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Weight Gain and Sleep Apnea: A Vicious Cycle

February 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 2:04 pm
Buttoning pants, concerned about sleep apnea and weight gain

At the beginning of 2021, were you among the millions of people who resolved to lose weight this year? Whether you want to shed the “quarantine 15” or reach long-held fitness goals, hopefully all is going according to plan. If it is not, have you considered that the quality of your sleep might be part of the reason why? Let’s talk about the connection between weight gain and sleep apnea and what you may be able to do to address both conditions.

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I Have Sleep Apnea — Is It Okay to Take a Nap?

February 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 2:36 pm
Sleeping man, unconcerned about relationship between napping and sleep apnea

Napping is a harmless — and perhaps even helpful — practice for most people. Whether you are struggling to get through an afternoon slump or just need to take a midday siesta, getting a little shuteye can have significant benefits. However, that might not be the case if you have sleep apnea. Napping and sleep apnea have a negative relationship. Let’s discuss why that is so and what you can do to improve the quality of your nighttime rest.

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How Too Much Alcohol Can Make Sleep Apnea Worse

December 14, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 2:56 pm
Bearded man being kept up by his sleep apnea

Some people use alcohol to try and fall asleep faster. On the surface, it makes sense: alcohol has a sedative effect that makes you feel like drifting off. But before you head to the fridge for a drink before bed, you should know that numerous studies have found that alcohol has actually been linked to poor sleep quality – especially in those who suffer from sleep-related breathing disorders. Discover the truth behind the link between alcohol and sleep apnea.

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Could Your Child Be Suffering from Sleep Apnea?

December 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 3:37 pm
Child sleeping with her mouth open

When someone has sleep apnea, their sleep is habitually disrupted by breathing complications, which drastically affects sleep quality and results in daytime sleepiness. For children, this condition can sometimes cause restlessness and other behavioral issues that mimic the symptoms of ADHD. If any of this sounds familiar, your child may be suffering from this disorder. Keep reading to learn the symptoms, causes and treatment of children’s sleep apnea.

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Using a Sleep Diary to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

November 24, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 3:17 pm
Open notebook on bed with pen and alarm clock

Even if you’ve noticed warning signs of sleep apnea, treatment can’t begin right away. After all, there are different kinds of sleep disorders that are linked to unique causes; in order to successfully treat them, they need to be properly diagnosed. There are a few different ways to confirm that you have sleep apnea, but one step that you might be asked to take is to keep a sleep diary – a useful reference tool that can give you and your sleep doctor some important context about your resting habits. Read on to learn how a sleep diary could be the first step to enjoying peaceful nights again.  

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Why Bedwetting Could Mean a Serious Sleep Disorder

November 18, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 12:54 am

Most adults think their bedwetting days are far behind them, which is why it can be very embarrassing to find a damp spot on your sheets when you wake up in the morning. If it only happens every once in a while, you have nothing to worry about. But if you end up wetting the bed on a frequent basis, it could be a telltale sign that you have sleep apnea – and that means you have far larger health issues to worry about. Read on to learn why your frequent nightly trips to the bathroom might be a sign of a sleep disorder.

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Can CBD Oil Improve Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

September 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 1:18 pm

When you learn that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, your natural first thought is going to be to focus on finding a way to overcome the disorder as soon as possible. Looking around the Internet, you might see a few articles talking about how some people use cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. Could this be the solution you’re looking for? Read on to discover what could help you get a good night’s rest again.

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Is It ADHD or a Sleep Disorder? Or Both?

August 28, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 7:57 pm

If your child has gotten in trouble at school for being inattentive, overactive, and just generally restless, your first thought is that they might have ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). But there’s also the possibility that their behavior comes from a lack of rest due to a sleep disorder. Both of these conditions have very similar symptoms, which means it’s easy to confuse one for the other. How will you be able to tell the difference, and who should you see for help? Read on to learn the answers that could help your child focus during the day and rest easy at night.

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Is Your Child Suffering from ADD or Sleep Apnea? Or Both?

July 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 1:02 pm

If your child has been diagnosed with attention hyperactivity deficit disorder – ADD or ADHD for short – you may be used to them acting irritable or having trouble paying attention if they don’t get enough sleep. They might also have a tendency to forget things. But did you realize these symptoms could be pointing towards a different disorder as well? The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that about a quarter of children who were diagnosed with ADD are actually suffering from obstructive sleep apnea – in other words, much of their behavior is directly connected to a lack of quality sleep. Read on to learn more about how sleep apnea and ADD could be mixed up – and what to do about either condition.

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Is It Enough to Wait Until the Weekend to Get Adequate Sleep?

May 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 5:11 pm

woman dozing suffering from sleep apnea in Las VegasDo you find yourself being deprived of a sufficient amount of sleep throughout the week? If you’re like most people, you just power through the lethargy, irritability and other issues that arise, because you don’t have time to slow down. Thus, you may find yourself trying to play catch-up on the weekends. Are the extra hours of “shut-eye” enough to make-up the deficit? Read on to get the answer, learn about the potential of sleep apnea in Las Vegas as the catalyst, and discover how a sleep dentist can help you recover.

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