Could Sleep Quality Be The Reason For Weight Gain?

posted: February 05, 2019

For many people who make new year’s resolutions, it is about now – early February – when the rubber meets the road, so to speak. For many who had good intentions on January 1, it is at this point, about 6 weeks in, when the odds seem more and more against them with many throwing up their hands.

One study found that most New Year’s resolutions don’t even make it through January. After analyzing more than 31.5 million online responses, Strava, a social network for athletes, most people fail in their resolutions before the third week of January, according to an article published by the New York Post. (https://nypost.com/2018/12/21/new-years-resolutions-last-exactly-this-long/)

If you’re one who has stumbled on a New Year’s resolution, you’re in good company. It is estimated that 40 percent of American adults make new year’s resolutions with only 8 percent actually achieving their goals (according to 2013 research at the University of Scranton (read article published by Boston University: http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/about-those-new-years-resolutions/).

For people who resolved to lose weight when the new year began, this is probably no surprise. As a matter of fact, losing weight and exercising more are among the most common of all resolutions. Although many “fall off the wagon” with calorie counts and sugar limitations, an unknown obstacle may actually be a major player in the inability to lose weight.

Hunger controls, it has been found, don’t occur in the stomach; they are regulated by the brain. Research has shown that the quality of sleep can effect weight to a significant level.

The brain is actually very active during sleep. During REM sleep, the brain goes through a process of housekeeping. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep occurs about 90 minutes into sleep. It is the deep stage of sleep, which is when dreaming occurs. (You may want to learn more about the different stages of sleep at: https://www.sleep.org/articles/what-happens-during-sleep/)

In this “housekeeping” period, toxins and other interferences that have accumulated throughout the day are removed and the brain resets hormonal levels. These hormones include those that activate hunger cravings as well as the ones that signal satiety, which is the sensation of feeling full.

Sufficient oxygen levels during sleep keeps the brain operating efficiently. Thus, the brain is able to properly set these hunger/full hormones for the coming day. When you get a full night of sleep, the brain isn’t urging you to eat more when you really don’t need it.

In addition to daytime fatigue, nodding off easily, feeling less alert, and lacking energy, common symptoms of Sleep Apnea incllude food cravings, especially carbohydrates. When you think about it, this makes perfect sense.

After consuming sweets and carbohydrates, we get a temporary boost of energy. Since the brain knows these foods will rev the body up to keep you going, the brain craves this quick fix for the drag of sleep deprivation. The result of night after night of getting insuffcient sleep coupled wth the brain’s way to re-energize itself, the result is going to be weight gain.

Thus, those who are trying to lose weight under these conditions are fighting an uphill battle. Add to this the fact that sleep loss depletes the motivation and energy to be active, making it challenging to stay active. And, more apt to getting fat.

But, it gets even worse.

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that causes people to pause their breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night and up to a minute per time. When the brain is deprived of sufficient oxygen intake during sleep, it can pose an enormous health risk along with an adjustment in hunger regulators.

In addition to fatigue, sleepiness, feeling foggy and carb cravings, Sleep Apnea has been linked to a number of serious health problems. These include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, and impotency.

The number of obese Americans (those who are beyond fat) is at a whopping 35 percent, more than a third of the population. Yet, in spite of numerous weight loss products, there is often a cycle of one-step-forward-two-steps-back for adults struggling to lose weight who are sleep apnea sufferers.

If you suspect you have Sleep Apnea or are experiencing symptoms associated with the disorder, it is important to know that C-PAP is not your only recourse (for mild to moderate sleep apnea). The CPAP consists of mask attached to a fan that forces air down the throat during sleep. The device is often not worn by many who are prescribed with it, with complaints including it being noisy, cumbersome, and creating claustrophobic feelings.

In our Summerville dental office, we offer custom-made oral appliances to help people with mild to moderate sleep apnea (and/or who are heavy snorers) avoid the frustrations of having to wear a C-PAP device. These devices are small, comfortable, and don’t interfere with sleep. They are also affordable.

Begin by calling 843-871-6351 or tap here for a no-charge consultation to discuss your symptoms and the potential for success, and restored sleep. I’ll be happy to answer your questions so you can determine how you wish to proceed.

 

 

 

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Not Getting Enough Sleep? We May Be Able To Help. No CPAP Needed!

posted: October 31, 2018

If you’re a parent, you probably remember nights of too little sleep, resulting in daytime hours where you felt tired, sluggish, and foggy. Stressful situations at work, relationship problems, and too much caffeine close to bedtime can all result in a night of tossing and turning. With insufficient sleep during the night, we all know we’ll pay the price the next day.

Yet, the problem of sleep loss can go much further, as research has found.

Occasional incidences of missing a full night’s sleep are a normal part of life. However, when sleep quality is compromised on a regular basis, its impact reaches far beyond being groggy the following day.

While it was once believed that the brain is at rest during sleep, scientists now know this is far from the case. It has been found that, during the state of sleep, the brain goes through a ‘spring cleaning’ process to remove build-up that interferes with the proper function of how it operates.

As your body’s central control center, the brain is designed to regulate every aspect of the body. During REM sleep, which is the level of restorative sleep the body needs every night, the brain is resetting its systems and cleaning out clutter that interferes with efficient operation.

It’s similar to a coffee shop that closes at night so it can clean the prep areas, rest rooms, dining section, restock the shelves, wash the serving pieces, and be ready for business the following morning. Imagine walking into a coffee shop that failed to take the time for these tasks. It wouldn’t be a very efficient or healthy environment, would it?

When lack of sleep reduces the brain’s ability to ‘clean its house’ on a regular basis, the repercussions don’t take long to emerge. The next time you have a night of inadequate sleep, take note of your hunger levels the following day. You will likely experience an urge to eat more, especially craving carbohydrates as the brain seeks ways to resupply quick energy to a sluggish system.

