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

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.

Sleep Deprivation and Car Accidents

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  • 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. In fact, the NSF's expert panel agreed that even getting 3-5 hours of sleep would be too little for most healthy drivers.
  • Sleep deprivation is more than a nuisance, and it affects more people than just the sleep-deprived individual. Statistics about the crash risk of drowsy driving vary. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that in 2017,...

How Does An At Home Sleep Study Work?

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...

3 Tips for Sleeping Better by Avoiding Bedroom Light

bedroom light causing insomnia

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 Therapy for Sleep Apnea

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? The same reason that apple knocked Sir Isaac Newton in the head: gravity! To better understand this phenomenon, let's delve into the "pathophysiology," or abnormal anatomical process, that causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Take a look at the diagrams below:

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Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Thanksgiving is a day of traditions: food, family, football, and falling asleep on the couch.  If you’re like us, your mother is guaranteed to remark at least once during Thanksgiving dinner that eating turkey induces sleepiness because it has a lot of tryptophan, but, as Lou Reed says, you can’t always trust your mother.  So what’s the word on the bird?

The science reveals that turkey does not, in and of itself, cause sleepiness more than other foods.  It does contain high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid tha tis important in serotonin production. Amino acids are the building blocks of...

New Study Sheds Light on Restless Legs Syndrome

With Veterans’ Day upon us, we at Singular Sleep would like to express our gratitude to the men and women who have served in uniform and kept the United States safe.  As if they haven’t given enough, a startling new scientific study suggests that important insights gleaned from our vets’ health may save many more lives to come.

The Journal of Sleep Research reports that when a group of over 3,700 veterans with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) were compared to an equal number without RLS, those with RLS were 88% more likely to die over approximately eight...

Does Lack of Sleep Cause Colds?

As we’re heading into cold and flu season, we wanted to tell you about one more reason to change your sleep-deprived ways.  A team of researchers from UC San Francisco recently published a groundbreaking study in the journal Sleep that exposed the link between nightly hours of sleep and the likelihood of catching a common cold.  The results were striking: those routinely getting less than six hours’ sleep per night were over four times more likely to get sick than those who got the recommended amount of sleep (at least seven hours).  What’s more, when compared to other risk factors...