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 […]

Worldwide Stroke Rates Are Up

You may think that stroke is something you only see in older people, but strokes can also be seen in younger adults and even in children. A recent study published in The Lancet revealed that from 1990 to 2010, rates of new onset stroke, stroke survivors, and deaths from stroke increased 68%, 84%, and 26%, […]

Why Asians Are More At Risk for Stroke

I have a number of close Asian friends who snore heavily and likely has undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. Like most people, they don’t want to hear about the dangers of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Even when one or both parents snore like trains and had heart attacks or strokes at an early age, they refuse to […]

Did Gandolfini Have Sleep Apnea?

The world was saddened to hear about James Gandolfini’s untimely death. The Soprano’s actor was found dead while traveling in Italy. An autopsy reportedly revealed that he suffered a massive heart attack. There’s also lots of speculation that he also may have had undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. We know that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can lower your […]

Heart Disease, Dementia and Sleep Apnea

Here’s an interesting study showing that the presence of heart disease may predict dementia better than cognitive tests. This finding is not surprising since we know that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can cause major injury to multiple areas of the brain. We also know that the older you get, the more likely you’ll develop sleep apnea. […]