Lets Talk About Sleep, Baby, yes you and me….

“Lets talk about sleep baby, yes you and me”.  So many people are walking around in a fatigue that could be Sleep Apnea.  New data suggest that treating sleep apnea can help reduce heart disease, insulin resistance, and daytime fatigue.

What is sleep apnea?  Simply put :FATIGUE DURING THE DAY….
Really it is considered a partial or complete upper airway collapse during sleep that often relaxes the muscles of the soft palate and tongue.  When they relax they obscure your airway and the rest is just snoring history.  If you snore and  have 10 seconds of apnea or cessation of airflow then you are stressing your heart out during sleep.  During these seconds you may also reduce the oxygen that enters your body which in turns, yes, stresses the heart out by making it beat faster to circulate available oxygen.
If you snore, someone has heard you go silent than take a deep breath and snore some more you may have sleep apnea.
You will be sent for a sleep study to evaluate your sleep cycles, any possible apnea, any reduction in oxygen flow and how often these episodes may occur.
If you quality for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine you will need to see your provider to monitor your adherence and provide feedback to the insurance company.  This is an expensive machine that requires monthly equipment supplies that they do not like to pay for if you are not using your machine.
My advise is if you think you will never wear or use the CPAP then don’t do the test.  If there is any doubt in your mind then please get your sleep healthy.  We need our sleep with out it we are sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation is associated with
High blood pressure
Heart attack
Heart failure
Depression and other mood disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Mental impairment
Fetal and childhood growth retardation
Injury from accidents
Disruption of bed partner’s sleep quality
Poor quality of life
Some studies show that mortality risk increase for those who have less than six to seven hours of sleep per night.  One study actually showed that sleep reduction had a greater mortality risk than smoking, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
So count your sheep.  Count 8 hours of sleep, count continuous great quality of sleep, count your blessings.  Sleep really matters.  So come into the office and lets “talk about sleep, baby, yes you and me…..lallalllallla”.