During normal sleep, the brain cycles through five stages: the fifth being rapid eye movement, or REM sleep. REM sleep typically begins an hour to an hour and a half into your sleep mode and makes up about 25% of normal sleep cycles. These sleep cycles repeat several times, which enable REM sleep to occur in several intervals.
The depth of REM sleep is important as it enables your brain and body to rejuvenate. This is also the stage where dreams occur since REM sleep allows the brain to store memories, learn and stabilize your mood.
REM is a rather complex process. It occurs in response to signals sent and received from different parts of the brain. These signals are sent to the brain’s cerebral cortex, (the learning, thinking, and organizing center) and to the spinal cord to temporary shut down arm and leg muscles.
Because REM sleep stimulates sections of the brain that aide in learning, those who are sleep deprived struggle with memory. Lack of REM sleep has also been linked to health problems, such as frequent headaches and migraines.
Our bodies are complex machines that require adequate care in order to function efficiently and effectively at any age. If you suffer with heavy snoring or sleep apnea, your quality of sleep is less able to support good, overall function.
Be good to yourself. Complete the questionnaire on www.SleepProcess.com and you’ll be contacted for a phone consultation with one of our Doctors. This could be your first step to achieving restful, rejuvenating sleep — every night!
It’s December, but many adults are already thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions. Because a common resolution is weight loss, you may want to consider your quality of sleep before you cut calories or hit the gym.
A recent study showed a group of dieters who slept more lost significantly more fat than their lower-sleep counterparts. The reason goes deep into the body’s balance of hormone levels. An insufficient amount of sleep can lead to a hormone imbalance, which prompts you to consume extra calories AND be less efficient at burning calories. Research has also shown that a person who is sleep deprived will burn less fat content (the ultimate goal in weight loss!).
Heavy snorers and people who have Sleep Apnea struggle from the effects of insufficient sleep every day. They endure fatigue, are less alert, more prone to accidents, and more susceptible to serious health problems such as heart attack and stroke. Your quality of sleep is definitely vital for good overall health.
If you are a heavy snorer or have Sleep Apnea, the Sleep Process Center offers a 2-day process to restore your quality of sleep and eliminate your need for CPAP (for those with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea). Begin with the Candidate Questionnaire at www.SleepProcess.com and you’ll be contacted promptly.
Recent research that tracked the lifestyle habits of over 15,000 people for over 14 years shows that getting 7 or more hours of sleep per night can dramatically decrease your risk for heart attack. While a healthy diet, regular exercise, not smoking and low alcohol consumption equates into a reduced risk for heart disease, those who slept for 7 or more hours a night had an 83% reduced risk.
This, however, is based on a sufficient quality of sleep. For those who are heavy snorers or have Sleep Apnea, their actual REM sleep, which is the deep sleep that enables the body to repair and rejuvenate itself, is often low. During this time, the body restocks itself with vitamins, repairs DNA, and generates antioxidants — all necessary to maintain an overall healthy body.
If you are not getting sufficient sleep due to heavy snorer (yours or a partner’s!) or Sleep Apnea (which also increases the risk of stroke), there is a solution other than CPAP. While CPAP is designed to supply the body with proper oxygen flow during sleep, many people find it cumbersome. It is estimated that only 22% of those who have a CPAP device are consistent users. The Sleep Process Center offers a 2-day process for heavy snorers or those with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea to help eliminate the need for CPAP.
To speak directly with one of our Specialists, complete the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com. You will be contacted about a phone appointment with one of our Doctors to discuss your specific situation.
It’s more than a “rule of thumb” guideline – research has shown that 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night is the ideal for adults. However, laying in bed for 8 hours isn’t the same as getting sufficient SLEEP! Many adults are in a sleep state at night, yet not getting the restful REM sleep necessary for their bodies to rejuvenate.
