10 Ways to Make a More Sleep Friendly Bedroom

We do our best to help our patients get the best sleep possible by treating their sleep apnea with the oral appliance. However, sometimes more is needed. Here are 10 adjustments you can consider if you are still not feeling as refreshed in the morning as you'd like.

1. Make it dark
Light and darkness are powerful cues that tell your brain it's time to rest or get you ready for a productive day. So it's no surprise that light in the bedroom (as well as light peeking in from outside) has an impact on the quality of your sleep. Dimming the lights about an hour before bedtime will help regulate your body clock and tell your brain that it's time to shift into sleep mode. At home, use room darkening...

As all of our patient's can attest

As all of our patient's can attest, Dr. Callender feels very strongly about the need for his sleep apnea patients to sleep on their side. A recent article from the National Sleep Foundation highlighted the "Best Sleep Positions for Sleep Apnea Sufferers". Here is what they had to say:

Side Sleeping

Rest on one side, slightly curled with your knees bent. Use a supportive pillow for your head that keeps your spine in alignment. Side sleeping can be made better by placing a pillow between your knees.

To help you do this, you can sew a pocket or pin a sock on the back of your pajamas and place an object like a tennis ball (we recommend a whiffle ball) into it. You'll detect an attempt to lie flat o...

House Passes Bill Regarding Pilots and OSA

There is growing awareness and therefore growing concern regarding undiagnosed sleep disorders in pilots. The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would require that a specific rulemaking process be followed before regulations could be changed regarding the screening and treatment of pilots for obstructive sleep apnea. The goal of the bill is to help create policy changes that will help identify more effective and less intrusive ways of identifying at risk pilots in order to keep everyone flying safely. This issue was reported by Sleep Review Magazine.

Posted by R. Sam Callender DDS | 4/17/2014 4:08:00 PM

Sleep Apnea and GERD Connection

Recently a study was presented at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology which showed that out of 81 patients with documented sleep complaints, 26 percent had acid reflux. Of those who suffered with reflux, 94 percent of the recorded reflux events were associated with arousal from sleep or awakening.

Posted by R. Sam Callender DDS | 2/6/2013 3:31:00 PM

Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Cancer Risk

Sleep apnea has been in the news recently, here is an article that ran in the New York Times May 20, 2012 by Anahad O'Connor that we thought was note worthy:

Two new studies have found that people with sleep apnea, a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, have a higher risk of cancer. The new research marks the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans.

About 28 million Americans have some form of sleep apnea, though many cases go undiagnosed. For sleep doctors, the condition is a top concern because it deprives the body of oxygen at night and often coincides with cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

"This is reall...

Dentists and the NFL Tackle Sleep Apnea

The following update came from the Sleep Group Solutions:

Sleep Group Solutions teams up with former NFL superstars to tackle sleep apnea by raising awareness through seminars.

We remember the NFL #1 Draft pick JaMarcus Russell for the Oakland Raiders back in 2007. His mediocre performance on the field was later linked to sleep apnea. Sleep Group Solutions and Dr. Harry Sugg are teaming up with former NFL Linemen Derek Kennard and Nate Newton to raise awareness of sleep apnea through a series of events titled "Tackle Sleep Apnea".

On April 26th 2012 Derek Kennard and Nate Newton made sure to let the NFL Draft hopefuls know about sleep apnea, as well as their former NFL teammates and the public....

Sleep Apnea and The Brain

We came across an interesting article in the February/March 2012 edition of Neurology Now which linked obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with cognitive problems due to the decrease in blood oxygen saturation at night. A study done at the University of California, San Francisco, showed that OSA might contribute to dementia. The drops in blood oxygen (hypoxemia) which occur with sleep apnea puts a strain on all the tissues and organs of the body, especially the brain which uses about 20% of the body's oxygen supply! The study showed that those who experience repeated nighttime hypoxemia were more likely to develop dementia. The study also indicated that cognitive impairment might be partially reve...

New Research on Effectiveness of Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

New research has been published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality regarding the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea in adults, we thought we'd pass it along to you. The report highlighted the seriousness of treating severe sleep apnea because of it's association with diabetes and other chronic diseases.

The full report can be found at

Posted by R. Sam Callender DDS | 2/29/2012 3:05:00 PM

Sleep and Suicidal Risks - The sleep professional's role in early intervention

The following article was featured in the July/August 2011 edition of Sleep Review: The Journal for Sleep Specialists and we thought we would pass the information along to you. The article was written by Barry Krakow MD.

More than 30,000 individuals die by suicide each year in the United States. For every death by suicide, there are 10 - 25 nonlethal attempts. Lifetime prevalence indicates 5% of the population reports a suicide attempt, 4% a plan, and 14% ideation. Although suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, recent research reveals a number of risk factors that may be targeted to prevent fatalities.
In our field of sleep medicine, research points to sleep disturba...

Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia in Older Women

An article featured in the Denver Post this summer addressed the link between sleep apnea and dementia. Here's what the article had to say:

Older women with sleep apnea have twice the risk of developing dementia as those without the breathing disorder, according to a study published Tuesday, but the data weren't conclusive as to why.

The findings indicate that people with sleep apnea should be screened for cognitive problems, said Kristine Yaffe, an author of the study in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Potential cognitive decline "is another reason why you want to be medically followed carefully and possibly treated" for sleep apnea, said Dr. Yaffe, who is a professor of...