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Telehealth for sleep evaluations

Telehealth is a hot topic. Although its recent rise is partially linked with the decline in in-person visits during the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has in fact been heralded as the ‘next big thing’ in healthcare for more than a decade. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has announced its commitment to advancing the use…

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Is It Insomnia? (Diagnosis and the Sleep Specialist)

If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may have insomnia. But how can you know for certain that a sleep disorder or this particular sleep disorder is to blame for your lack of sleep? Its possible that your inability to sleep could be traced to some other cause. For example, maybe your…

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What Is Insomnia? (Signs and Symptoms)

Most of us are familiar with classic insomnia: a temporary period of time during which, for whatever reason, we just cant fall asleep or stay asleep. In fact, insomnia is very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 70 million Americans are dealing with it to some degree, with a staggering one…

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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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