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.
The Sleep Process Center is pleased to announce the involvement of Dr. Boyd Gillespie and Dr. Lon Doles in the upcoming “Sleep Center Symposium” in January 2015. This two-day course is presented by The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) with Dr. Gillespie serving as course director.
The Symposium offers the practicing otolaryngologist lectures and hands on labs focused on procedures for snoring and sleep-disordered breathing. It will provide evidence-based guidelines and algorithms for proper patient
selection, proper sugical site selection, and proper surgery selection.
For more information, the complete agenda is detailed through the following:
Sleep Symposium 2015
Does having Sleep Apnea cause you to gain weight? Or, does weight gain contribute to Sleep Apnea? This can be the chicken or the egg, depending on the individual. However, when you fail to get sufficient, restful sleep each night, you can suffer with much more than daytime fatigue.
Lack of sleep causes people to drag through the day with less energy. In the body’s attempt to rev itself up, carbohydrate cravings set in. This often results in less exercise and eating more sugary and starchy foods.
Adequate sleep that is truly ‘sound’ sleep is necessary to our body’s hormonal balance, too. Getting too little sleep or a poor quality of sleep causes one’s metabolism to function improperly. Two hormones, Ghrelin and Leptin are key ingredients in your urge to eat and feel sated. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat. When a person is sleep-deprived, they produce more Ghrelin. Leptin is the hormone that signals you to stop eating. Sleep deprivation causes an individual to produce less Leptin. This combination means that you eat more while your metabolism operates at a reduced rate.
On the other hand, weight gain not only pads the exterior of the body – mass we can see – it bulks up the interior as well. This means that organs are in a more-crowded environment and the airway is more constricted. This can lead to heavy snoring and Sleep Apnea.
It is estimated by the Centers For Disease Control that nearly 65% of Americans are now overweight or obese. And, while adults are getting fatter, our children are following in those same footsteps. From 1980 to 2000, there was a 15% increase in the number of children (ages 6 to 19 years) who were overweight.
Regardless of which came first, weight gain or Sleep Apnea, it is vital that you get sufficient sleep and adequate oxygen each night. Apnea, the Greek word for ‘without breath,’ can deprive the brain of oxygen and lead to a long and deadly list of health problems. These include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, depression and much more.
If you have tried CPAP therapy and can’t get used to it, you are not alone. It is estimated that only 22% of those with CPAP are consistent users. An alternative is to eliminate your apnea, rather than fit you with a device to deal with it. At the Sleep Process Center, we offer a two-day solution that helps determine your true cause(s) of Sleep Apnea. We then perform surgical procedures that help you to overcome the problem, restoring restful, rejuvenating sleep.
Begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com. You’ll be contacted and assisted promptly.
We are always happy to pass on information that helps to educate adults on the importance of restful, sound sleep. We were recently approached by ‘Top Nursing Programs’ with the request to share some recent findings on sleep loss and its effects.
“Tossing and Turning: Sleeplessness in America”
This is an excellent summary that includes graphics and ‘layman term’ explanations that surround today’s sleep issues in America. Please read and share with others who may be suffering with heavy snoring or Sleep Apnea.
For Sleep Apnea sufferers unable to tolerate CPAP therapy, the 2-day process at Sleep Process Center may be able to eliminate the need for CPAP and restore rejuvenating, healthy sleep. Begin by completing the Candidate Questionnaire at: www.SleepProcess.com, or calling toll free 1-855-464-8477.