Why 5 Hours of Sleep Is Better Than 8 Hours

Conventional wisdom within sleep medicine says 7 to 8 hours of sleep is ideal. Less than 5 hours or more than 9 hours is associated with much higher rates of depression, diabetes, stroke, and dying in general. Then why is it that some people feel great after sleeping only 4 to 5 hours, but feel terrible […]

Why Some Great Sleepers May Die Early

Oftentimes in social situations, whenever people discover that I’m a sleep doctor, every other person will tell me about their spouses’  snoring problems or insomnia issues, but invariably, someone will tell me, “I’m a great sleeper!” However, when pressed further, I’ll get these comments from these great sleepers:   1. I sleep like a log. […]

Peripheral Neuropathy and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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. […]

Lower Melatonin Levels Up Your Risk of Diabetes

Here’s another chicken or egg question: Do poor sleep habits cause diabetes and lower melatonin levels, or does diabetes cause lower levels of melatonin? In this study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, having lower levels of melatonin was associated with a higher risk of diabetes. This does not prove that having lower […]

Why Hypertension Is More Lethal For African Americans

Blacks with high blood pressure were found to be twice as likely to suffer sudden cardiac death compared to other racial groups. A study published in HeartRhythm found that this was the case regardless of other other factors such as age, gender, family history, weight, diabetes or previous history of heart disease. What they don’t mention is that […]