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The sleep doctors at Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas want everyone to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. This sleep disorder blog is dedicated to providing helpful clinical insights and practical pointers on overcoming snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia and other sleep disorders. Please check back from time to time to learn the latest trends and newest discoveries.

How Does Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas Increase Success with CPAP?

Feb 10, 2012 | 3 comments

Some people may have difficulty adjusting to CPAP. Studies show that as many as 50% will stop using CPAP or will use it an inadequate amount of time per night. This is similar to the results of studies looking at the percentage of people who regularly take their medications as prescribed. Studies have also shown that when CPAP is prescribed to the appropriate people and with adequate education and support along the way, the rate of use can be substantially improved. For example, in our clinic, around 80% of the patients we see will use CPAP...

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Does CPAP Prolong Life?

Feb 6, 2012 | 2 comments

The doctors at Sleep Medicine Associates consider patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to be at significant increased risk for death and disability. Many studies have shown that people with OSA have a higher risk for death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. A study in the medical journal Sleep, August 2008 suggests that treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may reduce these risks. The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study followed 1,522 participants (age 30-60) for 18 years. In the study, 4% began the research...

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Don’t Snooze When Selecting Sleep Medicine Providers: What You Should Know

Feb 1, 2012 | 0 comments

We are often asked to help patients with choices along sleep medicine providers, testing facilities and CPAP equipment vendors. Several different medical specialties are now involved in sleep medicine. Many patients wonder “Which one is right for me?” Sleep testing facilities can now be found in hospitals, in clinics, or as freestanding facilities. Medical equipment vendors who supply CPAP equipment vary greatly in scope and quality. They may or may not be associated with a sleep clinic or testing center. Often, your...

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Senior Women With Sleep Apnea At Increased Dementia Risk

Jan 14, 2012 | 2 comments

The Wall Street Journal (8/10, A3, Wang, Subscription Publication) reports that senior women who have sleep apnea appear to have double the risk for dementia than their peers without sleep apnea, according to a study published in the Aug. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Los Angeles Times(8/9, Roan) “Booster Shots” reported, “Researchers led by Dr. Kristine Yaffe at UC San Francisco compared 105 women ages 65 and older with sleep-disordered breathing to 193 similar women who did not have the...

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Risk for Death from Cardiovascular Disease in Women with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jan 31, 2011 | 1 comment

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common medical problem that involves temporary interruption of airflow while sleeping. Typical symptoms include snoring; pauses in breathing and excessive daytime sleepiness. OSA is also known to increase the risk for death in men due to cardiovascular problems (such as heart atta…cks). Treatment with CPAP can reduce that risk. Much less is known about the risk of OSA in women. A study in Spain of 1116 women was done to find out whether women with OSA are at an increased risk for death due to...

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