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Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Sleep apnea: Some surgeries are more effective than others. Te most important part is the diagnosis to see where the problem is. Jaw advancement is shown to have great results. This surgery opens up the posterior airway. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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Can breathe right strips treat sleep apnea ?

Can breathe right strips treat sleep apnea ?

Usually, No: Breath right strips only benefits patients who have sleep apnea as a result of their nostrils collapsing while breathing. Only a very small number of patients would ever fall into this category. Usually apnea is from over relaxation of the muscles that line the airway, from loose tissues in the back of the throat, or enlarged or swollen tissues on the nose and throat. ...Read more

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Does sleep apnea cause heart disease very quickly(few years)? Or is heart disease more associated with long standing sleep apnea(many years/decades)?

Does sleep apnea cause heart disease very quickly(few years)?  Or is heart disease more associated with long standing sleep apnea(many years/decades)?

Depends on severity: & resulting severity of: hypoxemia, resulting pulmonary hypertension & severity of underlying coronary artery disease (in 1/2 of US citizens by age 7, per >8 decades US autopsy studies; yet asymptomatic for decades; arteries enlarge: http://goo.gl/aRhOU2. Narrowings, most clinically silent, result from sudden plaque ruptures & clots). Thus there is no reliable answer-too many individual variables. ...Read more

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I'm sleeping very poorly.Awake for about 2hours during night as 18month old baby wakes .Can this poor sleep impact negatively on implantation?

I'm sleeping very poorly.Awake for about 2hours during night as 18month old baby wakes .Can this poor sleep impact negatively on implantation?

No: Lack of sleep and stress cannot affect implantation; but significant stress can sometimes affect your ovulation. Have you noticed you are late or skipping periods? ...Read more

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Sleep study done and i had muscle activity recorded during REM sleep. Something serious? Will I have parkinson? Have a lot of activity during sleep

Sleep study done and i had muscle activity recorded during REM sleep. Something serious? Will I have parkinson? Have a lot of activity during sleep

Contributing factors: Rem atonia should occur but phasic twitches noted on sleep study should not give you a presumptive diagnosis of rbd. There are a number of other factors. Rbd is also exceedingly rare in young women. Many factors need to be reviewed by your history and sleep study. See a sleep specialist if you have not done so already that is familiar with parasomnia. ...Read more

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How does sleep deprivation affect college students?

How does sleep deprivation affect college students?

Sleep depriviation: College student needs an average of 9 hrs of sleep in order to wake up refreshed in the morning and to be able to function well during the day and concetrate and pay attention in the class. Sleep depriviation is the main cause of feeling tired, sleepy and being unable to learn. Inability to fall asleep or maintain sleep should be investigated by a sleep doctor so the student get enough sleep. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Help plz! Can sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Definitely. : If one has schizo affective disorder, this is not infrequently associated with lack of sleep. This lack of sleep will magnify the personality disorder. If anyone does not get enough sleep this can at some point become a psychosis. ...Read more

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Fatigue studies (CFS?): For poor concentration & memory, could a neurologist help? Current specialist advisors: sleep, rheumat., endocrin., immun. MDs

Fatigue studies (CFS?): For poor concentration & memory, could a neurologist help? Current specialist advisors: sleep, rheumat., endocrin., immun. MDs

Team: If your team has all of these physicians on the case, adding a neurologist may be superfluous. One physician should be coordinating your care in order to access the expertise of the others. ...Read more

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Is somnapure effective at treating sleeping disturbances?

Is somnapure effective at treating sleeping disturbances?

Somnapure and SD: This depends on what sleep disturbance is being talked about. This supplment can definitely help with jet lag sleep disturbance (circadian rhythm issues) and insomnia. This products probably will not affect sleep disordered breathing, snoring and parasomnia. This product and others should not be used in place of good sleep hygiene practices. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Nausea at night, heart beat in stomach, can't sleep.

Nausea at night, heart beat in stomach, can't sleep.

See doctor: You need to see your doctor At your age with such symptoms you need a thorough evaluation ...Read more

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I have sleeping problem. I spend lots of night with a sleep or at leasta tight refreshing sleep. That makes me lethargic all day. Please help. Regards?

I have sleeping problem. I spend lots of night with a sleep or at leasta tight refreshing sleep. That makes me lethargic all day. Please help. Regards?

Get a sleep study: You may have a conditon called obstructive sleep apnea (osa) which causes oxygen deprivation and fragmented sleep. Talk to your md about getting a sleep study. It's easy. Many patients who have osa feel refreshed with a CPAP machine or a dental device to improve the airflow and quality of sleep. Call your md today. (and don't drive while sleepy!). ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

What are some natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

Gingko,tea,coffee: If you have excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy, i wonder whether you have sleep apnea. This necessitates a sleep study to diagnose and begins with a physician consultation. This can then lead to correct diagnosis and correction of the problem. In addition to getting a good night's sleep, natural stimulants such as gingko, tea, or coffee can help increase alertness. ...Read more

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Will I dream during polyphasic sleeping?

Will I dream during polyphasic sleeping?

Sleep: People usually dream when sleeping. Not sure why the polyphasic disclaimer. ...Read more

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Can anxiety mimic the symptoms of CKD: restless legs at night, increased urination, shortness of breath, back pain, headache, trouble concentrating?

Can anxiety mimic the symptoms of CKD: restless legs at night, increased urination, shortness of breath, back pain, headache, trouble concentrating?

Kidney disease: assuming CKD means chronic kidney disease. Until very late and had advanced stage, usually requiring immediate dialysis, CK D typically has no specific associated symptoms other than a loss of nocturnal urinary concentration ability requiring a trip to the bathroom during the night. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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7 yr old male, pulse 116 resting, o2 lvl 79, excessive coughing, difficulty breathing deeply w/o cough. Emergent or dr in the morning? Cause?

7 yr old male, pulse 116 resting, o2 lvl 79, excessive coughing, difficulty breathing deeply w/o cough. Emergent or dr in the morning? Cause?

Call 911: If your O2 monitor is correct this is an emergency and the kid needs to be seen immediately and receive supplemental oxygen.Sort out the reasons later.Call 911 or go immediately to the closest ER. ...Read more

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Have your patients been able to lower blood pressure using the resperate device? I'm 6 mo. In on sleep apnea treatment - hoping to see BP improvement.

Have your patients been able to lower blood pressure using the resperate device? I'm 6 mo. In on sleep apnea treatment - hoping to see BP improvement.

Yes over time: Sleep apnea does contribute to harder to control blood pressure. The longer you're using your CPAP there usually is improvement in terms of blood pressure control. Weight loss is also a contributing factor that helps since as you sleep better, you're more energetic, less dependent on natural Adrenalin to keep you going and less likely to crave cards and sugars for a quick energy boost. ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more