurate results, since your sleep is more disrupted in a lab. Home studies are typically just as accurate as lab studies but are much more convenient and comfortable for the person being tested.

Contact the Team at Silent Night Therapy

We are committed to providing you the same level of service that you have always expected and are proud to offer our help through web consultations. If you have questions about sleep studies or suspect you might have sleep apnea, contact the team at Silent Night Therapy. You deserve a good night’s sleep, and we’ll be here to find the solution that will help you get it. Schedule your virtual consultation with us by calling (631) 983-2463 or by filling out a contact form today.


Surprising health conditions that can be from poor breathing at night

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 7:37 pm    

If you suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes your breathing to repeatedly stop during sleep, the most obvious health-related drawback is a persistent feeling of tiredness. However, there are a number of other health conditions that may arise if you suffer from sleep apnea or have other sleep-related problems. 

Lower libido

Both men and women who suffer from sleep apnea report lower libidos and decreased interest in sex. This is because disturbed sleep often leaves you feeling groggy and irritable all day. A 2002 study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism also suggests that men who experience sleep apnea tend to release lower levels of testosterone at night, which could lead to a decreased interest in sex. 

Damaged skin

If you suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia, you may be at a greater risk of experiencing aging skin quicker than your peers. Fine lines on facial skin, dark circles under the eyes, and dull skin could all possibly be attributed to chronic sleep loss. This is because your body releases more cortisol when it is stressed, such as when you don’t get enough sleep, which breaks down collagen if it’s released in excess. Collagen is the protein in your skin that keeps it looking shiny and healthy. Sleep loss could also decrease your body’s release of human growth hormone, which repairs damages to your skin as you sleep. 

Frequent forgetfulness

“Sharp wave ripples” are the cerebral events responsible for maintaining our memories and keeping them sharp. They also transfer memories to the neocortex, where long-term memories are stored. However, sharp-wave ripple events usually only occur when we are in a deep sleep, so people who suffer from insomnia or sleep apnea may not experience these events as often. 

Increased risk of death

According to the Whitehall II Study, conducted by British researchers Michael Marmot and Eric Brunner, people who sleep five hours or less each night are at double the risk of death from all causes, but especially cardiovascular disease. 

Need to Get Better Sleep? Call the OSA Experts

If you or a loved one suffer from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Brown and the OSA team to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you find a solution that will have you sleeping soundly in no time. Call us at (631) 983-2463 today.

 


Mouth Breathing and OSA

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 9:32 pm    

While normal breathing is done through the nose, some people naturally breathe through their mouth. The main reason for breathing through the mouth is nasal congestion, due to chronic sinusitis, inflammation, allergies, or a deviated septum. However, there is a significant population of people that breathe through the mouth due to their sleep apnea.

During a sleep apnea episode, a person suddenly stops breathing. When the oxygen level dips, a person starts breathing in a way that causes loud snoring. A person will suddenly gasp or gulp in air as quickly as possible. Because of this phenomenon, an individual may develop a habit of breathing with the mouth open to accommodate the need for more oxygen.

Studies have found that breathing through the mouth makes obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) worse. Many doctors will prescribe oral appliances since mouth breathing is so prevalent in sleep apnea patients.

If you are naturally a mouth breather, here are a few suggestions that will make a difference in your sleep. You must be able to breathe clearly through your nose, so finding out the cause of nasal congestion is helpful. Reduce potential allergens such as dander, dust, or dairy foods. Ensure that your bedding is clean, so change sheets and pillowcases regularly. Oral appliances, saline rinses, and other measures are also helpful. Regular exercise is essential to reduce obstructive sleep apnea. It is crucial that patients to stop breathing through their mouth, and learn to breathe through the nose since nasal breathing decreases the severity of OSA.

Stopping oral breathing is a crucial step to take for people who are dealing with sleep apnea. If you have more questions about OSA and mouth breathing, consult with the sleep experts at Silent Night Therapy. We can be reached at (631) 983-2463, or reach out to us online for help.