CPAP My Frienemy: Developing a Good Relationship with Your Therapy

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CPAP My Frienemy: Developing a Good Relationship with Your Therapy

Using a CPAP device may be frustrating to some as they get used to it, but it’s important that you stick with it. The treatment is essential to avoiding complications of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), such as heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and also excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).

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Your weight matters: obesity and sleep apnea

While weight loss may not “cure” other health conditions like sleep apnea, healthy weight loss and management can lead to better sleep, ease of mobility, higher energy levels, a more positive mood, and less pain and discomfort.

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When sleep apnea and COPD meet: Overlap Syndrome

Those with COPD struggle to maintain a healthy balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in their bloodstream during the day. If they also have OSA, this sleep breathing disorder kicks in as soon as they fall asleep, leading to further stresses to their blood chemistry. While the rest of us rely on that nighttime period of consolidated sleep to maintain health and well being, and to recover from the stresses placed on our
systems by chronic illness, those with Overlap Syndrome never catch a break. This explains the term “overlap syndrome.” It’s a way to reference the never-ending challenges of breathing for those suffering from both COPD and OSA.

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Not your ordinary midnight snack: Sleep eating disorders

Sleep eating disorders are not the result of “poor willpower” or some other judgmental explanation. While they’re uncommon, they do exist and are considered part of the Rare Disease category. Make no mistake: Sleep eating disorders can definitely make life hard for those suffering.

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Research: Sleep problems impact kidney health

Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are known to challenge the various systems in the body to maintain the critical functional balance called homeostasis. The kidneys are two hard-working organs in the body which can also suffer from the long-term consequences of poor sleep. Likewise, kidney dysfunction can have an impact of sleep quality and quantity.

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