Sleep Deprivation and Mental Health

Joseph Krainin
There has been a resurgence of interest in the effects of poor sleep habits on our psyches after the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled, The Unexpected Ways Sleep Deprivation Makes Life Tougher. As a sleep doctor, I applaud any effort to raise awareness of the mental health problems associated with sleep deprivation. The article focused on research by Dr. Mathew Walker and other sleep researchers linking sleep deprivation with impairment in our "emotional intelligence." To summarize the article's findings, sleep deprivation can cause:

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Snoring, Apneas, Gasping

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What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

One of the most common Google Internet searches regarding sleep apnea is, "What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?" The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea in adults are numerous and diverse. They can be roughly divided into "cardinal" (classical symptoms of the disorder), sleep quality-related, and daytime symptoms. Sleep apnea can present differently in certain populations, and symptoms can be alternatively characterized by the distinct manifestations in men, women, children, and elderly patients. In the first article in this series, the cardinal symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) will be reviewed. 

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Airing Sleep Apnea Device

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What is Airing micro-CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

How would you like to treat your OSA without a mask, hose or machine? Millions of sleep apnea patients just raised their hands collectively! Sounds pretty good, right? Now let's make that treatment accessible for a price that won't break the bank. The promise of this unbeatable combination is what has made Airing micro-CPAP one of the most-hyped, novel sleep apnea treatments ever. Airing micro-CPAP uses electrostatic force delivered through micro-blower plates to keep the airway open while sleeping.

Airing Micro-CPAP sleep apnea device

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When Should You Avoid Using Healthcare Insurance for A Sleep Study

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 Did you know that following the traditional route of using your health insurance for your sleep apnea test could end up causing you major headaches and potentially costing you thousands of dollars? Read on to avoid potentially costly pitfalls. 

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Home Sleep Study: 6 Questions about Setup and Use

Jacqueline Rubio2 comments
So you asked all of your questions before ordering your home sleep apnea test, and now it's arrived. But now you have a slew of new questions that you hadn't even thought of before! Below are the questions we most frequently hear after patients receive their home sleep tests in the mail, about how to set up and use their tests.

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The Home Sleep Apnea Test: Answers to the Top 5 Questions People Ask before Ordering

Jacqueline Rubio1 comment
Undergoing a sleep apnea test can be the first step toward turning around your sleep health, or even your overall health. At Singular Sleep, we've noticed that a few questions seem to come up frequently when people contact us and are interested in ordering a home sleep study. We’d like to take the opportunity to answer the top 5 questions we are asked by patients about home sleep testing so you can make an informed decision before you buy.

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Sleep Deprivation and Car Accidents

Joseph Krainin

It may surprise you to know that getting little to no sleep (under 2 hours) for just one night causes enough impairment as to be unfit to drive a vehicle, according to the National Sleep Foundation. 

 

 

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How Does An At Home Sleep Study Work?

Joseph Krainin
 

In this article, we will discuss four common questions regarding home sleep testing, an exciting, new diagnostic testing option for sleep disorders.  

1) What is a home sleep study?

A home sleep apnea test (HST) is a diagnostic procedure to determine whether you have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the most common type of sleep disordered breathing. Tens of millions of people in the United States have OSA, and medical authorities estimate that 80% of OSA sufferers are as yet undiagnosed. OSA correlates very closely with obesity rates, which hover around one-third of the U.S. population. Current medical guidelines say that HSTs are appropriate for the vast majority of patients who need sleep diagnostic testing.

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3 Tips for Sleeping Better by Avoiding Bedroom Light

Joseph Krainin
 

Sleep Hygiene Defined and Why It's Important

Sleep hygiene is the term the sleep medicine community uses to refer to behaviors that impact the quality and quantity of sleep. According to the CDC, one in ten people in the United States has chronic insomnia - that's roughly 32 million Americans! Sleep hygiene, when poor, can be a major contributor to sleep difficulties. When patients report poor sleep quality or abnormal sleep patterns, one of the things that I always discuss with them is how to best manage exposure to blue light in the evening. 

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Positional Sleep Apnea

Joseph Krainin
If you're a snorer or share a bed with a snorer, you're all too familiar with the elbows and "ROLL OVER!"s that come with sleeping on your back, also known as supine sleeping. The fact is that most people with snoring and sleep apnea will have worse symptoms when they're on their backs. Why is this?

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