Does Your Child Have Sleep Apnea? My Interview with Dr. Ebrahimian, Holistic Dentist

January 21, 2013

Please join me tomorrow when I’m interviewed by  Dr. Ariana Ebrahimian, for her Healthy Child Show. She has a great list of expert guests who will talk about everything from nutrition and good eating habits to better sleep and orthodontic care. In this interview, I’ve been asked to talk about:

  • How to know if your child may have sleep apnea
  • Why and how sleep apnea happens
  • The most effective way to end snoring
  • 5 tips for children to breathe easier and sleep better
  • And much more valuable information to improve your child’s health.

Please click here to listen to the interview at 1PM Pacific (4PM Eastern) on Tuesday, January 22.

An Interesting Snoring Demonstration

January 19, 2013

I just found an interesting YouTube video that demonstrates how snoring occurs. It’s made by an Israeli dentist, Dr. Dany Maor.

 

Ask Dr. Park: What You Can Do When CPAP Fails

December 31, 2012

In this teleseminar, I’ll go over all options when CPAP doesn’t work for you. 

• What other options are there when CPAP doesn’t work?

• Are dental devices effective?

• What are my surgical options?

• Do tongue exercises, acupuncture or didgideroo playing help to cure sleep apnea?

• What about Provent nasal plugs?

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Study Finds Sleep-Disordered Breathing Affects 1 in 10 Kids

December 27, 2012

Here’s another study showing that a significant percentage of children are found to have sleep-disordered breathing. Researchers in Finland found that 1 in 10 children suffered from either obstructive sleep apnea or snoring. What was different about this study compared to other studies is that obesity wasn’t the main reason that correlated with a sleep-breathing disorder. Rather, it was their dental occlusion, or how their upper and lower teeth fit together, as well their facial shapes. 

This is exactly what I’m seeing in young children with sleep-related breathing disorders. They are not usually overweight, but have narrow faces with recessed jaws, and a high arched hard palate. 

Considering that resistance to airflow increases exponentially as the diameter decreases (inversely to the 4th power, see Hagen-Poiseulle equation), even minor changes in our jaw structures can have huge consequences when it comes to breathing, especially when our upper airways are susceptible to collapse in multiple areas.

Arthritis, Anxiety and Apnea Connections

December 17, 2012

Fully 1/3 of people with arthritis were found to have symptoms of  anxiety or depression in this study. Overall, 31% of participants with arthritis had anxiety, and 18% had depression. The authors explain that people living with arthritis may be worried about their livelihood or their ability to perform at their job might be stressful.

Here’s another possible explanation: Having obstructive sleep apnea is known to cause systemic inflammation, including inside the joints. A recent study published in Sleep Medicine showed that heavy snorers had double the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life. Furthermore, poor sleep in general can also worsen rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve even had a handful of patients that stated that their severe rheumatoid arthritis resolved completely after starting CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea. 

Did your arthritis ever improve after starting treatment for obstructive sleep apnea?

Expert Interview: Nancy Rothstein, Author of My Daddy Snores

November 28, 2012


In this Expert Interview, I have a fascinating discussion with Nancy Rothstein, The Sleep Ambassador® and author of My Daddy Snores
Nancy serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at NYU where she developed and teaches an online course on Sleep Wellness through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is also consulting with NYU to create University enterprise initiatives and educational outreach on Sleep Wellness, as well as on general Wellness. 

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Ask Dr. Park: CPAP Success Strategies

November 2, 2012

In this Ask Dr. Park teleseminar, I go over solutions to the top 10 CPAP problems that people have, as well as to answer questions from the live audience.

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Lose Weight While You Sleep?

November 1, 2012

Despite all that we know about the importance of good quality and quantity of sleep in achieving effective weight loss, the mainstream press and media outlets mention sleep only occasionally, a luxury that few people are able to afford in our busy, stress-filled lives. Even when sleep is written about, it’s glossed over with one-liners or placed on a top 10 list along with various other good sleep hygiene tips.

However, I was happy to see that Scientific American wrote an in-depth article on this subject, which I strongly urge everyone to read. The article focuses on sleep deprivation in general, not mentioning underlying sleep-breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome, but it’s a good start. Remember, you can sleep 8 to 10 hours and still not get good quality sleep if you stop breathing 20 to 50 times every hour.

Whether or not you have a sleep-breathing disorder, start now by getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep on a regular basis. Let me know how this goes…

Bariatric Surgery Not A Cure For Sleep Apnea

October 18, 2012

It’s been taught that significant weight loss in morbidly obese people can cure sleep apnea. My experience with patients and this recent study from Australia shows that in many cases, you can lose a lot of weight, but your sleep apnea severity may not improve significantly. Just like any intervention for sleep apnea, you’ll see a wide range of responses. Some people are cured, some have no effect, but most are somewhere in the middle. I generally counsel my patients that you’ll likely go down one level in the severity of sleep apnea: If you start with mild sleep apnea, losing a lot of weight may get you down into the normal levels, and if you start at severe sleep apnea, that same weight loss may get you down to moderate levels.

Did you lose a lot of weight, and if so, how much did your sleep apnea improve?

Rates of Strokes in Younger People Rising

October 15, 2012

Here’s an article about increasing rates of strokes in younger people. Rates of stroke in people ages 20 to 55 increased from 12.9 to 18.6% from 1994 to 2005. Researchers site the usual reasons for stroke, including bad diets, lack of exercise, and obesity. Nowhere does it mention anything about obstructive sleep apnea, which is always something to think about for anyone who suffers from a stroke. In a recent study from Sweden, 50% of women aged 20 to 70 were found to have obstructive sleep apnea. In the US, with increased rates of obesity, this figure is likely to be much higher. There are many different reasons for obstructive sleep apnea raising your risk of stroke, but one important thing to remember is that blood is much thicker in people with sleep apnea. This makes blood more susceptible to clot in various parts of your body, including your brain.

If you had a stroke at a young age, do you have sleep problems?

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