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).
We recently connected with ASAA Sleep Health Medical Advisory Council member, Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH* and Principal at RVW Clinical Consulting, to chat about the value that nurses can bring to sleep health patients and the sleep medicine community at large.
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.
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.
There’s a lot of chatter happening over at the Sleeptember® Sleep Health Forum. Check out these Top Ten topics currently abuzz among members, featuring sleep apnea,
Max Szadek has wanted to talk about sleep health and diabetes for years now. He participated in a one-time project incorporating sleep and diabetic health which spawned
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.