Sleep deficiency—not getting enough restful sleep—is associated with many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Some people are able to correct a sleep deficiency by improving their sleep habits and environment, but for those who continue to have sleep problems, a sleep … Read More
Most people are familiar with insomnia (the inability to fall or stay asleep), and sleep apnea (a disorder of obstructed breathing that interrupts sleep). These are just two of many sleep disorders that can rob you of needed rest. Quality sleep is essential for good health. We all need our … Read More
Q. How important is it to regularly clean a CPAP device? I recently started using one, but haven’t cleaned it yet.
A. It is important that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are regularly cleaned, since this limits any bacteria buildup within the machine, and also helps to preserve the silicone … Read More
Q: Do those nasal strips and over-the-counter sprays that claim to stop snoring really work?
A: There’s no shortage of products that claim to stop snoring. Some work, some don’t. It all depends on why a person snores. The sound is created when something blocks air from freely flowing. Inflamed sinuses, … Read More
We need the same amount of sleep in older age as we did in our younger years, but we often don’t get it. Unfortunately, this can cause health problems—as noted in one of our cover stories this month, which looks at new research suggesting that poor sleep as we age … Read More
Poor sleep predicts disability in older age, according to a recent study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 14, 2016). Previous research has linked sleep problems to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cognitive issues. Daytime tiredness due to poor … Read More
Research has shown that how much and how well you sleep has a significant impact on many aspects of your health, including how well your brain functions. For example, a study in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found an association be-tween sleep duration … Read More
Q. Help! I have such trouble going to sleep at night, and when I do finally get to sleep, I can’t stay asleep. Are there any strategies or things I can do that could help me get a decent night’s sleep?
A. It’s really important that people get a good night’s … Read More
Sleep research must examine sex and gender differences, with more study of sleep-related problems that affect women as well as potential treatments, according to a report by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) published in the July 2014 issue of the Journal for Women’s Health. SWHR researchers found that there … Read More
Decades ago, heart disease was thought of as a “man’s disease.” Similarly, one of the most common sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has received a masculine label.
OSA affects half as many women as men, but it is far from rare—about six percent of women suffer from this condition.
OSA is … Read More