Is Nocturnal Asthma Really Sleep Apnea?

Having an asthma attack in the middle of the night can be a frightening and terrifying experience. Typically, these attacks happen in the early morning hours, just before awakening.  Now there’s research showing that poorly controlled asthma during pregnancy can increase a woman’s chances of developing preeclampsia (50%) and premature births (25%). Furthermore, infants born […]

How Reflux Aggravates Sleep Apnea

One of the central tenets of my sleep-breathing paradigm is the connection between breathing obstruction and reflux: One can cause the other, and vice versa. I happened to be reading an article on gastrointestinal function while sleeping, and found some interesting facts about your stomach and how it behaves when you’re sleeping: 1. Gastric acid […]

Reflux And Spontaneous Arousals In Mild Sleep Apnea

Gastro-esophageal reflux and laryngopharyngeal reflux disease are commonly seen in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Many of you will have the typical throat clearing, post-nasal drip, chronic cough or hoarseness that's seen with laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Sleep apnea causes your normal stomach juices to leak up into the throat, which not only causes you to […]