Sleep Studies root out Disruptive, Dangerous Sleep Disorders

sleep disorderSleep disorders have been associated with numerous symptoms and health problems. The number of studies undertaken around the topics of sleep disorders has been on the rise.

According to the president of Southwest Sleep in Farmington, David Padgett, sleep studies are very popular at present. One of the major reasons behind the heightened interest in sleep disorders has been the number of fatalities and serious health conditions seen in patients with sleep disorders.

The sleep studies seek to identify what happens when an individual falls asleep. Through the studies, researchers as well as health practitioners aim to understand the causes of the disorders, health problems linked to sleep disorders and how to manage the sleep disorders. Some of the serious health conditions linked to sleep disorders are heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems.

A sleep disorder which has created the greatest level of interest is obstructive sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea is characterized by temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep. The stoppage of breathing is as a result of blockage of the upper airways. A number of factors are implicated in causing the blockages. These are alcohol intake, smoking, obesity and being overweight, use of prescription drugs, narcotics and other over the counter drugs.

The classic symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea are daytime drowsiness and tiredness, headaches in the morning, inattention and concentration problems, irritability, memory loss, depression and snoring. Sleep apnoea can be really problematic in young children and teenagers since it will affect their learning abilities.  Coughing, bed wetting and choking are symptoms of sleep apnoea which can be seen with the young children according to Karen Gelfand, a pediatrician at the San Juan Health Partners Pediatrics. The problem will triggered by enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Gelfand says that toddlers have no way of articulating that they are tired; they will simply get irritable and fussy even on little and pointless things.

Sleep apnoea in adults is commonly caused by obesity. Fat tissue around the neck will constrict the airways making them narrower and even temporarily blocking the upper airways during sleep. Breathing is stopped temporarily in sleep apnoea patients making oxygen levels to drop low enough to wake the body albeit not completely.

The repeated lack of sufficient oxygen and wakefulness takes a toll on the human body. The results of a recent study by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicated that obstructive sleep apnoea is associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. Another problem is that of high blood pressure.

A sleep study as performed in a medical center involves the use of electrodes and sensor belts to monitor parameters such as oxygen levels, leg movements, heart rate, breathing rate and teeth grinding during sleep. A patient will have to sleep at the medical facility as medical practitioners observe and record the measurements. It is recommended that if sleep apnoea is suspected, visit your doctor to discover and treat the conditions as early as possible.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.