For years snoring has prompted humorous cartoon depictions of bed partners sorting out their different views of the problem and hilarious videos revealing what the non-snoring bed partner will resort to in order to get a good night’s sleep. The problem with snoring, however, is that both parties - the snorer and snoree (what I call the person who is forced to listen to the … [Read more...] about Snoring Is Not Funny
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are not only disruptive to your bed partner; they may also be the cause of many other illnesses. And as we have seen in the news recently, can result in deadly vehicle accidents. If you have opted to wear an oral appliance at night for snoring and/or sleep apnea (as opposed to using a CPAP machine) you may have noticed that it’s not … [Read more...] about Is Your Sleep Apnea Appliance Working?
[NOTE: This post was previously published on October 15, 2014. In light of the recent announcement that Metro-North railroad will be starting a pilot project in January 2015 to test drivers for sleep apnea, I thought I'd post it again. "The railroad’s 410 train operators and 20 more in training will be screened for the sleep disorder by a Metro-North health … [Read more...] about Communter Train Operators To Be Treated For Sleep Apnea
Snoring, long considered to be no more than a social nuisance, is now seen by the medical community as a possible sign of more serious health conditions. In order, however, to determine whether a patient’s snoring indicates a more serious disorder, like obstructive sleep apnea, overnight sleep studies are critical to obtain. The problem of course is that many patients are … [Read more...] about Snorers! Now A Sleep Study Can Be Done in Your Own Home
While on a recent airplane flight to Chicago, I was unfortunately sitting across from a young man around thirty years old who was sleeping fitfully. From his outward appearance he was not overly tall, likely about 5'11'' but clearly overweight particularly in the midsection. With each breath came a snoring (or roaring) sound accompanied occasionally by a gasp for air. It was … [Read more...] about Treatment for Sleep Apnea May Assist in Weight Loss