Sleep Apnea And The National Guard

The Cities Sleep Apnea The Military Workforce Symposium WQPT

BUSH CONSTRUCTION IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THEQUAD CITIES THROUGH OUR CONSTRUCTION OF THESE COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND OUR BELIEF IN WQPT'SBROADCASTING OF LOCAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING LIKE quot;THE CITIESquot; WITH JIM MERTENS.gt;gt;gt; PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING ON WQPT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE SINGH GROUP AT MERRILLLYNCH SERVING THE WEALTH MANAGEMENT NEEDS OF CLIENTS IN THE REGION FOR OVER 25 YEARS.gt;gt;gt; PRODUCTION FUNDING FOR quot;THE CITIESquot; IS PROVIDED BY A GRANT FROM THE DORIS AND VICTORDAY FOUNDATION. gt;gt;GETTING A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP SO YOUR HEALTHDOESN'T GET WORSE, AND GETTING VETERANS A JOB, AN EFFORT TO GET MORE MILITARY MEN ANDWOMEN MUCH NEEDED WORK IN quot;THE CITIES.quot;

gt;gt;gt; WELL, IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, YOU REMEMBERYOUR DAD SNORING, AND ITS RAISING OFF THE ROOF.WHAT ONCE WAS A THOUGHT OF AS A JOKE, AND YOU PITIED THE LONG SUFFERING SPOUSE, IS NOWA SERIOUS MEDICAL CONCERN THAT CAN MAKE YOUR OTHER AILMENTS EVEN WORSE.MORE THAN 70�MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM SOME TYPE OF SLEEP DISORDER, AND I JUST FOUNDOUT THAT NUMBER IS ACTUALLY 70�MILLION ONE. ADD ME TO THE LIST. BUT ONLY AFTER I UNDERWENTA SLEEP TEST. JOINING US IS THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THEGENESIS MEDICAL CENTER SLEEP DISORDERS CLINIC, DR.�STEVE RASMUS.HOW ARE YOUé

gt;gt;DOING WELL, THANK YOU.gt;gt;WELL, WE WILL TALK ABOUT ME SPECIFICALLY, AND WE SHOW ME AND THE SLEEP TEST IN JUSTA MOMENT. BUT LET'S A TALK ABOUT SLEEP DISORDERS. YOUARE NOW WORKING ON THIS FULL TIME WHICH WASN'T ALWAYS THE CASE, AND THAT REALLY DOES SHOWYOU THE CHANGING TREND IN SOCIETY AND AS WELL AS THE MEDICAL SOCIETY.gt;gt;THAT'S TRUE. IT HAS BECOME A MUCH BIGGER DEAL, THE AWARENESSOF IT IS MUCH GREATER THAN IT USED TO BE. AND PART OF IT IS TAKING THE CHALLENGES TOPLACES LIKE HERE, FOR YOU TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC. AND PART OF MY JOB IS TRY TO EDUCATE EVERYBODY,INCLUDING PHYSICIANS.

THE ADMINISTRATORS FOR HOSPITALS CARE ABOUTTHIS BECAUSE IT AFFECTS THE ILLNESS OF THE PATIENTS COMING IN, HOW OFTEN DO THEY HAVETO COME IN. IT IS ALL ABOUT MAINTAINING HEALTH.gt;gt;LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT SLEEP APNEA IS BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY NOT UNDERSTAND. YOU DON'THAVE TO BE SNORING TO HAVE SLEEP APNEA, JUST BECAUSE YOU SNORE DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE SLEEPAPNEA, WHATé gt;gt; THAT'S CORRECT.25% OF PEOPLE WHO SNORE HAVE SLEEP APNEA. BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE IT.WHAT IT AMOUNTS TO IS THE TONGUE OR SOFT PALATE OR BOTH, FALL BACK INTO THE AIRWAY WHEN YOUARE SLEEPING.

