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  • Larger tongue with more fat may predict sleep apnea risk in obese adults

    Sep 30 2014...
    A new study of obese adults shows that those who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a significantly larger tongue with a higher amount of fat. OSA is a chronic disease that involves repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep.

    “Tongue size is one of the physical features that should be evaluated by a physician when screening obese patients to determine their risk for obstructive sleep apnea,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler. He is president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. READ MORE>>
  • Severity of sleep apnea impacts risk of resistant high blood pressure

    Aug 25 2014...
    A new study shows a link between severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the risk of high blood pressure even after using medications for high blood pressure. OSA is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep.

    The current study included individuals participating in the baseline examination conducted for the Heart Biomarker Evaluation in Apnea Treatment (HeartBEAT) study. READ MORE>>
  • Could Homer Simpson’s sleep apnea lead to his death?

    Jul 30 2014...
    Someone on The Simpsons will die in the season 26 premiere and it could be Homer Simpson, who has a newly-diagnosed sleep disorder. With a portly build and a large neck circumference, television’s most famous cartoon dad has long fit the profile of a person at-risk for sleep apnea.

    The teaser (see below) for the fateful episode shows Homer not only has sleep apnea, but an extremely severe case. Worse yet, he does not appear to be adherent to his CPAP treatment. It’s been well documented that untreated sleep apnea is associated with mortality, since the disease can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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  • Former Super Bowl champ throws a block at sleep apnea

    Apr 17 2014...
    Former Super Bowl champion and college football analyst Aaron Taylor fights sleep apnea. Taylor wants people to know they don’t have to suffer. He is successfully treating his sleep apnea and he’s seen a significant improvement in his health and quality of life.
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  • Stroke, cancer and death: the long-term risks of sleep apnea

    Apr 16 2014...
    Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea makes you four times more likely to die when the sleep disorder is left untreated in the long term. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death.

    The findings were based on a 20-year follow-up of an ongoing health study. Researchers observed cancer rates were 2.5 times higher in people who had sleep apnea at the study’s onset in 1990. These patients also were four times as likely to have a stroke. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep apnea, shift work a danger on the roads and rails

    Apr 09 2014...
    The engineer reported feeling “dazed and “almost like mesmorized” right before his train hit a sharp curve and careened off the tracks in December. Months later, an NTSB investigation suggests sleep disorders and poor quality sleep played a large role in the deadly New York commuter train accident that killed four people and injured more than 70.

    In the aftermath of the derailment, the engineer visited a board certified sleep physician, who diagnosed him with severe sleep apnea. When the disorder is untreated, it can cause fatigue, slow reaction times, reduced alertness and impaired thinking.

    At 5-foot-10 and 261 lbs (a severely obese), the conductor’s sleep disorder should have been detected long before he went to work that morning. If the disorder had been diagnosed and treated sooner, it’s possible that the deadly accident could have been prevented.

    More than 100,000 accidents every year involve a drowsy or impaired driver. A vast majority of these accidents occur every day on our roadways and don’t receive as much attention as the New York train derailment. However, many are just as deadly and just as preventable. READ MORE>>
  • See a sleep expert for help with sleep apnea

    Mar 17 2014...
    A new study shows that treatment outcomes are better when people with sleep apnea receive medical care from sleep experts. The study took place at four sleep centers. Two were accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. A total of 502 people were diagnosed with sleep apnea. Treatment outcomes were compared after three months of PAP therapy.

    Results show that people who received care from board certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited sleep centers were two times more likely to stick with the treatment. Accredited centers provided more timely care. People also were more satisfied with the care provided by sleep doctors. READ MORE>>
  • Study links untreated sleep apnea to fatigue in MS patients

    Feb 20 2014...
    Untreated sleep apnea may be contributing to MS patients’ debilitating fatigue. Findings from a new study show that people with MS have a heightened risk for sleep apnea. Patients with MS who have fatigue or any of the other common symptoms of sleep apnea should be evaluated for the sleep disorder.

    The study, which was published in the February issue of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, looked at the prevalence of sleep apnea in MS patients.

    More than half of the MS patients included in the study had symptoms which indicated a high risk for sleep apnea. One out of every five had already been diagnosed with the sleep disorder. READ MORE>>
  • The ideal Valentine's Day gift: a partner who snores no more

    Feb 11 2014...
    Roses, candy or a candlelit dinner are nice, if uninspired romantic gestures that many of us fall back on during Valentine's Day. Rather than giving another forgettable gift, consider a lifestyle change that will benefit both you and your partner: gaining control of your snoring.

    On Wednesday, Feb. 2, AASM President Dr. M. Safwan Badr will be educating couples on how to reduce their snoring for a better night's sleep and improved help. You and your partner are invited to participate in this pre-Valentine's Day Twitter party, Bring your questions about snoring and sleep to Twitter at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday and use the hashtag #StopSnoring. READ MORE>>
  • Top 5 sleep stories of the year: 2013

    Dec 30 2013...
    As 2013 comes to an end, we take a look back at our top sleep-related stories of the year. Which articles on Sleepeducation.com received the most views in 2013?

    The top topics included capsule hotels in Japan, the risk of sleep apnea among football players, sleep-tracking gadgets, and sleeping well during the summer. Take a look to see what topic reached No. 1 in our end-of-the-year countdown. READ MORE>>