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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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Pain Medications and Sleep and Breathing

Sleep is a restorative need for all creatures, particularly humans, but it requires not only specific conditions, but also enough time for the full beneficial effects to occur. Body and brain must work together to make “good sleep” a reality. When sleep is disrupted for any reason, whether by stress and anxiety, by chronic pain…

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What is Somnoplasty? (Uses, Procedure, Side Effects, and Success Rate)

When you breathe normally, air makes its way to your lungs by passing through your mouth, over your tongue, and past your soft palate, uvula, and tonsils. Your soft palate is the area at the back of the roof of your mouth. Your uvula is the dangling structure visible at the back of your mouth,…

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Sleep Apnea Surgery Procedures and the ENT Specialist/Doctor

Sleep apnea is a common disorder where you have at least one pause in breathing or have shallow breathing as you sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes. They happen as many as 30 times or more each hour, reports the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Its estimated that…

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Low Testosterone Therapy and Sleep Apnea

Recent research on sleep apnea, particularly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has revealed some shocking findings regarding sleep and a man’s libido. It turns out, there’s a relationship between low testosterone and sleep apnea. Men who don’t get enough sleep, have fragmented sleep, or have obstructive sleep apnea, tend to have low-T levels, according to a…

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Low Testosterone: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors

Testosterone is a hormone that your body produces. When you have low testosterone (low-T), it means your body isn’t producing enough of this hormone. Although both men and women produce testosterone, men produce it through their testicles. This T-hormone affects the sexual development and appearance in men. It stimulates the production of sperm and his…

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Pain Medications and Their Effect on Sleep Architecture

Sleep is important to health. There is no dispute about that, and quality of sleep is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including stress, diet, temperature, type of mattress and pillow, noise levels, physical ailments, medications, and overall health and hygiene. Sleep problems are not age or gender specific, and may occur rarely or…

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Pain and Sleep: Diabetic Neuropathy

According to the American Diabetes Association diabetes affects more than 29.1 million Americans, approximately 9.3% of the population. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder, meaning that it affects hormone levels. Although much of the attention is paid to the effects of diabetes on the blood sugar levels and the cardiovascular system, diabetes can also harshly affect…

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Is Fibromyalgia real? The Link Between Fibromyalgia Pain and Sleep

Fibromyalgia is one of the more mysterious and controversial diagnoses that exist in modern medicine. Doctors and scientists debate about many issues related to this diagnosis: is fibromyalgia real? What is the origin of fibromyalgia pain? How should doctors approach fibromyalgia treatment? Now, emerging scientific research has improved our understanding of fibromyalgia, pain, and how…

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Pain and Sleep: Its Effect and Consequences

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately one in four Americans have suffered from chronic pain. At any given time, millions are experiencing acute pain following an injury. While pain significantly disrupts everyday life and lessens our ability to perform daily activities, it also has a serious effect on sleep. People with sleep…

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Consequences Of Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Children

Obstructive sleep apnea is a very serious medical condition, affecting an estimated 25 million adults in the United States, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. However, the possibility of children developing sleep apnea is often overlooked. Individuals of any age can develop sleep apnea, and the consequences for children differ somewhat from those…

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