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
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.
People often mention they have heard about friends or others who have had difficulty with CPAP treatment for sleep apnea. Similarly, some biased dentists will often quote unsubstantiated statistics on the lack of successful CPAP treatment.
Unfortunately, these types of stories sometimes give CPAP an unwarranted bad reputation. Dental professionals and medical professionals alike should be careful not to dissuade people from seeking proper and effective treatment for sleep apnea. The scientific evidence showing a clear correlation between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and a number of other significant medical conditions has been frequently documented.
Go walk down the bedding aisle in Target and you’ll find there are as many different types of pillows as there are people who sleep on them! Knowing which one to use can help you sleep better, but that’s only half the battle.
Obviously, I recommend The Ultimate Pillow because of its revolutionary design — it was created to enhance sleep. But even if you’re already sleeping on the best pillow, I recommend alternating between two pillows occasionally to get the better, deeper, and more restorative sleep.
Why, you ask?
It’s funny: just a few years ago, the bedding industry was recommending mattress replacement every 10 years. Now, you can see advertisements by the mattress companies recommending that you replace your mattress every 8 years.
Where do they come up with this number? Who decides how often to replace a mattress is best? Well, in my humble opinion, nobody in the sleep and bedding Industry really knows or has taken a real stand on this issue.