Cheating Ourselves of Sleep

June 20, 2013

This recent article in the New York Times summarizes nicely some of the ways that lack of sleep decreases our health and well being. PERSONAL HEALTH: Cheating Ourselves of Sleep Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life. http://nyti.ms/10p6WtT

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Fatigue is the Enemy of Virtue By Craig Schwimmer, MD

June 7, 2013

This fascinating article describes the way that sleep deprivation impacts ethical decision making. People who suffered from even minor amounts of sleep deprivation were more likely to cheat than were people who got more rest. This is another example of how sleep makes our lives better, and of how we suffer when we don’t get [...]

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Keys to a happier, healthier, more productive life By Craig Schwimmer, MD

May 16, 2013

Because snoring and sleep apnea are often associated with weight gain, one of the things I find myself talking with patients about is the need to exercise. So many adults lead sedentary lives and regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But, as this article points out, regular exercise doesn’t have to [...]

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Sleep and Adolescent Obesity By Craig Schwimmer, MD

May 10, 2013

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine looked at the relationship between obesity and sleep duration, and showed that teens who got more sleep had lower rates of obesity. This four year study of 1000 teenagers showed that, particularly for heavier teenagers, more sleep translates into lower body weight. Extrapolating their [...]

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What is Sleep Apnea? By Paul Fulmer, MD

April 30, 2013

It seems more and more in the media we are hearing about the increasing rise in Sleep Apnea!  Why is that?  What is Sleep Apnea?  Do I have it?  These are all questions that come to mind every time another commercial, news story or article touts the problems and cures for this condition. One of [...]

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Driving and Snoring By Craig Schwimmer, MD

April 17, 2013

No, it’s not a country song – it’s a potentially deadly combination. Loud snoring is the hallmark of sleep apnea, a disease from which an estimated 18 million Americans suffer. And yet another study has shown that people with untreated sleep apnea are likely to be dangerous behind the wheel. A recent study from University [...]

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A Kernel of Truth by Craig Schwimmer, MD

April 10, 2013

Over the years, I have found that even the most ridiculous health claims tend to stem from some small kernel of truth.  Take this “Overnight Diet”, whereby you lose weight just by sleeping, and are not required to exercise. In my opinion, this is just wishful thinking  - after all, wouldn’t it be amazing if [...]

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As Stroke Risk Rises Among Younger Adults, So Does Early Death

April 2, 2013

This recent story about the increasing rate of stroke among young people reiterates the need to treat sleep apnea, which is known to be a significant risk factor for stroke. Up to 10% of adult men and 5% of adult women are thought to have sleep apnea, and it is estimated that fewer than 10% [...]

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Spring Forward…UGH!! By Paul Fulmer, MD

March 11, 2013

We all look forward to this time of year.  Trees budding, flowers blooming and the weather changing from the grey of winter to the bright colors of SPRING! As much as I love the change of the seasons, the one thing I don’t like is “loosing an hour of sleep!”  I know we get more [...]

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THAT ISN’T YOGURT…IT’S CAKE! By Craig Schwimmer, MD

March 6, 2013

Because weight plays such an important role in snoring and sleep apnea, I spend a fair bit of time counseling patients about weight loss. Yesterday, I saw a fellow for a three month follow up appointment. At his previous visit, we had discussed the need for a better diet and more physical activity, if he [...]

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