Ashford Clinic Blog | Sleep Apnea
Snoring & Sleep Apnea 101
We all know that restful sleep is very important. It is a key factor in quality of life, as well as your overall health. Oddly enough, something as common as snoring can keep you from getting the restful sleep you need. In fact, 45% of adults snore at least occasionally and 25% snore habitually. A heavy snorer should seek medical care when it starts to affect quality of life, as this can be an indicator of obstructed breathing and other serious health concerns.
The Link Between Snoring and Sinuses
Snoring is tied to other health problems, from cardiac issues to sleep apnea. But something that rarely gets mentioned about snoring is its connection to sinus issues. Snoring occurs when the free flow of air through the nose and throat is interrupted, and there are several things that can cause this interruption - from large tonsils and the shape of the head and neck to abnormally relaxed muscles and excessive weight.
How Are You Sleeping?
It's common knowledge at this point that sleep is vitally important to our overall health, but so many of us deal with sleep issues and disorders night after night. Every year, some 40 million Americans suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders and an additonal 20 million have occasional sleep issues...
Can Balloon Sinuplasty Help My Snoring?
Yes, it can! We talk a lot about how Balloon Sinuplasty can help people who suffer from recurring acute sinus infections and chronic sinusitis, but this minimally invasive procedure can also make a huge difference for those who deal with snoring and sleep apnea.
3 Reasons Sleep Matters
Sleep matters. Whether we like it or not, we all need sleep. However, sleep is vitally important to our health. Approximately 40 million people in the US suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, with an additional 20 million people having occasional sleep problems. Here are 3 resons that sleep matters for you and your health.
Better Breathing = Better Sleeping
Do you have trouble breathing when you’re trying to sleep? Do you snore or sometimes wake up choking? Did you know that breathing through your nose can help you sleep better? Are you one of the millions of people who can’t seem to fall asleep, or stay asleep? The problem could be breathing problems.
Quality of Sleep = Quality of Life
Do we overlook the connection between good sleep and quality of life? The quality of our sleep is a much more important factor in the quality of our waking lives than most people may realize. When we don’t get the sleep we need, we are less productive, less healthy, harder to get along with, and more prone to accidents.
Mouth Breathing vs Nose Breathing
There are many healthy reasons to breathe through your nose, and some serious consequences to mouth-breathing. "Mouth-breather!” is a term people might fling as an insult or say as a joke, but breathing through the mouth has some very real, and very serious health consequences.
Are my breathing habits hurting my health?
Look around at your fellow humans and you’re likely to observe that an impressive percentage of the population breathes incorrectly. Some of the most common features of inadequate breathing are taking shallow breaths; making audible sound while breathing, even at rest; and drawing breath with the muscles of the upper chest instead of using the diaphragm. Worst of all, and maybe the most common, is the habit of mouth breathing.
Sleep Disruption and Alzheimer’s
These days, an awful lot of us are getting pretty awful sleep. According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 35 percent of Americans rate the quality of their sleep as “poor” or “only fair.” A significant twenty percent of Americans say that they don’t wake up feeling refreshed.
Snoring and its Treatment (or How Can I Sleep without Sounding Like a Freight Train!?!)
You snore. No, you really snore – like the-neighbor-down-the-block-complains snoring; like your-family-moved-to-the-next-county-to–get-a-good-night’s-sleep snoring. Even your dog won’t sleep in the same room with you. They are all mad because you wake up refreshed, when they lose sleep because YOU SOUND LIKE A TRUCK! What is a person to do?
Breathe through your nose – fall asleep faster
Are you one of the millions of people who can’t seem to fall asleep, or stay asleep? In our smart-phone age, it’s getting more difficult to wind down our overactive waking selves and get a healthy period of sleep. Here’s a simple technique for falling asleep that works for thousands.
How Are You Sleeping?
Other than a lumpy and uncomfortable mattress, pregnancy or feeling generally achy in the muscles, sleep should be easy to come by. You should be able to set up a comfortable sleep space that makes you feel warm, toasty and ready to sink into a deep sleep cycle that sees you through until the morning. You should be waking up rested and ready to take on the day, with your body feeling relaxed and muscles comfortable.
How to Stop Snoring
You're probably aware of the statistics on snoring, and the fact that's it's not good for your overall health and well-being. Knowing that information might motivate you do to something about your snoring or the snoring of a loved one, but knowing what to do to stop snoring isn't a clear cut answer.
Let's Talk About Sleep Apnea
Quality of sleep and your overall health are more deeply connected than many people realize, sleep disorders can have long-term effects that cause or contribute to serious health issues. Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders - an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea and roughly 80% of moderate and severe cases go undiagnosed - so it's important to know what to look out for when it comes to Sleep Apnea and other sleep issues.
The Truth about Daytime Drowsiness
Feeling sleepy during the day is incredibly common, and can have a long list of causes, like long nights with kids, staying up too late to catch the end of a game, or an all-nighter for work or school, and much more. If nodding off during the day is becoming an every day struggle, problems can occur and the consequences are far more dangerous than decreased productivity at work. Causes for regular daytime drowsiness can include snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders, which can result in medical illnesses including hypertension, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm, diabetes, weight gain, and more.