Feeling tired and sleepy the next day may not seem like a hazard, but imagine someone who is less alert at work or behind the wheel. It has been said that drivers with sleep disorders are more deadly than drunk drivers. Plus, you not only put yourself (and passengers) at risk, others on the road are at risk by merely being in your proximity.

While sleep apnea is a common cause of sleep loss, heavy snoring (often a precursor to sleep apnea) can also cause disrupted sleep to both the snorer and his or her mate. Heavy snoring requires greater energy during sleep and causes the airway passages to work harder under strain.

If you sleep with a heavy snorer, your own sleep is likely compromised. Being awakened over and over at night means your sleep is disrupted. The results can be similar to those who have sleep disorders – daytime fatigue, feeling groggy and less alert during the day, being hungry more often, craving carbs, being less energetic, and nodding off easily.

Imagine your life after having awakened from a restful night’s sleep. You feel ready for the day, have more energy, are more motivated, feel more alert. For those who have sleep apnea or snore heavily, the solution can often be as simple as a small, FDA-approved custom-designed mouth piece worn during sleep.

Oral appliances are small, comfortable and highly effective for those who have mild to moderate sleep apnea or snore. By moving the lower jaw forward just slightly, the airway passages are more open and normal breathing is typically restored.

These oral appliances are affordable with easy payment plans available. The most important thing is that you resolve your sleep quality for your own health (as well as the well-being of your sleep mate).

Life should be lived to its fullest each day! Call 843-871-6351 or tap here to arrange a free consultation. During this time, I’ll explain the process, anticipated costs, and answer your questions thoroughly. We are also Medicare Certified.

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Struggling To Lose Weight? Your Sleep Quality May Be Making It Harder.

posted: July 23, 2018

Summer in the South means fun in the sun! With summer comes lighter clothing that, unfortunately for most people in the U.S. these days, is more revealing. That’s because over one-third of Americans are fat. Well, more than fat; they’re obese.

The latest estimates show that 40 percent of the population is obese, according to a March 2018 article in the NY Times. Over 7 percent are classified as severely obese. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/health/obesity-us-adults.html)

Diet is certainly a factor. Americans are known to be over-consumers of sugar. And, while the American Heart Association recommends daily intake of sugar to no more than about 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men, the average U.S. adult consumes over 19 teaspoons daily on average.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Sugar-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp#4_need_to_reduce_added_sugars

Fortunately, Americans are becoming more aware of “you are what you eat.” Consumption of sugar has gotten more press these days, emerging as a key contributor to the weight problem of Americans.

Yet, losing weight is a tedious process. While diet and exercise are part of the normal requirements for weight loss, sleep quality has been found to be an influencing factor by crisscrossing brain signals.

Apparently, having the willpower to bypass the dessert cart may be more challenging if you have a sleep disorder. Studies now show that Sleep Apnea can contribute to improper alterations in hormones that regulate satiety and hunger. This means that the brain is actually working against our efforts to lose weight when we are sleep deprived.

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that deprives the body of sufficient oxygen during sleep. People who have Sleep Apnea can have pauses in oxygen intake, not breathing for up to a minute. These pauses can occur hundreds of times over the course of a night, which robs the heart and brain of sufficient oxygen. Not only does this present a tremendous health risk, it tips the brain’s ability to regulate hunger controls out of whack.

In addition to lacking the energy and drive to exercise, Sleep Apnea sufferers also endure a reaction in the brain that revs up carb cravings for a quick fix of energy. It’s difficult to opt for a handful of raw almonds when your brain is pushing you to down a few Oreos.

Consuming sweets and carbohydrates gives us a temporary energy surge. Because the brain knows this will perk you up, carb cravings are triggered by the brain. The combined “need” to consume carbs and lack of energy results in guess what? Right – weight gain! For those who are trying to lose weight under these conditions, they are fighting an uphill battle.

Research has found that the brain is actually very active during sleep. In REM sleep, the brain is busy removing toxins and other elements that have accumulated during the day. During this time, the brain can restore itself to peak efficiency to properly regulate hormones and other functions in the body. Some hormones trigger hunger cravings and others signal feeling full.

The intake of sufficient oxygen levels during sleep allows the brain to reset itself to keep these hormones operating efficiently for the coming day. When you wake up refreshed from a good night’s sleep, your brain has no need to trigger carbohydrate cravings to pull you out of sluggishness. Nor does it need to urge you to eat more when you really don’t need it.

In addition to fatigue, sleepiness, feeling foggy and food cravings, Sleep Apnea has been linked to a number of serious health problems. These include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, a

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nd impotency.

Once diagnosed, a common therapy for many Sleep Apnea sufferers is a CPAP device. This is a mask worn over the face that is attached to a fan that pushes air into airway passages. Although CPAP is an effective oxygen delivery system, it is estimated that only 22% of those who have been prescribed CPAP are consistent users. This is due to patient claims that they can’t move around comfortably in bed, the mask makes some feel claustrophobic, and some find the devices noisy, inconvenient and embarrassing.

For mild to moderate levels of Sleep Apnea, we offer an FDA approved, custom-designed oral appliance that eliminates the need for CPAP. Our Oravan mouth pieces are comfortable and will not interfere with sleep. They are also effective for heavy snoring (a common precursor of Sleep Apnea).

If you are a heavy snorer or suffer with Sleep Apnea (or sleep with one), these problems will not resolve on their own. Begin by calling 843-871-6351 for a free Consultation. During this time, I’ll explain the small, comfortable Oravan mouth pieces we will custom-design for you. You’ll quickly find that you can sleep soundly and wake up feeling refreshed.

