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Ask the Doctor: Does “fat” cause snoring?

Only sort of! New research is coming out that links a fatty liver — a condition that frequently strikes those who are overweight or obese — with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by interrupted breathing or snoring during the night, and the severity can range from only a nuisance to deadly.

Studies conducted over the past year have shown that those with fatty livers have a greater than 50% chance of also having sleep apnea. Additionally, the fattier the liver, the more severe the apnea. One theory doctors have is that the loss of oxygen from sleep apnea increases chronic inflammation, worsening the liver.

Although this doesn’t seem like good news, there is a silver lining: Helping one problem tends to help the other. Thus, if you have a fatty liver or sleep apnea, try getting tested — you may have new ways of combating either disease.

Additionally, your sleep apnea might not be related to your liver at all! If this is the case, Dr. Michelle Yagoda is an expert ENT doctor who has treated hundreds of cases of sleep apnea. From allergies to a deviated septum, she will help you fix your breathing problems!

Can’t Sleep? Try a Sleep Buddy!

Couple’s Feet in Bed — Image by © Radius Images/Corbis

Having trouble sleeping? You aren’t alone! More than a third of US adults do not get enough sleep. Insufficient rest doesn’t just make you tired – it has many other associated health risks. If you are looking to improve your quality of life and sleep, then try resting both your mind AND body!

Getting enough sleep is an important component of reducing stress and tackling the day’s challenges. If you are sharing your bed with a companion, chances are you may think his or her presence can be disruptive to your “beauty sleep.” Worry not! As long as it isn’t snoring or sleep apnea waking you up, then sharing your bed is actually beneficial! Of course, if it is sleep apnea (a disruption of breathing) you should seek treatment. Those with allergies, deviated septums, enlarged turbinates or chronic sinus disease can all benefit from a doctor’s attention.  Whether through traditional or endoscopic surgery, fixing sleep apnea and snoring problems will ensure a more peaceful slumber.

However, if you find yourself waking up often — or just do not feel energized in the morning! — consider getting a sleeping buddy! Research shows that the “love hormone,” oxytocin, is released in greater quantities when your nighttime habits include cuddling. Oxytocin not only has physical benefits – it reduces stress, decreases blood pressure, and promotes healing – but it increases our feelings of affection for healthy relationships.

Why is this? Well, we are social creatures! Having a “protector” nearby increases sleep neurotransmitters, and it is these chemical signals that help foster a good night’s rest. So, to be the most outwardly beautiful and healthy person you can be (heaven forbid you have the face of sleep deprivation!), start with ensuring long-term health through good sleeping habits. Just don’t let your sleeping buddy hog the sheets!

Don’t you deserve a good night’s sleep?

Getting a good night's sleep and snoring

Continuing the countdown list of “SNORING ALSO CAUSES”…..there is also the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. What are you waiting for?  Use Google to search for links between Cardiovascular Disease and Snoring.  Don’t you deserve a good night’s sleep?

See Dr. Yagoda to address issues of Sleep Apnea and Snoring.

Do you have breathing problems at night?

Sleep apnea causes a person’s throat to close periodically 2throughout the night, depriving his or her body of oxygen. Researchers have now discovered that the more severe a person’s breathing problems at night, the greater the likelihood of dying from cancer. This is a monumental finding!

Read more online and be sure to ask Dr. Yagoda about treatments for sleep apnea/snoring.

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Do you have chronic sleep deprivation?

Forty million Americans suffer from chronic sleep deprivation each 5year. Now, researchers at BUSM have identifiedan important enzyme in the brain that regulates the wake-sleep cycle. This discovery could help lead to the development of more effective sleep aid medications.

If you have trouble sleeping, talk to Dr. Yagoda, as this could be a sign of a chronic condition like sleep apnea, and she can give you treatment options.

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Cures for Snoring

Cures for SnoringSometimes there is an easy fix to cure snoring, other times there is not.

If after you try home remedies for snoring and you are not better, call my office at 212. 434. 1210 to arrange for an evaluation and treatment plan.

Don’t you deserve to feel well-rested and refreshed?

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Being Alert to Sleep Apnea

Being Alert to Sleep ApneaIt is important to know what sleep apnea is and to find help to remedy it.

Here is a list of ways to help self diagnose sleeping apnea, but you should always seek out a health professional before coming to any conclusions.

Read more here: Being Alert to Sleep Apnea.

I deal with sleep apnea patients all the time. Call my office for more information: 212.434.1210.

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Snoring: The (not-so) Silent Killer

Snoring: The (not-so) Silent KillerIf knowledge is power, then reputable sources have the ultimate power! Next time you are reading to educate yourself for self-treatment, consider the source. Marketing materials, advertisements, and random on-line forums often provide partial information or even misinformation. Beware of the dangers that lurk! While a head strap to stop snoring might prevent oral breathing, it may also lead to an irregular heart rhythm (and possibly even death during sleep) if the oxygen inflow is restricted due to nasal obstruction. Read more about Snoring and Sleep Apnea.

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