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Sleepy-driving is as unsafe as drunk driving

Being drowsy or “half asleep” impairs your road sense.   Drinking is probably the biggest and most heavily stressed “do not” when it comes to driving, and most people would never even consider sleep to have a negative correlation with driving, yet new data tells us otherwise! If an average person gets less than six […]

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Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A person who has obstructive sleep apnea often is not the first to recognize the signs. Often, bed partner or family members who observe the patient at rest witness the periods of apnea. A person with obstructive sleep apnea usually begins snoring heavily soon after falling asleep. The snoring is then interrupted by a long […]

Causes of Sleep Apnea

When you’re awake, throat muscles help keep your airway stiff and open so air can flow into your lungs. When you sleep, these muscles relax, which narrows your throat. Normally, this narrowing doesn’t prevent air from flowing into and out of your lungs. But if you have sleep apnea, your airway can become partially or […]

Sleep Apnea Risks

Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical condition. Untreated sleep apnea can: Increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure Make arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), or irregular heartbeats, more likely Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents Sleep apnea is a chronic […]

What Is CPAP?

Definition CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open. CPAP typically is used by people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea. Overview CPAP treatment involves a CPAP machine, which has three main parts: A mask or other device that fits over your […]