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 â€œwithout 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.
MATS and new Technology Crete on Road Dog Trucking
Now for Road Dog Trucking News Hi Drivers, and welcome. It is our numberone SiriusXM Road Dog Trucking News. Thanks for being out there ladies and gentlemen andthanks for being here at the MidAmerica trucking show in the beautiful city of Louisvilleâ€¦Louis villeâ€¦ Louisville. How do you pronounce it Tim Aschoffé Well I think on April Fools Day you can pronounceit however you want! Because if you're not correct you just say April Fools! Absolutely April Fools. How are you sir, it'sgood to see you!
Doing well. It's great to be here. It'sa good buzz in the air here this yearâ€¦ Absolutely! â€¦ it's nice to have a positive feeling. Well drivers, I've got Tim Aschoff. Of coursehe is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Crete Carrier Corporation;the president of Shaffer Trucking. Man, it's great to have you on the radio with us again.And drivers what we are going to be doing here in the course of the program is we aregoing to be talking to Tim about what's going on with different things in the industry.Talking about, you know, the latest buzz,
the technology that's out there, a lot ofgood stuff that's happening out there in the trucking industry today. Tim I know thatyou guys are very busy. You have a booth set up here at the MidAmerica. What are you hearingfrom driversé Well, I think we're hearing from driversthat you know it's been a long sevenâ€¦ eightâ€¦nine years in the industry and itis feeling better. I mean, I think we're going through a time now where you're gettinga seasonal dip in freight in January and February, but hey it's spring. I think things aregetting more and more positive every day and just again the feel on the floor around herewith driversâ€¦ with everybody just seems
to be really bright compared to maybe a fewyears ago when you'd come to places like this. No absolutely! Man we had the great recessionback in 2008, things were going off the track if you will, but things are indeed gettingbetter and I think this is creating a lot more opportunities for a lot of drivers outthere. I think that is one of the critical elements and the trucking industry is steppingup. I mean they are meeting drivers needs. They are talking to the drivers about what'simportant to them. What are you hearing from your guysé
Yeah absolutely, we have to evolve. You knowtimes change with everything. You just walk around the floor here and we talked aboutthat a little bit before the show about how there are so many different things here, butthere is still the core there. The core of what we do in trucking, the core of what adriver has to do. And you know, technology has come a long ways to help the driver. Tohelp them stay better connected with home. To help them stay better connected with us.To help them have a better quality of life. I think companies are embracing that and driversare embracing that and we are pushing each other. And we are pushing each other to sayhow do we make everything better for the driver,
for our customers, and for the company. Thatultimately makes it better for America. Well you know what's really great you mentionyou know each side is pushing each other so to speak. It's all to drive home excellencerighté I mean everybody is working on the same page. Absolutely, I mean we have to talk about continuousimprovement. That's kind of the business buzzword out there, but it really is. It'show do we do things were we stay true to our core, provide good quality service, have goodquality job for a driver. Still look where we can improve. You know we're not alwaysgoing to be leading edge out there you know
Special Sleep Surgery at Stanford Christian Roths Story
I am Christian Roth and I live in San Jose,California. Over the years, I've really struggled withgetting a good night's sleep, so I'd sleep eight to nine hours, but still feel terriblethe next day. There was this fog or a cloud over me. I tried to do a lot of different techniquesto, you know, make our bedroom more relaxing for him to sleep in. Nothing really worked So, it came to the point where, I stoppedbreathing when I sleep. I would hear him snore, and then just allof a sudden, stop, and there would be no noise.
And then, probably a few seconds later, you'dhear this loud exhale. Just hearing him stop breathing like that, really scared me. ChristianThe next morning she said, quot;You need to do something about this.quot; I went to Stanford for a consultation, andthey immediately signed me up for a sleep study. The results weren't good. So, I had a verysevere sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea means you stop breathingquot;Xquot; amount of times per hour. So, in my case,
I stopped almost every minute. In a younger gentleman with a higher bloodpressure, sleep apnea is something that needs to be investigated. Patients with moderate to severe ObstructionSleep Apnea have two to four times higher chance of having a heart attack or a strokeand around five to seven times more chance of having recurring car accidents becauseof attention failures. So, I went in for a followup and they actuallyused this sophisticated camera to look inside my throat; and it turned out that I have likevery severe blockage.
Mr. Roth was someone who had bigger tonsils,deviated septum and hypertrophic turbinates. For most adults we start with the CPAP. CPAPis the acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Basically, it is a device that youuse a mask and it splints the airway open so it stops obstructing during sleep. Unfortunately, around half of the people,despite all best efforts, cannot use the machine. I tried the CPAP machine for about four tofive months. I was still unable to sleep through the night. That's when I saw that, given his age, hisbody mass index, his anatomic structure, he
would be a very good candidate for surgery. Capasso was pretty confident that thiswould help me out, so the first thing he recommended was to obviously, get the tonsils removed,and then clear up the deviated septum, also, to enlarge my nostrils. On surgery day, we were just waiting, waitingfor him to come out, and he finally did. And Capasso came and spoke to my motherinlawand I right after. And, you know, the first thing he said was, quot;When he wakes up, he'sgoing to be in lots of pain.quot; But he said, you know, everything went really well.
The recovery wasn't too bad, actually. After I got the splint out of my nostrils,it was just amazing and I was like, quot;Wow. I didn't know I could breathe like this.quot; I thought the care at Stanford was topnotch.We know that they are one of the leading facilities in Northern California, so I definitely wantedto take advantage of them. And they took the time to explain everything that was goingon. And they were confident that they could beat this. So, that in turn, gave me confidenceto follow through. After the surgery, I had much more endurance;and so, it definitely played a factor in me