Snoring

Heavy Snoring Can Be Resolved

Posted on Mon, August 25, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

Although snoring is fairly common, ‘heavy snoring’ is often a precursor to sleep apnea.

Snoring occurs when air flow while breathing causes vibrations as it passes over the soft palate and back of the throat. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is completely blocked and breathing ceases, which can last up to a minute. This can take place for a hundred or more times a night, leaving you fatigued, sleepy and groggy during the day. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, weight gain, depression and erectile dysfunction.

If you are a heavy snorer without symptoms of sleep apnea, common treatments are oral devices worn during sleep. While some people are able to tolerate these, others find them uncomfortable or subconsciously remove them during the night. The Sleep Process Center has a better solution. We can remedy your snoring so you can sleep without a device, getting restful, sound sleep.

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

CPAP Therapy Fine For Some, A Challenge For Others

Posted on Mon, April 7, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

Many adults who are heavy snorers or have Sleep Apnea spend their days suffering the effects of poor sleep quality. Insufficient, restful sleep can cause fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, weight gain, moodiness and being more accident prone. When the brain is deprived of sufficient oxygen and its nightly period of rejuvenation, it can eventually lead to heart disease, depression, stroke, impotency and Alzheimer’s disease.

When Sleep Studies reveal that a heavy snorer (often a precursor to Sleep Apnea) or even a non-snorer has Sleep Apnea, the typical recommendation is CPAP Therapy. This is a mask worn over the face during sleep that forces oxygen into the throat. Those with severe levels of Sleep Apnea need a more forceful ‘push’ of this oxygen and often complain that the mask is tight. Most people say it is uncomfortable, cumbersome, and creates an awkwardness with their sleep mate. For these reasons, it is estimated that only about 22% of those with CPAP are consistent users.

While those who have any level of Sleep Apnea greatly need ample oxygen each night (due to the health issues listed above), non-compliant CPAP patients risk severe, even deadly, consequences. For those, however, there is an alternative to CPAP.

At the Sleep Process Center, our Specialists have a long, successful track record of surgical solutions that eliminate the causes of heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea. Rather than have nightly treatment with CPAP, these patients overcome their need for it in the first place.

If you are using your CPAP as directed, please continue to do so. However, if you among the many adults who simply cannot tolerate this type of treatment, begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire on our web site: www.SleepProcess.com or call toll free 1-855-464-8477.

What Makes Sleep Process Center Different

Posted on Mon, March 31, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

For those who are heavy snorers or suffer with Sleep Apnea and can’t tolerate CPAP therapy, the Sleep Process Center may be right for you. Structured to resolve snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea, our Doctors provide a unique process for fast, effective solutions.

Rather than go from Doctor to Doctor seeking ‘proven’ treatment for your individual needs and spend hours upon hours in waiting rooms, our patients are pre-screened via phone consults and review of faxed or emailed information prior to their arrival to ensure they are good candidates for our procedures. Once established, patients arrive the morning of Day One for diagnostic procedures. This information allows the Doctors to assess the particular issues interfering with your ability to intake and fully process oxygen throughout all airways.

On Day Two, your procedures are performed by specialists who have an exceptional track record using carefully selected techniques based on their unique abilities to give ideal results. Your procedure is also performed by Doctors who have intricate knowledge of what is appropriate for each patient based on Sleep Medicine.

Recovery is quick and most patients resume normal activities within 24 hours. The Doctors also follow up with each patient to ensure their progress is as anticipated.

This level of care with a team-treatment approach has provided many adults with a quick, comfortable method for achieving restful, rejuvenating sleep. If you would like a no-cost phone consultation with one of our Doctors, begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire on our web site: www.SleepProcess.com.

How Your “Night Brain” Affects Your Weight

Posted on Tue, March 18, 2014 by Sleep Process Center

Weight gain is a common occurrence for those who have chronic sleep deprivation, typically from heavy snoring or sleep apnea. The more research revealed on the function of the human brain, however, the more obvious it is as to how sleep quality and weight issues are tied together.

Sleep seems to be the key period the brain uses to help regulate appetite hormones. With a full night of restful sleep, the brain helps the body suppress ghrelin, a hunger hormone. This sleep period also helps to stimulate leptin, which is a hormone that controls appetite. Additionally, a fairly recent study reveals that the brain’s waste-flushing system (the glymphatic system) may be nearly 10 times more active in a sleep state than in its awake hours.

What occurs in our brains during sleep creates a flight pattern for our bodies for the coming day. Without sufficient sleep, the brain’s ability to manage the body’s needs efficiently are compromised. Fatigue, feeling foggy, being more accident prone and having an urge to nod off throughout the day are symptoms easily attributed to lack of sleep. However, when you consider the delicate balance of our hormonal system that the brain captains, the problems become much more complex.

If you are sleep deprived, either from heavy snoring or sleep apnea, you can regain restful sleep again. Visit www.SleepProcess.com or call 1-855-464-8477 to learn more. Your brain will reward you in amazing ways!

What Is REM Sleep & Why You Need It!

Posted on Tue, December 10, 2013 by Sleep Process Center

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!

Sufficient Sleep Aids In Weight Loss

Posted on Tue, December 3, 2013 by Sleep Process Center

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.

Good Sleep Can Prevent Heart Attack

Posted on Sat, November 9, 2013 by Sleep Process Center

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.

Physical & Mental Consequences To Insufficient Sleep

Posted on Tue, October 15, 2013 by Sleep Process Center

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.

Risks You Can Reduce With Good Night’s Sleep!

Posted on Mon, October 7, 2013 by Sleep Process Center

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.

Get Your Life Back!

Posted on Tue, June 18, 2013 by Sleep Process Center

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:
- fatigue
- 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!