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Sleep Process Center – How We Are Different

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016 by Sleep Process Center

When the Doctors of the Sleep Process Center first formed the clinic, it was to provide a solution to those unable (or unwilling) to tolerate C-PAP therapy in a minimal amount of time. The Doctors understood that busy individuals prefer a more concentrated path of resolving the problem with little downtime.

As specialists who had seen patients for heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea for many years, the Doctors knew that, for those who had mild to moderate levels of Sleep Apnea, the diagnosis and surgical procedures could be contained in one, comfortable location. And, because they devoted one-on-one attention to the patient throughout the process, treatment was better individualized.

Because air blockages typically occur in more than one location, which interfere with oxygen intake during sleep, the diagnosis process was designed to assess the entire system of each patient, leaving ‘no stone unturned.’ Additionally, the surgical procedures most common are performed to be effective without over-treating, which can result in future repercussions.

The other bonus for patients is a joint diagnosis process. Rather than see just one Doctor who would diagnose and recommend treatment based on his or her viewpoint and skill set, the Sleep Process Center’s Doctors confer together to ensure each patient receives ‘team treatment’ by specialists who bring unique skills and experience to each challenge.

For many patients, they offer a combination of diagnosis/treatment with a luxurious Charleston getaway. With special arrangements with several upscale Charleston hotels and resorts, the Sleep Process Center can offer accommodations in addition to a driver for hotel-to-clinic-to-airport transportation. This way, a patient can fly into Charleston and never worry about car rental or where to stay.

Each Doctor has advanced skills with a reputation for excellence that far exceeds the Southeast. Patients come to the Sleep Process Center from all time zones.

Our Doctors know, with proper diagnosis and appropriate, individualized treatment, almost everyone who has mild to moderate Sleep Apnea or is a heavy snorer can resolve their problem – in only two days! If you would like to speak with one of our Doctors, complete the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com or call toll free 1-855-464-8477.

 

Sleep Quality And Stress, Energy, And Your Brain

Posted on Wed, May 18, 2016 by Sleep Process Center

Occasionally, a patient with small children will share how resistant their child is to nap time or their nightly ‘lights out’ routine. Remembering those same struggles with our own children, we have to smile when hearing these stories. Can you imagine someone telling you to take a nap and being resistant?!!!

Adults tend to sleep differently than children, who seem to sleep so peacefully and still. In adulthood, we often carry the day’s stress to bed with us, snore through the night or toss and turn with indigestion or the lingering effects of caffeine.

It is recommended that adults get approximately seven hours of sleep per night. Some need a little more, some less. However, it’s not always the number of hours spent in the bed that equates to ‘good sleep.’

When we get poor sleep or too little of it, it tends to punish us the next day with feelings of fatigue, grogginess, lack of energy, poor focus and being more accident prone. Additionally, studies show it can also take the form of stress.

An overwhelming number of participants in one survey said they felt more irritable, angry and overwhelmed as a result of insufficient sleep. Over half admitted losing patience with others or even snapping at them. (Survey at: https://sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/RPT336%20Summary%20of%20Findings%2002%2020%202013.pdf)

For those who snore (or sleep with a heavy snorer), the hours in bed can be long and frustrating. Not getting ‘good sleep’ is not detrimental to our health, and that includes the brain. During REM sleep, our brain is actively cleaning out toxins and other ‘junk’ that has accumulated during the day. This housekeeping helps it serve the body more efficiently the next day. As the body’s chief control center, running inefficiently means that the rest of the body won’t operate efficiently, either.

A number of individuals also suffer with Sleep Apnea. This is when a person quits breathing (for up to a minute in many cases) during sleep. These breathing pauses can occurs hundreds of time each night. This deprives both the brain and heart with sufficient oxygen. Unfortunately, many who actually have Sleep Apnea are never diagnosed.

