Season’s Impact On Sleep

March 26, 2019

Is Spring The Worst Season For Sleep?

Spring, particularly early spring, is such a weird time of year.  It’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.  In some parts of the country right now, there’s snow on the ground.  In others, the trees are starting to sprout leaves.  In some areas, you can even get both!  For many people, the onset of spring means worse sleep.  Let us count the reasons why:. . .

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March 2019


When Is Snoring OK?

Nearly half of all American adults—or about 90 million people—are regular snorers. It is frustrating to bedmates and the source of marital tension. Although it’s common, it is not normal: All snoring implies some degree of turbulent airflow during sleep due to an obstruction in the breathing pathways. Sometimes, this can be caused by a cold or allergies. But other times, it is a signal of a health issue known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). . .

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Green Light Instead of Blue?

June 8, 2016

Headline: Lighting color affects sleep, wakefulness

Green light promotes sleep while blue light delays it, find researchers

Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms.htm
Source:University of Oxford

A research team from Oxford University have shown how different colours of light could affect our ability to sleep.

The researchers, led by Dr Stuart Peirson from Oxford’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute were aiming to understand why exposing mice to bright light caused two — physically incompatible — responses.

Dr Peirson explained: ‘When we expose mice to light during the night, it causes them to fall asleep. Yet, at the same time, it also increases levels of corticosterone, a stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland that causes arousal — wakefulness. We wanted to understand how these two effects were related . . .

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Sleep Review Magazine

November 19, 2018

How to Expand Your Dental Practice with Dental Sleep Treatments

A dentist shares his tried-and-true internal and external marketing techniques. Use these when adding sleep apnea services.

By Payam Ataii, DMD, MBA

As a dentist for over 20 years, I often think about how to expand my practice. Many of my patients have been with me for more than a decade, so I have already taken care of virtually all their restoration needs and gotten them on a good hygiene path. Without additional expansion of services, many of my patients would just be in maintenance mode and my practice would not grow.

At the same time, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the word “airway” are becoming very hot topics in the dental field. So much so that the American Dental Association recently adopted a policy statement outlining the role of dentists in the treatment of OSA and other sleep-breathing disorders. . .

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Sleep Apnea Causes Sexual Problems

October 10, 2011

Really? The Claim: Sleep Apnea Causes Sexual Problems

By Anahad O’Connor

THE FACTS
Sleep apnea causes disrupted breathing in the middle of the night for more than 12 million Americans. Fatigue, high blood pressure and weight gain are some of its more familiar symptoms.

But a growing body of research has also found that sleep apnea can be a drain on intimacy, causing erectile dysfunction in men and loss of libido in women. . .

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Does winter make you tired?

5 Ways to Wipe Out Winter Tiredness

Do you find it harder to roll out of bed in winter when the temperature drops and the mornings are darker? If so, you’re not alone. Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter.

Here are 5 energy-giving solutions that may help – and some conditions that can sometimes be the cause.

1. Let in some sunlight

As the days become shorter, your sleep and waking cycles may become disrupted. The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you sleepy. . .

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Sleep Dentistry Conference

November 20, 2018

Conference Tackles the Value of Sleep Dentistry

With the one-year anniversary of the ADA policy on treating sleep-related breathing disorders upon us, many educational conferences are now being organized around the topic of dental sleep. However, in October, the Sleep Education Consortium (SEC) held its 14th annual conference in Houston, Texas on this topic.

Triple board-certified neurologist Jerald Simmons, MD, has been bringing together dentists and medical doctors in a unique conference setting at the annual SEC conference for years. We had the opportunity to interview Simmons and one of this year’s conference’s attendees, Maria Linden, DDS, of Naples, Fla, to share their insights about the event.

DT: Dr. Simmons, what motivated you to establish the SEC, and why did you decide to bring dentists and medical doctors together into one conference?. . . 

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New Year’s Resolution!

December, 2018

8 New Year’s Resolutions For Better Sleep In 2019, Because Quality Rest Is Underrated

By Julia Guerra

The holidays are full of lists — wishlists, to-do lists, shopping lists. If I had to narrow it down to only one that I felt was absolutely necessary to write out and check twice, though, it would have to be my New Year’s resolutions. Hear me out: How much of 2018 did you spend fine-tuning your self-care? Because, listen, I get it: The past 365 days were a lot, and time somehow always feels limited. But 2019 should be about making positive changes, and setting wellness goals — like New Year’s resolutions for better sleep . . .

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Sleep for the Holidays

December, 2018

How to Beat Holiday Sleep Challenges

Between holiday parties, extended family get-togethers, and endless shopping and chores to complete, you may barely have a moment to catch your breath. So it’s hardly surprising that you may not be getting your best sleep at this time of year.

For one thing, holiday events can throw your family’s sleep routines off course. For another, the excitement can ratchet up your kids’ energy, and your heightened level of busyness can leave you feeling frayed at the seams. It’s up to you, as a parent, to decide how flexible to be about your kids’ bedtimes but a modicum of consistency goes a long way toward sound sleep for everyone. Here are four good ways to beat holiday sleep challenges. . .

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Dreaming About Dollars

July/August 2018

Dreaming About Dollars: The Economics of Dental Sleep

By Payam Ataii, DMD, MBA

Since October 2017, when the American Dental Association (ADA) adopted a policy that calls for every dentist to screen and treat appropriately for sleep-related breathing disorders,(a) many of us have been considering how to get involved.

With a prevalence of nearly 30 million people in the United States with obstructive sleep apnea (80% of them still undiagnosed)(b), many of us are compelled by the good we can do in our communities to help patients in need. However, one of the first questions we must evaluate is: . . .

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