One of the biggest barriers in the treatment of sleep apnea is patients never taking the first step to be treated: acknowledging they might have a problem. “Sleep apnea is a disease complicated by denial,” says Michael Friedman, MD, Medical Director at Chicago ENT. “Since patients are asleep, they are often in denial about snoring or gasping. They are equally resistant to accept the fact that they are somnolent and fall asleep at inappropriate times and places.” Continue reading Who Snores? Not me! New Wearables Help Patients Become Aware of Potential Sleep Apnea
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
When a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes snoring and disrupted sleep, the doctor may recommend treatment with a CPAP machine, a nasal mask that provides more airflow and keeps the airways open during sleep. But many patients who are diagnosed wonder, If I wear this machine, what will happen to my sex life?
If you or a loved one is struggling with Sleep Apnea, this is the informative discussion that may change your world. You may have heard about Inspire Therapy on the radio, and perhaps even read about it. Now, Chicago ENT and Dr. Michael Friedman are hosting a free Community Education Event on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm to discuss this groundbreaking treatment.
The program features:
So if no mask, no hose, and no noise appeals to you, join us June 14th at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Olson Auditorium at 836 W. Wellington, Chicago IL 60657.
Please click here to register (takes you to a registration form on Inspire’s website).
Featuring Dr. Friedman
This video features the most up-to-date information and how to use a CPAP machine. Continue reading Understanding CPAP
It’s No Love Story!
March 11-17th is National Sleep Awareness Week. The experts at Chicago ENT and Chicago Sleep Center are taking the opportunity this week to raise awareness about the importance of sleep and how sleep plays a critical role in our health. Continue reading Sleepless in Chicago
Women and Sleep Apnea
When we think about someone suffering with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), we often picture an older, heavyset male with a thick neckline and a ground-shaking snore. While this mental picture fits the medical description of a patient suffering from sleep apnea, it by no means paints the complete picture of most sleep apnea suffers. Continue reading Why Are More Women with OSA Misdiagnosed?