We are also Medicare Certified and offer easy payment plans. Our Financial Coordinator will gladly explain how we can make this an affordable solution for you.

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Sleeping Without CPAP Is Possible For Sleep Apnea Sufferers.

posted: March 28, 2018

As more and more research is conducted, it’s becoming obvious that the amount of sleep we get each night has a direct impact on our physical and mental well-being.

Want more supple skin? Research shows you need to get good sleep. (https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/advice/a42908/ways-sleep-can-mess-with-your-face/)

Want to keep your weight in check? Research shows you need to get good sleep. (https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/why-sleep-no-1-most-important-thing-better-body)

Want to lower your risk for serious health problems? Again, research shows you need to get good sleep.(https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/chronic_disease.html)

Yet, the amount of time we spend in bed each night isn’t a true measure of getting ‘good’ sleep. It is necessary to get ‘quality’ sleep that includes a sufficient amount of REM sleep.

What is REM sleep?

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep makes up about 25% of your total sleep cycle. It typically occurs about 90 minutes into your sleep cycle. Because there are 5 sleep cycles, REM sleep occurs several times each night.

For those who have sleep apnea, the brain reacts to periodic pauses in breathing with signals to wake up in order to ‘reset’ breathing at a normal pace. This leads to fragmented sleep. This fragmented sleep can occur in sleep apnea sufferers for hundreds of times each night, the amount of REM sleep is insufficient.

The brain is the body’s central control system, regulating its overall operation. Because the brain is deprived of sufficient oxygen during these pauses, it becomes less efficient in some areas or sends distorted signals in others. Hence, everything from skin to weight to energy levels are effected.

A common ‘therapy’ for sleep apnea in the past has been a C-PAP device. Although these devices can look pretty archaic, they do the job when it comes to supplying oxygen during sleep.

Most C-PAPs consist of a mask that is worn over the face that has a hose attached to a machine. This machine includes a fan that sends air through the hose at a force that pushes air into breathing passage ways.

While effective at delivering sufficient oxygen to sleep apnea patients, typical complaints are:

“The machine is noisy.”
“I’m unable to move around comfortably in bed.”
“It’s bulky to travel with and they inspect it at airport security like it’s a dangerous threat.”
“I frequently wake up and realize I’ve taken it off sometime during the night.”
“It’s embarrassing.”
“It has caused me to sleep with my mouth open and I wake up with a horribly dry mouth every morning. I had to start using a chin strap in addition to the CPAP.”
“We used to go camping a lot but can’t now since I have no place to plug it in.”

For those who have severe sleep apnea, C-PAP is necessary. However, for people with mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea, an alternative may be an oral appliance. In our office, a number of patients have found these effectively and comfortably resolve their sleep problems.

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We use Oravan devices that are FDA approved and custom-designed to fit the unique contours of each mouth. These hold the airway open by bringing the lower jaw slightly forward and position the tongue to keep it from falling backwards during sleep, causing airway obstruction.

We are also Medicaid certified.

If you suspect you suffer with sleep apnea or are frustrated with your CPAP device, call us at 843-871-6351 to request a no charge, no obligation consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss the best way to help restore your quality of sleep so every night provides a good night’s sleep!

 

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Snoring No Laughing Matter

posted: September 23, 2017

I remember watching a “Three Stooges” episode when I was young and laughing at the different sounds that Moe, Larry and Curly Joe made while sleeping. Their snoring was comedic, but I know, as an adult, that snoring can be more than a nuisance, it can be a health risk.

For those who sleep with heavy snorers, they know that sleep quality can be greatly compromised. Some mates end up sleeping in separate rooms so at least one escapes the disruptions caused by the noise. Some snorers can be coaxed to “turn over,” which can put a halt to snoring. However, some snoring is so intense Many factors, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight, can lead to snoring.

When you doze off and progress from a light sleep to a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth (soft palate), tongue and throat relax. The tissues in your throat can relax enough that they partially block your airway and vibrate.

Snoring effects up to 25 percent of women and 45 percent who are categorized as habitual snorers. Snoring is also the most common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), effecting up to 95 percent of patients. However, snoring is a poor predictor of OSA because of the high prevalence of snoring in the general population. In addition to snoring, OSA is associated with a number of serious illnesses, including arterial hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2952752/

What causes snoring?
The following can affect the airway and cause snoring:

Anatomy – Due to individual anatomy, one may be more prone to snoring. For example, a low, thick soft palate creates a more narrow airway. The more narrowed your airway, the more forceful airflow becomes. This causes tissue vibration to increase, which causes your snoring to grow louder.

Sleep Position – Sleeping on the back narrows the airway passages from gravity’s effect on the throat.

Weight – Being overweight means extra tissues in the back of the throat, which can narrow the airway.

Nasal Problems – For people who have chronic nasal congestion or a deviated septum (crooked divider between the nostrils), the uneven path of airflow can lead to snoring.

Elongated Uvula – When the piece of tissue than hangs down from the soft palate is longer than normal, it can obstruct airflow, which increases vibration sounds.

Drinking Alcohol – Drinking too much alcohol before bedtime can cause the throat muscles to over-relax.

Yet, the most intense snoring is associated with obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the throat tissues partially or completely block the airway, which halts the breathing process during sleep. Eventually, the pause in breathing (which can last for up to a minute each time) causes the person to wake up, which often begins with a loud snort or gasping sound.

Louder snoring associated with more severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was actually evaluated through one study of over 1640 habitual snorers who were referred for evaluation of sleep apnea. In the study (published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine), the average age was 48 with the average BMI of 31 with 65 percent of study participants being male.

With the intensity of snoring, also assessed were body mass index (BMI), neck size, sleep stage, and body position. It should also be noted that the male participants were older, heavier, and had larger neck circumferences than the females.

