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January 19, 2022

The Connection Between Athletics and Sleep

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 7:11 pm

All humans need sleep—it’s a biological necessity. Without appropriate and healthy sleep, we place ourselves at risk for developing potentially life-threatening health ailments, and worsening current conditions. Why? Because the body recovers during sleep. Without it, we miss out on vital processes that our bodies depend on.

Generally, it’s recommended that the average person receive 7-9 hours of sleep a night; but what if you’re not average? What if you consistently push your body to limits that the “average” person doesn’t? That’s what sports legend Lebron James does, and it’s why he sleeps an average of 12 hours each night.

In fact, many athletes are known to sleep many more hours a night than the average person—for example, Usain Bolt, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova sleep an average of ten. All are athletes who have accomplished incredible feats, and who therefore also need incredible sleep.

Being an incredible athlete, or an athlete in general, doesn’t exclude a person from experiencing sleep ailments, though; and in fact, sports researchers have found evidence linking high rates of sleep disordered-breathing in collegiate football players. For this reason, among the many others, it’s vital that athletes understand the impact that sleep—and sleep disorders—has on their bodies.

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January 13, 2022

Coronavirus Updates for Our Patients

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 3:24 pm

Spring 2022 Updates

Much has changed over the past two years, but the need to focus on health & safety as we’re confronted with this pandemic has remained. For that reason, we want to update you on our most recent COVID-19 protocols here at Sleep Dallas. We ask all patients to please follow these guidelines when visiting either of our locations (Irving or Frisco). 

We are continuing to see patients during this time and adhering closely to local health agency guidance in addition to the guidance provided by the CDC. In accordance with this guidance, we require all visitors to our offices to wear a mask in public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Please note that our lobby and hallways are included in this. Whenever possible, please distance yourself from others during your visit. We are fortunate to have spacious exam rooms at both our locations and have found this to be no issue.

Additionally, if you experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19, no matter how minor, please reschedule. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, body aches, congestion, runny nose, sore or scratchy throat, fatigue, and uncharacteristic headaches. We also ask that if you have come into contact with an infected person to please reschedule. Our team is on standby, ready to reschedule you without hesitation to a date that is not only convenient for you but still ensures you are receiving care in a timely manner.

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November 16, 2021

Thanksgiving Survival Tips For Snorers

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 12:00 pm

Although it feels like 2021 just began, the year is officially winding down and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Thankfully, many of us will once again be able to enjoy time with family, cooking and drinking, and reflecting on all that 2021 brought our way. For some of us, though, the holidays reignite a particular kind of anxiety: being the family snorer.

If you’re here reading this, chances are you’re either “the snorer” or have to endure acoustic proximity to “the snorer.” Holiday stress is real, and even more so when you suffer from snoring or suffer because of someone else’s snoring. What people may not realize is that:

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October 20, 2021

Examining the Link Between Hot Flashes and OSA in Women

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 5:18 pm

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that afflicts an estimated 22 million Americans and is generally believed to be vastly underdiagnosed in the general population. The difficulty in diagnosis originates in the fact that many of the condition’s symptoms can be misattributed to a number of ailments. In addition to this, the majority of general practitioners do not know how to properly screen for the condition—resulting in a weak first line of defense against the disorder.

For women, the situation is compounded by an all-too-common issue they experience when seeking medical care: their symptoms tend to deviate from the “classic” symptoms found in men. For example, chronic snoring, the most common tell-tale sign of sleep apnea, is frequently replaced by other sleep disruptions in women.

Thankfully, more and more studies are being published to enhance practitioners’ knowledge on how OSA reveals itself in, and impacts, women.

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October 8, 2021

Does CBD Actually Help Sleep?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — brianna bloom @ 6:23 am

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis, which is a plant that’s commonly known as marijuana. From cannabis, we derive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). 

While marijuana is still illegal in many states, cannabis derivates that contain less than 0.3% of THC (hemp) and CBD are legal and can be found in shops across the country. In fact, many people swear by CBD as a way to soothe health ailments—including poor sleep.

CBD’s impact on sleep, though, is a bit complex in nature; and not only that, but present-day research continues to find answers to how CBD impacts the body as a whole. Let’s break down what we know so far, and whether or not you should consider using CBD to help improve your rest.

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August 7, 2021

The Dangers of Suffering from Sleep Apnea Every Night

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepdallasdr @ 1:04 pm

Every morning you wake up with a headache and a sore throat. Throughout the day you feel tired and irritable. Most concerning of all, you occasionally (or often) wake up during the night gasping for air. What’s going on? 

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you could be suffering from a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder: sleep apnea. And as long as it goes untreated, you won’t be able to get a good night’s rest—and your health could suffer for it.

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July 16, 2021

Sleep Disorders 101: Narcolepsy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — brianna bloom @ 6:55 pm

Narcolepsy is a relatively rare and fairly mysterious neurological disorder that causes quick and unexplainable bouts of drowsiness and sleep. A condition that affects both genders and all age groups, between 135,000 to 200,000 individuals in the United States are thought to suffer from narcolepsy.

Untreated narcolepsy can impact nearly every aspect of an individual’s life: academic, work, social, psychological, and even cognitively. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for narcolepsy to be misdiagnosed as a psychiatric disorder, resulting in a sufferer receiving inadequate and misplaced care. This can lead to serious declines in a person’s mental and physical health, as they may feel ostracised from social life due to their disorder and not being properly supported or treated. 

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June 1, 2021

10 Tips for Improving Sleep in the Summer

Filed under: Uncategorized — brianna bloom @ 2:34 pm

June has arrived, signaling the beginning of summer.  No matter your age, it’s likely that this time of year is spent taking advantage of the longer days and, for many of us, enjoying being near water, a cold drink in hand, with friends and family.  On the flip side, us Texans know all too well just how hot summers can get—some even refer to the summertime as Texas’ winter, as many people lounge around inside, avoiding the sweltering heat. Though, it’s a fact that anyone who experiences a summer will know all too well that sleep and the heat are not friends. Frienemies, maybe, but certainly not compatible. 

If you’re one of the many people who struggles to maintain restful sleep during the hotter months of the year … then we recommend you continue to read on! As you’ll soon learn, with a few mindful changes, you can find yourself waking up with the energy you need to take on the season each and every day. Follow these tips to help ensure a good night’s sleep no matter what summer throws our way!

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May 13, 2021

Sleep Disorders 101: Restless Leg Syndrome

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — brianna bloom @ 6:33 pm

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), also called Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), is a neurological disorder that impacts seven to eight percent of the US population—across all ages. Sufferers of RLS are overcome by an urge to move the legs (and sometimes other body parts) oftentimes due to a “creeping, tugging, or pulling” sensation.

Symptoms of RLS usually occur in the evening, disrupting sleep, which is why many sleep physicians are well-versed in RLS and its implications on sleep health. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine shares that those with severe RLS generally get less than five hours of sleep a night. Individuals with milder RLS may get an adequate amount of sleep, but the quality of that sleep tends to be poor.

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April 5, 2021

Experience Sleep Apnea Symptoms Every Night?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — sleepdallasdr @ 4:48 pm
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If on most mornings, you wake up with a headache, a dry mouth, and/or a sore throat, or if your partner constantly complains about your snoring, you may be suffering from a common sleep disorder that impacts nearly 22 million Americans each year: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

That sleepy, groggy feeling you have that drags into the afternoon? Quite possibly sleep apnea. Unable to concentrate during meetings and have grown uncharacteristically irritable? Sleep apnea could be to blame.

Everyone deserves quality rest. Once properly diagnosed, there are several treatment options available to address the disorder. If you believe sleep apnea could be controlling your life, read on to find out how therapy can provide you, and your partner, with relief.

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