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By Pacific Sleep Program
November 30, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea   Lack of Sleep  

Do you need help from your Portland and Astoria, OR, doctor when it comes to sleep medicine?

Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects a person's respiratory airflow. The airflow is interrupted when soft tissue, like the tongue, collapse in the back of your throat while you're asleep, causing a partially closed windpipe. The soft tissue vibrates resulting in snoring.

More About Sleep Apnea

Some interesting facts about sleep apnea are that 12.5 percent of people suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea may also lead to erectile dysfunction and increase risks of heart attacks, high blood pressure and strokes.

Not getting the sleep you need can be linked to many diseases, which is why it's important to contact your Portland and Astoria sleep medicine physicians.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the upper airway is blocked and significant airflow disruption occurs, complete blockage of airflow may result as well.

Someone suffering from sleep apnea may wake up several times a night. These awakenings are called micro-arousals and prevent deep and restful sleep.

Lack of Sleep

There are many diseases that are linked to a lack of sleep, so make sure you ask your Portland and Astoria doctor about how he can help you cope with or treat certain your sleep apnea. The leading sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine which blows a gentle stream of air into the airway to keep it open. Your doctor also provides an oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. This helps reposition the jaw and tongue so that there is no obstruction of the airway while you sleep and decreases the effects of sleep apnea.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and would like to know if you are suffering from sleep apnea, then it's a good idea to contact your Portland and Astoria, OR, sleep medicine specialists Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden and Dr. Gregory Clark today!

By Pacific Sleep Program
November 16, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep apnea is a fairly common sleep disorder that affects millions of adults and children in the United States. Because the condition often goes diagnosed, many people are unaware that they are having problems with their breathing while they sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex (a combination of obstructive and central). If left untreated, sleep apnea can disrupt quality of life and increase the risk of potentially serious health problems. The sleep medicine doctors at Pacific Sleep Program in Astoria and Portland, OR, offer testing and treatment plans a number of sleep disorders.

Sleep Medicine Programs in Astoria and Portland, OR

Sleep apnea causes momentary pauses in breathing throughout the night while a person sleeps. Many people with sleep apnea are unaware that their breathing is being interrupted until someone witnesses it. The main symptoms are loud and chronic snoring, but the lack of oxygen caused by irregular breathing causes a number of additional symptoms and potential health problems such as:

  • Daytime exhaustion and fatigue, even after a "full" night's sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating and focusing
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches

Possible complications include:

  • Cognitive problems/decreased motor skills
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Complications during pregnancy

Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but there are a few factors that can potentially increase the risk such as obesity, large tonsils, endocrine issues, neuromuscular problems, and lifestyle issues like smoking or alcohol consumption.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type and occurs when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep and block the airway. Central sleep apnea is much less common and results when the brain's signals to the muscles that control breathing malfunction. There are a number of different treatment options including lifestyle modifications and breathing devices that help keep the airway open during sleep.

Find a Sleep Medicine Doctor in Astoria and Portland, OR

For more information about the symptoms and treatment options for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, contact the Pacific Sleep Program to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep medicine doctors and specialists by calling 503-325-4933 in Astoria or 503-228-4414 in Portland.

By Pacific Sleep Program
February 02, 2016
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

Find out more about this sleep disorder and how it can impact your health.

Sleep apnea is a common issue, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean that it won’t have serious consequences for your health. sleep apneaBefore your sleep apnea goes that far, talk to your Astoria, OR sleep medicine specialists at Pacific Sleep Program about your symptoms.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that affects your overall quality of sleep. While asleep, this disorder causes you to stop breathing many times throughout the night--much as 30 times or more an hour! This disruption to your breathing causes your body to move from deep to light sleep, resulting in bad sleep.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Those with obstructive sleep apnea (one of the most common forms) often experience loud or persistent snoring. Their partner may also notice choking or gasping sounds while they sleep. Sleeping on your back can also increase your chances of loud snoring, so remember that not everyone who snores is dealing with sleep apnea.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Headaches in the morning
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Daytime sleepiness and trouble staying awake
  • Memory problems or forgetfulness
  • Sore throat or dry mouth when waking up

Children with sleep apnea may suffer from bad performance in school, act out, or be hyperactive. Children with sleep apnea are also more likely to breathe out of their mouths.

Why is sleep apnea so serious?

If you are dealing with any of these symptoms then it’s time you talked to one of our Astoria sleep doctors. By not treating your sleep apnea, not only do you leave yourself prone to bad sleep night after night and an increased risk of work or automotive accidents, but you are also putting your health in jeopardy. Sleep apnea can increase your chances of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, or high blood pressure.

You will require long-term care and maintenance to prevent sleep apnea from affecting your overall health, which is where the doctors at Pacific Sleep Program come in. So if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea or you are currently trying to control your sleep issues, it’s time you turned to the sleep experts at Pacific Sleep Program in Astoria, OR. Let us help you achieve sweet dreams.

By Pacific Sleep Program
September 10, 2015
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: CPAP Machines  
CPAPLearn more about CPAP equipment to ease your sleep apnea symptoms.
Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 18 million Americans, which can cause not only serious daytime exhaustion but also generalized and chronic health problems. If you are not yet being being treated by a sleep specialist at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland for sleep apnea, then you’ll want to know about the common misconceptions surrounding your condition and this treatment.
1. All CPAP machines and mask interfaces are created equal
THE FACTS: For those who’ve just recently been diagnosed, your sleep apnea treatment will begin the minute you get your CPAP equipment. However, not all CPAP machines are the same, and it’s important to find the right machine for your comfort and needs. The more comfortable you feel with your therapy, the more effective it will be. Ask your physician at Pacific Sleep Program about the different kinds of CPAP machines and mask interfaces available.
The analogy we often use is that getting a CPAP machine is like getting glasses. For glasses to work, you need the right prescription and the right frames. Similarly, for CPAP, a person needs the right pressure setting prescription and the right mask interface. If you are struggling with CPAP, it may be that either the pressure or the mask is not right for you. We are happy to work with you at our Portland and Astoria office locations to get the combination that is right for you. 
2. You don’t have to use your CPAP machine every night
THE FACTS: If you want to get the most from your CPAP machine we encourage you to use it every day. This is also the best way to get used to your sleep apnea therapy. Since there is a transition when first getting used to your new therapy, most patients do not use it all night in the beginning. This is normal - we encourage you to put it on every night and wear it as long as you feel comfortable, but not to the point of any frustration. In the beginning, this may only be a few hours but you should expect to be able to increase that nightly over time. If you are having problems with tolerating the CPAP on most nights, this may be a pressure setting prescription problem or a mask fitting problem. We encourage you to contact us so we can help you troubleshoot and get your treatment back on the right track. 
3. If I lose weight I won’t have to use CPAP anymore
THE FACTS : While losing weight can certainly help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms and get you on the road to a better night’s sleep, this doesn’t mean you should stop using your CPAP machine every night. Continue to use your therapy during your weight loss, and once you’ve reached optimal weight, ask your sleep specialist to reevaluate the severity of your condition to adjust your therapy accordingly. For many people, weight reduction may result in lower pressure settings, milder sleep apnea (which may result in different treatment options) or elimination of sleep apnea altogether. 
Have more questions about your CPAP therapy? The board certified sleep medicine physicians at Pacific Sleep Program is always here to answer any of your questions or address your concerns. We are one of the largest sleep medicine clinics in Oregon, with locations in both Portland and Astoria. Call us anytime!