Sleep Apnea & Gastrointestinal Problems (Podcast 25)

A Surprising Link

In this podcast episode, Kathy and I will talk about links between various gastrointestinal issues and obstructive sleep apnea. We cover the following 5 surprising conditions: Irritable bowel syndrome Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis) Celiac disease (or gluten sensitivity) Colon cancer Acid reflux Download MP3 Subscribe Shownotes: Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the […]

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Cause Gastrointestinal Problems

Digestive and gastrointestinal problems are not commonly thought of when you mention obstructive sleep apnea. I used to think this way as well until I met Lorraine, a woman in her 30s who was thin and healthy looking on the outside. However, she hated waking up in the mornings due to her severe, throbbing headaches, and […]

Sleep Duration And Colon Cancer Risk

There have been more and more studies showing an association between sleep duration or sleep apnea with increased cancer risk. In this study, longer sleep duration was associated with increased colon cancer risk in people who snored or were overweight. As we know from cancer research studies, hypoxia is a major mechanism of cancer progression. […]

Can Colon Cancer Be Caused By Sleep Apnea?

Colon cancer is usually thought to be due to hereditary causes, along with your diet and lifestyle factors, but a new study revealed that sleeping less than 6 hours per night increases your chances of getting colon cancer by 50%, compared with sleeping 7 hours per night. The study authors speculate that perhaps melatonin may […]

Dog Sniffing, Sleep Apnea, & Facial Profiling

Someone just emailed me a link to an article showing that dogs can be trained to detect colon cancer in breath and stool samples, even in its’ early stages. He asked if this could be applied to sleep apnea. I though long and hard about this. There are so many metabolites in urine, stools, sweat, […]