Using AHI grading (apnea-hypopnea index), the severity of OSA was measured as none for less than 5, 5 to 15 for mild, 15 to 30 for moderate, and severe being 30 to 50 with very severe registering over 50. The results showed that snoring intensity increases progressively across all categories of AHI frequency with the intensity of snoring increasing as OSA becomes more severe. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/basics/complications/con-20020286)

While snoring is no laughing matter, sleep apnea can be deadly. Sleep apnea has been associated with heart attacks, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, liver problems and complications following surgery.

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For people who are heavy snorers or suffer with mild to moderate sleep apnea, there may be a simple, effective solution.

We are certified to create custom-fitted oral appliances that open up air flow by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. These appliances are FDA approved, small and do not interfere with sleep.

These are ideal for people who have tried CPAP devices and find them too cumbersome, noisy or confining. We use the Oravan system, which has an ideal track record for comfort and ease of use. For those who have tried our Oravan system, many agree with this user:

“I am sleeping soundly and have no problems using the mouth piece. This has helped me get rid of that bulky CPAP and my wife is thrilled!”

If you’d like to discuss the Oravan system for yourself or someone you know, call 843-871-6351. Consider beginning with a no-cost consultation. I will be happy to answer your questions and discuss costs. We can also have our Financial Coordinator discuss easy payment options, if desired.

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Poor Sleep Quality Can Interfere With Sex Life

posted: April 12, 2017

Life happens. With busy schedules, pressures from the workplace, and unanticipated complications of everyday living, not feeling ‘up for’ sex some nights is common. However, for more than 12 million Americans who suffer with sleep apnea, disrupted sleep creates a much more complicated issue when it comes to a healthy sex life.

Feeling fatigued, sleepy and foggy during the day are common symptoms of sleep apnea. This comes from the body receiving insufficient oxygen during sleep, due to frequent pauses in breathing. When sleep disorders cause frequent loss of sleep, it can lead to weight gain and depression. However, as the amount of true REM sleep declines, so does the sex hormone that REM sleep is structured to boost.

A study of over 400 men revealed that nearly 70% of those with sleep apnea had erectile dysfunction compared with 34% for men without sleep apnea. In another study, 80 women with sleep apnea were compared to 240 women without sleep apnea (both groups being less than age 65). The findings showed dramatically higher rates of sexual dysfunction than for those who did not suffer with sleep apnea.

CPAP therapy is a commonly prescribed remedy for sleep apnea. The device includes a mask worn over the face that is attached to a fan that forces air into the throat. In addition to improving oxygen levels in the brain and heart, improved oxygen flow also helps the sex drive. For patients who begin CPAP therapy, an increase in sexual relationships is commonly reported.

However, when it comes to consistent use of CPAP devices, it is estimated that only 22% of those who have CPAPs are consistent users. Many users complain about discomfort, feeling claustrophobic, unable to move around in bed, bothered by the noise or embarrassed to wear them.

The solution for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea may be an FDA approved, comfortable oral appliance worn during sleep. In our office, we use Oravan, a small, custom-designed device that adjusts the position of the lower jaw so the airway is less constricted. Through this therapy, many who have mild to moderate sleep apnea are able to forego CPAP and enjoy restored, sound sleep.

Begin by calling for a free consultation, during which time I’ll answer your questions thoroughly. Call 1-877-966-9009 to schedule.

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How Sleep Quality Effects Weight

posted: February 09, 2017

As the new year approached, I watched commercials on TV touting weight loss programs and products. Everything from gym memberships to meal plans to home fitness equipment were being promoted as effective solutions for weight loss. And, losing weight has become big business in America.

The number of obese Americans (those who are beyond fat) is at a whopping 35%, which is more than a third of the population. Yet, in spite of all these weight loss options, there is often a cycle of one-step-forward-two-steps-back for adults struggling to lose weight and keep it off.

There has been a growing awareness of the hazards of America’s excess sugar consumption. When you consider the amount of sugar in foods (even those not categorized as sweets, such as Catsup) and beverages (from colas to energy drinks to fruit juice), adults are learning to make wiser choices with what they put into their bodies.

With this awareness has been a growing trend in ‘eating natural.’ While some food and beverage manufacturers have distorted what is deemed ‘natural,’ more Americans are leaning towards organic, antibiotic free, and ‘grass fed’ in spite of their higher prices.

Yet, every January, fitness centers fill up and calorie-counting begins. By Easter, however, the drop-off rate of those who dove enthusiastically into the new year with weight loss goals is drastic. While an estimated 40% of Americans make new year’s resolutions, a mere 8% actually achieve their goals, according to 2013 research at the University of Scranton (read article published by Boston University: http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/about-those-new-years-resolutions/).

Losing weight is a long, slow process that requires commitment to a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, new studies are now revealing that losing weight may be made more challenging for those who have sleep disorders.

The battle to lose weight often becomes a battle of willpower. But does ‘willpower’ work against those who have sleep disorders? While diet and exercise are certainly factors that influence weight, studies now show that Sleep Apnea can alter the brain so it is actually working against us.

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that deprives the body of sufficient oxygen during sleep. Sleep Apnea sufferers can experience unconscious pauses in breathing for up to a minute. These pauses can occur hundreds of times per night. Not only does this depletion of oxygen to the heart and brain pose an enormous health risk, it has been found to alter the brain’s ability to regulate hunger controls.

Common symptoms of Sleep Apnea are daytime fatigue, nodding off easily, feeling less alert and energetic, and being more accident prone. It has been said that Sleep Apnea sufferers behind the wheel are more dangerous than drunk drivers.

