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Guidelines recommend sleep test for obstructive sleep apnea

August 13, 2014

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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi was named a journalism fellow … See Full Bio
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October 11, 2014

I think its such a shame that daytime sleepiness has become an accepted consequence of our busy lives. Life is too short and I think we were meant to wake up each day with energy, looking forward to the day not dreading it. Hopefully people check out their reasons for being tired rather than accepting it as normal.
October 6, 2014

Being overweight can be a huge contributor like you say in your article. If I was still overweight, that’s what I would focus on first then if I still suffered from sleep apnea, I would focus on other things too. Thanks for the post.
October 2, 2014

I used to have serious snoring issues that kept both my wife and I awake at night. Have you guys ever considered using a stop snoring mouth piece? I did and it worked great for me.

Wounded Warrior
August 30, 2014

Scary stuff, it’s good to know the home testing is available now, I’m sure that’s half the battle to regaining control of this problem.

Fawad Ahmad
August 29, 2014

I take aspirin (blood thinner)and the problem is gone and then i can sleep well…is it somehow related?

harga ac
August 21, 2014

i have insomnia problem..almost everyday cant sleep before 5am. do u think sleep apnea treatment can help solve my problem?its killing me softly!

Michelle Vicari
August 17, 2014

This is not to be taken lightly either. My father died at 67 from heart failure related to obesity and sleep apnea (sadly he refused to use a CPAP.) When I was diagnosed at 35 with severe sleep apnea it was a wake up call for me to get healthy and get my weight in check. I lost 158 pounds (within the first 35 pounds) and my sleep apnea was resolved.

August 15, 2014

nice article thank you for sharing

Tom Reif
August 15, 2014

You might also tell your audience that if they have sleep apnea the use of a cpap machine works wonders for some and not so much for others. I have one and it does significantly improve my stop breathing episodes, but did not improve the quality of my sleep as some of the people have told me it did for them. I believe if you are a sound sleeper it will improve your sleep. If you have bouts of insomnia or are a light sleeper the cpap is what it is— a mask or nasal mask connected by a tube that you have to sleep with. Some people might (about 50%) get help from a mouth appliance

Don Stewart
August 14, 2014

This is by far the best description of cause and effect I have ever seen.

John McKinney
August 14, 2014

I have a lot of friends who are having trouble staying awake during the day. They rely on coffee and tea, but they might actually have sleep apena. Interesting.

Biswanath Chatterjee
August 14, 2014

Please read this.

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