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Coronary Heart Disease: It’s Impact on Sleep

April 24th, 2019 by Vishal Saini

Sleep is an indispensable part of human body, which is very crucial for smooth and proper functioning of the body. Sleep can be affected by various adverse factors, which could be illness, injury, environment change, hormonal disturbances or aging.

Coronary heart disease is one of the factors responsible for significantly affecting sleep in patients with heart conditions. Coronary heart disease means narrowing of the blood vessels which supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscles. Common symptoms of coronary heart disease are but not limited to pain in the chest and arms, sweating, dizziness, breathlessness (just to list a few of them).
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Sleep Apnea and Kidney function

April 27th, 2018 by Vishal Saini

Effect of Sleep Apnea on Kidney function in patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Sleep apnea is a dysfunctional breathing which involves temporary collapsing of the upper airway during sleep. Sleep apnea can impact health of a diabetic patient in many ways. It can cause hyperglycemia, which is increase in blood sugar levels further worsening the condition. Sleep apnea can also worsen the kidney function by increasing the albumin excretion and it is seen in more exacerbated form in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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Obstructive sleep apnea and risk of cardiovascular events

March 9th, 2018 by Vishal Saini

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been reported to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A decade-long research study was done using the database of over 10,000 individuals who underwent sleep testing.

What are cardiovascular events?

It is a class of disease that involves heart or blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease includes but not limited to heart attack, hypertension, stroke, heart failure, angina, or thromboembolism (formation of blood clots). To assess the effect of sleep apnea researchers studied its association with the risk of occurrence of cardiac events like myocardial infarction, stroke, exacerbation of congestive heart failure, and coronary artery bypass surgery. In comparison to normal population, people in high risk group are more prone to develop cardiovascular disease due to obstructive sleep apnea. The high risk group includes elderly people, male gender, prior diabetes, prior hypertension, prior stroke, prior MI, prior CHF, prior COPD, and smokers.
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Sleep Apnea and Parkinson’s disease

February 23rd, 2018 by Vishal Saini

Relationship between sleep apnea and Parkinson’s disease

Many of you might be wondering how sleep apnea is linked to Parkinson’s disease which can cause a significant impact on the life of an individual. A clinical trial was conducted on over 9,000 people with sleep apnea to assess it’s correlation with development of Parkinson’s disease. The results of this research has shown a positive correlation between sleep apnea and development of Parkinson disease specially in female population.
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Is menopause affecting quality of your sleep?

February 11th, 2018 by Vishal Saini

What is menopause?

Are you experiencing hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness along with tossing and turning in your bed due to lack of sleep? If answer to these questions is yes, then you are in the phase of menopause.
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Social media use and sleep disturbances in young adults

January 19th, 2018 by Ima Admin

Young adults defined as 19 – 32 years of age is the first generation growing up with increasingly rampant use of social media.

A couple of studies from University of Pittsburgh are amongst the first ones to determine the impact of social media use on sleep of these young adults.
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Cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia

January 5th, 2018 by Ima Admin

CBT-i is a non medication first line treatment intervention for chronic insomnia based on scientific knowledge about sleep.

Goals of CBT-i just like a sleeping pill are to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and improve your daytime functioning as a result of better sleep at night.

The “cognitive” part of CBT-i focuses on thoughts, feelings and expectations about sleep and insomnia that may stand in the way of good sleep.
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Sleep Apnea: A Christmas Story

December 29th, 2017 by Ima Admin

I Hope you had a great Christmas and got to spend time with your close family and friends.

Now the question is how many of you noticed that some of your loved ones were snoring loudly and rocking your house this holiday season in more ways than one? If you are one of them, welcome to the club!

Not too long ago, my father-in-law visited our family and he was definitely rocking my house. In the sleep medicine world, we call it “Heroic Snoring” although nothing can be more villainous. (Hey! We are nice people.)
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Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Eyesight?

November 22nd, 2017 by Ima Admin

Man rubbing eyes because of chronic sleep apnea affecting his eyesSleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder which involves stopping of breathing repeatedly during sleep due to relaxation of throat muscles blocking the airway. Recent research has shown that it affects almost all parts of the human body including the most delicate organ, eye.

It has been shown in various studies that sleep apnea causes a negative impact on ocular (eye) health leading to various serious problems like Floppy Eyelid Syndrome (FES). Floppy eyelid syndrome is a condition in which the upper eyelid evert with minimal force leading to vision abnormalities. Studies have proved the association of FES with sleep apnea in almost 96% of cases, which is quite significant. It suggests that the patients suffering from FES are more likely suffering from sleep apnea as well. Read the rest of this entry »