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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sleep — a worldwide issue

  When you think of the largest issues facing the world, is sleep near the top of your list?
  Sleep problems are a global issue, according to a report in The Huffington Post, which cites a study showing 150 million people worldwide are suffering.
  The long overdue study of people in developing nations shows about 17 percent have sleep issues, close to the 20 percent in the developed world.
  Obviously, as we've talked about, sleep-related problems run deep whether it is apnea or simply not logging enough hours. High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity head the list of issues caused or enhanced by not sleeping enough — or leaving apnea untreated.
  Not to mention groggy drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sleep apnea affects women, too

  Right or wrong, sleep apnea seems to be considered a man's health issue.
  That makes sense as sufferers are often larger with thick necks that contribute to airway blockage.
  But a study detailed in Medical News Today suggests undiagnosed apnea may be an issue for a higher percentage of women (50 percent!)  than most of us would imagine.
  The findings were reported by Swedish scientists (and who knows if that number is true) but it's something to consider.
  Thanks to Ryan McDevitt at Sleep Solutions Home Medical in Troy for sharing a newsletter that included this study. His publication will likely be the source of many topics I will share.