While C-PAP therapy is an effective means of supplying ample oxygen to the body, the contraption is described as a ‘pain’ by many users. Many who have C-PAP devices complain they are noisy, cumbersome, confining and even embarrassing. For those who travel, they are certainly inconvenient and bulky.

Yet, these complaints pale in comparison to the need for supplying the body with sufficient oxygen. Sleep Apnea has been associated with heart attacks, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, obesity and being overweight, impotency and even Alzheimer’s Disease.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to C-PAP for heavy snorers and Sleep Apnea sufferers. The Sleep Process Center provides a 2-day process that eliminates the need for C-PAP therapy (for those with mild to moderate levels). No C-PAP needed! All diagnostics and treatment take place in one, comfy location and procedures are performed by some of the most reputable specialists in the nation.

If your sleep quality is poor, or you are experiencing daytime sluggishness, dozing off easily or dragging through each day, the solution may be two days away. Begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com. Or, call toll free 1-855-464-8477 to learn more.

Sufficient Sleep Vital For Healthy Brain Function

Posted on Tue, April 5, 2016 by Sleep Process Center

If you are caught in a snowstorm, you have approximately 3 hours to survive without shelter. Without water, you will perish in 3 days. You can survive for 3 weeks without food. But, 11 days is the typical limit of surviving without sleep.

Just as food is important to the function of the human body, sleep is even more so. Our bodies were designed to go into “starvation mode” when famine strikes as it requires less sustenance and burns stored fat. Yet, sleep deprivation depletes the function of the brain and heart. When these major organs aren’t operating at full capacity, the rest of the body begins to shut down.

The sleep state is when your brain goes through housekeeping to maintain efficiency. When the amount of sleep time is insufficient for this, things begin to go on the blink. Your energy level drops. Alertness wanes. Feeling motivated and upbeat declines. Your mood swings and you are grumpier than normal.man sleeping at desk

What is so problematic, however, is not from occasional bouts of sleep problems. It’s the chronic sleep deprivation that causes the most serious problems. Some that are associated with chronic sleep loss are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, depression, obesity and erectile dysfunction.

Too, chronic sleep deprivation can show up far beyond dark circles under the eyes. Research shows that a lack of sleep leads to an increase of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. Cortisol has the ability to break down collagen, the protein that helps to keep skin smooth. Thus, you end up looking both tired and old.

Most adults get less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep per night. However, it’s not just time spent in the bed that counts — it’s your quality of sleep! Some recommendations of actual sleep time for teens and adults may vary according to age, including:
• Adults age 65 and over: 7 to 8 hours
• Adults ages 26 to 64: 7 to 9 hours
• Adults ages 18 to 25: 7 to 9 hours
• Teens ages 14 to 17: 8 to 10 hours

Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or heavy snoring can disrupt your quality of sleep, interfering with your body’s ability to operate effectively and efficiently. If you are suffering from these problems, they will not improve on their own.

While C-PAP therapy is commonly prescribed for Sleep Apnea sufferers to supply the body with adequate oxygen during sleep, the devices have a disappointing rate of compliance. Patients complain that they are confining and cumbersome, uncomfortable, inconvenient, noisy and even embarrassing. Thus, it is estimated that only 22% of those who have C-PAP devices use them on a consistent basis.

For these individuals, an alternative may be a quick, effective process that eliminates the need for C-PAP. Appropriate for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea or who are heavy snorers, the Sleep Process Center’s two-day process can restore your ability to sleep soundly and awaken refreshed.

Learn more by visiting: www.SleepProcess.com, or call toll free 1-855-464-8477.

Behind-The-Wheel Risks For Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Posted on Wed, January 27, 2016 by Sleep Process Center

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects over 25 million adults in the U.S. The pattern of sleep apnea is typically snoring followed by choking and gasping for air after breathing pauses during sleep. These pauses can last for up to a minute and the instances can occur hundreds of times a night.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea are daytime fatigue, being less alert and more accident prone, nodding off easily, and memory impairment. Health problems associated with sleep apnea include heart attack, stroke, obesity and weight gain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and impotency. Alzheimer’s disease is also suspected to have links to sleep apnea.

