Chicken or the Egg: Depression or Sleep Apnea?

In the wake of Robin Williams’ untimely death by suicide, I think it’s appropriate to talk about the pink elephant in the room that no one seems to notice. Mr. Williams was known to suffer from severe depression, and there are reports that he also had early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. He also battled alcohol […]

Flat-Head Syndrome Linked to Developmental Delays

Children with deformational plagiocephaly (DP), or “flat-head syndrome,” have been more commonly seen ever since pediatricians recommended placing infants on their backs during sleep. It’s an accepted consequence of a maneuver that has been found to lower crib death (sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS) by about 40 to 50%. So far it’s been thought […]

Nap May Make Your Preschooler Smarter

Cutting out naps during preschool may be detrimental to your child’s brain development. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that skipping nap time resulted in a 10% drop in accuracy in a memory learning game.  In sleep medicine, we know how important sleep is for memory consolidation and creative associations, especially […]

A Pill Instead of CPAP for Sleep Apnea?

Here’s another study finding and accompanying article that offers hope of perhaps finding a “pill” for obstructive sleep apnea, rather than the conventional options the we currently have available (CPAP, dental options, and surgery). The researchers identified one of the main mechanisms of the switch that turns off muscle tone when you’re in REM sleep (the dreaming […]

Lack of Deep Sleep (From Sleep Apnea) Can Cause High Blood Pressure

If you don’t sleep well or are sleep deprived, you know what that feels like: you’re more likely to be unenergetic, unfocused, unproductive, and unmotivated. Lack of sleep in general is already an epidemic in this country, and there are studies that show that lack of specific stages of sleep can contribute to certain types […]