It’s difficult to talk yourself into hitting the treadmilll when your body is begging for a nap. And, it’s also difficult to reach for a carrot when your brain is craving a cookie. In addition to lacking the energy and drive to exercise, Sleep Apnea patients also endure a reaction in the brain that revs up cravings for a quick fix of energy.

After consuming sweets and carbohydrates, we experience a temporary boost of energy. The brain knows this will perk you up when sleep deprivation drags you down. When carb cravings are triggered by the brain to keep you going, weight gain is the natural result. Thus, those who are trying to lose weight under these conditions are fighting an uphill battle.

Modern research has found that the brain is actually very active during sleep. In REM sleep, the brain is busy removing toxins and other elements that have accumulated during the day. During this time, the brain can restore itself to peak efficiency to properly regulate hormones and other functions in the body. Some hormones trigger hunger cravings and others signal feeling full.

The intake of sufficient oxygen levels during sleep allows the brain to reset itself to keep these hormones operating efficiently for the coming day. When you wake up refreshed from a good night’s sleep, your brain has no need to trigger carbohydrate cravings to pull you out of sluggishness. Nor does it need to urge you to eat more when you really don’t need it.

In addition to fatigue, sleepiness, feeling foggy and food cravings, Sleep Apnea has been linked to a number of serious health problems. These include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, and impotency.

Once diagnosed, a common therapy for many Sleep Apnea sufferers is sleeping with a CPAP device. This is a mask worn over the face during sleep. It is attached to a fan that pushes air into airway passages. Although CPAP is an effective oxygen delivery system, it is estimated that only 22% of those who have been prescribed CPAP are consistent users. Many claim they are unable to get comfortable in bed with the mask, find the devices noisy, feel claustrophobic, find them inconvenient and feel embarrassed by having to wear them.

For mild to moderate Sleep Apnea sufferers, there is an alternative. We offer a small, custom-designed oral appliance that eliminates the need for CPAP. Our Oravan mouth pieces are FDA-approved and comfortable so they don’t interfere with sleep. They are also effective for heavy snorers (a common precursor of Sleep Apnea).

Oravan Sleep Appliances – Small, Comfortable & Affordable

If you are a heavy snorer or suspect you suffer with Sleep Apnea, these problems will not go away on their own. It is vital to your health to restore your sleep quality and ensure you are taking in sufficient oxygen.

Begin with a no-cost Consultation to discuss these comfortable appliances. If desired, we can put you in touch with patients who use our Oravan mouth pieces and now sleep restfully and wake up feeling refreshed. Call 1-877-966-9009 to schedule or to learn more.

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Are Sex Life & Sleep Quality Related?

posted: November 14, 2016

All adults have periodic lulls in their libidos interspersed with spurts of “revved-up” mode. It’s natural that we are not “ready to go” all the time. However, new studies are showing just how much sleep disorders can zap the mood.

For example, a study published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), found that young men who slept less than 5 hours per night for a week had 15% less testosterone than normal, or the loss of testosterone that results from aging 10 – 15 years. Naturally, the lower the testosterone level, the lower the libido.

Another study of college-aged females conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School showed that, for every extra hour of sleep, their liklihood of being in sexually active increased by 14%. Additionally, a 2009 study tested over 400 men who suspected they had sleep apnea. Of those who were actually diagnosed with the disorder, 70% also had erectile disfunction (ED).

Sleep Apnea is a a sleep disorder that causes breathing pauses during sleep. These pauses can last for up to a minute and occur hundreds of times per night. Typical symptoms of Sleep Apnea include: daytime fatigue, feeling less alert and more sluggish, nodding off easily during the day and being less motivated to be physically or socially active.

Health repercussions are worse. The oxygen deprivation in the blood (compromising heart and brain efficiency) contribute to weight gain and obesity, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, migraines and impotency. Drivers who suffer with Sleep Apnea have been said to be more deadly behind the wheel than drunk drivers.

It has been noted that patients who undergo surgery to correct abnormalities that contribute to apnea see improvements in intimacy. Those who start CPAP therapy also report an increase in sexual activity. These devices consists of a mask worn over the face during sleep that forces air into airway passages. However, it is estimated that only 22% of those prescribed with CPAP are consistent users. Why is this?

CPAP isn’t for everyone. Many users claim it makes them feel claustrophobic, unable to move around in bed, bothered by the noise and inconvenient (especially for those who travel). Fortunately, for adults with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, the solution may be a simple, FDA-approved oral appliance worn during sleep.

Oravan Sleep Appliances - Small, Comfortable & Affordable

Oravan Sleep Appliances – Small, Comfortable & Affordable

In our office, we use the Oravan system for those who can’t or don’t wish to wear CPAP. This is a custom-designed mouth piece created to fit the unique contours of each mouth. They are small and comfortable and won’t interfere with your ability to sleep. While effective for many levels of Sleep Apnea, they can also be used to treat heavy snoring, a common precursor of Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is nothing to ignore, but it can be easily managed without surgery or wearing a bulky contraption over your face throughout the night. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 to learn more about overcoming Sleep Apnea or ask to schedule a no-cost, no obligation consultation. During this time, I’ll answer your questions so you can determine if this is right for you.

If you have Medicare, we are also Certified providers. If not, we have several easy payment plans that allow you to make affordable, monthly payments without interest and no down payment. Just ask to speak with our Financial Coordinator while you’re in our office or over the phone.

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Bacteria In The Gut Influenced By Quality Of Sleep

posted: September 13, 2016

Modern scientific research is amazing. I frequently read new findings on how the body works, how the brain functions and how unknown factors are emerging as playing a prominent role in our lives.

One of the reasons I decided to add oral sleep devices to my practice was based on findings surrounding the importance of restful sleep. The more I read into the severe (and even deadly) health repercussions of sleep disorders, the more I was determined to help heavy snorers and sleep apnea sufferers.

