Sleep Health

Foods That Help You Sleep

Most Americans do not get enough sleep.  We all know this; whether we are new parents, students, third shift employees, those that drive for a living, and many others.  Too many of us are not getting the sleep we need, and our diet is not helping.  We are busy, so we grab whatever is readily available, and let’s face it, most of the time it is the worst thing we could choose.  It is also important to keep in mind that an unhealthy diet paired with lack of quality sleep can ultimately lead to diagnosis of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

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Getting Ready for a Sleep Study in a Sleep Lab

You went to see your doctor, and after some discussion about your sleep problems he may have referred you for a sleep study. Though you told your doctor how you feel, he needs to know what is happening within your body when you sleep. For a slightly more detailed picture of your sleep performance, you will be referred to a sleep lab, where a test called a polysomnogram will be performed.

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Can CPAP Therapy Cause Acne?

We thought we were over this, right?  We aren’t teenagers anymore, well, maybe some of us are, but most of us are supposed to be past the acne stage.  Now that you have started CPAP therapy to treat sleep apnea, you may notice your skin is feeling a little challenged.  Getting used to wearing the CPAP mask is only part of that challenge.  You may notice sore spots on your skin, redness or even pimples.  This can happen for several reasons.

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A History of CPAP Therapy

During research for this article, I found a very informative article in the newsletter, Resmedica, provided by ResMed, one of the leading CPAP manufacturers.  The editor, Alison Hansford leads the reader on a journey over the history of CPAP therapy in the last 30 years, but informs that obstructive sleep apnea has been documented for almost 2000 years.  She states that in the late 19th century, it was referred to as, “Pickwickian syndrome” and then, almost as much as now, the obesity of the patient was focused on, rather than the potential breathing disorder the patient may have.  It’s funny that now, we know you do not have to be obese to have sleep disordered breathing.  By the 1960’s, we started to become aware that obesity may be a factor, but it was certainly not the only factor related to OSA, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and congestive heart failure.

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What is the Sleep Doctor Looking for When Reading My At-Home Sleep Test?

After an in-home sleep study has been completed, and returned to Aeroflow Healthcare, it is then interpreted by the board-certified sleep physicians working with us. If the patient is not familiar with what the sleep doctor is looking for, they may feel slightly vulnerable. It can be unnerving to feel poorly and not know what is going on to cause it. In order to put nervous patients a little more at ease, here are the indicators our sleep doctors are looking for when reading the results of an in home sleep study.

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