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How You Can Help Your Husband Use CPAP – a Study


Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves sleep and quality of life for both patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and their spouses, but adherence to CPAP therapy can be a challenge.

A study by Dr Baron and colleagues at Northwestern University (the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2012) assessed the effect of spousal involvement in CPAP adherence in 23 married male OSA patients after the first week of treatment. At 3 months, 16 participants completed a second assessment of spousal involvement. Types of involvement assessed included positive (e.g., encouraging), negative (e.g., blaming), collaboration (e.g., working together), and one-sided (e.g., asking).

Spousal collaboration improves CPAP adherence

 

The result showed that collaborative spousal involvement was associated with higher CPAP adherence at 3 months.

CPAP adherence can eliminate excessive daytime sleepiness and reduce the risk of drowsy driving, uncontrolled blood pressure, blood sugar elevation, stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure exacerbation, atrial fibrillation, and chronic lung disease exacerbation, but it can be difficult treatment to comply with the night after night. You can help your husband by collaborating from the beginning.

1. Tell him that you are happy he is trying to use CPAP.

2. Help him arrange the CPAP and supplies on the lampstand.

3. Repeatedly remind him to use CPAP.

4. Persuade and bargain with him to use CPAP. 

Remember that this is a major lifestyle change and it can be difficult to adjust to CPAP. Your support can get him started on this life-saving treatment.

Thanks.

God bless you.

 

 

 

5 Other Disastrous Accidents Related To Sleep Deprivation | Huffington Post


5 Other Disastrous Accidents Related To Sleep Deprivation.

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Whether he was truly asleep at the wheel or just zoned out, Metro North train engineer William Rockefeller isn’t the only shift worker to find himself at the center of a fatal accident with reports of sleep deprivation. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the accident got us thinking about the many disasters that have a working corps suffering from a lack of sleep at the center.

Perhaps tragic accidents like this one — and the global catastrophes outlined below — can wake us up to the realities of skimping on sleep. The gravity of the following disasters — combined with the near-misses at Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio and Peach Bottom Nuclear Reactor in Pennsylvania — should serve as a reminder to all of us that sleep is utterly crucial.

Read more at Huffington Post by clicking the link above.

Sleepy During the Night Shift? Try These Tips.


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“How can I stay alert at 3 am?” asks Twilight, an ICU nurse who has been working nights for years. She knows that our internal pacemaker (SupraChiasmatic Nucleus) makes us sleepy at night and alert during the day. How can you go against the might of Mother Nature? Well, it is tough, but you can summon the help of these seven friends.

  1. Stay Active
  2. Take a PREM nap
  3. Massage Your Tender Points
  4. Look at the Light Often
  5. Enjoy a Cup of Coffee
  6. Snack Smartly
  7. Seek Spiritual Help (My All-time Favorite)

And beware of a formidable foe in alcohol when faced with insufficient sleep and long days. Let us discuss them one by one.

Stay Active

The Alertness starts declining the longer you stay still. One way to prevent this is to “deskercise” every hour. Deskercising will also help you to reduce muscle tension and stress while helping you preserve the flexibility, strength, and muscle tone you already have. The following are some simple deskercising techniques to try:

The Wrist Muscle Stretch

When working at the computer, stop occasionally and deskercize using the wrist muscle stretch. Slowly stretch your wrist muscles by using a full range of motion. Joints that have become sore and stiff because of repetitive motion activity will respond to slow stretches. Do not risk pulling a muscle by attempting the stretch rapidly. Get the full benefit of the stretch by doing it slowly.

The Pectoral Stretch

The following is an easy stretch you can do at your desk. Simply clasp your hands behind you head and slowly move your shoulders and elbows back. Repeat this a few times. It is a great way to stretch your pectoral and chest muscles.

Wrist Flexion

Using your left palm, gently apply force to the right hand, causing the right wrist to stretch toward the underside of the right arm. Hold it there for five seconds and then release and repeat on the left hand. Repeat the exercise five times.

Wrist Hyperextension

Using the left palm, slowly apply force to bend the right hand backward. Hold it there for five seconds and then release and repeat to the left hand. Repeat the exercise five times.

Sitting Bend

In a sitting position, with your feet flat on the floor, your knees about ten inches apart and hands at your sides, bend over as far comfortable with your hands reaching toward the floor. Hold the position for five seconds and then slowly pull back into a sitting position while tightening your abdominal muscles. Repeat four times. This exercise stretches your lower back muscles and hamstrings.

Vertical Stretches

Vertical stretches provide an excellent way to reduce tension and activate all of your major muscle groups. With your feet shoulder-width apart, lift yourself upward on your toes and extend your arms over your head. Reach each hand as high as possible for about seven seconds and then relax. Repeat four times.

Get Up and Walk Around

Sitting too long can have several negative effects. It’s important to get up and walk around at least once each hour. A ten-minute walk around the office would be excellent. But, when that’s not possible, shorter walks to the water cooler, filing cabinet, or restroom are better than nothing.

When you are working at desk, get up at least once every twenty minutes and move around. 