Over the past decade, there have been a number of studies that have shown a correlation between sleep and obesity. However, a recent study revealed that your sleep quality affects the mix of gut bacteria that impacts whether you are lean or obese.

Our bodies follow a particular circadian rhythm, which has peaks and lulls that determine certain functions, such as when to sleep. It has been found that your intestinal bacteria have a circadian rhythm, too. These help in the production of serotonin and neuro-transmitters that influence sleep.

During sleep, the ‘good bacteria’ sweep away the build up of ‘bad bacteria.’ However, insufficient sleep can hamper the ability of the good bacteria to purge the bad kind. Researchers have noted that an imbalance of the two can contribute to anxiety, depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), ADD, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease.

It has been known for some time that insufficient sleep can lead to weight gain and obesity. This has to do with two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, which help to regulate feelings of hunger and fullness. Ghrelin stimulates the appetite while leptin sends the brain a message when you are full.

Lack of sleep suppresses the production of leptin, leaving you feeling less satisfied after eating. Too little sleep makes this worse by increasing ghrelin levels, which stimulates your appetite so you are hungry more often. When these two hormonal imbalances collide, the result is weight gain.

Now that scientists have found the additional complication of imbalanced intestinal bacteria, sleep is taking on a new prominence in our healthy living commitment. While the recommended amount of sleep is 7 hours each night, though, nearly 35% of American adults aren’t getting this.

Heavy snoring and sleep apnea are common sleep disorders that decrease sleep quality and open the door for a long list of health problems. Sleep apnea, in particular, has been associated with heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, migraines, depression and impotency in addition to weight gain and obesity.

Symptoms of sleep apnea are typically daytime fatigue, being more accident prone, nodding off easily during the day, poor attention span and alertness, and feeling cranky or unmotivated. It has been said that sleep apnea sufferers behind the wheel are more dangerous than drunk drivers.

While CPAP therapy is a common remedy for sleep apnea, many who have the devices are not consistent users, citing feeling confined, claustrophobic, embarrassed or being uncomfortable with the noise. For those with mild to moderate sleep apnea, we make custom-fitted oral devices that are small and comfortable so they do not interfere with sleep.

oravanIn our office, we use the Oravan system. And, for those who have Medicare benefits, we are certified providers. Begin with a free consultation to have your questions answered thoroughly. We can discuss costs, payment options and even put you in touch with patients who have opted for oral appliance therapy — and are now sleeping restfully every night!

Call toll free 1-877-966-9009.

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Don’t Feel Rested After Sleeping All Night?

posted: August 03, 2016

We’ve all occasionally heard the phrase, “I need my eight hours!” And, for good reason. Adequate sleep is necessary to feel rested and energetic the next day. It also provides the brain with time to do some necessary housekeeping.

During sleep, the brain is NOT dormant. It goes through a process to eliminate toxins and regulate functions that keep our bodies in check throughout the day. Without sufficient REM sleep (which is our deep sleeping time), we drag through the day and our brains function with reduced capacity.

Lack of sleep makes us more accident prone, forgetful, sluggish and less motivated. As a matter of fact, drivers who suffer with Sleep Apnea (which causes pauses in breathing during sleep) have been said to be more dangerous behind the wheel than drunk drivers.

Sleep Apnea affects more individuals than many suspect. This sleep disorder has been diagnosed in an estimated 9% of females and 24% of males. It is also estimated that as many as 80% of Sleep Apnea sufferers go undiagnosed.

When the brain is not only deprived of sufficient sleep time, but necessary oxygen as well, there is a long list of repercussions that can follow. These include heart attack, stroke, obesity, migraines, impotency and more. Alzheimers Disease has also been associated with Sleep Apnea in some studies.

However, common symptoms typically arise in obvious ways. Daytime fatigue, feeling foggy or unenergetic, being more accident prone and nodding off easily while sitting are all warning signs of insufficient sleep. Sleep Apnea may very well be the true source of these problems. Heavy snoring is often a precursor of Sleep Apnea.

We have helped many patients overcome the problems associated with Sleep Apnea and heavy snoring. Using the Oravan system, we custom-design a small oral appliance that is worn during sleep. It moves the jaw forward slightly to open the airway, allowing for easier oxygen intake during sleep. And, because the appliances are made to fit the unique contours of your mouth, they are comfortable and will not interfere with sleep.

oravanOravan oral appliances are FDA approved and effective for most people with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea. They are also beneficial for people who cannot get used to a CPAP device. In CPAP therapy, a fan pushes air into the throat via a mask worn over the nose and mouth. A large percentage of CPAP users feel they are noisy, cumbersome, inconvenient (especially for travel) and even embarrassing.

If you feel you may be suffering with Sleep Apnea, this will not improve on its own. Worse, it will continue to deprive your body of much-needed oxygen, resulting in many debilitating problems and health risks. On Medicare? We are also certified to assist those who are covered.

Regain your active life again and reduce your risk for serious, and even deadly, health problems. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009 for a free consultation. I’ll explain the process and answer your questions so you can determine if this is right for you.

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Losing Weight Difficult? Sleep Quality May Be Major Obstacle.

posted: June 13, 2016

Americans are fat and getting moreso. The obesity rate (those who are beyond fat) stands at 35% of the U.S. adult population. That’s more than a third of the population. While excess sugar consumption and leading more sedentary lives are partly to blame, new studies are revealing that trying to lose weight may be made more complicated by sleep disorders.Fat Stickman

Sticking with a consistently healthy diet and exercise regimen can be a challenge as adults juggle busy work schedules, parental duties, maintaining a home and dealing with day-to-day stress. For those who have sleep disorders, lack of willpower is not the biggest obstacle they face.

