Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Radio Show for July 10

Posted on 9 Jul 2011 - 10:02 AM by Dr. Brian Wind

If you’re a follower of the show, you probably already know that sleep disorder diagnoses have reached EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS.  Sleep disorders are the most commonly diagnosed medical disorder in adult humans. Not helping is that Tennessee is ranked number 4 in the country in obesity. In our July 10 show we’ll be discussing sleep and its affect on your heart health.

Weekly Poll Question

How much sleep per night do you need to feel rested? Go to our Weekly Poll page to weigh in this week.

Sleep in the News

Harvard Medical School reported in the Harvard Heart Letter that the connection between sleep and heart disease is a two-way street. Sleep disorders contributed to heart disease and heart issues disturb your sleep.  You can read the full article at:

Poor sleep habits: heart disease and sleep apnea

Also in the news, the National Sleep Foundation published an article which links obstructive sleep apnea to a condition which increases risk for impaired blood flow and cardiovascular events.

Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

And Sleep Review reports a study showing that CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) “effectively decreases the risk of cardiovascular death in elderly patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.”

CPAP Decreases Cardiovascular Mortality in Elderly Patients

Call in with your questions or to discuss your experience with sleep disorders.  We want to hear from you!

Heart issues are not only caused by obstructive sleep apnea, but also related to insomnia, inadequate sleep, and shift work disorders.  And poor sleep has health consequences beyond just heart disease. Here is an article from the Washington Post:

Scientists Finding Out What Losing Sleep Does to a Body

And finally, our own local television News 2 in Nashville reported this week that the obesity rate is growing in Tennessee.  Citing a report from Trust for America’s Health, 32% of Tennessee adults are at an unhealthy weight. Further, more than 20% of Tennessee children are obese, the sixth highest rate in the country.

WKRN-TV News 2: Obesity report ranks Tenn. No. 4

Caller Questions

Call in with your questions at any time during the show at 615-737-9986.  You can also call us 24/7 at 1-866-SLEEP20.  Or send us email.

If time permits, the sleep doctors will address an email question from a listener. Tom in Athens writes:

I have heart disease and I have been told I have a different type of sleep apnea than most people, and because of this I need a different type of PAP machine to treat me. Can you explain this?

We’re waiting on your call!