What Is CPAP Intolerance?

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What Is CPAP Intolerance?

What Is CPAP Intolerance?

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
  • Claustrophobia
  • 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:

  • Snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • 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.


Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Oral Health

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at 3:43 pm    

Shutterstock 1093355033Sleep 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.


Will a Good Night’s Sleep Help My Heart?

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 at 12:46 am    

The quantity and quality of sleep you get each night has a profound effect on your overall health. You may not realize it, but getting a good night’s sleep can have a major impact on your stress levels, blood pressure, and cardiovascular fitness.

The most common sleep disorders that Americans experience are sleep apnea and insomnia. Scientists believe that up to 25% of American adults suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to breathe more shallowly and more irregularly while you sleep. This is caused by tissues in the mouth and throat that block the airway. People who suffer from sleep apnea often wake up in the morning still feeling tired and groggy.

The Journal of the American Heart Association recently published a study that found that in a study of 500 women, those who suffered from sleep disorders had worse eating habits than others. Those who did not get enough quality sleep tended to eat more food in general, and more foods with added sugars. Diet is linked very closely to the risk of developing cardiovascular problems down the road. People who overeat or are obese are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Another study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found evidence that suggests that people who sleep irregularly are more likely to develop heart disease. Conversely, the participants who had regular bedtimes and more consistent sleep durations were less likely to develop heart disease.

These studies do not conclusively link poor sleep habits to a decline in cardiovascular health, but they do suggest that there is a connection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked poor sleep with Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, all of which can contribute to cardiovascular problems.

Make an Appointment With Silent Night Therapy

If you are worried that your sleeping patterns put you at a higher risk of developing more severe health problems, call Silent Night Therapy to put your mind at ease. Our sleep specialists will work with you to find the source of your disruptive sleep, whether it is insomnia, sleep apnea, or another issue. Please give us a call at (631) 983-2463 or contact us online.


Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Alzheimer’s

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 8:49 pm    

We already know that sleep is vital to combating a number of maladies such as stress, low energy, difficulty concentrating, and high blood pressure. And we know that sleep deprivation can increase an individual’s risk of suffering from a stroke, heart disease, and more. But recently, scientists have uncovered an alarming link between sleep deprivation and the onset of Alzheimer’s.

A recent study published in Neurology suggests that people who do not get deep, healthy sleep are more susceptible to brain cell death. Sleep apnea contributes to a decline of oxygen levels in your blood as you sleep, which can contribute to brain cell death. As a result of this atrophy of the brain, dementia may become more likely to develop.

A good night’s sleep is the best thing you can do for long-term brain health, according to the Sleep Foundation. A full night of healthy, uninterrupted sleep lets your brain rest and recharge and could prevent cognitive degradation that comes with dementia. But experts warn against treating yourself to too much good sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, people who get more than nine hours of sleep each night are at a higher risk of developing dementia than those who get between six and nine. For people older than 65, the recommended amount of sleep each night is no more than eight hours.

One necessary component of a healthy sleep schedule is being in a quiet environment. If you are awoken frequently by a snoring partner – or your own snoring – you may be at a higher risk of falling victim to cognitive degradation. If snoring is a problem, you or your partner may be suffering from sleep apnea. Some warning 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

Improve Your Sleep With Silent Night Therapy

If you are struggling to get through a night without waking up or gasping for air, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Don’t wait to get help until it is too late. The sleep specialists at Silent Night Therapy are ready to help diagnose and treat your sleep disorder. Call us at (631) 983-2463 or schedule a free consultation online.


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.