Sleep Apnea, which interferes with one’s ability to take in sufficient oxygen during sleep, can have severe consequences, far worse than merely making people feel groggy and tired. Sleep Apnea can result in memory loss, depression, being more susceptible to infection, weight gain, and being more accident prone. Research has also found a correlation between Sleep Apnea and heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, impotency and even Alzheimer’s disease.
If you frequently wake up feeling un-rested, have a dry mouth, morning headaches, or feel “foggy” during the day on a regular basis, a Sleep Study can determine if you suffer with Sleep Apnea. These studies can also determine your level of Sleep Apnea, which helps our Doctors to assess your individual treatment needs.
A good night’s sleep can make you feel more energetic, be more alert and have a more positive attitude each day. If you suspect you have Sleep Apnea or are a heavy snorer (often a precursor to Sleep Apnea), begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire online. You will be contacted shortly thereafter! Visit: www.SleepProcess.com.
Around 20% of Americans admit getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night, but regardless of how many hours of bed time adults spend, are they getting restful and rejuvenating sleep? While sleep disorders are not only severely under-diagnosed, they are under-treated as well, often because those who suffer don’t know where to turn.
The organization Sleep in America links sleep deficits with poor work performance, driving accidents, relationship problems, and mood problems like anger and depression. Additionally, studies show heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are linked to chronic sleep loss.
When people get less than six hours of sleep over a two-week period, this deficit equates to losing two full nights’ of sleep. This means if you are only averaging four hours of sleep a night, your brain reacts as though you’ve been without sleep for three consecutive nights. Add to this the complication that many people are too tired to realize their actual level of sleep deprivation. This typically reveals itself in slower reaction times, a weaker memory, and being less alert.
It has been said that sleep-deprived drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers. A 2008 poll by Sleep in America reported that one third of Americans drove drowsy at least once a month, with more than one-third of those having nodded off or fallen asleep at the wheel.
Although sleep deprivation has been treated with some fairly radical surgeries, the Sleep Process Center offers a practical solution for most with a quick recovery. Procedures vary according to the findings of the diagnostic day (Day One), with the patient able to resume a normal routine 24 hours after surgery (Day Two).
Life is full of risks. Sleep deprivation is one you may easily resolve. Begin with a brief Questionnaire and then speak to one of the Sleep Process Center specialists during a phone consolation. Visit: www.SleepProcess.com.
Sound sleep is the body’s way of recharging itself so, when you wake up, you’re ready for a new day. Without this period of rest and ‘down time,’ your body rebels with symptoms that include:
- being accident prone
- feeling groggy and sleepy
- being irritable and moody
- having a lack of libido
- feeling unmotivated to join in activities or tackle projects (at home or on the job)
Sleep deprivation can also be deadly. Auto accidents occur more often from lack of sleep than alcohol use. Additionally, the frequent pattern of not breathing during sleep prevents the brain from getting sufficient oxygen. It’s no wonder that sleep apnea has been associated with memory loss and stroke.
If you go through each day feeling worn out and sleepy, begin by completing a brief questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com. A Doctor will contact you to discuss your specific situation and determine if you are a candidate for the surgical procedures that will help you overcome heavy snoring and/or sleep apnea.
It’s time you got your life back! And you can, in a 48-hour process at the Sleep Process Center in Charleston, SC!
While snoring may seem harmless, or occasionally comical, it can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This occurs when the tongue, throat muscles and soft palate relax during sleep, leading to partial or complete reductions in breathing.
Most pauses last less than 30 seconds, but some may persist for a full minute or longer. The brain’s response to this lack of oxygen is by alerting the body, which causes a brief arousal from sleep in order to reset normal breathing. This pattern can occur for hundreds of times each night.
Untreated sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk for excessive daytime sleepiness, driving accidents, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, impotency, depression and diabetes.
The standard therapy has been CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) devices. While these supply ample oxygen during sleep, less than 50% of sleep apnea patients comply with CPAP and about 22% wear them on a consistent basis.
