Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted frequently during sleep because the airway is blocked (Obstructive or OSA) or the brain fails to send a signal to the muscles to breath (Central Sleep Apnea). In both cases, people with sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night and they do not get the oxygen and rest that their bodies and brains need. Anyone can have sleep apnea although the risk higher with age and weight gain for OSA. Articles in this section outline causes of sleep apnea, risks, therapy options, and the latest news on the subject of sleep apnea.

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Sleep Apnea Affects Both Sufferer and Partner

August 01, 2013 |

Snoring, daytime tiredness, and mental fogginess are all signs of sleep apnea. Snoring disrupts and bothers partners, but for the sufferer, the condition can cause severe consequences. On an episode of the old TV show, You Bet Your Life, a woman talking to the host, Groucho Marx, was telling about how enamored she had been with []

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Reduce Inflammation by Treating Your Sleep Apnea With a CPAP Machine

July 02, 2013 |

While numerous studies have explored the connection between OSA and a host of life-threatening conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and metabolic syndrome, their connection to pro-inflammatory states is now being revealed. Researchers are now exploring if the use of a sleep apnea machine for the treatment of OSA will reduce inflammation in []

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Things to Know Before Surgery If You Have Sleep Apnea

June 17, 2013 |

Bearing in mind that every surgery requires thoughtful preparation for the best outcomes, the special considerations for surgery patients with OSA do require some additional forethought by the patient as well as the surgical and hospital medical staff. Medical professionals have known for quite some time that patients with sleep apnea were at an increased []

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Things to Ask Your Doctor About Sleep Apnea and Your CPAP Machine

February 22, 2013 |

A diagnosis of OSA can be both frightening and confusing. Knowing what questions to ask their primary physician is very important. It will calm any fears and provide a pathway to quality sleep therapy and better health. Diagnosis of sleep apnea can conjure up strong emotions as well as many questions. Of course, we assume []

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Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

August 28, 2012 |

What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects approximately 22 million Americans. The word apnea comes from the Greek word “apnoia” which means “without breath.” Therefore, this is a disorder with which an individual stops breathing while asleep. The most common reason for this pause in breathing is an obstruction of []

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Diet for Sleep Apnea and Sleep Apnea Exercises

July 24, 2012 |

One of the difficult aspects of being afflicted with sleep apnea is maintaining a healthy lifestyle while still dealing with the effects of the disorder. Multiple studies suggest that sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing various ailments including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, just to name a few. One way to lessen []

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Two Studies Could Link Sleep Apnea to Cancer

June 13, 2012 |

Recent research has uncovered a possible link between sleep apnea and cancer.  Two studies in an article posted May 20, 2012 on The New York Times website indicate that sleep apnea sufferers have a greater risk of developing cancer. Approximately 28 million Americans have sleep apnea. This is a disorder that causes a person to []

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Exploring the Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cancer

June 13, 2012 |

Recent studies have indicated demonstrable links between Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that inhibits proper breathing during sleep, and increased risk for various types of cancer. Nearly twenty-eight Million Americans suffer from OSA, and there is no statistic for how many cases remain undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is a noteworthy condition for many []

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Fisher & Paykel Humidifier – The Pioneers of Humidification Technology for CPAP Machines

January 17, 2012 |

Interestingly, neither ResMed nor Phillips Respironics was the first CPAP manufacturer to add heated humidification to their CPAP machine.  In fact, it was Fisher & Paykel Healthcare back in the early 90’s that first introduced a humidifier and warm air into the CPAP circuit.  Because of Fisher & Paykel’s in-depth knowledge of ventilation in the []