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How Serious is Sleep Apnea?

All the time I hear people say they don't wear their CPAP machines because they hate them. And I get it. It's not my favourite thing either - except that it's probably saving my life. Strapping on a goofy looking mask attached to a long hose isn't the sexiest way to go to bed; but if it means I'm going to live another day with a better quality of life, I'll take it and I hope you will, too. Ever wondered just how serious sleep apnea is? Tamara Sellman has written an excellent article on what sleep apnea does to the heart.

The Biggest Turn-Off While You're Sleeping Could be Deadly!

Everybody knows snoring is probably the biggest turn-off in the bedroom. Being kept awake at night by someone who is blissfully unaware of the torture he or she is imposing is neither fun nor sexy. Obviously, however, it's not a total deal-breaker, because many snorers are still married. That means there are a lot of long-suffering mates out there whose love trumps personal comfort. According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), 83 percent of the 1,009 people surveyed by telephone said they had a snoring bed partner.

Five Heart Problems Caused by Sleep Apnea

Did you know that sleep apnea can cause five - five - kinds of heart problems? 
The wild card is the fact that as many as 26 percent of North Americans may have mild to severe sleep apnea, and only about 10 percent are aware that they have it.
That means that as many as 75 million people have a condition many have never even thought about.  Sleep apnea causes snoring, daytime sleepiness, headache, and poor concentration – and can lead to potentially deadly cardiac issues.
Take a look at this article: 

Finally Getting the Word Out!

It's taken some time to get the word out, but CPAP wearers who struggle with strap marks from their CPAP devices are increasingly discovering the Face Cozy air mask face shield. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, sleep apnea sufferers are finding that their CPAP devices don't have to leave unsightly strap marks. Mornings can be great after sleeping so much better with CPAP therapy – and having no strap marks to ruin the benefit! It still amazes me that the little mask I designed to solve my own issues with strap marks is helping so many people. I love it!!

The connection between sleep apnea and sleep disorders and Vitamin D deficiency

Trouble sleeping? This is an amazing lecture by Stasha Gominak, MD, neurologist, on Vitamin D and sleep-related issues. While I disagree with her understanding about the origins of life, her contribution to our understanding of the connection between sleep apnea and sleep disorders and Vitamin D deficiency is remarkable.


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