Drowsy Driving is Deadly Serious

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Did you know that each year 6000 fatal car crashes are linked to drowsy driving? (Johns Hopkins) The following are signs and symptoms of drowsy driving (sleepfoundation.org): Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids Daydreaming; wandering/disconnected thoughts Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes…

Poor Sleep May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts

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Quality sleep and a healthy weight are inextricably linked. Our lifestyle prevents weight loss The modern Friendswood lifestyle makes it extremely challenging to maintain a healthy weight. We spend time in heated homes and offices, commute by car, and obtain high-calorie food in Houston with very little effort. Mere survival for prehistoric man was dependent…

What is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale?

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The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) is a scale that can measure daytime sleepiness based off of your total score on a questionnaire. The questionnaire is made up of eight possible situations, each of which you give a score of 0-3 based on your likelihood to fall asleep in the particular situation, with zero being “no…

Why Immune System Support is Critical

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A strong immune system is necessary for excellent health and well-being. With the coronavirus global health crisis, its never been more critical. What is the immune system? Our body has a vigorous natural defense mechanism. Our immune system keeps us alive. But in some cases, it is ill-prepared to deal with new substances swirling in…

What Is The Difference Between Sleep Apnea and Insomnia?

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We all know that restorative sleep is important for physical and mental well-being. Yet millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders that prevent normal, healthy sleep. Two pervasive sleep disorders are insomnia and sleep apnea. Let’s discuss their differences. What is insomnia? Insomnia is a sleep disorder where individuals may have a hard time falling…

Untreated Sleep Apnea Might Put Your Memories at Risk

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A considerable body of research has suggested that patients with untreated obstructive sleep (OSA) apnea are at a higher risk for a multitude of mental conditions including memory problems. Last year, researches measured a specific type of memory; autobiographical memory. Autobiographical memory is the term scientists and psychologists use to define the memory of personal…

When Does Sleep Apnea Require Surgery?

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Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that influences many people. Those most at risk are older males and obese individuals. Common symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, fatigue as a result of poor sleep patterns, and mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. People who suspect they have a sleep disorder can order an…

Can I Self-Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a sleep impairment characterized by the patient’s breathing being temporarily disrupted. This is due to an obstructed airway in the back of the throat. The episodes of breathing cessation can last more than twenty seconds. Nearly 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and more than half of cases go undiagnosed. It seems…

Are Allergies and Sleep Apnea Related?

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What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a malady where you have frequent, recurring pauses in breathing while sleeping. These lapses can last for up to 60 seconds. They are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and cuts off the airway. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen…