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Can Sleeping Pills Help You Rest Better with Sleep Apnea?

August 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 11:05 am
man taking sleeping pills

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects over 20 million Americans. The most common form of the condition is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which refers to a partial or full blockage of the airway while sleeping that contributes to frequent stoppages in breathing. When you’re dealing with OSA, the primary concern is how to get a restful night of sleep. Some people are turning to sleeping pills with the hopes of getting some temporary relief, but is this actually effective? Here’s some expert insight from your local sleep dentist.


Can Alcohol Consumption Negatively Impact Your Sleep Apnea?

July 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 4:59 pm
woman won’t mix alcohol and sleep apnea

After a long day, many people will drink a couple alcoholic beverages to help themselves unwind and fall asleep. This isn’t the best strategy, though, for those who are dealing with sleep apnea. Studies show that it could make matters worse. Continue reading to find out why alcohol and sleep apnea don’t go together and discover some better ways to have a restful night.


Can Sleep Apnea Cause Cancer in Women?

June 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 5:30 pm

Woman with sleep apnea holding breast cancer ribbonCancer is the leading cause of death across the globe, with over 18.1 million new cases diagnosed annually. You take several precautions to lower your exposure to cancer-causing factors, like tobacco, ultraviolet rays, and harmful chemicals. Did you know your medical history can contribute to your likeliness of cancer? New research has revealed a connection between cancer and women who have sleep apnea.


How to Prepare for a Sleep Test and What to Expect

May 15, 2021

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man undergoing sleep test in Arlington Heights

If you’re a chronic snorer, experience morning headaches, throat soreness or some of the other symptoms associated with sleep apnea, your physician may recommend you undergo a sleep test. This will provide important information so you can receive the quality care you need to finally experience restful nights. Since a sleep test in Arlington Heights is a unique experience, what can you expect and how should you prepare for it? Continue reading to find out.


Does Sleep Apnea Make You Age More Quickly?

April 5, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 4:57 pm
woman applying anti-aging cream in front of a mirror

When you’re first diagnosed with sleep apnea, you’ll likely start noticing just how tired you feel in the morning and how irritated your partner is by your loud snoring. Although you might be tempted to ignore it for now, putting off needed sleep apnea treatment in Arlington Heights can have serious consequences. A recent study even suggests that untreated sleep apnea can make you age more rapidly. Read on to learn more about this connection and how you can protect yourself.


Affected by Sleep Apnea? Avoid These Foods!

March 19, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 7:15 pm
Woman soundly sleeping in bed with white sheets and pillows

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that impacts the quality of sleep and overall lives of millions of Americans. If you’re affected by this condition, you’re probably all too familiar with the common symptoms it causes, including frequent interruptions during the night, and daytime sleepiness. Hopefully, you’re treating your sleep apnea with the help of an oral appliance or CPAP machine, but did you know that your diet can also influence your night’s rest? Read on to learn some of the worst foods you can eat if you have sleep apnea as well as some sleep-friendly alternatives. 


4 Tips to Clean Your Oral Appliance

February 11, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 10:16 pm

Woman holding a toothbrush for cleaning an oral appliance.If you have obstructive sleep apnea, an oral appliance is an effective solution to significantly decrease or eliminate interruptions in breathing. The comfortable, custom-fit device repositions your lower jaw forward to prevent the airway from collapsing. It can last for several years with the right care, like routine sanitization. Since it goes in your mouth, cleaning your oral appliance is crucial to your oral health and the longevity of the device. Here are 4 tips to ensure it’s germ-free.


Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Anxiety

January 25, 2021

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Man with anxiety and sleep apnea.Do you often have a sense of nervousness or feel uneasy? You might be dealing with anxiety. You’re not alone. 1 in 13 people live with anxiety. Although you might attribute it to stress or daily challenges, research published in a European medical journal found anxiety and sleep apnea are connected. Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when there are several interruptions in breathing while asleep. It’s most often caused by an obstruction in the upper airway, so how is it related to anxiety? Here’s what you need to know to calm your nerves and get a restful night’s sleep.


5 Tips for Managing Sleep Apnea During the Holidays

December 13, 2020

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Man with sleep apnea in Arlington Heights during the holidays.The holidays can be a busy time of the year, which can leave you feeling run down and tired. Besides the usual hustle of the season, you might not get the rest you need without the right treatment for sleep apnea in Arlington Heights. As you shop for the perfect gifts and partake in activities over the next few weeks, it’s easy to deviate from your usual routine. Don’t let the hecticness of the holidays prevent you from feeling well-rested. Here are 5 simple tips to manage your sleep apnea until the new year.


Can Sleep Apnea Harm Relationships?

November 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drzulawinski @ 12:38 am

Man with untreated sleep apnea in Arlington Heights. It’s estimated, at least 22 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea; however, researchers believe another 24 million people don’t know they have it. The condition causes frequent pauses in breathing while you’re sleeping, which can make it difficult to detect. While you may not notice the interruptions, you may see signs of the disorder in other areas of your life, including your relationships. Don’t let untreated sleep apnea in Arlington Heights drive a wedge between you and your loved ones.


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