Wearing Your CPAP Saves You and America Money

Posted Jan 28, 2011 by Kristen P. in CPAP & Sleep Apnea Info

Did you know that getting the right diagnosis and treatment of your sleep apnea saves millions of healthcare dollars?

The health benefits of treating sleep disordered breathing (SDB) are well established.  There has been a substantial increase in health care costs related to diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing.  Several studies recently performed, have provided supporting evidence of cost justification for the current standards of detecting and treating sleep disorder breathing.

Untreated SDB is associated with an increased risk of cardiac disease, diabetes and stroke.  A report by the American Sleep Disorders Association reported that 97 untreated Sleep apnea patients incurred an excess in hospital costs of $100,000-$200,000 and physician costs doubled.More...


The Link between Sleep and Weight Loss?

Posted Jan 7, 2011 by Kristen P. in Lifestyle

In recent years research has shown an underlying link between amount of sleep and weight in the American population. Surveys have found that individuals who sleep fewer hours tend to have a higher Body Mass Index (or BMI, one indicator of being overweight or obese), while other studies have linked sleep to the production of hormones that help control appetite. Multiple hormones that seem to have an affect on appetite seem to vary depending on the amount of sleep one gets each night. People who sleep less tend to have a lower level of the hormone called leptin, a natural appetite suppressant. Those who report a large amount of sleep loss, such as with disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, tend to have increased levels of ghrelin, a natural appetite stimulant that may increases cravings for sweets and starchy snacks.More...