A recent study has shown, also, that sleep apnea is related to a significant increase in the risk for automobile accidents. They’ve determined, too, that the risk is reduced when sleep apnea is effectively treated.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that drowsy drivers may cause 328,000 motor vehicle accidents and 6,400 fatal crashes in the U.S. annually.

The study determined that excessive daytime sleepiness (having sleep duration of 5 hours or less) results in an increased accident risk for sleep apnea sufferers. The study then showed that the incidence of vehicle accidents was reduced by 70% when sleep apnea patients adhered to CPAP therapy for a minimum of 4 hours per night.

While the news of reduced risk for auto accidents and other sleep apnea symptoms can be lowered with CPAP therapy, the outcome relies on patient compliance. For example, many patients who have CPAP devices are not consistent users. Common complaints are noise from the machine, feeling claustrophobic, being unable to move around in bed, inconvenience and embarrassment.

This is why Sleep Process Center offers a 2-day surgical solution that eliminates the need for CPAP therapy. Rather than having a mask over the face that forces air down the throat, the procedures can resolve the obstacles that create airway blockages during sleep. These procedures are safe and recovery is quick.

Being an alert driver is your responsibility. The well-being of your passengers and others on the road is also your responsibility. If CPAP therapy is not working for you, call toll free 1-855-464-8477 or complete a brief Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com.

Lose Weight Resolution In New Year? Sleep Disorders May Undo Your Efforts

Posted on Wed, December 9, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

As we get closer to the end of one year, it gives us pause to assess what we’d like to change in our lives in the coming year. This typically takes the form of New Year’s resolutions, the most common being to lose weight.

Weight loss is a good goal for most Americans. The obesity rate (more than overweight or fat) in the U.S. now stands at 35% of the adult population — over one-third of the country. And while eating healthy and getting more exercise are always beneficial to achieving better health, it seems to be especially difficult for adults with sleep apnea.

Sleep disorders do more than zap the motivation and energy levels needed for being active. Lack of sleep also does something to the brain when it comes to cravings. Think about the boost you get from eating sweets and carbohydrates. You get a bit of a high, right? When you are sleep deprived you may have noticed you experience a high level of cravings for carbohydrates. This is your brain’s way of seeking out the energy boost you need to get you through the day.

Couple this with feeling fatigued throughout the day and you have a recipe for weight gain. For those who are trying to lose weight under these conditions, they may feel they are taking the down escalator trying to go upstairs. Your body, including your brain, is simply working against your goals.

When people resolve sleep disorders, such as heavy snoring or sleep apnea, they are able to get sufficient rest as well as the oxygen supply the brain needs throughout the night. Being able to wake up feel refreshed is a bonus since it’s actually the brain that will be your best ally. A brain that has been able to function efficiently during the night won’t kick your willpower to the curb every day.

Sleep disorders are often treated with C-PAP therapy and deemed the ‘gold standard’ to treat problems such as sleep apnea. However, a large percentage of those who are prescribed with C-PAP devices can’t get comfortable with them or find them embarrassing and inconvenient. For those with mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea, we offer a two-day process that eliminates the need for C-PAP.

There is a reason that the gyms and fitness centers that were jam-packed in January are far less busy in April. Losing weight is hard work for most individuals. When you add sleep deprivation to the task, the odds are truly against you from the start. Rather than resolve to ‘lose weight,’ take the first step of restoring your quality of sleep. Call 1-855-464-8477 or complete the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com.

 

 

 

Study Shows Indications For Healthy Sleep Pattern

Posted on Thu, November 12, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

Let’s say you remove your smart phone, television, laptop and lights from your life. Some scientists say this is the most accurate way to calculate true sleep patterns and the amount of sleep an individual actually needs for healthy living.

