sleep architecture

The #1 Sign of a Sleep Disorder … and it’s not Insomnia

The #1 Sign of a Sleep Disorder … and it’s not Insomnia

Patients and doctors both mistakenly believe that Insomnia is the main symptom of a sleep disorder. And that misperception is one reason why 9 out of 10 patients remain undiagnosed and untreated for a sleep disorder.

Mandating Commercial Motor Vehicle CDL Obstructive Sleep Apnea Testing

Mandating Commercial Motor Vehicle CDL Obstructive Sleep Apnea Testing

The most effective way to reduce automobile fatalities caused by sleep deprivation are to mandate screening of all CMV operators for obstructive sleep apnea, enact verifiable sleep testing protocols for these screenings, and enforce nationwide compliance for all commercial drivers’ license medical examiners. 

This article is an opinion essay by a SleepSomatics clinician. The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of SleepSomatics.

The Relationship between Sleep Apnea, Depression, and Erectile Dysfunction

The Relationship between Sleep Apnea, Depression, and Erectile Dysfunction

"A new research study finds link between depression, erectile dysfunction, and the common and untreated sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea."

Go Back to Sleep Before Back-to-School

Go Back to Sleep Before Back-to-School

As Texas kids head back to school, many parents don't know that their children's summer sleep habits and poor school year sleep is responsible for poor grades, poor academic performance, behavioral problems, and if left-untreated, long-term health complications.

Restorative Sleep and Weight Loss

Restorative Sleep and Weight Loss

"With all the money Americans spend on weight loss, why are we the fattest nation on Earth? There are many reasons. The most common reason for weight gain: poor sleep. If you aren't happy with how you look naked, then you must fix your sleep."

1 in 5 Deaths from Drowsy Driving

1 in 5 Deaths from Drowsy Driving

Drunk driving kills nearly 30 Americans daily. Texting and distracted driving kills more than 9 Americans daily. What about drowsy (or fatigued) driving? The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates a staggering 1 in 5 fatalities are caused by drowsy drivers.

Insurance Coverage for CPAP, Bi-PAP, and PAP Therapy

Insurance Coverage for CPAP, Bi-PAP, and PAP Therapy

This article focuses on one important aspect of insurance CPAP coverage. Most insurances now require certification of Compliance to maintain benefits coverage of sleep apnea treatment with CPAP or Bi-PAP (Bi-Level) Therapy.

What are CPAP, Bi-PAP, and PAP Therapy

What are CPAP, Bi-PAP, and PAP Therapy

This SleepSomatics blog article is part one of a six part series on CPAP Therapy, Bi-PAP (or Bi-Level) Therapy, and Treating Sleep-Disordered Breathing (Sleep Apnea) with Non-Invasive PAP Therapy.

NFL Offensive Lineman Diagnosed with Severe Sleep Apnea

NFL Offensive Lineman Diagnosed with Severe Sleep Apnea

Sixth-round draft pick (and recently released) Ravens offensive lineman Ryan Jensen just confirmed he was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea.

Battle of the Bulge is a Battle of the Sleep Deprived

Battle of the Bulge is a Battle of the Sleep Deprived

Monday morning: we head back to work, get a fresh start on the new week, and often yawn repeatedly as we wish we could have gotten just a few more hours of sleep over the weekend. Sound familiar? For millions of sleep-deprived Americans, Blue Monday is a fatigued, somnolent reality.

Caution on Ambien and sedative sleep aide usage

Caution on Ambien and sedative sleep aide usage

60 million prescription sleep aides are prescribed in the United States. Ambien is the #1 prescribed hypnotic. And new physician research recommends greater caution for doctors and patients when considering these sleep aides as a first response to sleepiness and insomnia complaints.

What Causes Deficient Restorative Sleep?

What Causes Deficient Restorative Sleep?

This SleepSomatics blog article is part three of a three part series on sleep quality, sleep disorders, and in-lab sleep study testing.

Fragmented or Interrupted Sleep As Bad As No Sleep At All!

Fragmented or Interrupted Sleep As Bad As No Sleep At All!

Do you wake up often at night with insomnia or snore heavily and ignore your sleep apnea? New research shows that fragmented or interrupted sleep is just as potentially fatal as getting no sleep at all!

Poor Sleep Increases Risk for Dementia and Alzheimer's

Poor Sleep Increases Risk for Dementia and Alzheimer's

Several recent sleep medicine studies demonstrate poor sleep and sleep disorders are significant risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer's.

What is Restorative Sleep?

What is Restorative Sleep?

This SleepSomatics blog article is part two of a three part series on sleep quality, sleep disorders, and in-lab sleep study testing.

Even Missing One Night of Sleep Can Be Dangerous

Even Missing One Night of Sleep Can Be Dangerous

Researchers at University of Bonn and King's College London found that even as little as 24 hours without sleep can produce symptoms of schizophrenia.