Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Radio Show for May 15

Posted on 12 May 2011 - 3:28 PM by Dr. Brian Wind

Tune in this week for news about a potential alternative to CPAP and the use of marijuana in treating sleep apnea.  The doctors will take your calls and answer listener emails and tell you if using alcohol is an effective sleep aid.

Sleep in the News

This week’s news is about an alternative to CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) which covers the patients nostrils and restricts airflow (aka EPAP - Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure).  Will this technology eliminate CPAP?  Probably not. Listen to the Sleep Doctors for good information about this alternative. If you’re feeling like a nap, the technical article can be found at the following link.

http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=28090

The Sleep Doctors will also answer an email question from one of our faithful listeners, Clarence, about some sleep in the news from several years ago. Clarence has a question about a study published in the journal Sleep in 2002.  The study involved the use of marijuana to treat sleep apnea.  Tune in for the Sleep Doctors’ feedback on the article. The article can be found at the following link.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12071539?dopt=Abstract


Listener Questions

If you have a sleep-related question—no matter how big or how small—call the Sleep Doctors during the show at 615-737-9986 or 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at 615-427-4234 (toll free at 866-SLEEP20).  The sleep doctors will answer your sleep questions.

If time permits during the show, the doctors will answer some email questions such as:

- Millie in Morristown writes, “Why do I wake up from a nap sometimes more tired than when I laid down?”
- Ben in Manchester writes, “My CPAP mask is causing me to get a sore on the bridge of my nose….should I stop wearing it until it heals?” 


Sleep Talk

You know there a lot of folks on CPAP machines to treat their sleep apnea, and sometimes they have problems tolerating CPAP.  That can be fixed easily if they go to someone who know what they’re doing. The Sleep Doctors will give you tips on getting use to CPAP.


Healthy Sleep Tip

So how many folks out there use alcohol to help them sleep? A pretty good number, from the Sleep Doctors’ experience.  Is this a good idea to use alcohol to help you sleep?  Tune in!