Category Archives: Sleep Health

I did WHAT last night?

Parasomnias can pose a real danger.

A teenager is found sleeping in a tower crane 130 feet above the ground, having walked across a narrow metal beam to get there. A man gives his roommate a nightly play-by-play of his dreams as they occur. A sleeping man drives across town, chokes his stepfather and stabs his stepmother to death. These are all true stories—examples of extreme parasomnias.

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Dr. Friedman co-editor of new textbook

The second edition of the textbook, Sleep Apnea and Snoring: Surgical and Non-Surgical Therapy, edited by Chicago ENT medical director Dr. Michael Friedman and Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz is scheduled for release May 16, 2019.

Recent years have brought many significant changes to the field of sleep apnea and snoring, and this new edition is up to date with every effective intervention. a focused, multidisciplinary approach to all sleep apnea and snoring related illnesses, making it an outstanding reference for surgery in this key area within otolaryngology. New chapters, new video clips, new techniques and procedures, and new contributing authors.

To learn more about the book, click on this link.

Study Finds CPAP Can Increase Chance for a Longer Life in Obese Patients

Sleep apnea is more than just snoring and restless sleep. It has been tied to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, weight gain, impotence, and more. Despite these health complications, many people are reluctant to take steps to treat it. First, denial that they have the disease interferes. And next, they are deterred by idea of CPAP therapy. However, a new study shows that CPAP therapy is linked to a longer life. 

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Sleep apnea treatment that doesn’t require CPAP

Frustrated with CPAP? Inspire can help. Inspire is a new sleep apnea treatment that does not require the tubes and breathing apparatus involved in using CPAP. Instead, during a small outpatient procedure, a small device is implanted that then works to open the airway whenever you sleep. You control the device using a remote, turning it on whenever you sleep and off when you wake up. During sleep, Inspire helps stimulate the natural breathing process. It syncs with your breathing pattern and helps your muscles to keep your airway open.  

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Trying CPAP for the First Time? Tips to Understanding Machine Use and Insurance

If you or someone you know suffers from sleep apnea, you are likely familiar with the CPAP machine, a medical device that helps patients breathe easy through the night. Dr. Friedman and his team of expert ENTs, allergists, head and neck surgeons, board-certified sleep specialists, as well as dental sleep specialists now treat snoring and sleep apnea with a number of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatment options. One of many treatment options is a CPAP machine.  Continue reading Trying CPAP for the First Time? Tips to Understanding Machine Use and Insurance

Driving Under the Influence…of a Sleep Disorder: How Sleep Disorder Assessment Could Save Your Life

Most people wouldn’t risk driving under the influence of alcohol—however, they may be driving under the influence of something else that is life-threatening: not getting enough restful sleep. Every year, nearly 1,500 people die in traffic accidents that are linked to sleep disorders. According to research done by The National Commission on Sleep Disorders, over 100,000 automobile accidents per year are linked to sleep disorders, with nearly 1,500 fatalities and 75,000 injuries annually.

You may think “driving under the influence” of a sleep disorder is a strange correlation, but another factor connects addictive disorders and sleep disorders: aside from addictive disorders, there is no other disease with as much denial as there is with obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Continue reading Driving Under the Influence…of a Sleep Disorder: How Sleep Disorder Assessment Could Save Your Life