Myths and Facts of Sleep Apnea

October 23, 2020

Although sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing while you sleep, many do not fully understand the nature of the condition. Broaden your understanding of sleep apnea by learning more about the myths and facts associated with this common condition.

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What Causes Sleep Talking?

October 1, 2020

Some people may consider sleep talking a harmless problem, but it can present significant concerns for both the sufferer and his bed partner. Though sleep centers are still exploring this condition, they have determined that the following causes can each bring on sleep talking. If this problem does not resolve on its own, a sleep center specialist may be able to pinpoint its cause and recommend treatment to eliminate it.

Poor Sleep Hygiene

Staying up late too many nights in a row to work on a project or watch a television show can produce more than daytime fatigue. It can also prompt the onset of sleep talking. Studies have found that when people do not take the proper measures to get sufficient sleep, the chances of engaging in sleep talking can increase. A chronic lack of sleep can also contribute to this condition.

Sleep Disorders

In some cases, sleep talking may be a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder. Sleep deprivation can be the complication of sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and insomnia. When a person who suffers from one of these conditions finally falls asleep, sleep talking can occur. If adjusting sleeping habits cannot alleviate sleep talking problems, professional help may be needed to correct it. With the right diagnostic measures, a sleep center specialist may find that a patient’s sleep talking behavior is due to another sleep condition.

Anxiety

Sleep talking can develop in response to the presence of stress in a person’s life. When problems at work or home produce anxiety, that anxiety can bring on sleep talking. Temporary stress may produce sleep talking for a short amount of time. If stress is a chronic problem, though, sleep talking behaviors may persist until the sufferer addresses his source of the anxiety.

Has your partner told you of a sleep talking problem? Zeeba Sleep Center can help you both enjoy a restful night’s slumber. For more information on how our accredited sleep center in Las Vegas can help you, call (702) 242-1562.

Habits That may Be Impairing Your Sleep

September 20, 2020

You may already know that trying to sleep in a room that isn’t dark enough will keep you from your Zzz’s, or that consuming coffee during the day and evening will make you toss and turn all night. But did you know that there could be more surprising reasons for your sleep disturbances? If you suffer from a sleep disorder, consult a specialist to determine the exact cause behind your poor quality of sleep.

Medications

When you meet with a sleep specialist, bring a list of all the medications, vitamins, and other supplements you’re taking. If you take B spectrum vitamins in the evening, you may wake up during the night with intense dreams. Supplements such as guarana are stimulants and can keep you up at night. If you’re on certain prescription drugs, such as those for high blood pressure, you might suffer from insomnia. And narcotic pain relievers may actually lead to sleep apnea. Avoid discontinuing any prescribed medications unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Medical Conditions

For some people, sleep disturbances arise from underlying medical conditions. For example, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) results in the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus when you’re lying down. The discomfort can keep you from catching your Zzz’s. Other conditions associated with acute or chronic pain—including fibromyalgia, arthritis, and menstruation—can also interfere with your sleep.

Pets

Many people let their pets share their bed. Unfortunately, pets may not make the best bed partners because they have different sleep cycles and are often active at night. The noise a pet can make moving around the bedroom can wake you up. Pets can also directly wake you up by deciding to play with the blankets or lick your face in the middle of the night.

Let the sleep specialists of Zeeba Sleep Center diagnose the underlying cause of your sleep problems. After conducting a state-of-the-art sleep study, we’ll develop a treatment plan for your particular type of sleep disorder. Residents of the Las Vegas area can call our sleep center at  (866) 233-2181 for more information.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

September 3, 2020

Sleep is an essential part of your metabolism’s regenerative cycle, allowing your mind and body to refresh, repair, and prepare themselves for the coming day. The purpose of getting enough sleep is to allow you to feel alert, refreshed, and energetic after a long period of activity. The amount of sleep you need may differ from others, and it may also change with age throughout your life. Although a good rule of thumb is to get eight hours of sleep per night, some people feel refreshed after only six or seven hours while others prefer nine hours of rest. Too little sleep can negatively impact daytime activities because you feel irritable and sleepy. However, consistent sleeping times of more than nine hours are associated with health risks as well. The ideal amount of sleep varies from person to person, but once you determine your needs it’s best to stick to a regular sleep schedule.

Do you have any questions about sleep and how you can achieve a better night’s rest? Call Zeeba Sleep Center, one of Las Vegas’ only accredited sleep facilities, at (702) 242-1562 to learn more. We invite you to check out our website for more information about attaining the quality sleep you need for a productive life.

