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This article appeared originally on KevinMD. The Greek hero of the Trojan war, Achilles, had only one vulnerable area on his body—his heel. Similarly, modern humans also have a vulnerable part of the our anatomy, the upper airway, which simultaneously... Read more
Guest article Types of OTC oral appliances for snoring There are literally dozens of over-the-counter (OTC) mandibular advancement devices (MAD) available, which means that making a decision can be anything but easy. One should consider several factors... Read more
Not getting enough sleep can definitely cause more facial wrinkles, but here are 7 more ways to make sure that you get even more wrinkles, have more aches and pains, feel old, or even die sooner. 1. Eat or snack close to bedtime. Going to bed on a full... Read more
Michelle Bachmann’s recent revelation that she suffers from migraines brings up an important point that most doctors and the lay public don’t appreciate: the importance of proper breathing at night. It’s commonly known that sleep deprivation... Read more
Recurrent sinus infections, throat pain, ear fullness and chronic cough are some of the most common conditions that I see every day. You may think that I typically diagnose and treat for routine bacterial infections in these situations, but in most cases,... Read more
Dr. Park's Sleep Apnea Blog
One of my friends was worried about his health. He was getting sick all the time, and felt exhausted no matter how long he slept. His wife told him he was snoring and stopped breathing once in a while at night. He told his doctor that he suspected that he may have obstructive sleep apnea. His doctor told him that he’s too thin and doesn’t fit the... Read more
It’s now official: The train engineer from last year’s deadly train derailment was found to have severe obstructive sleep apnea, where he stopped breathing 65 times per hour. To date, there’s no conclusive proof that the crash was a direct result of his untreated sleep apnea, since he was also taking a sedating antihistamine and had changed... Read more
During college, one of the most influential coursers that I took was called “Paradigms of Health and Disease.” It was taught by my advisor in the biophysics department. This course looked at how we define what is is to be healthy or sick, and compare and contrast our definitions with other cultures and societies. One important concept that stuck with me from... Read more
I just saw a patient 5 weeks after major tongue and soft palate surgery for obstructive sleep apnea, and as expected more often than not, his sleep quality was significantly improved. He did not suffer from brain fog anymore, and was able to think clearly again, something he was not able to do for more than 30 years. He was very happy with the results. As... Read more
Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a commonly seen condition, especially in victims of sexual abuse, or in military personnel after deployment. For the most part, it’s categorized as a mental health disorder that’s treated with medications and/or psychotherapy. Personal or family history of anxiety or depression is though to increase your risk of... Read more
I haven’t talked a great deal about sleep deprivation, so when I came across this article on Medscape, I thought the overview of the various epidemiologic findings related to sleeping less than 6 hours was worth reviewing: “Sleep deprivation has a profound impact on multiple disease states. For example, if you sleep less than 6 hours, epidemiologic... Read more
It’s been a general consensus amongst physicians that chronic pain can disrupt sleep, leading to insomnia and frequent awakenings during the night. In the sleep research field, it’s been long known that poor sleep quality or quantity can lower your pain thresholds, meaning that you’ll feel pain a lot earlier. Regardless of what causes what,... Read more