  • Take a PREM (Patel’s Relaxed Eye Muscles) Nap. Studies have shown that a fifteen-minute nap can improve alertness and last for almost three hours.  This can be life saving when taken before driving back home after bight shift.
  • Massage Your Tender Spots. Gently massaging your calf muscles, your neck, and your temple area can improve alertness by relieving muscle aches, back pain, headaches, burning in the eyes, and other distracting physical symptoms precipitated by sleep deprivation. Untreated, these symptoms can drag your energy level and your alertness down.
  • Look at the Bright Light Often. It has a tremendous alerting influence. Use this to your advantage. Sit facing bright light. Put a bright light lamp behind your desktop while working on it.
  • Enjoy a Cup of Coffee. Caffeine has alerting property, but it has the duration of action of twenty-four hours, so a cup of coffee consumed at 2 AM is still in your bloodstream at 8 AM when your brain is trying to fall asleep. Because of this reason, caffeine should not be used indiscriminately. It should be used as medicine, at the right dosage, at the right time, and for the right reason.
  • Snack Smartly. Eat a Protein Snack Every 2-3 Hour. I will maintain your energy and alertness while eating a large starchy meal will degrade your alertness. Avoid rice, pasta, and dessert.
  • Seek Spiritual Support. Spiritual support has helped me the most during my drives to ER at 2 AM. I would ask for divine help. “Give me energy, my Lord, to serve my patients well.”

Do you have a particular trick that works best for you? Which of the above intervention has helped you most?

This blog post is dedicated to my good friend Mahesh Patel MD who has devoted his life to saving premature babies in Bismarck, ND, and millions like him who have spent nights after nights serving others. God Bless You All.

Adopted from the book “Sleep Well, Lead Well” now available on Amazon

7 Strong Reasons to Take a Power Nap Today


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“A nap in the afternoon gives you two days in one.”

While talking to Dan Rather of CBS News in 1993, Bill Clinton said, “If I can take a nap—even fifteen or twenty minutes—in the middle of the day, it is really invigorating to me. On the days when I’m a little short of sleep, I try to work it out so that I can sneak off and just lie down for fifteen minutes, a half hour, and it really makes all the difference in the world.”

Because of our internal circadian rhythm, our alertness and, hence, our performance dips in the afternoon. This nadir is deeper when we are sleep deprived and when we are traveling across multiple time zones. If we can fight this drowsiness with a strategically placed power nap, then we can maximize our  efficiency and avoid fatal mistakes. (Most fatal vehicular accidents occur in the midafternoon and after midnight.)

Studies prove that a fifteen-minute power nap provides benefits lasting up to 150 minutes, including:

  1. Improved alertness, both subjectively and objectively
  2. Reduced fatigue and improved vigor
  3. Enhanced creativity and problem solving
  4. Improved perception
  5. Facilitated learning
  6. Improved declarative and procedural memory
  7. Positive mood and emotions, clearer communication, humor and optimism, and situational awareness

If a fifteen-minute nap gives you 150 minutes of improved executive function, how can you resist such an investment? Click here to learn the technique of PREM power nap.

Your Valentine Wants You to Get Treated for Sleep Apnea!


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She has been telling you for months to get your sleep apnea diagnosed and treated, but you have been putting it off. You have argued, “I don’t snore. I am not tired. It is just stress. I have been working too much.”

But, you have been dozing off in the recliner. You are cranky, nervous, and irritable. You are inattentive to her needs. Your sex drive is down. Your problem-solving skills, innovative ability, interpersonal skills, and your energy level are down. It is about time you listened to her and got treated. That would be the true Valentine’s day gift that will keep on giving for the rest of your life.

Sleep apnea, a serious and fatal yet severely under diagnosed disorder affects approximately 20 percent of the adult population. Snoring, daytime fatigue, witnessed apnea (cessation of respiration for more than ten seconds), morning headaches, dry throat, and waking up gasping for air are common features of this disorder, which is being increasingly recognized as a formidable enemy of a full and joyous life. It prevents the person from reaching deep and restorative stages of sleep, making the person grumpy, irritable, nervous, forgetful, inattentive, and tired.

It also increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and early death because of nightly struggle to breathe, which causes frequent elevation of blood pressure and sustained drop in blood oxygen level while simultaneously increasing the oxygen consumption of the heart muscles. Untreated, the sleep apnea increases the risk of motor vehicular and industrial accidents. It can also contribute to erectile difficulties.

Use the STOP questionnaire to determine your risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

  • S … Do you snore loudly?
  • T … Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime?
  • O … Has anyone observed you stop breathing during sleep?
  • P … Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

If you answer yes to two or more of these questions, then you are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, and you should talk to your doctor.

To make an accurate diagnosis, you may need an overnight sleep study in a sleep lab where your respirations, the oxygen level, heart rate, EKG, leg movements, and sleep stages will be monitored all night long without using needles. Now, there is also a convenient and economical alternative in Apnea Link, a home sleet test. Talk to your doctor about it.

The commonest and most successful treatment includes wearing a mask hooked to a machine, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which acts as a pneumatic splint and prevents your throat from collapsing at night. Weight reduction, oral appliance (a customized denture that keeps your lower jaw pulled forward), and ENT surgery are the other options.

It is extremely rewarding to be treated for sleep apnea. Patients tell me:

  • “Doc, I did not know how sleepy I was until I started wearing CPAP.”
  • “A hazy screen has been lifted off from my eyes.”
  • “I thought it was all stress and aging, but now I feel young again.”
  • “I am thinking clearer. I am planning better. I am getting more done at work and home.”
  • “I have so much energy that I don’t know what to do with it.”
  • “My blood pressure is better; my sugars are better controlled.”
  • “I should have done this a long time ago.”

Listen to your Valentine and please talk to your doctor and get treated. It will give you a new life.

If you need additional information, please visit http://www.md4lungs.com. If you are in Michiana, please call our clinic at 574-534-9911.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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