Unfortunately, the energy and challenges of 2020 have remained.
While I understand the importance of sleep and have helped many of you treat your sleep apnea, the toll of our present life has left me, and many of my patients, experiencing a sense of exhaustion and ennui.
William Dement, MD in his book, The Promise of Sleep, states that: “After all the research I’ve done on sleep problems over the last four decades, my most significant finding is that ignorance is the worst sleep disorder of them all.”
There is not much you can do to improve your sleep quality if you have an untreated sleep problem. If you have a sleep disorder, please get that treated first.
On their Covid-19 recommendations, the CDC under the heading healthy ways to cope with stress, says:
Get plenty of sleep
Why is this important?
The Mayo Clinic provides the following explanation:
“During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines…certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you are under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you […]
I get frequent phone calls like one I received recently from a potential patient. He didn’t have a sleep test and his first question was:
Do I really have to get a sleep test?
He explained that he knew that he had sleep apnea because he estimated that he was at least 100 pounds overweight. He also had a bed partner that once told him that he stopped breathing, and also snored so loudly that he could […]