These scientists actually found 94 individuals in Bolivia and Africa who were ideal for such observation. The goal was to examine sleep based on pre-industrial life situations of people in different areas. These subjects did not have modern illuminations that are deemed as interferences to natural sleep patterns.

Lack of sleep is often blamed on our man-made, environmental clutter. In spite of geographic and cultural differences, this study found a pattern among all participants. They generally averaged 6.4 hours of sleep. A little more than 6 hours was the ‘norm’ during winter hours with a little less needed, otherwise.

The scientists also found that these people almost never nap and do not adhere to a set wake-up time when they go to bed. Most went to sleep 3 or so hours after dark, waking on their own before sunrise. They slept through the night and none suffered from insomnia. Nor do they suffer with high blood pressure and obesity. Comparatively, the people in the study were healthy and fit even though their daily energy expenditure was similar to that of American adults.

Almost comical, the majority of the subjects slept outside or in huts while Americans utilize sound machines, temperature conditioned rooms and adjustable beds – and we still struggle to get adequate, or even restful, sleep. Inadequate sleep is related to a number of health issues including heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression. Sleep deprivation leaves people feeling fatigued and foggy during the day. It is said that sleep apnea sufferers, a common sleep disorder, are more deadly behind the wheel than drunk drivers.

The difference, according to the study, seemed to be in the quality of sleep. Major sleep associations and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises getting between 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night, although that may vary from person to person. What this particular study showed is how less sleep can actually be sufficient when sleep quality is restful.

A major surprise of the study? It was suspected that light plays less of a role when it comes to maintaining a sleep pattern. Apparently, the daily cycle of temperature change plays a bigger part in facilitating regular sleep. Although many of us lower temperatures in our bedrooms at night, what the scientists showed was the beneficial decline in temperature throughout sleep hours rather than a set lower degree for the night.

However, no one dispels the recommendations of sleep specialists to improve sleep quality. They advise exercise, weight control, limiting caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, and waking at about the same time each day.

Of course, more research is needed since 94 individuals is an awfully minute sampling. However, what was found in this study gives a new realm of considerations when it comes to the illusive (for many) good night’s sleep.

In the meantime, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and heavy snoring can be more than disruptive to sleep quality. The health risks can have serious and even deadly consequences. For those who have had a sleep study, our Doctors will be happy to review it and assess your potential for improved sleep through treatment offered at the Sleep Process Center.

Call 1-855-464-8477 to learn more or complete the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com.

Is Poor Sleep Quality Ruining Your Sex Life?

Posted on Tue, November 3, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

A healthy sex life is just that – healthy. Although our sexual urges have peaks and lulls at different ages, it is a normal need.

When poor sleep quality interferes with your sex life, it shows up in several ways in your sex life. For example, daytime fatigue and craving sleep can make an adult less likely to devote the time and energy to a satisfying sexual experience with one’s partner. For some, they become so focused on crawling into bed and dropping off to sleep that sex can be seen as an interference.

Heavy snoring can also create problems in the bedroom. When a mate becomes frustrated with a partner because of loud snoring, they may feel anger or resentment at having lost precious sleep themselves. For those who retreat to another bedroom for escape, the closeness and spontaneity of sleeping together is lost.

Yet, sleep loss can have another complication when it comes to arousal. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that almost half of the male participants who had sleep apnea had low testosterone levels. Those with severe sleep apnea showed abnormally low levels of testosterone during sleep.

Weight gain and obesity is associated with sleep apnea as well. When an individual doesn’t feel fit, they feel less ‘sexy.’ This can be a mental barrier to sexual cravings. And one’s mental well-being can be negatively affected by sleep disorders, showing up as depression. In a 2005 survey, people who had been diagnosed with depression were more likely to get less than six hours of sleep per night.