THE SNORING IS BASICALLY THE RATTLING OF THOSETHINGS IN THE WIND TUNNEL OF YOUR THROAT. BUT IF IT FALLS BACK TOO FAR, THEN YOU CAN'TGET A GOOD BREATH. YOU DON'T HAVE TO STOP BREATHING, BUT IT IS ENOUGH TO HAVE TO COMEUP FOR AIR. YOU DON'T KNOW IT.THE INDIVIDUAL ALMOST NEVER KNOWS IT. IT IS THE SPOUSE THAT TURNS THEM IN OR THEDOCTOR THAT THINKS I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE IT.WHEN YOU COME UP FOR AIR, THEN YOU ALMOST WAKE UP AND EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY SLEEP EIGHTHOURS, YOU ARE TIRED BECAUSE YOUR QUALITY OF SLEEP IS BAD.BUT FROM A HEALTH STANDPOINT, WHEN YOU COME

UP FOR AIR, YOUR HEART RATE GOES UP, YOURBLOOD PRESSURE GOES UP. THERE ARE SOME MEASURABLE CIRCULATION FACTORSTHAT CHANGE. THAT'S WHY IT INCREASES THE RISK OF HEARTATTACK, STROKE, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART RHYTHM PROBLEMS.THE NEAT PART ABOUT IT IS MOST OF THE THINGS THAT ARE RISK FACTORS FOR THAT AREN'T THATEASY TO TREAT. SLEEP APNEA, IF YOU GET THAT TREATED, IT BRINGSYOUR RISK FACTOR RIGHT DOWN AS IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE IT.gt;gt;WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE TREATMENTS IN A SECOND.LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DIAGNOSIS.

What Is Sleep Apnea

Hey there sleepy heads, Julia here for Dnews. According to the National Sleep Foundationsnoring affects 90 million Americans. So you're probably not the only one sleeping on thecouch tonight. When you sleep most of your muscles relax.Including those in your mouth, throat and airways. If these become too relaxed, theycan get in the way of your breathing. As you try to suck more air through the narrowedairways, these muscles can vibrate, making sounds like an airplane or lawnmower. Although it might be annoying to your sleepingbuddy, snoring seems mostly harmless. Yet

several studies linked the night time maladyto some pretty nasty healthy effects. One study published in the journal Laryngoscope,found that snoring might lead to a thickening of the arteries in the heart. Snoring canalso lead to headaches and even decline in memory. Not to mention if you wake up yourpartner, snoring could get you into some relationship trouble. But is your snoring so bad you wake yourselfupé You might suffer from sleep apnea. Half of those 90 million I mentioned earlier mightbe suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Apnea means literally “without breathâ€�.Like the name suggests, this type of sleep

disorder can cause the airways to completelyclose. Sufferers actually stop breathing when they sleep! This lack of oxygen wakes peopleup with a snort or gasp. While waking up a bunch of times in the middleof the night leaves you tired the day, Sleep Apnea can also lead to a host of other problems. One large study was published in the journalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study found that patientswith severe apnea have a 30% higher risk of developing diabetes than those with almostno apnea. And patients with mild or moderate apnea had a 23% increased risk of developingdiabetes.

Another study published in the journal Journalof al Sleep Medicine surveyed a group of patients for 20 years! The researchersfound that, even after controlling for smoking and other lifestyle factors, people with moderateto severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to die, nearly four timesmore likely to have a stroke, three times more likely to die from cancer, and 2.5 timesmore likely to develop cancer. Lack of oxygen to the brain is never a goodthing. One study published in the journal Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, foundthat the immediate effects of sleep apnea on the brain were similar to the effects ofa stroke!

Okay okay, have I scared you enoughé Sorryabout that. So currently one of the best treatments for sleep apnea remains the cumbersome CPAPmachine. CPAP stands for quot;continuous positive airway pressurequot;. Basically, if you can'tguess from that name, the machine creates pressure on your airways so those soft tissuesdon't get in the way of your breathing. The exact pressure depends on the patientand decided by a physician. But you breathe easier and pretty much stop snoring. While the whole getup includes a face mask,that goes into your nose and over your head, it definitely helps. Some studies publishedin the journal Sleep found that using a CPAP

machine improves blood pressure and even restoresbrain tissue after a year of use! So while it might be awkward, it could actually addyears to your life. So wanna found out if your snoring is dangerousor just dang annoyingé Well there's an app for that, designed by researchers at the Universityof Washington. ApneaApp uses sound waves to monitor breathing. The app acts kind of likea bat, emitting sonar to track breathing patterns. According to its makers, the app can detectsleep apnea as well as tests 98% of the time. The app is only designed foruse on android phones. Sorry hipsters, you'll just have to wait.

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