sleep apnea and weight gain

We’re Weighing In On Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain

Being overweight can lead to obesity and many other health issues. Among these are hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and often sleep apnea, which deprives the body of restorative time needed each night to stay healthy and strong. Sleep loss may cause weight gain, and in turn, weight gain can also lead to sleep apnea—thus creating a vicious cycle between... read more »

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Potential Health Problems

Sleeping and snoring often go together, but unfortunately, signs of sleep apnea can also include gasping for air and feeling exhausted day after day. If you suffer from chronic fatigue – even though you sleep eight hours a night – you might have a problem with sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious condition that can create health... read more »

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KXAN Studio 512: Sleep Divorce and Oral Appliance Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you’ve been banished to another room by your partner because you snore, you aren’t alone. Couples opting for a ‘sleep divorce’ are on the rise. Dental sleep expert Dr. Brandon Hedgecock was featured on KXAN’s Studio 512 to explain how couples can get back in the same bed AND both get a good night’s sleep using oral appliance therapy... read more »

Is there a link between sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction?

People with sleep apnea often stop breathing repeatedly during the night, causing them to snore loudly and have a restless night’s sleep. While experts aren’t sure why, some research has shown an increased incidence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men with sleep apnea because the disorder can affect your testosterone and oxygen levels. And what better time to discuss ED... read more »

Did You Know There Is a Connection Between Poor Oral Health and Sleep Apnea?

If you want to function optimally in your day-to-day responsibilities, you need a good night’s sleep under your belt. People who don’t get enough sleep may have poor dental health as one of the contributors. Your smile can affect the quality of your sleep as well as the quantity. For this reason, dental care can help determine and treat sleep... read more »

Could you be suffering from COVID-somnia?

Have you had trouble sleeping in recent months? Has your insomnia turned into an ongoing thing? It could be that you’re suffering from COVID-somnia. And you’re not alone. Physicians, and specifically sleep neurologists, have been reporting that the number of patients with sleep issues-- and those requiring medical help for it -- has skyrocketed since the onset of the COVID-19... read more »

Dr. Brandon Hedgecock on Fox 7 Austin: Pandemic Stress and Sleep

Millions of people across the globe suffered from sleep issues before COVID-19 and unfortunately, the pandemic has created a whole new host of problems, even for people who previously didn't have sleep concerns. Dr. Brandon Hedgecock recently spoke to Fox 7 Austin about the impact of pandemic-related stress on sleep habits. The uncertainty of COVID-19 paired with changes in daily schedules... read more »

Are you and your partner headed for a Sleep Divorce?

First there was “unconscious coupling,” now there’s “sleep divorce.” Sleep divorce is the term coined for partners who may be loving and amicable throughout the day but have a hard time sharing a bed at night. Sleep “divorcees” are opting for another spot in the house to slumber or even looking to buy a second bed in order to garner... read more »

Did You Know That Your Child Can Suffer From Sleep Apnea?

When talking about sleep apnea, you commonly hear about it affecting adults. But did you know that sleep apnea also impacts children? In fact, there are estimates that one to four percent of children experience sleep apnea, and they are often between 2 and 8 years old. Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea happens when your child’s breathing is partially or completely... read more »