Obviously, sleep disorders take a toll on one’s sex life in many ways. If you feel your sex life has fallen off because of fatigue, low testosterone, weight gain or depression, it is important to look into treatment options. In addition to these problems, sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Too, it is said that sleep deprived drivers are more deadly than drunk drivers.

A common treatment for sleep apnea is C-PAP therapy. For those who are familiar with the device, very few who have one are consistent users. Many feel they are noisy, cumbersome and even embarrassing. Sleep Process Center offers an alternative that restores sound, restful sleep without the need for C-PAP. In just 2 days, they can resolve most mild to moderate sleep apnea and remedy heavy snoring.

Learn more by visiting: www.SleepProcess.com or call toll free 1-855-464-8477. There is no obligation and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

 

Imagine… Your Life With Restful Sleep

Posted on Tue, August 25, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

For individuals who suffer with Sleep Apnea, their days are filled with challenges… the challenge to stay awake and focused; the challenge to be motivated; the challenge to tackle chores and work tasks; the challenge to stay active with friends and family.

There are even worse repercussions, however. While Sleep Apnea deprives you of energy and alertness, there are underlying health risks that are a greater threat. Since Sleep Apnea’s pauses in breathing during sleep reduces your oxygen intake, the brain and heart take the hardest punch.

Sleep Apnea increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, memory loss, weight gain, migraines and headaches, depression and impotency. As research continues, more health risks are being added to this already long list.

Over the years, C-PAP therapy has helped Sleep Apnea sufferers replenish their oxygen intake. The device includes a mask attached to a fan via a hose. This pushes oxygen into your air passages while sleeping.

For those who tolerate C-PAP devices well, this therapy is effective and highly recommended. However, a large percentage of those who have C-PAP don’t use them on a consistent basis. Many people feel the device is cumbersome and confining. Some don’t like the noise or can’t get comfortable with the mask’s fit. Others cite the inconvenience of having to tote the device when traveling or feel embarrassed by it.

Regardless of the reasons for not using your C-PAP, ignoring the problem of Sleep Apnea can be devastating to your health and even deadly. However, there is a solution that doesn’t require you to wear C-PAP.

The Sleep Process Center offers a 2-day process to help resolve mild to moderate Sleep Apnea. Your sleep will rejuvenate you, helping you awake feeling refreshed and rested. Learn more at our web site: www.SleepProcess.com or call toll free 1-855-464-8477 to learn more.

Men With Sleep Apnea At Increased Risk Of Stroke

Posted on Thu, July 30, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Men who are middle-aged or older and suffer with sleep apnea – take notice. Research has now shown that having sleep apnea places you at greater risk of having a stroke. According to findings shared by the National Institutes of Health, sleep apnea more than doubles the risk of stroke in men.

Sleep apnea is being found to be a common disorder. It occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep and breathing pauses occur. These pauses can last for up to a minute at a time and occur hundreds of times per night.

The researchers also found that, as the severity of apnea increased, so did the risk of stroke. For example, men with moderate to severe sleep apnea were nearly three times more likely to have a stroke than men with mild sleep apnea or none at all. They also determined the risk is independent of other risk factors for stroke, including smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, having diabetes, and race.

Prior research has determined that factors such as age, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and diabetes increase one’s risk for stroke. However, in many cases, the cause or contributing factors can be unknown.

Focusing on men, the study is the largest conducted so far that links sleep apnea to a higher risk of stroke. Researchers monitored nearly 2500 men aged 40 years and over who had no history of stroke. After adjusting for various cardiovascular risk factors, researchers noted that the impact of sleep apnea on stroke risk was stronger in men than in women.

In men, a notable increase in stroke risk was determined as the severity of sleep apnea increased. However, the increased stroke risk for men also occurs in those who showed fairly mild levels of sleep apnea. Additionally, the risk of stroke in men with sleep apnea can be compared to adding 10 years to a man’s age.

