My blood pressure stabilized after getting my sleeping buddy

28 Dec My blood pressure stabilized after getting my sleeping buddy

No snoring is safe

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Every Christmas Eve it’s the same story: Dad has too much eggnog and too much turkey and the next thing we know, there he is in front of the fire, snoring like a freight train. We use to always have a chuckle at his expense before nudging him awake and moncler outlet online urging him up cheap moncler coats mens to bed.

Well, the laughing stopped a long time ago because as a sleep physician I have learned that snoring can be a serious sign of sleep cheap moncler jackets womens apnea best moncler jackets and sleep apnea increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Sleep apnea, as I think most people know, is a collapse of the upper airway during sleep that leads to frequent mini awakenings of which the patient is rarely aware. It often causes a lowering of the oxygen levels.

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We use to think that if people snored, but they tested negative for sleep moncler outlet woodbury apnea, then this was mostly a nuisance for the bed partner. We called this “benign” or “primary” snoring and we rarely treated it. That is all starting to change.

Now there is more than one study showing that snoring alone (without sleep apnea) increases the risk of serious disorders such as stroke and metabolic cheap moncler jackets mens syndrome. This moncler sale online is important news because snoring is so common and so treatable. One large study of middle aged men and women found that roughly moncler outlet store 45 percent of men and 30 percent of women were habitual snorers. Occasional snoring is virtually universal.

An important study, published in the December issue of the journal SLEEP, gives moncler uk outlet new evidence for snoring as an independent risk factor for metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of abnormalities that includes high blood pressure (130/85 mmHg or higher), increased fasting glucose cheap moncler sale level (100 mg/dl or higher), increased triglycerides (150 mg/dl or higher), decreased HDL levels (less than 40 mg/dl for men, less than 50 mg/dl for women) and increase abdominal obesity (waist circumference greater than 40 inches for men and greater than 35 inches for women. If people have more than three of these five abnormalities, then they are said to have the metabolic syndrome which then increases their risk of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.

There is controversy about whether this is really a “syndrome.” There is also some disagreement about how to define it, but the one I give here is from The National Cholesterol Education Program and is the most commonly used.

Regardless of whether this is really a syndrome, we know that the individual disorders have serious health consequences, so this study showing that loud, habitual snorers have nearly triple the risk of developing the metabolic syndrome is quite significant from a public health perspective.

Another interesting study, also published in SLEEP in 2008, showed that people who displayed loud snoring throughout the night during a sleep test were 10 times more likely to have carotid atherosclerosis, which means plague buildup in the carotid arteries of their neck. This is a major risk factor for stroke.

Studies such as these are changing how I advise patients who have sleep studies that are negative for sleep apnea. I now always discuss, in my report and with my patients, whether they had loud, steady snoring. If they did, I recommend treatment, usually with an oral appliance, sometimes with CPAP.

The take home message? Snoring is not benign even in the absence of frank sleep apnea. All adults (and kids too) should be screened for snoring by their primary care doctors. Keep in mind that overindulging in egg nog and other alcoholic beverages increase the likelihood of snoring and sleep apnea. (Stay tuned for next week’s blog on how alcohol affects your sleep.) Most importantly, snoring should no longer be seen as a joking matter or as just an annoyance to the bed partner. If friends or family members snore, show you care and urge them to seek a medical evaluation. You’ll sleep better knowing that you helped uk moncler outlet improve the health of someone you love. She’ll blog on Tuesdays on The Chart. Read more from her at Dr. Lisa Shives’ Sleep monclerdownjacket Better Blog.

The information contained on this page does not and is not intended to convey medical advice. CNN is not responsible for any actions or inaction on your part based on the information that is presented here. Please consult a physician or medical professional for personal medical advice or treatment.

I have been using a Bi PAP moncler outlet sale since 1998. At the time of my testing I quit breathing 92 times in the first 3 hours. After I picked up my machine I at first I would only use it for a couple of hours a night, but the uk moncler sale next day I felt like a new man. After a couple of months I was using it all moncler sale night, and moncler outlet people, sleep doesn get any better. My machine and I (I am on my third, as 2 of them we worn out) go every where together. I cannot rest without it. I also have switched to moncler outlet prices a face mask because of comfort. My blood pressure stabilized after getting my sleeping buddy (my bi pap), and I am much easier to live with.

December 14, 2010 at 16:22

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1. For discount moncler jackets some, there is no cure to OSA other than CPAP. This is one of those conditions that you can just play doctor with.

2. For those who think you don have it: Losing weight and eating right? Sure! It a great idea for anyone. But I was 42 when diagnosed and 5 and 165lbs of solid martial arts muscle and guess what? Severe OSA. It can happen to anyone and guess what? I wasn a snorer. So only people on here who can legitimately judge are those with the courage to get a sleep study done. If you come out negative, then you free to make fun of the genetics we have or the life choices moncler online store we made.

3. For those of you that have it: Quit whining!! Keep pestering your Sleep Doc until you find the right mask and the right unit. This is YOUR life. Be patient and remember that that ugly darth vader mask is therapy. In the case of men, it like Viagra or since low oxygen levels are a cause of ED and low testosterone. Trust moncler accessories me.

4. Yeah, the CPAP sucks. I single and you can imagine what it done to my dating life. But such is life. I feel moncler usa like a million bucks now, although I still wrestle with the mask from time to time. You just have to do what needs to be done.

5. For some people, sleep is restorative. For others like me, sleep accelerates moncler womens jackets death.

6. General medicine is still in the stone age and hasn come to terms with the idea that patients need sleep studies to determine if OSA contributes to the underlying causes of these conditions.

December 14, 2010 at 16:35

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I work at a sleep center in the city and I see cases like this 6days a week. Patients like JDT who says they rather use their CPAP to blow cheap moncler jackets air into their childrens pool. must not have had a good sleep doctor and the proper care. We have patients who LOVE their CPAP now. and can sleep without it. I even had a wife come in and thank us now she doesnt have to hear the load snoring throughout her house.

Now as for having surgery done. NO. I heard multipule people do that and it works for a year or so. but back moncler sale outlet to the same thing. SNORING.

Its funny like Dr Shives says. when holidays come around and everyones has a few drinks thats when you hear the snoring the most. Do your research and you will know snoring is a very serious manner. if you wont even take advice from a doctor, I feel sorry for your health.