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      Snoring Calls for more than Earplugs!

      Snoring Warrants More Than Earplugs

      Snoring Warrants More Than Earplugs (301)

      (NewsUSA) - Many couples accept snoring as an inevitable part of nightly life. But snoring warrants more than shrugging your shoulders and buying ear plugs -- snoring may indicate serious health problems.

      Snoring happens when the soft tissues in the back of your throat relax, so they vibrate as you breathe. If those tissues get too relaxed, they can actually block your airway, cutting off your breathing.

      This condition, called "obstructive sleep apnea," prevents quality sleep. The brain, not wanting to starve from lack of oxygen, wakes patients when they stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times per night. According to the American Board of Internal Medicine, 50 to 60 percent of those who snore have sleep apnea.

      Most patients are unaware of the problem, because they don't remember waking up throughout the night. For this reason, it's important to speak to a doctor if you experience loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, sore throat or high blood pressure.

      Risk factors for sleep apnea include being male, being overweight, drinking alcohol and having a large neck or a history of nasal problems. The American Sleep Apnea Association provides a quiz that can help you determine your "Snore Score," or the likelihood that you have sleep apnea. You can take the quiz at www.sleepapnea.org.

      Obstructive sleep apnea isn't just annoying. When you stop breathing, your heart beats faster, raising your blood pressure and increasing your chances of heart attack and stroke. Insufficient sleep can affect your job performance and ability to perform basic functions, like driving a car.

      There are treatments for sleep apnea, ranging from simple lifestyle changes to breathing machines to surgery. Speaking to your doctor about snoring will not only improve your quality of life -- it may help your partner get a good night's rest, too.

      For more information, visit www.sleepapnea.org.

      Is Snoring More than Just a Sleep Problem?

      Is Snoring More Than Just a Sleep Problem?

      Is Snoring More Than Just a Sleep Problem? (551)

      (NewsUSA) - Do you have a partner that constantly complains about your snoring? Do you wake up feeling fatigued even though you slept all night long? If so, you may have more than a noise complaint on your hands. Snoring is no laughing matter. In fact, 50 to 60 percent of people who snore have a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

      This was the case for Geoff Malecha, a retired computer professional. For most of his adult life, Geoff maintained a strict workout regimen and was quite healthy. A few years ago, his wife, Cassie, began to notice something alarming in Geoff's sleeping patterns. He would frequently snore and even stop breathing during sleep. As the situation progressed, Geoff would often choke in his sleep and awaken in a panic, gasping for breath. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), one of the main signs of OSA may be a complaint by your bed partner that you snore loudly or that you stop breathing repeatedly while you're asleep.

      "That choking and gasping really got my attention," Geoff said. "It finally got me to finally see a physician about what was happening."

      Then, the answer was delivered. While reviewing the results of his sleep study, Geoff was told that he stopped breathing a total of 125 times per hour. Obstructive sleep apnea doesn't just leave you tired from a non-restful night of sleep. When you stop breathing, your heart beats faster, raising your blood pressure and increasing your chances of heart attack and stroke. Insufficient sleep can affect your job performance and ability to perform basic functions, like driving a car.

      "My doctor recommended I begin continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment," Geoff recalled.

      The respiratory therapist fitted Geoff with a mask, and soon Geoff found himself waking up in the morning feeling like a new person. From then on, Geoff committed himself to using his CPAP device every night for a better night's sleep.

      "One of my main concerns when diagnosed with sleep apnea was how I would feel (or my wife might feel) having a mask on my face, hooked by a tube to a machine for the rest of my life. But because it has worked so well for both of us, my wife and I have accepted the device and have adapted our lives to include it. I take it everywhere because I do not want to try to sleep anywhere without it. It is just like brushing my teeth and putting on my pajamas," said Geoff.

      "I sleep better because he sleeps better," said Cassie. I don't wake up during the night because he's choking or not breathing or making strange gasping sounds. That used to be awful and made me really anxious. I don't think I ever really got into a deep sleep because I was always worried about whether Geoff was breathing. Now I have peace of mind about my husband's health, and I sleep much better as a result."