Dieters seem to ‘beat themselves up’ for lack of willpower as weight loss becomes an overwhelming challenge. It seems so easy to gain, yet, seems so difficult to take weight off. Although the aging process naturally slows metabolism, the bigger challenge of Sleep Apnea alters the brain so it is actually working against us.

Sleep Apnea is an oxygen-depleting sleep disorder that robs the heart and brain of sufficient oxygen during sleep. This creates an enormous health risk while also altering the brain’s ability to regulate hunger controls.

While sleep disorders zap energy levels, not getting good sleep can also create a reaction in the brain that revs up cravings. If you’ve ever noticed the boost you get after consuming sweets and carbohydrates, the brain knows this is a quick fix to help perk you up when sleep deprivation drags you down.

Sleep deprivation and lack of oxygen during sleep leave you feeling fatigued and run-down throughout the day. When intense carb cravings are added to the mix, weight gain is the natural result. For those trying to lose weight under these conditions, they are fighting an uphill battle. Your body, including your brain, is simply working against your goals.

During sleep, the brain is anything but inactive. This is a period when the brain is removing toxins and other roadblocks that have accumulated during the day. As this is done, the brain is restored to peak efficiency so it can properly regulate hormones and other functions that support your overall system.

Receiving adequate oxygen during sleep enables the brain to do it’s nightly ‘housekeeping’ to keep you operating at peak capacity throughout the next day. When you wake up and feel refreshed, your brain is also functioning effectively so it’s not triggering carbohydrate cravings to compensate for sluggishness.

In addition to weight gain and obesity, Sleep Apnea has been associated with a number of serious health problems. Research has found it to be a contributing factor to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, and impotency.

A typical treatment for many Sleep Apnea sufferers is CPAP therapy. This is an apparatus designed to supply an ample amount of oxygen to the body during sleep. Although effective in its task, an overwhelming percentage of CPAP users cite inconsistent use of the devices. Many claim they are unable to get comfortable in bed with the mask, find the devices noisy, feel claustrophobic, find them inconvenient and even feel embarrassed to wear them.

For individuals who have mild to moderate levels of Sleep Apnea, there is an alternative. We offer a simple way to help oxygen intake be more efficient without the bulk, noise, confinement and awkwardness. This is often possible through a small, custom-designed oral appliance that eliminates the need for having to wear a CPAP.

These mouth pieces are FDA-approved and designed for comfort so they won’t interfere with your ability to sleep restfully. They are effective for many who suffer with Sleep Apnea or those who are heavy snorers (a common precursor of Sleep Apnea).

If your weight loss pursuit seems to be ‘one step forward, two steps back,’ lack of willpower may be only a small part of the problem. Common symptoms of Sleep Apnea are daytime fatigue, nodding off easily, lack of alertness or motivation, and feeling foggy. These problems will not go away until your sleep quality is restored and you are taking in sufficient oxygen.

Begin with a no-cost Consultation to discuss the comfortable appliances we create. Too, we can put you in touch with patients who have these simple mouth pieces and now sleep restfully and awaken feeling refreshed and ready to tackle a new day.

Call 1-877-966-9009 to schedule or to learn more.

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Sleep – Restore This Necessity Of Life

posted: November 12, 2015

If you are a regular user of sleeping pills, there is probably a deeper problem than a pill can solve. Occasional disruptions to sound sleep, such as stress, a new environment or travel can be temporary obstacles to the ability to get a good night’s sleep. Without sound sleep, feeling rested and alert the next day is highly unlikely.

Sleeping pills are certainly no solution to regular sleep disorders. If you take them nightly, it may be wiser to get to the root of the problem rather than medicate your way through it. A surprising source for your sleep problems could be Sleep Apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can last up to a minute and occur hundreds of times during the night. While poor sleep quality can obviously result in daytime fatigue and feeling less alert and energetic, Interruptions in oxygen intake deprive the brain, which creates problems you may not realize.

During sleep, your brain undergoes a nightly repair session. During this period, your brain is doing its ‘housekeeping,’ sweeping out unhealthy accumulations and regulating hormones that keep the body functioning properly.

For example, sleep gives the brain a period to regulate hormones that affect feelings of hunger and fullness. Without sound sleep, a hormonal imbalance results that makes you want to eat more. Naturally, this can result in weight gain, a common side effect of sleep apnea. Weight gain is just one side effect, however. Others include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and impotency.

Typical treatment for sleep apnea has been the C-PAP device. This is a machine that pushes air through a hose that is worn over the mouth and nose. As it pushes oxygen into the air passages, it supplies the user with sufficient oxygen during sleep. Unfortunately, many of those who have the device are not always compliant. Some complain that C-PAP devices are bulky, noisy, uncomfortable and inconvenient or even embarrassing.

Now, the development of FDA-approved oral appliances has emerged for those who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. I have chosen AirReStart as the beairestart-logost option for our patients. It is about the size of a mouth guard and custom-fitted to the contours of each mouth so it does not interfere with sleep. Rather than force air into your throat, oral appliances make air intake, on your own, easy.

Don’t let fatigue, daytime fogginess, weight gain, or feeling dragged out interfere with your life. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation for interested persons. During this time, you can ask questions and have your options explained fully. Call 1-877-966-9009 to discuss this option to restore your quality of sleep (and maybe even prevent serious health problems).

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Snoring Statistics – Are You One?

posted: September 14, 2015

Snoring is not pretty. It can be an embarrassment to many who suddenly wake up on a plane or movie, realizing the people around them have been subjected to this irritating and intrusive noise.

For spouses who endure a snoring partner, the sleep loss can interfere with their ability to be alert and energetic during the day. It can even force them to sleep in another bedroom in order to get sufficient rest.

