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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common among men who suffer from sleep apnea. A study of lab mice has now revealed that even ED drugs intended to overcome the problem have a minimal effect when sleep apnea exists.
Male mice showed a decline in sexual activity within one week of being subjected to brief episodes of oxygen deprivation during sleep, mimicking sleep apnea. Researchers then mixed a popular ED drug into peanut butter. Although the male mice became more sexually active, they were not as active as they had been prior to oxygen deprivation.
The findings also showed that testosterone levels were unaffected by sleep apnea, indicating that testosterone wasn’t the problem. During the experiment, however, the male mice did show reduced levels of an enzyme that produces nitric oxide. It is suspected that nitric oxide helps regulate blood flow needed for erections.
Although the researchers felt drugs for ED were far less effective for men with sleep apnea, their findings show a more effective way to help with erectile dysfunction is to treat sleep apnea.
CPAP therapy is one method and highly recommended by many physicians. However, some people have a difficult time adjusting to the device and use it irregularly or not at all. Not treating sleep apnea is dangerous and can even be deadly. This is why many people choose Sleep Process Center’s two-day solution for heavy snoring and sleep apnea.
Begin by completing the brief Candidate Questionnaire on the web site. You will be contacted shortly after to discuss achieving restful sleep without CPAP therapy. Or, call 1-855-464-8477 to learn more.
A common complaint with spouses is how heavy snoring keeps one partner awake. An unfortunate solution is often sleeping in separate bedrooms. This interferes with the closeness for a healthy relationship. The effects continue when the daytime fatigue of one partner negatively influences the energy level of the other.
For Sleep Apnea sufferers, fatigue follows them throughout each day. This results in less motivation for activities. Studies have also shown that lack of sleep affects libido and even contributes to impotency. Depression and weight gain can originate from Sleep Apnea.
Imagine having more energy during the day and more ‘get up and go’ to participate in activities with your spouse. Then, take the Candidate Questionnaire at:
www.SleepProcess.com. This brief survey will help determine if Sleep Apnea is an issue. They are also happy to review prior sleep studies. These provide our Doctors with the information needed to assess your Sleep Apnea level.
Revive your relationship with sound sleep that you’ll BOTH appreciate! Call toll free 1-855-464-8477 for more information.
Imagine getting into a car with your spouse in the driver’s seat, knowing he or she is drunk. You’d be taking an enormous risk with both of your lives. You’d also be putting others on the road at the same risk.
When drivers who suffer with Sleep Apnea get behind the wheel, the results can be deadly. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 1 in 5 fatal crashes are related to driver fatigue. However, it is suspected that the statistics are far worse. Because people seldom will admit to fatigue as a factor and an officer cannot see it as evidence, the numbers are likely far greater.
People who get 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night are twice as likely to be involved in an accident than those who sleep 8 or more hours. And, it’s not just nodding off at the wheel. Fatigue also slows reaction time and alertness. A driving disaster can take a mere 2 to 3 seconds to set in motion.
If you’ve ever felt drowsy behind the wheel or have nodded off briefly, your fatigue may be due to Sleep Apnea. Additionally, heavy snorers typically have a disrupted sleep pattern and therefore miss out on the sleep quality needed to feel alert and clear-headed.
Call the Sleep Process Center at 1-855-464-8477 to discuss your concerns. In a fast and comfortable 2-day process, you could overcome the problems associated with Sleep Apnea – without CPAP! If you’ve had a sleep study performed in the past, begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at: www:SleepProcess.com. You’ll be contacted by one of our Doctors to discuss the findings and have your questions answered about this simple way to restore your quality of sleep.
When CPAP therapy won’t work for Sleep Apnea sufferers, eliminating the need for CPAP while restoring sound, restful sleep is possible. For those with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, simple surgical procedures are often the resolution.
We have spoken to a number of people who were advised to have radical procedures to help them overcome Sleep Apnea. For example, one woman told of a doctor who talked her into having her tongue thinned. After all the cost along with the excruciating and lengthy recovery process, it failed to resolve her problem.
Our doctors are all specialists who work together as a team to diagnose and treat patients with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea and heavy snoring. All procedures are performed in the Sleep Process Center’s surgical suite under “twilight sleep” and have a quick recovery. As a matter of fact, patients are typically comfortable having dinner that evening with most experiencing a mild sore throat and slight headache. Over-the-counter pain medications commonly resolve any discomfort.
Before you proceed with a radical procedure to treat Sleep Apnea or heavy snoring, complete the Candidate Questionnaire at www.SleepProcess.com. We’ll arrange a no-cost phone consult with one of our doctors to discuss your individual situation. This way, you can determine how you prefer to proceed for rejuvenating sleep, without CPAP!
On January 30 & 31, two Sleep Process Center Doctors, Dr. Lon Doles and Dr. Boyd Gillespie, served as course instructors for the “Charleston Sleep Surgery Symposium,” held at the Renaissance Hotel in Charleston.
Participants of this educational and instructional program were ENTs and Otolaryngologists who received over 11 hours of American Dental Association course credits.
Through a combination of lectures and hands on labs, the two days focused on procedures for snoring and sleep-disordered breathing. It provided evidence-based guidelines and protocols for patient selection, proper sugical site selection, and appropriate surgery selection.
The course was presented by the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, of which Dr. Gillespie is Director. Also a professor of MUSC’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Dr. Gillespie served as Course Director for this two-day program.