Believe it or not, spring is almost over. It seems just yesterday we were all navigating the zombie-like fog of everyone’s least favorite springtime tradition: Daylight Saving Time. For a lot of people, another springtime ritual gives even DST a run for it’s money: we’re talking about spring cleaning. Love it, hate it, or ignore it – spring cleaning is a great opportunity to start anew. And while we could care less what your baseboards look like or when you last scrubbed the oven out, there’s one aspect of spring cleaning no one should ever overlook, though chances are good you already have. Your sleep. Revamping and cleaning up your sleep space, routine, and habits can jump start great, restorative sleep. And it involves a little more than washing the sheets and fluffing the pillows. Let’s get started: Continue reading
Earlier this year, a “groundbreaking” study enjoyed a good bit of popularity on social media and other corners of the internet, in part because it confirmed what so many of us already knew: moms are more sleep deprived than dads.
It was tempting to poke fun at the findings, which noted that while the presence of children in the home did nothing to alter the sleep patterns of men, over half of the women in the pool of 5,805 total participants reported getting insufficient sleep. Insufficient sleep, in this case, is generally considered to be less than the optimal 6-9 hours of sleep a night. But when you consider that as a whole, America is already sleep-deprived and suffering the detrimental health impacts of that, the way that moms — particularly new moms — are disproportionately affected is really no laughing matter. The study, authored by Georgia Southern University’s Dr. Kelly Sullivan — and other studies like it — paint a less than peaceful nightly picture for moms: Continue reading
The summer season is almost here! And that means that travel season is in full swing, ready or not. If you’re treating your sleep apnea with a CPAP machine, or soon will be, you may have some questions. Fortunately, we’ve got answers. As a bonus, we’ve assembled a FREE printable CPAP travel checklist, available for download.
Wherever you’re headed – whether you’re going by plane, train, or automobile – you can be sure you’ll get a great night’s sleep once you get there. Continue reading
Does Sleep Loss Cause Diabetes?
It’s no secret that insufficient sleep makes us cranky and wreaks havoc on our ability to focus and function. But sleep deprivation’s more insidious side effects include physical risks that are far more serious. There’s certainly no dearth of sobering study results that point to negative long-term health concerns brought on by sleep deprivation. One that’s particularly alarming? The link between insufficient sleep or poor quality sleep and one of America’s biggest public health concerns: diabetes. Continue reading
The state of health care and insurance in our country has been a hot topic in recent months. Politicians have tried and failed to fix it – perhaps because they have no real experience with it themselves. As the director of a locally recognized sleep center, board certified in Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine, and involved in clinical research – Dr. Kakar, M.D., M.P.H. has a vested interest in health care reform. Continue reading
Our very own Dr. Raj Kakar, M.D., M.P.H., is honored to have been voted one of Collin County’s Best Doctors in Sleep Medicine for D Magazine’s annual list in 2017. His inclusion on this year’s list of trusted physicians marks the seventh consecutive year his commitment to sleep health in north Texas has been recognized in D. Please join us in congratulating him in this accomplishment. Continue reading
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our medical assistant Kamren Morgan on April 8, 2017. She was a valued member of our family here at Dallas Sleep and she will be missed by all of us. A funeral has not yet been planned. Her family is collecting donations for final expenses at: https://www.gofundme.com/kamren-morgans-funeral-expensess
We’re halfway through the first week of Daylight Saving Time, or DST. If you’re like me and many others, you’re still having trouble getting up in the morning. And who could blame you? Not only has your sleep and wake schedule been abruptly shifted by one hour, you are now heading to work or taking the kids to school in the morning literally BEFORE the crack of dawn! It’s pretty crazy. Just a week ago, we were enjoying the morning sunshine on our way to work and school, and this week we are making the morning trek in the darkness. And for what? Every year we’re inundated with cheerful reminders to “Spring Ahead” by sacrificing an hour of sleep, and every year people feel the negative effects of DST.. Still, like hamsters on treadmills, we perform the yearly ritual of setting the clocks forward and slogging through disrupted schedules and depleted health without ever considering the reasons for getting rid of daylight saving time altogether. After all, what harm can one less hour of sleep really do?
Well actually, quite a lot.
Note: This content is syndicated and originally appeared on the Blue Mountain Sleep Shop blog and is reprinted here with permission.
For a lot of patients, the process of transitioning to a “new normal” with CPAP therapy is equal parts relief (I finally know why I’m so tired! And there’s a solution!) and stress (What am I supposed to do with this thing? Will I look like Darth Vader?). It can mean a brand new routine, and not just at night. It’s important to know how to care for CPAP equipment, not just for the health of the machine, but for your own health, too. That involves understanding when CPAP parts need to be replaced and knowing the best way to clean CPAP equipment.
We sat down with our onsite DME to answer commonly asked questions you might have about the care and keeping of your new PAP machine. Here’s what he had to say:
There’s a lot you can say about the state of America’s health. We have a stubborn love affair with bacon and binge watching. It’s fair to say that we work too much and sleep too little, even when we know the risks of sleep deprivation, stress, and saturated fats. It’s equally fair to say that when it comes to our children’s health, we do not mess around. That’s how parents are: the kids come first. It’s why we have safer car seats than ever and banished BPA. When we know our kids could be at risk, we take the steps to protect them. And parents need to know the signs of childhood sleep disorders, because 30% of kids may have one.