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

March 4, 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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Sleep Insufficiency is a Public Health Epidemic! By Craig Schwimmer, MD

February 22, 2013

 I spend a lot of time talking with patients about the importance of sleep. Sleep is a basic human need, and is essential to our health and well being. We know that Americans are alarmingly sleep deprived, and that this sleep deprivation takes a toll, not only as individuals, but also as a threat to [...]

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Obese Drivers Are More Likely To Die In Car Crashes By Craig Schwimmer, MD

January 31, 2013

A recent study shows that obese drivers are more likely to die in car crashes than non-obese drivers. The reason(s) for this are unclear at this time, but this article discusses several possible explanations.  Including vehicle design and the underlying poorer health of the obese. I suspect that another factor may be at play: sleep [...]

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