Sleep Disorders and Relationship Problems

August 24, 2020

Sleep disorders affect your ability to achieve restful sleep and function well during the day. Common side effects such as snoring, restlessness, and movement during sleep may also affect the sleep of those around you. It’s important to discuss your symptoms and possible solutions with your partner and your doctor to minimize the impact of a sleep disorder on your relationship.

 

Sleep and Your Partner

When you sleep with a partner, your quality of sleep can affect that of your bedmate. Sleep disorders cause you to have trouble falling or staying asleep, and this may impact your partner’s ability to sleepas well. Snoring, gasping, tossing and turning, and nightmares can all awaken or disturb both yourself and your partner during the night.

 

Effects of Too Little Sleep

A lack of quality sleep negatively impacts your daytime relationship. The longer it takes to fall asleep, the more likely you are to experience negative interactions with your partner the following day. Feelings of irritability increase after a night of poor sleep. Consistently poor sleep may lead to depression and anxiety, which can also take a toll on your relationship.

 

Differences Between Women and Men

Women who take longer to fall asleep are more likely to report negative interactions with their partner than men. While there is no recorded link between a man’s sleep quality and his perceived interactions with his partner, men who experience negative reactions during the day require more sleep the following night. This may be difficult to achieve if their partner is restless, causing a cycle of negative interactions and poor sleep to persist.

Coping

Relationships can be strained if one or both partners is not getting enough sleep, and this is exaggerated when one partner keeps the other awake because of a sleep disorder. Fortunately, there are a handful of strategies that couples can use to help their situation. Here is how couples can cope when one partner has a sleep disorder.

Separate Bedrooms

One solution that helps couples cope with a sleep disorder is having separate bedrooms. This may be difficult for some couples, but it is an effective solution. Having separate bedrooms allows the partner without the disorder to sleep throughout the night without being bothered by the other person’s sleep disorder, and can help the affected partner overcome the sleep disorder’s symptoms. Many couples are happy with this solution, as they can spend time together throughout the day and then retire to their own rooms comfortably.

Positioning

Changing your sleeping position can be an effective solution for some sleep disorders, especially snoring and sleep apnea. If your partner only snores while lying on his or her back, he or she can betrained to sleep in a new position. This can be done by propping your partner with pillows or rolling him or her over yourself. Remind your partner to try to avoid late night snacks and alcohol in order to reduce snoring.

CPAP Machines

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can replace your partner’s loud snoring with a gentle hum. If you are still kept awake by the hum of your partner’s CPAP machine, there are simple solutions. You can use an extension cord or order a longer cable that allows you to set the machine away from your sleeping area, or you can even build a soundproof casing.

If you or your partner has a sleep disorder, contact Zeeba Sleep Center. We are one of the few accredited sleep disorder facilities in the Las Vegas area and we treat a host of disorders. For more information about our services, feel free to visit our website or give us a call at  (866) 233-2181.

At Zeeba Sleep Center, we understand the effect that a sleep disorder can have on your life and your relationship. Our accredited Las Vegas sleep disorder facility is here to help you find the solution that is right for your needs as well as those of your partner. Contact us by phone at (702) 242-1562 or click on our website for more information about sleep disorders and your treatment options.

Health Consequences of Too Much Sleep

August 1, 2020

While the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation are well known, fewer people understand the health consequences of sleeping too much. There are many potential causes of oversleeping, such as sleep apnea and prescription medication use. If you have difficulty with your sleeping patterns, visit a sleep center for an evaluation. Here are a few of the possible health effects of oversleeping:

Obesity

Being overweight or obese is one of the possible complications of oversleeping. Researchers have found that people are 21 percent more likely to be obese if they sleep for nine to 10 hours per night. This finding was independent of other factors, such as exercise and food consumption. It’s also important to note that sleep deprivation increases levels of cortisol in the body, which encourages the accumulation of abdominal fat. Try to support a healthy weight by sleeping for seven to eight hours per night.

Diabetes

Oversleeping may also increase your risk of type two diabetes. This chronic disease places you at risk for many other health complications, including peripheral neuropathy, kidney damage, and eye damage.

Heart Disease

You’re at a greater risk of heart disease if you oversleep—particularly if you sleep between nine and 11 hours every night. If you’re a woman who sleeps this much, you have a 38 percent greater risk of developing coronary heart disease. More research is needed in this area to determine why oversleeping affects the cardiovascular system.

Depression

It’s common for depression to cause changes in sleeping patterns. However, oversleeping may also contribute to the worsening of depression. Establishing regular sleeping patterns is one component of an effective depression treatment plan.

Zeeba Sleep Center is one of the only accredited sleep disorder centers in Las Vegas. If you struggle to maintain regular sleeping patterns, call us today at (702) 242-1562 to learn how we can help. You could also visit our website for more information on our sleep center.

How to Start Sleeping Soundly After an Insomnia Diagnosis

July 18, 2020

If you have been diagnosed with true insomnia after 14-day sleep monitoring with Actigraphy, you and your sleep physician may discuss several strategies for improving your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep all night. There are many potential causes for insomnia to consider as a treatment plan is developed, but the steps below might help get you on the right track to better sleep as other solutions are utilized in your continuing treatment.

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Common Myths About Sleep Disorders

July 2, 2020

Sleep disorders extend far beyond well-known insomnia and sleep apnea. In fact, there are nearly one hundred different sleep disorders, and not all are easily noticed. Sleep disorders include obstructive or bothersome sleep, unusual sleep activities, medical or psychiatric conditions, and more. Read on to learn four common myths of sleep and sleep disorders.

The older you get, the less sleep you need While it’s true that children and teenagers need plenty of sleep to adequately develop and grow, adults of all ages should get the same amount of sleep. Whether you’re twenty-five or sixty-five, you should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.

Health problems do not affect sleep On the contrary, there is a very strong relationship between health problems like depression and diabetes, and adequate sleep. Research has proven suffering from one or more health conditions can have a negative impact on the quality or quantity of sleep, and may even contribute to sleep disorders like sleep apnea or insomnia.

Sleeping means your brain is at rest Your brain is actually very active during sleep; it is mainly your body that is at rest. If your brain “slept” while your body did, not only would you cease to dream, but your basic bodily functions, such as breathing and blood circulation, would stop as well.

Insomnia means you can’t fall asleep Many joke about having insomnia when they have difficulty falling asleep. In fact, insomnia is a much more complicated disorder, and not only affects falling asleep, but also staying asleep, constant waking, and rising in the morning still feeling tired. If you believe you have insomnia, visit a sleep center for a diagnosis and treatment.

To learn more about the myths and facts of sleep, contact Zeeba Sleep Center. We are one of the only accredited sleep disorder facilities in Las Vegas, and offer a comprehensive patient care program for the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of patients with sleep disorders. Call us today at (702) 242-1562.

What It’s Like to Live With Narcolepsy

June 22, 2020

Narcolepsy is a sleep condition characterized by a deficiency of the chemical hypocretin in the brain, which controls sleeping and waking cycles. This leads to symptoms such as excessive sleepiness, frequent attacks of sleepiness or nodding off, and even a type of muscle paralysis called cataplexy. Narcolepsy is often misunderstood and under-diagnosed, so if you think you may be experiencing its effects, it’s important to visit a sleep center to undergo testing.

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Tips for a good Night’s Sleep

June 1, 2020

Are you struggling with insomnia? Getting a full night’s rest is essential to good health—there is no substitute for it. Studies have shown that more and more Americans are trying to do without a full night’s sleep due to stress and busyness. Some people may think that their bodies can function well without the recommended amount of sleep (eight to nine hours)—however, getting only four to seven hours of sleep or even less comes with a dangerous price. Here are some great tips on how to get a full and healthy night’s sleep.

Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired so that you don’t toss and turn. Try not to break this routine on weekends, even though it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day. Additionally, wake up at the same time each morning—your body will likely get used to it and wake you up at the same time eventually.

Don’t eat or drink alcohol right before bed. Leave a wide gap between dinner and bedtime, and even though alcohol may seem like it helps you sleep, it will prevent you from getting quality, healthy sleep and may take a toll on your energy level and overall health.

Don’t consume caffeine after noon. Chocolate, tea, coffee, colas, and other caffeine-laden drinks should not be consumed in the afternoon. Check the ingredients of anything you ingest to ensure caffeine, ephedra, and other stimulants are absent. If you must drink soda, go with a caffeine-free variety.

Las Vegas’ only accredited sleep research center, Zeeba Sleep Center, can help you with your sleep disorder, so give us a call at (702) 242-1562. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

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