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The Relationship Between Weight and Sleep Apnea

January 26, 2023

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Woman stepping onto a scale to check weight

Weight and sleep apnea are very closely linked. In fact, adults who are considered obese are nearly twice as likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But what is the exact nature of the relationship between weight gain and sleep-disordered breathing? Does one cause the other? Here’s what you need to know to improve the quality of your slumber and keep your body healthy.  


Can Sleep Apnea Lead to TMJ Disorder? The Surprising Answer

December 1, 2022

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Oral appliance to relieve sleep apnea symptoms on dark background

Many people affected by sleep apnea snore at night and feel tired and irritable during the day. However, researchers have recently discovered that this common sleep disorder may also contribute to persistent jaw pain. Want to know more? Keep reading to learn about the surprising connection between sleep apnea and TMJ disorder.   


4 Essential Tips for Traveling with Sleep Apnea

October 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bettersleep @ 9:09 pm
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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, you might be finalizing your travel plans for the next few upcoming months. And whether you’re going abroad, taking a trip down to the beach, or simply visiting family, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve thought of everything—including how to accommodate your sleep apnea condition while you’re traveling. But with a little preparation, your condition shouldn’t influence or be influenced by your travel plans at all! Here are some tips from your sleep dentist to help you out.


What Are the Health Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea?

August 4, 2022

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Man holding hand over heart in discomfort

Sleep apnea is known to disrupt quality rest and leave you feeling exhausted during the day. If you find yourself nodding off behind the wheel or during work meetings, you may be affected by sleep apnea. While feeling drowsy during the day may seem like a minor annoyance, sleep apnea can actually lead to dangerous health consequences if left untreated. Keep reading to learn about the health risks associated with sleep apnea and how you can reduce sleep apnea symptoms with help from a dentist.


Struggling to Adjust to Your Oral Appliance? Check Out These Tips!

July 15, 2022

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woman wearing oral appliance

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects many people. Despite its prevalence, most people refuse to seek treatment because they either don’t think it’s a big deal or they want to avoid using a loud, clunky machine at night. Fortunately, oral appliance therapy is a modern solution that has proven to be highly effective at correcting the disorder. Of course, it can take some time to get used to your new device, especially if you’ve never used one before. Read on to learn what to expect and some tips to help you adjust to your oral appliance.


Dear Diary, Please Help Me Diagnose My Sleep Troubles

May 27, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bettersleep @ 6:42 pm
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If you snore, wake up frequently throughout the night, or feel exhausted during the day, it’s time to find a solution for low-quality sleep. There is one simple but powerful tool at your disposal to help your doctor diagnose the problem: a sleep diary. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep track of your daily snooze habits – doing it right can help you find the treatment you need to feel great again. 


True or False: Can Sleep Apnea Affect Brain Health?

April 8, 2022

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man holding floating brain

Millions of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder that causes people to experience repeated pauses in breathing throughout the night. It’s known to interrupt sleep cycles and keep people from getting the rest they need to remain healthy and functional. Well, it may surprise you to learn that this disorder can take a significant toll on your brain health, causing memory loss amongst other problems. Read on to learn more about the effects of sleep apnea on your brain and the importance of seeking treatment.  


5 Sleep Apnea Myths That Will Surprise You

March 4, 2022

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Blue street sign with words facts vs myths

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition affecting an estimated 22 million Americans. However, even though it is so widespread, there are a lot of misconceptions about sleep apnea out there. If you think you may be impacted by sleep apnea but aren’t sure what to believe, let’s settle the debate once and for all! Keep reading to learn the truth behind five common sleep apnea myths.


Can Sleeping with a Weighted Blanket Treat Sleep Apnea?

February 5, 2022

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Woman sleeping under a gray weighted blanket

Weighted blankets have become the recent craze to help people fall and stay asleep. Many people say sleeping under a weighted blanket feels like being wrapped up in a warm hug. New research suggests that the gentle, even pressure a weighted blanket applies to the whole body can have powerful effects on hormones and even help people with obstructive sleep apnea. Keep reading to learn how a weighted blanket can be used as a sleep apnea treatment in Eugene.


Secondhand Smoke Linked to Sleep Apnea in Children

January 25, 2022

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Cigarette smoke and black backgroundResearch shows between 50 to 70 million adults in the United States have sleep apnea. The most common type is caused by an obstruction in the upper airway, called obstructive sleep apnea. While many people believe the sleep disorder only affects adults, children aren’t immune to it. Children of all ages can experience frequent interruptions in breathing, which can affect their physical and mental health. While only 4% of children have sleep apnea, you might be unknowingly placing them at risk. Besides asthma and other health problems linked to secondhand smoke, new research shows it is also connected to childhood sleep apnea.


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