      Sleep apnea is not complicated. It is an easily managed condition that won't slow you down.

      Being motivated to better your health is essential in your journey to a restful night's sleep. For more information on sleep apnea symptoms and solutions, visit www.WakeUptoSleep.org.

      Healthy Habits for Your Heart and Brain

      Healthy Habits Help Your Heart And Brain (402)

      (NewsUSA) - A healthy heart has many benefits, but did you know that a healthy brain is one of them?

      Brain health and heart health are closely connected, and forging healthy lifestyle habits at any age will help keep both your brain and your heart at peak performance.

      According to a recent survey from the American Heart Association, the greatest challenges adults in the United States face to maintain heart and brain health are stress and poor diet.

      The American Heart Association conducted a market research survey of 2,000 adults across three age groups, including Generation X (aged 40-54 years), Millennials (ages 23-39 years), and Generation Z (18-22 years). The survey found that, overall, fewer than half of the adults surveyed rated their brain health as "very good or excellent." The same survey also found that 1 in 4 respondents said they were unaware of the connection between heart health and brain health.

      In addition, the youngest adults (Generation Z) reported significantly lower levels of emotional well-being and brain health compared to older generations.

      But it is never too early or too late to try these tips to improve your health.

      * Eat smart. Research suggests that a cup of greens each day may slow brain aging and eating fish such as tuna and salmon can help maintain emotional balance and reduce inflammation from heart disease.

      * Sleep well. Sleep lets the brain learn and grow; aim for seven to nine hours a night for optimal health and to allow your brain to process all of the thinking and learning from a day.

      * Get moving. Physical activity is as good for the brain as it is for the whole body. Data shows that exercise increases a protein in the brain that impacts learning and memory. Aim to be active for 150 minutes per week to reap the benefits of a stronger body and mind. In essence, the more you move, the healthier your brain.

      * Stay connected. Making social connections strengthens the brain, so make time for your friends and family. Make it a priority to connect with someone at least once a week, whether in person or by phone.

      The American Heart Association is the world's leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health.

      Visit heart.org for more information and tips from the American Heart Association on living a longer and healthier life.

       

      Your Posture Matters

      As a practicing chiropractor of 35 years I have seen how important good posture is to our health. We all know that poor posture can cause neck and lower back pain. But did you know that bad posture is linked to high blood pressure and even, a shorter life span? This article will discuss bad posture and its harmful effects on the body. Normal posture will be defined. How to achieve proper posture will be discussed.

      In 2004 Deborah Kado MD and colleagues published a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that discussed poor posture. She used the term called hyperkyphosis. Hyperkyphosis can simply be described as postural slouching; where the head and shoulders slump forward. She noted that older people with hyperkyphotic posture had a 44% increased chance of dying. She linked poor posture to an increased rate of mortality due to atherosclerosis, which is simply hardening and blockage of the arteries.

      In 2019 the Asian Spine Journal released a scientific research paper detailing an increase of hypertension (high blood pressure) in middle-aged and elderly people. The mean average age of those in the study was close to 80 years old but the authors noted that poor postural changes began when people were in their 30s.

      Normal posture can be imagined as if we were looking at military person who is standing at attention. Their head and shoulders are back. They definitely don't have a slouched upper body posture. Their stomach and hips are also back and not thrust forward. If you looked at them from the side you could draw a straight line from their ankle, through their hip, continuing through the middle of the shoulder and through the opening of the ear. They look good! Their clothes fit better. They carry themselves with self-respect.

      In my chiropractic practice I work daily to improve the posture of my patients. If their spine and pelvis is misaligned, I use various chiropractic techniques to bring them back into proper alignment. If they entered the office with neck and back pain this almost always brings pain relief. I also show them very simple stretching and strengthening exercises to help them with their posture.

      One visualization I like to pass along is to imagine standing as though a helium balloon were attached by a string to the top of your head. Automatically, this brings one's posture into a much better state. If you stand, walk and sit with this image in mind it can't help but to improve posture and ultimately, health.

      See this site for information about a pain relief chiropractor near me. Visit here to learn more about a McKnight Road chiropractor near me.

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