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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
September 26, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Find out why you should treat your sleep apnea if you suffer from this disorder.sleep apnea

Are you wondering whether your tossing and turning nights and exhausting days are just the cause of everyday stressors or if there is something more at hand? Could you be suffering from sleep apnea? While most people do feel tired at some point during the day, someone with true sleep apnea experiences extreme fatigue no matter how much sleep they get. Here at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR, we are dedicated to providing quality sleep medicine to help those with sleep apnea get the care they deserve.

So, what exactly does sleep apnea do to your sleep and how does it affect your health?

If you thought that sleep apnea only affected the quality of your sleep, you’re mistaken. Think about it: You have a disorder that stops you from breathing multiple times throughout the night. This means that each night you aren’t getting the necessary amount of oxygen that your brain requires. Sure, you’ll feel groggy and zombie-like when waking up in the morning, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Untreated or unmanaged sleep apnea is linked with a slew of health problems such as:

  • Stroke
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack and heart failure
  • Headaches
  • Depression

On top of these serious and potentially life-threatening health problems, sleep apnea can also affect your work performance and increase your chances of car accidents or work-related injuries due to extreme fatigue.

If you wake up feeling extremely tired all the time despite getting a full night’s sleep, if you find it difficult to concentrate at work, if you notice frequent headaches in the morning or if you are a loud snorer, then these are problems that need to be properly evaluated by a Portland and Astoria sleep medicine specialist.

If you want to learn more about the sleep medicine services we offer in Portland and Astoria, OR, then turn to the experts at Pacific Sleep Program to help you achieve the quality sleep you need to wake up feeling refreshed. Don’t let sleep apnea dictate your sleep schedule.

By Pacific Sleep Program
September 13, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: sleep apnea   snoring  

What your doctors in Astoria and Portland, Oregon, want you to knowsnoring

Snoring is a common problem. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 37 million people in the United States snore regularly. There are several reasons you might be snoring. Your doctors at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, Oregon want to share the facts about snoring and what you can do about it. They have offices in Portland, and Astoria, Oregon to help you.

Snoring is caused when your soft palate, tongue, and throat relax completely during deep sleep. The soft tissues begin to vibrate causing snoring. The sounds will become louder as your airway narrows. If your airway is blocked completely, you may have sleep apnea which can be serious. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about half of people who snore regularly have sleep apnea.

There are several risk factors and causes of snoring. You are at greater risk of snoring due to:

  • Oral anatomy; if you have a low soft palate, your airway can become narrow or blocked
  • Structural issues with your nose; if you have narrowed nasal passages due to a deviated septum, it increases your chances of snoring
  • Excess weight; if you are overweight, you may have extra tissue in the back of your throat which can narrow or block your airway
  • Drinking alcohol; alcohol relaxes your throat, which can cause narrowing of your airway
  • Sleeping position; if you sleep on your back, it will relax your throat, narrowing your airway

There are some lifestyle changes you can do to limit snoring. You can try:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Taking a nasal decongestant before bed
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption before bed
  • Sleeping on your side


For chronic, loud snoring, it’s best to visit your doctors at Pacific Sleep Program. They may suggest a sleep study to determine your sleep patterns, snoring, or if you have sleep apnea. They may suggest several effective treatments including:

  • An oral mandibular advancement appliance, which moves your jaw and tongue forward, keeping your airway open while you sleep
  • A continuous positive airway pressure appliance, which provides a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep
  • Tissue ablation or laser surgery to remove excess tissue


Snoring can be annoying to you and your family members, but you don’t have to put up with it. Call your doctors at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, or Astoria, Oregon. They want to help you get a good night’s sleep, so call today!

By Pacific Sleep Program
March 16, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

At Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, OR, our physicians know that a good night's sleep is key to productivity and comfort. That's why Dr. sleep apneaJennifer Kim, Dr. Radhika Breaden and Dr. Gregory Clark as well as our affiliated clinicians Debra White NP and Dori Macdonald PA strive to help their patients discover the root of their sleep issues and help them correct the problem. Many people who visit Pacific Sleep Program suffer from sleep apnea. We discuss the basics of this common sleep disorder here.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes pauses in breathing. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), in which the muscles at the back of the throat collapse during sleep, is the most common type of sleep apnea and is often linked to weight problems, hypertension, heart problems such as atrial fibrillation and other common problems such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and chronic headaches. Failure to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea can lead to problems with weight regulation, high blood pressure, diabetes and complications such as heart attacks and strokes. 

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Many patients who visit their Portland sleep specialist with concerns of sleep apnea are first alerted to their condition by their sleeping partner, who either notices the significant lapse in breathing or the loud snoring or gasping that follows the long pause. Otherwise, sleep apnea may go undetected unless the person visits their primary care physician for one or more of its common symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches or dry mouth.

How is sleep apnea treated?

There are a variety of treatments offered at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland that can help lessen the effects of sleep apnea. For some patients, positional devices which ensure a patient sleeps on the sides rather than on the back, can help. Wearing a mask that creates gentle pressurized air (CPAP) during sleep can be very helpful for many people. Surgery to correct anatomical problems in the nose or throat may also correct the problem. Wearing oral appliances, or mouthpieces, during sleep can be effective as well. 

If you think you might be dealing with sleep apnea, don't hesitate to contact Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, OR. Our physicians want to help you sleep better and live life to the fullest!