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Inducing Sleep Apnea to Treat Sleep Apnea

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
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There are many challenges that make sleep apnea surgery less effective in many circumstances. Most sleep apnea surgery involves removing tissues that obstruct the airways. But how does the surgeon know how much tissue to remove to properly open the airway? A new procedure allows doctors to put a patient into a sleep apneic state Read more…

Documentary to Focus on NFL’s Campaign against Sleep Apnea

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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With the pro football season starting up all around us (and Husker season not too far behind), it’s worth noting that although many professional football players are great athletes, they may not be as healthy as we think. They face many health challenges related to the punishment they give or have given their bodies. In Read more…

Finding the Right Pillow for Better Sleep

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Although we mocked the promotional nature of the snoring survey we talked about last week, it’s worth noting that your pillow really can make a difference in how you sleep. Here’s some advice on finding the best pillow for how you sleep. Do You Need to Replace Your Pillow? The primary method to judge whether Read more…

Survey Shows Snoring Is Still Our Biggest Annoyance in Bed

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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There are a couple of caveats before we get into this survey. First, it’s from Northern Ireland, so there are likely some demographic differences between there and here. Second, the survey is completely unscientific. It’s been conducted and released by a mall of all things, partly to promote the fact that they have a store Read more…

Don’t Count on Your Doctor to Connect the Dots on Sleep Apnea

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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Although in recent years there has been a great deal of progress made on sleep apnea awareness and education for both the public and for doctors, there’s still a long way to go in terms of getting the condition to be foremost on the minds of doctors, who may fail to diagnose the condition. To Read more…

Are You a Snorer or a Night Groaner?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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If you’re a noisy sleeper, it may be snoring, or it may be another condition that is closely related, but isn’t necessarily as serious. It’s called catathrenia, night groaning, and it’s only recently come to light. Distinguishing Sleep Groaning and Snoring Although snoring and sleep groaning both are sounds people make when sleeping, they are Read more…

Are Summer Allergies Making Your Snoring Worse?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
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Most people enjoy reduced snoring in the summer because of a combination of factors. With spending more time outside and being active, they’ve shed their extra winter weight, and with cold season and spring allergy season behind us, the majority of people are breathing easy. But there are two groups of people who aren’t necessarily Read more…

Sleep Position Advice Underestimates Sleep Apnea Significance

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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There are many advice articles out there about which sleep position is best. Most of us tend to stick with what we’re comfortable with until something encourages us to change, but if you’re looking to consciously change your sleep position, then you may be looking for advice about which sleep position is best. But you Read more…

Drug Treatment of Sleep Apnea Is Ineffective

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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As a general rule, the American medical system seems to favor drug-based treatments whenever possible. As a result, about 70% of Americans take prescription drugs, and 20% of Americans were taking five or more prescription drugs. So it may seem miraculous that the two main sleep apnea treatments–CPAP and oral appliances– are non-drug treatments. This Read more…

Weight Loss Is the Best At-Home Snoring Treatment

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
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Last week we talked about the crazy anti-snoring surgery a man tried at home, and chances are you’ve noticed dozens of snoring remedies advertised on TV or in the drugstore. But while few of these work, there is one way to really improve your snoring without the help of a doctor: losing weight. The problem Read more…