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What is a Split Night Sleep Study and why would I need one?

When you are scheduled to undergo a sleep study, you may not realize that there is more than one kind of sleep study. Aside from the home sleep apnea test (HSAT)which you may have already experienced there are three main in-lab, overnight sleep tests you might encounter. Many people start with an overnight or nocturnal…

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Problems with CPAP: When is BiPAP therapy the best treatment?

However, its not the only variety of positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy available. BiPAP ( bilevel or biphasic positive airway pressure ) is a more tailored treatment for sleep apnea that is also available for patients who qualify. Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Basics In order to understand how BiPAP is different from CPAP, its worth…

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Central Sleep Apnea: Causes, Diagnosis, and Therapies

However, there is another category of apnea that, while it’s not as prevalent as OSA, is still dangerous if left undiagnosed and untreated. What is Central Sleep Apnea (CA)? While it is mechanical dysfunction in the upper airway that defines OSA, for CA, the dysfunction is not due to any obvious obstruction. Instead, the part…

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The Sleep Medicine Team: Physicians, Technologists, Educators, Dentists

The sleep medicine team Aside from the typical staff that any healthcare setting offers, the sleep medicine team includes several professionals with specific training to help patients challenged by sleep disorders to receive the best long-term care possible. Teams include sleep medicine physicians, sleep medicine technologists, sleep medicine educators, and sleep medicine dentists. Sleep medicine…

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What is the best sleep study for my problem?

There are dozens of sleep disorders that require some form of testing in order to identify and treat them. Here are the most common sleep studies being performed in sleep centers. The best sleep study for you is likely going to be one (or more) of these. The home sleep apnea test (HSAT) Also referred…

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How to practice good sleep hygiene: Tips & Tricks

If you regularly practice these habits, you are “practicing good sleep hygiene.” Despite what the term implies, sleep hygiene is not just about showering before bedtime or changing out your sheets more frequently. It means that you are making decisions or taking actions throughout the day and into the night which positively improves your chances…

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What Is Sleep Apnea? (Signs, Symptoms, and Risks)

The term “sleep apnea” has become familiar to Americans, and for a good reason: it’s estimated by the National Sleep Foundation that 18 million people suffer from this sleep-related breathing disorder, many of them undiagnosed and, consequently, untreated. OSA is more common in men and in post-menopausal women, but children can also suffer. Despite popular…

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What Is Sleep Debt and Why Should I Avoid It?

Are hours of sleep something you can set aside in your own personal circadian bank to spend later? Can you really pay back lost sleep? If so, how? What is sleep debt? According to current recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night…

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