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Posts for: February, 2014

February 22, 2014
Category: Sleep
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

[adapted from WASM World Sleep Day]

Feeling less alert today? Reaching for that extra cup of coffee to stay awake? Your health and sleep habits may be contributing to a lack of good quality sleep, which can lead to other health issues.

On Friday, March 14, 2014, World Sleep Day will be celebrated all over the globe. This annual event is a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep.

This year, the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) is emphasizing the preventable risk factors that lead to obstructive sleep apnea with the slogan “Restful Sleep, Easy Breathing, Healthy Body.”

Restful Sleep

How do you know if you’re getting restful sleep? Good, restorative sleep is continuous and uninterrupted, deep, and of adequate length. If
you achieve all of these, you should feel rested and alert throughout the day.

If you’re missing one or more element, your concentration, productivity, attention and alertness will suffer. Daytime sleepiness can also be dangerous, leading to motor vehicle accidents.

Easy Breathing

People with obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorder symptoms may not realize how many times they’re waking up during the night, but if your airway isn’t open enough, you’re not getting good sleep.

One of the most significant risk factors for sleep apnea is being overweight or obese. Extra accumulations of fat in the upper airway can reduce the throat opening, while a large abdomen can interfere with the pumping action of the diaphragm. Recent studies have shown that losing weight alone can eliminate sleep apnea in some overweight people.

Other risk factors for sleep apnea include smoking, which can damage the throat, and large tonsils, particularly in children. Quitting smoking or getting large tonsils surgically removed can cure sleep apnea and prevent the complications of daytime sleepiness.

Healthy Body

Not only can getting healthy lead to better sleep — the same principle works in reverse. Better sleep leads to better health.

Being alert and rested can make you feel more motivated to get regular exercise and eat healthfully, while lack of sleep can leave you feeling lethargic and too tired to move. What’s more, studies have shown that lack of sleep for just a few days disrupts hormone and metabolism levels, resulting in increased appetite and calorie intake.


Pain-free, hassle-free, symptom-free, allergy free!

Instead of painful allergy shots and weekly office visits, you can now get long-term allergy relief simply by putting a few drops under your tongue three times a day. 

This safe and effective treatment is called sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), and is available at Spartanburg & Greer ENT! See your Allergy Doctor in Spartanburg, SC or Greer, SC today!

How does the Sublingual Immunotherapy Program work?

  1. A simple blood test determines exactly what triggers your allergies.
  2. Customized allergy solution is sent directly to you by mail.
  3. You put the allergy drops under your tongue each day. (We'll teach you how!)
  4. You'll breath easier as the drops work to eliminate the symptoms.

If you’re tired of dealing with itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headaches or other allergy symptoms, but you don’t want to go through years of painful allergy shots, call the Allergy Center at Spartanburg & Greer ENT at (864) 582-2900 for an appointment.

 


If your child has tubes inserted in their ears and suffers from the ear pain, fever and irritability (particularly in infants) of an ear infection, we need your help. 

Our clinical research trial is testing an investigational medication (ear drops) for ear infections in children with tubes in their ear(s), both male and female. To be eligible, participants must be between 6 months and 12 years of age and exhibit the typical symptoms of an infected ear. 

Study starts soon.

Contact our office today or go to www.InfectedEarStudy.com to get all the details on participating in the study.

Spartanburg Ear, Nose and Throat
1330 Boiling Springs Road, Suite 1400
Spartanburg, SC  29303 864-582-2900