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Ask the Expert: A New Approach to the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Jerrold Alan Kram, M.D., FCCP, FAASM
Q: Are there any new approaches to treating obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an extremely common condition often estimated to be present in more than 10% of all adults. It is apnea, or difficulty breathing, that only occurs when we sleep. It is attributed to a combination of a patient’s anatomy and physiology. Anatomically, many patients with OSA have narrow or crowded pharyngeal areas, but the crucial change is in the physiology.read more
Q: Is there a connection between sleep and weight control? Most of us recognize that sleep is of some importance, though there is still a large group of people who think, like Edison, that it is a waste of time, or Margaret Thatcher, that it is for wimps. However, we...read more
Earlier this year, the Huffington Post teamed up with Parade magazine to find out how many Americans are sleep deprived. Based on 15,000 survey responses, the results indicated more than 95 percent of responders wished they got more sleep -- and more than a third of...read more
Quality sleep helps maintain mood, productivity, memory, and cognitive performance. Research shows sleep deprivation is associated with increased mortality, Alzheimer’s, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, ulcerative colitis, and depression. Sleep plays...read more
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. You need to get enough quality sleep to help protect your physical and mental health, quality of life, and safety. Yet, many people don’t realize that sleep deprivation can also affect body...read more
During evolution, the human upper airway narrowed to accommodate the development of speech. This change adversely affects many people who experience either total or partial obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. Although neck muscles work to hold the airway...read more
Sommetric’s core technology uses continuous negative external pressure (cNEP). cNEP is a comfortable way to keep the upper airway open during sleep. It is actually a very simple concept. Think of the throat as a balloon. A balloon inflates because the air pressure...read more