Sleep-Deprived For Several Days? Sorry, Caffeine Won't Help You

Sleep-Deprived For Several Days? Sorry, Caffeine Won't Help You

After getting a bad night of sleep, it’s not uncommon to reach for that first (and second) cup of coffee. We rely on caffeine to get us through early morning, late nights, and even stressful afternoons. Our allegiance to the almighty latte usually comes from desperation––we’re trying to get a pick me up to get us through the day. And it can help, sometimes.  If you suffer from one bad night of sleep, caffeine can give you the oomph you need to get through your day. However, if you suffer from chronic sleep deprivation or fatigue, even over just a...

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Breathing Disorders Linked? Connections Between Sleep Apnea & Asthma

Breathing Disorders Linked? Connections Between Sleep Apnea & Asthma

It’s an unfortunate reality that most disorders out there have side effects that can put you at risk of developing further problems. This is especially true of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. When left untreated, OSA is well known in the medical community for putting sufferers at risk of developing far more serious conditions from heart disease and heart attacks to strokes, Type II Diabetes, and even certain types of cancer.  But while the cardiovascular and other physiological conditions I listed above are well known, some may be surprised to hear that OSA can actually be caused or exacerbated by...

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How Sleep Apnea Leads to Trucking Accidents

How Sleep Apnea Leads to Trucking Accidents

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)  is an equal opportunity offender––it doesn't matter your age, gender, weight, or ethnic background, anyone can suffer from sleep apnea. But, while demographics don’t guarantee you will or won’t get sleep apnea, there are some factors that can increase your likelihood.  For example, men more frequently suffer from OSA than women. Those who are overweight are more likely to develop OSA because of the pressure on the respiratory system. And, of all professions, truck drivers are more likely than any other to develop this sleep disorder. In fact, it’s been proven that truckers are 11X more...

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10 Celebrities with Sleep Apnea

10 Celebrities with Sleep Apnea

Celebrities! They’re just like us, but sometimes it’s easy to pretend they are somehow better than us––especially when it comes to their health. It doesn’t matter how famous or rich you are because sleep disorders can be an equal opportunity offender. This is especially true of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).   OSA affects millions of people every year, and that includes celebrities. This is a sleep disorder where the body obstructs the airways during sleep because of sagging muscles in the throat and mouth. These obstructions can hinder quality sleep and cause sufferers to experience excessive daytime fatigue, headaches, irritability, and...

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Sleep & Athletes: Quality Sleep is Essential to Top Performance

Sleep & Athletes: Quality Sleep is Essential to Top Performance

Sleep is imperative for anyone and everyone, but, for some, it’s about so much more than just rest. For athletes or anyone who lives a highly active lifestyle, sleep is one of the most important tools you have for physical and mental recovery. When surveyed, athletes consistently rank quality sleep as one of the top performance enhancers because it's what ultimately lets your body rest, heal, and be at its best when you need it.  How Sleep Allows Athletes to Excel  There are several factors that athletes must consider when training or competing: hydration, nutrition, mental preparation, focus, and condition...

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