Sleep studies not only determine the existence of sleep apnea, they show the level. Sleep apnea is typically categorized as mild, moderate or severe levels. The new results support earlier findings that have linked sleep apnea to stroke risk.

Sleep apnea has long been associated with being overweight, obese and having diabetes. Daytime fatigue, lowered alertness, being accident prone and a danger in the driver’s seat are typical warning signs of sleep apnea. However, many people are completely unaware they have sleep apnea until a mate notices breathing pauses while they sleep or it is revealed through a sleep study. It is estimated that over 12 million adults have undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea.

While the most common treatment for sleep apnea has been C-PAP devices, some users have a difficult time getting used to this type of therapy. Designed to deliver oxygen while the adult sleeps, common complaints include the machine’s noise, feeling the mask is uncomfortable, the inability to move around in bed, and feeling claustrophobic. Some users also cite embarrassment at having to wear the device or carry it during travel.

Obviously, as research has shown, the need for treatment is dire. For those who cannot tolerate C-PAP therapy, the Sleep Process Center offers a fast, simple surgical solution that overcomes mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea. And, while C-PAP therapy treats sleep apnea, your treatment at the Sleep Process Center is designed to eliminate heavy snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Begin by completing the brief Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com or call toll free 1-855-464-8477 to learn more.

When Snoring Is A Health Problem

Posted on Fri, July 24, 2015 by Sleep Process Center

Many of us have had a dog who occasionally snored while asleep. It’s cute. But an adult who snores, not so much. As bad as it is to be trapped in an airplane seat near a snoring passenger, sharing a bed night after night can be worse.

Whether you are the snorer or the person who lives with a snorer, heavy snoring is more than an unattractive trait. Heavy snoring not only disrupts the sleep patterns of bedmates, it can also impair your own quality of sleep.

Snoring occurs more in men and adults who are overweight. It also tends to worsen with age. Snoring occurs when the flow of oxygen through the mouth and nose is obstructed. This obstruction can occur from a number of factors, including:

• Obstructed nasal airways – This may be due to allergies or sinus problems. A deviated septum or nasal polyps can also obstruct air flow.
• Being overweight – Too much weight adds to the girth of throat tissue, decreasing open airway passages while sleeping.
• Loosening of throat and tongue muscles – Often caused by age, throat and tongue muscles can become too relaxed during sleep and create blockage to airway passages. Alcohol consumption and sleeping pills may also over-relax these muscles.
• Soft palate and Uvula: Over time, soft palate tissues can weaken and vibrate as air passes through. If your uvula is long, this can narrow the nose-to-throat passage. Add the two problems together and airway obstruction may result.

Although the majority of patients who come to the Sleep Process Center are Sleep Apnea sufferers, we also see some who want to overcome heavy snoring. Some become patients because of the urging of a spouse. However, many realize that they have an increased risk for serious health problems, including Sleep Apnea. Heavy snoring is often a precursor to Sleep Apnea.

A sleep study can reveal whether you have Sleep Apnea and, if so, its level. The Sleep Process Center’s treatment is designed for those with mild or moderate levels. However, if no Sleep Apnea is shown, heaving snoring can still affect your quality of sleep and the Sleep Process Center can help to eliminate the problem.

Any form of regular, disrupted sleep leads to daytime fatigue, having reduced energy and motivation, being less alert and more accident prone (even behind the wheel) and having frequent headaches. Getting insufficient sleep also leads to weight gain. Studies have shown that the body, in its attempt to regain energy brought on by poor sleep, creates cravings that, most often, are carbohydrate-oriented.

Don’t be ‘that guy’ on the plane or the one who drives your spouse to the guest room! If you have not had a sleep study, we can arrange for you to have an in-home study. This is a simple device that is worn while you sleep comfortably in your own bed. Yet, it provides accurate information for our specialists.

Once we have your results, a Doctor will contact you to discuss the findings as well as your treatment options. Complete the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com or call toll free 1-855-464-8477.