Iowa Sleep Blog

10 Signs of Sleep Apnea

Monday, January 16, 2017
Written by Carol Smith, PA-C There are many different signs of sleep apnea. We have listed the 10 signs that see very frequently in our patients. Snoring. Loud snoring is common but not consistent across the board with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. Lack of snoring does not negate risk of sleep apnea. Gasping or choking arousals from sleep. These symptoms accompanied ..

Obstructive sleep apnea before treatment (1 of 2)

Monday, February 01, 2016
Obstructive sleep apnea, otherwise referred to as OSA, is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow, despite an ongoing effort to breathe. While sleep apnea affects more men than women, anyone can experience OSA. Learn more about the different types of OSA (http://www.iowasleep.com/common-problems/obstructive-sleep-apnea-osa). During sleep ..

At-home snoring remedies

Monday, December 14, 2015
In the U.S., 45 percent of adults experience some sort of snoring each night. But the person who is snoring is not always the only one affected by the snoring. This means that far more than 45 percent of U.S. adults could actually be impacted by snoring. Snoring occurs when a sleeper experiences a blocked or narrow airway passage, which causes the soft palate and uvula at the back of the  ..

I've been diagnosed with OSA--now what?

Monday, October 19, 2015
If you’ve ever been told you snore, or suddenly stop breathing during your sleep, you may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where a sleeper experience one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths because of excess skin blocking the airway the throat while they are asleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a couple seconds to more than 30 seconds ..

Signs it’s time to see a sleep doctor

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Signs it’s time to see a sleep doctor Sleeping is a natural function of the body, so it can be hard to tell when your “simple” sleep troubles are actually more complicated sleep disorders. Many don’t even realize their poor sleep can affect other aspects of their health such as their overall heart health, managing diabetes and controlling body weight. Many times, these sleep disorders can ..

A Sleep Consultation at Iowa Sleep

Monday, December 01, 2014
Sleeping is one of the few conditions of the body that is naturally recurring – indeed, no one needs to be taught to fall asleep. That said, sometimes we do need to be taught how to best fall asleep. Yet, taking action and asking for help when sleep doesn’t come easy isn’t always, well, easy. The doctors and specialists at Iowa Sleep want you to know you are not alo ..

Sleep Well, Be Well

Monday, November 24, 2014
Promising to get more sleep each night is a popular New Year’s resolution, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until January to start. There are many small lifestyle changes that you can make now to improve your sleep habits. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project (http://www.sleepeducation.com/healthysleep) began in 2013 by the Center for Disease Control and Preventio ..

snoring

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems, affecting people of all ages and both genders. In fact, almost 37 million Americans on average report that they snore. Snoring commonly occurs when the air flowing past relaxed tissues in your throat vibrates, causing those annoying and hoarse sounds. Snoring not only negatively affects your sleep, but it can affect your partner’s sleep a ..

How Treating Sleep Disorders Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease

Friday, May 30, 2014
If your family has a history of heart disease, it’s more important than ever to be aware of sleep disorders and their side effects. Although the connection between sleep disorders and heart conditions is not fully defined, there is a relationship between the two. Sleep disorders have been associated with heart conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, stroke,  ..

Take On Our Better Sleep Month Challenge

Monday, May 05, 2014
It’s time to celebrate, but we’re not blowing up balloons or baking a cake. Instead, we’re planning our May schedules in a way that will allow us to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep every night in honor of Better Sleep Month. The Better Sleep Council (http://bettersleep.org/about/history) designated May as Better Sleep Month in 1985 with the original goal of sell ..