Can Sleep Apnea Cause Bone Loss or Osteoporosis?

It seems that every week or two, there’s a new-found association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and various medical conditions. Besides the typical medical conditions associated with OSA such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and even cancer, there have been a handful of studies looking at the link between OSA and […]

5 Reasons Why Sleep Hacks Don’t Always Work

It seems that sleep is the new black. Almost every day, I see more and more books, articles, and media coverage touting the health benefits of sleep. You know that sleep is now a mainstream topic when Ariana Huffington publishes a book about sleep: “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time.”    Shortcuts […]

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 […]

More Studies Link Sleep Apnea to Mild Cognitive Impairment & Dementia

Almost every week, I come across another study that links poor sleep or sleep  apnea to dementia. Here’s a paper that shows that sleep deprivation increases beta amyloid production. Beta amyloid plaques are what accumulates in dementia and alzheimer’s disease, and is the current hot topic in Alzheimer’s research.  This paper showed that chronic intermittent […]

Women & Insomnia: What Else Could it Be?

Here’s a not-too-surprising finding: A 2007 study front the National Sleep Foundation found that 3 out of every 10 women admit to taking a sleeping pill at least a few nights a week. Prescription sleep aids peak amongst women aged 40 to 59. Many women also report that their sleep has never been the same […]