Risk groups include:
People who are overweight (Body Mass Index of 25 – 29.9) and obese persons (Body Mass Index of 30 & over)
Large neck sizes: 17 inches or more for men; 16 inches or more for women
Middle-aged & older men
Adults & children with Down Syndrome
Common symptoms are daytime fatigue, feeling ‘foggy’ or forgetful during awake times, falling asleep easily during the day, being accident prone, weight gain, lack of energy and/or libido, and unexplained moodiness.
If you feel you have Sleep Apnea, or have already been diagnosed, CPAP is not your only option. The Specialists at Sleep Process Center provide a surgical solution in a quick program with rapid recovery. All diagnostic tests and surgical procedures are provided in one, comfortable location, utilizing the latest in technology and techniques.
Untreated Sleep Apnea will not improve on its own. Research has shown it can contribute to memory loss, stroke, heart disease, impotency, diabetes, and even some cancers. If you have mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, begin by completing a brief, online Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com.
For those who are heavy snorers, the bedroom can go from an intimate setting that reinforces a loving relationship to one of much frustration. While heavy snorers experience a compromised level of restful sleep, at least they are ASLEEP! It is often the one next to them who endures sleepless nights and daytime fatigue.
Although bed mates may resort to frequent “roll over” commands, ear plugs and “white noise” machines, it is all too frequent that separate bedrooms become the solution. This can lead to decreased intimacy, communication, and even resentment.
When traveling, couples often have no choice and must sleep in the same bed. This can leave one mate groggy and fatigued throughout a get-away intended to rejuvenate, refresh, and enhance togetherness.
Heavy snoring is often a precursor to Sleep Apnea. And this level of snoring won’t improve on its own. Weight loss may helps, however, many who are ‘rattle-the-windows’ snorers are of normal weight and fit.
If your snoring has forced you and your mate into separate bedrooms, treat BOTH of you to the best anniversary gift ever! The surgical solutions through the Sleep Process Center are designed to successfully rid heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea. Begin by completing the brief questionnaire at www.SleepProcess.com. If you are a candidate, you’ll stay in a comfy Charleston Hotel while your 2-day diagnosis and treatment reunites you and your bed partner.
It is not unusual to hear tales from people who, before finding the Sleep Process Center, visited several Doctors who performed some rather invasive procedures – all to find they are still unhappy with their quality of sleep.
Although some medical specialists are qualified to treat sleep-related problems, many doctors tend to diagnose and perform procedures within their existing level of expertise. If they are not proficient in the latest trends, procedures and techniques, the patient receives treatment based on what that particular doctor is capable of providing. This may result in patients who find they’ve been over-treated or under-treated – and still seeking a solution.
At the Sleep Process Center, patients receive the very latest techniques, technology and specific skills that relate to sleep disorders. An additional bonus is the pertinent expertise of three specialists who work as a team on behalf of each patient. This gives you the BEST of three Doctors who have dedicated their careers to include successful treatment of interferences to restful sleep.
If you’ve received a diagnosis of sleep apnea or have been told you are a heavy snorer, you needn’t go from doctor to doctor and risk a series of unsuccessful procedures. To learn if you are a candidate for the Sleep Process Center, complete the Candidate Questionnaire at www.SleepProcess.com. One of our Doctors will contact you.
After just a two-day process, you may be sleeping better than you have in years!
At the Sleep Process Center, patients enjoy many advantages of having three specialists provide a complete process in one comfortable location.
We hear from many individuals who have gone from Doctor to Doctor and have already had one or more procedures performed in an effort to rid themselves of heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea. Many were frustrated because of the amount of time and expense they devoted to solutions that gave them very little, if any, relief.
Our Specialists have provided effective, successful treatment for years. They work as a team to consider all aspects of a patient’s obstacles to restful sleep. Additionally, they perform all diagnostic and surgical procedures in the same center. This saves patients significant time and frustration.
If you are exhausted in your search for the right place and the right Doctors to resolve your heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea, begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at www.SleepProcess.com. A Doctor will contact you to discuss your particular situation and explain the treatment protocol should this be deemed appropriate for you.
You could be sleeping soundly very soon!