What Are Often The Main Reasons for Sleep Apnea

»Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Sleep Apnea | 0 comments

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In case you have lost count of how often you have suffered from sleepless nights, interrupted sleep, or poor-quality sleep, then you’re certainly not alone.

Some of the common symptoms of sleep disorders include: lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, memory loss and forgetfulness, diminished productivity and performance at work or school, depression, lack of energy, mood disturbances (e.g. irritability, anger, impulsive actions, etc.), irregular breathing, fatigued driving, and an overall decreased quality of life.

Common Sleep Disorders

According to Dr. Avi Weisfogel, the founder and owner of the International Academy of Sleep (IAOS), there are over 70 recognized forms of sleeping disorders, and among the most common are sleep apnea, insomnia and restless leg syndrome, respectively.

Insomnia

About 10% of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic insomnia, which is a debilitating illness that is characterized by: difficulty falling asleep at night, often waking up in the middle of the night and having problems falling back asleep, and frequently waking up significantly earlier than desired or planned. Normally, chronic insomnia refers to situations where insomnia continues for at least three weeks, and acute insomnia refers to shorter durations. Dr. Avi Weisfogel notes that many men and women switch between bouts of acute and chronic insomnia. He also adds that the condition may temporarily alleviate for weeks or months at a stretch before returning.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea (formally called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA) affects about 20 million people in the U.S. However, Dr. Avi Weisfogel notes that as many as 90 percent of these people are living with undiagnosed and therefore untreated sleep apnea, either because they don’t know that they have this debilitating and potentially fatal condition, or they don’t realize that it is a serious problem that has to be evaluated by a health care professional.

Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the throat relax during sleep and block the upper respiratory system. A partial blockage typically causes snoring, while a full blockage causes an individual to stop breathing for several seconds during the evening. This forced the brain to awaken and causes violent gasping and hacking, to be able to clear the airway and allow oxygen to enter the lungs.

As noted above, many people who undergo this procedure on a regular basis — and it may happen several times a night — are unaware that it is happening. Therefore, upon awakening they typically feel tired and irritable, but do not understand why (or they attribute it to the wrong root cause, like something they ate or an argument, they had the night before). Furthermore, the burden placed on the respiratory system puts a strain on the heart, which can lead to heart attack, heart arrhythmia, heart failure, and other serious and potentially fatal cardiological issues.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common neurological disorder that compels individuals to constantly move their legs, feet, and possibly other body parts during sleep. The compulsion is triggered by senses such as itching, aching, burning, throbbing and pulsing. Understandably, the constant need to shift position wreaks havoc on sleep quality. As with sleep apnea, lots of folks who suffer from restless leg syndrome are unaware that they have a clinical condition for which treatment and drugs are available. Dietary and lifestyle changes may also alleviate or eliminate symptoms.

Getting Help

If you know or believe that you are suffering from one of these or any other sleep disorders, then speak with your primary care doctor. A growing number of dentists are also offering their patients sleep apnea assessments. Adds Dr. Avi Weisfogel: it’s a mistake for people to assume that sleep disorders correct themselves over time, or that poor excellent sleep is something that they need to learn to live with and accept. Neither of them are true. The problem is serious, and help is available.

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Dr Avi Weisfogel’s Dental Sleep MBA

»Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Dental Sleep Medicine News | 0 comments

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Find some of Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s latest videos on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/avi.weisfogel

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Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s Interview in Ideamensch

»Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Dental Sleep Medicine News | 0 comments

In a recent interview with the owner of Dental Sleep MBA on Ideamensch.com, Dr. Avi Weisfogel shared several of his business ideas and philosophies in the area of dental sleep medicine

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

One business idea I’d be happy to give away to someone would be to come up with a dental mirror that has a little windshield wiper on it so dentists would not have to stop in the middle of a procedure to wipe their mirror.

Another one would be an app where I can speak all my ideas and notes and the program would convert them into an organized fashion that I can use and post to my website easily.

Read the rest of the interview with Dr. Avi Weisfogel here https://ideamensch.com/avi-weisfogel/

Dr. Avi Weisfogel – Owner of Dental Sleep Masters

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Anyone also have Fibromyalgia ?

»Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dental Sleep Medicine News | 0 comments

I have fibro but think I might also have sleep apnea. Anyone have both as well ?

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Preferences ASV Pap device recommendation? Phillips or ResMed? How request a DAW (dispense as written) from doctor?

»Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dental Sleep Medicine News | 0 comments

My DME just reached out to me today saying my doctor has approved an ASV device for me either a Phillips or ResMed. She claims she wont know what device since “my settings may require 1 device over the other”.

This subreddit has taught me not to trust anything the DME says.

A couple reddit users have suggested the ResMed ASV. Should I request the ResMed device over the Phillips? And anything I should ask specifically from my doctor when requesting a new prescription with DAW when they call it into the DME?

Thanks in advance

Virgin Pap user

AHI 39.5 side, AHI 54 back sleeper

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Entire process of going from primary care physician to getting a cpap is taking more than 4 months. Is this normal?

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At the end of January I finally went to my primary care provider and asked him if I could get a prescription for a sleep study. He said no and that I had to go to an ENT first. Then the ENT concluded I had no obstruction so they sent me to a sleep clinic, and my insurance took a while to finally settle for me getting an at home kit rather than a sleep study on site. Then I had to do a follow up with the ENT with my results and low and behold I’m finally get a prescription for the thing I knew I needed 4 months prior.

Im finally on the last stretch waiting to see if my insurance will approve of an inlab fitting and if they deny it they’ll just cover an apap machine.

I’m not used to anything taking this long, is this normal for sleep apnea treatment in the US?

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Sometimes it’s the little things

»Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dental Sleep Medicine News | 0 comments

We all know that sometimes life is hard. Things just don’t seem to go our way no matter how much we work at them. A post from a person on the forum got me thinking about this. Not that I haven’t thought about it before but I didn’t realize that others felt the same. Sometimes, it’s the little things.

First though, let’s talk about the big things. Just some examples from my personal story but I would bet you have lots of your own. I recently retired which is a very good thing but I wasn’t prepared for the huge change in my life. For the first time my husband and I were together 24/7. Talk about an eye-opener! Then just recently I lost the insurance that had been paid by the job where I retired. It has been a real struggle to find other insurance; it costs a lot and doesn’t cover much. More recently that same insurance company has decided that my local sleep doctor and CPAP supply company are no longer in network. I have to find new ones and the closest are over 1 ½ hours away. These are some of the big things that make my life difficult.

However, sometimes it’s the little things. A letter is returned because I forgot to put a stamp on it. That new recipe that called for spices I had to go out and buy is dumped in the trash. The order I was so anxious to get is delayed. The post I worked so hard on for the forum didn’t post. I can’t find the ink pen that I really like to write with. I can’t download a book I can’t wait to read.

It can be the little things that get to us, especially when we are sleep deprived. So, I can’t find my special ink pen; I have lots of others that also write. But I want THAT one! My husband just shakes his head as I frantically look through drawers. Little things that shouldn’t matter at all can take on larger than life importance or disappointment. They tend to build up to mountainous size because we just can’t cope with one more them.

Stress can cause health issues like high blood pressure, headache, anxiety, lack of focus and depression. Guess what? Lack of sleep can cause these same things. According to many health sites, lack of sleep and stress can both cause you to look older. Another thing for me to stress and lose sleep over.

Some people find ideas for easing stress on-line. Some find a good therapist. Some turn to meditation, some to medication. For me, finding someone to listen while I vent helps the most. I am so blessed to have a couple of friends that do just that. Or distract me with shopping!

Forums like the one on this website can do the same. A good, well-run forum can be a place to ask questions, find answers and talk to others who have some of the same issues. I made life-long friends on a discussion forum for Restless Leg Syndrome years ago and we are still there for each other. One thing to remember, the people on forums are just people. Some come on and make a real difference, others ask a question and leave. When we come to the forum, we are all looking for something. It is a place where we learn that we aren’t alone.

I would be very interested in learning how you cope with the big and little things in your life. Getting rid of some of the stress might help us sleep better. And THAT, my friends, might help me look younger!

The same moon shines over us all.
Ruby

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