The Statistic Brain Research Institute shared some interesting numbers on snoring from 2014 research. Age is one factor, obviously. As muscles and tissues weaken and sag, blockages in airway passages can occur. While 30% of adults age 30 and over are snorers, 40% of those over 40 snore.

Although women find snoring more embarrassing than men, 19% of females snore. And, almost 60% of adults claim their partner snores.

The most disturbing statistic, however, is that 28% of people who snore also suffer with Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea occurs during sleep and causes pauses in breathing that can last for up to one minute. These pauses can occur hundreds of times per night.

These lapses in oxygen intake affect the function of the heart and brain. Research has associated Sleep Apnea with a number of serious health issues, everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s Disease. The long list includes high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, headaches, depression and being accident prone. Sleep Apnea is said to be more deadly for those behind the wheel than drunk driving.

The typical treatment protocol for most Sleep Apnea sufferers has been a C-PAP device. This consists of a fan that is attached to a hose. The hose is connected to a mask that is worn over the face during sleep. Although effective in supplying the body with adequate oxygen, many people cannot tolerate C-PAP therapy.

Common complaints about C-PAP include feeling claustrophobic, not being able to move around in bed, noise, inconvenience (especially during travel) and embarrassment. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 22% of those with C-PAP devices wear them on a consistent basis.

A practical alternative for many individuals has been an FDA-approved oral appliance. These are custom-designed for each person and are comfortable to wear. They are similar to a mouthguard but designed to move the jaw forward slightly to overcome air obstruction.

The material that our oral appliances are made from is durable and feels comfortable in the mouth. They are easy to maintain and have exceptional durability. And, they are highly effective for most with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea.

Medicare and some insurances typically cover some or most costs for oral appliance therapy to treat heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea. Our practice, who has selected AiReStart as the ideal for our patients, is Medicare Certified and experienced in filing claims for qualified individuals.

Heavy snoring is often a precursor of Sleep Apnea. If you are experiencing symptoms, including daytime fatigue and fogginess, your overall health is at risk. Don’t delay treatment. Call us for a free consultation to discuss your individual needs.

Sleep is a necessary part of your life. Oxygen is, too. A small, oral appliance may be your best way to achieve restful sleep and better health. Call toll free 1-877-966-9009.

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‘Good Sleep’ May Be Returned Through A Simple Process

posted: July 29, 2015

We’ve all experienced days that drag on and on after a night of tossing and turning. Worry or too much caffeine can interfere with ‘good sleep.’ Getting a good night’s sleep is not only important for our energy level and alertness during the day, it’s the brain’s nightly spring-cleaning phase.

Occasional tossing and turning is one thing, heavy snoring and sleep apnea another. Without sufficient oxygen throughout the night, your health is at risk in a serious and even deadly way. Many who are heavy snorers or Sleep Apnea sufferers do not realize how often they stop breathing. These pauses in oxygen intake can last up to a minute and occurs hundreds of times each night.

Not only does Sleep Apnea leave you ex­hausted during the day and dangerous in the driver’s seat, it has been associated with life-threatening problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

For those who have been prescribed a CPAP device, it is of the greatest importance that it is used consistently. However, it is estimated that approximately 50% of sleep apnea patients don’t use their CPAP devices on a consistent basis.

If you’re one of those who cannot tolerate your CPAP device, you’ll be glad to know that advancements now offer a simple, FDA-approved solution for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea and heavy snorers. A small mouthpiece that’s worn comfortably while you sleep means you don’t have to choose between the dangers of sleep apnea and the problems associated with CPAP devices.

AirReStart devices are custom-made to conform to the contours of your mouth so you can sleep soundly while keeping your airway open. In creating an oral appliance that’s effective and comfortable, we take into account the level of your apnea, if you grind your teeth or have TMJ (jaw joint) disorder and shape and size of the jaw and tongue.

We are specifically trained in the selection and design of the most appropriate oral device for your needs. Through a precise fit, comfortable and restful sleep can bring you back to YOU. Payment plans are available and we are Medicare Certified for those who qualify.

For free consultation appointment, call 1-877-966-9009. Or, tap below to be taken to our web site for more information.

https://www.smilesbyandrews.com/snoring-sleep-apnea-therapy/

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Your Quality Of Sleep May Improve With This Simple Mouthpiece

posted: July 06, 2015

Heavy snorer? You may have sleep apnea. Heaving snoring is often a precursor to sleep apnea.

When the airway becomes blocked during sleep, it restricts the intake of sufficient oxygen. This can last for up to a minute and occur hundreds of time per night. In addition to fatigue, weight gain and having an increased risk for heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, research has determined that sleep apnea sufferers have an higher risk of depression.

Through a study of researchers at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, women with sleep apnea were found to be 5 times more likely to develop depression, with men being twice as likely. The study also showed that 80% of participants listed common sleep apnea symptoms but had never been diagnosed with it.

The brain requires a consistent pattern of sound sleep. Previous research has found that breathing interruptions associated with sleep apnea affect mood. Periodic declines in oxygen intake during sleep can lead to brain changes, which triggers stress or inflammation. Through the findings, the researchers felt that sleep apnea could be a direct cause of depression.

Sleep apnea is not something to ignore. If you snore loudly or drag through the day, sleep apnea may be the problem. For those who’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, CPAP isn’t comfortable for everyone. This often causes inconsistent use in using the device.

Using a small, custom-made appliance, we can effectively treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. The FDA-approved mouthpiece is worn at night and doesn’t interfere with your ability to be comfortable in bed and sleep soundly. For a free consultation, call toll free 1-877-966-9009. Or, read more about this simple solution to heavy snoring and sleep apnea:

https://www.smilesbyandrews.com/snoring-sleep-apnea-therapy/

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