09. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Sleep and Your Health, Sleep Apnea

SOS Scale 300x200 Is your Weight Ruining your Sleep?You are probably already aware that diet and exercise are the primary components of an effective weight-loss program. However, recent research has shown that sleep is also a contributing factor in your ability to shed a few extra pounds. A classic double-edged sword, unfortunately, is that getting ample sleep when you’re overweight and uncomfortable can be much more challenging – especially if your weight has led to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Sleep and Weight: The Statistics

 

Obesity is one of the leading health concerns in America and all around the world. More and more people have become chronically sleep-deprived as a result of busy schedules, sleep disorders, and other factors. Here are some interesting (though possibly disturbing) statistics on the matter:

  • Only 35 percent of Americans slept for eight hours a night in 1998. However, a lower 26 percent of Americans slept for eight hours a night in 2005. We are going in More »

sleep9 300x202 Myths and Facts About Sleep

There are many common myths about sleep. We hear them frequently, and may even experience them far too often. Sometimes they can be characterized as “old wives tales,”┬ábut there are other times the incorrect information can be serious and even dangerous.┬áThe following article is a list of common myths about sleep, and the facts that dispel them.

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snoring2 300x193 Do You Know the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Snoring alone can be disruptive and a nuisance. Snoring + sleep apnea can be life threatening.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that temporarily causes breathing to be suspended during sleep. A physical obstruction happens in the airway which limits the amount of oxygen needed to reach the lungs. In the process of attempting to breathe again due to the obstruction, loud snoring or choking noises are heard.

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