Wed, 12 August 2015
CPAP, although the "gold standard" form of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, has a number of common problems for many people. Join us for a discussion on the 7 most common problems you may have using CPAP (along with solutions).
Sat, 18 July 2015
If you tuned in to our last episode, I talked about the 7 reasons why oral appliances may be a good option for those of you with obstructive sleep apnea, and in today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the 8 reason why you may not want to consider oral appliances for sleep apnea.
Plus two more bonus reasons.
Links and references mentioned:
Interview with Dr. David Lawler iTunes link #55.
Unstuffy Your Stuffy Nose e-book
Mon, 29 June 2015
Many people hate the idea of using a CPAP mask attached to a hose every night. Fortunately, a good alternative to this is a mandibular advancement devices (also called oral appliances) come in various models, but they all have one thing in common: The lower jaw is pushed forward against the upper jaw, moving your tongue forward, opening up your airway.
In this podcast episode, I will go over the 7 reasons why I like using mandibular advancement devices to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
1. No headgear or straps around your face.
2. It’s silent. CPAP 26 dB. 30 is a quiet whisper
3. It’s small and convenient
4. More dentists are available to make these devices, and are usually covered through most major insurances.
5. Equal to CPAP for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
6. An oral appliance can used as a CPAP mask holder
7. It can be used effectively for snoring and UARS, even if you don’t have obstructive sleep apnea.
Resources and links mentioned:
Thu, 23 April 2015
In this episode, My special guest is Dr. Mark Cruz, a dentist in private practice in Dana Point, CA, close to Laguna Beach. He has spent over 10 years educating dentists and doing research at UCLA and is now on the data safety monitoring board of the NIH's Institute for Craniofacial Research, the dental arm of the NIH. He has collaborated with many sleep luminaries including Dr. Christian Guilleminault, and Dr. David Gozal. Information about his dental airway mini-residency can be found here.
In this interview, we’ll discuss:
1. What’s the role of the dentist and dentistry as a profession in airway related health?
2. Is the airway wellness concept new for dentistry?
3. Who are the key team members that are needed for airway health?
4. How can someone find an airway focused dentist or orthodontist in his or her community?
and so much more.
Sun, 15 March 2015
Join Dr. Park on this installment of his Expert Interview Series, where insomnia and sleep medicine expert, Dr. Gregg Jacobs, unveils his proven and effective methods for stopping insomnia, without the use of harmful and expensive medications.
Here’s what you’ll learn during this teleseminar:
An Insomnia Specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Gregg Jacobs is the leading authority on the treatment of insomnia. His insights on insomnia and sleep are eye-opening and enlightening. During this 64 minute call, Dr. Jacobs answers your questions.
Wed, 25 February 2015
This is part 3 and the final segment of my conversation with Dr. Stasha Gominck, a neurologist with some very insightful information about vitamin d and how it’s vitally related not only to sleep, but to every aspect of your health. As mentioned previously, vitamin d is actually a hormone that’s needed by every area of your body, including your brain.
In this segment, Gominak is going to tell us:
For more information about Dr. Gominak, visit her Web site at
Thu, 19 February 2015
This is Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Stasha Gominak, a neurologist practicing in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Gominak has unique views on how Vitamin D can significantly affect the quality of your sleep, independent of obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. In this intervew, she will reveal:
How B vitamins interact with Vitamin D
How B vitamins are related to fibromyalgia
The link between irritable bowel syndrome and headaches
How Vit D is linked with weight gain
What’s the right dose of B vitamins? And for how long?
Which vitamins are made in your gut?
Visit Dr. Gominak at http://drgominak.com
Wed, 11 February 2015
This is Part 1 of my interview with Dr. Stasha Gominak, a neurologist practicing in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Gominak has unique views on how Vitamin D can significantly affect the quality of your sleep, independent of obstructive sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. In this intervew, she will reveal:
1. How Vitamin D is related to sleep
2. Why Vitamin D3 is better than D2
3. How Mice and Pigs Confused Doctors About Vitamin D
4. Why Sleep became much worse in the 1980s
5. How much Vitamin D do we need?
Visit Dr. Gominak at http://drgominak.com
Thu, 28 August 2014
ADHD and other behavioral problems are rampant today with millions of children on prescription medications with or without psychotherapy. As I've stated in the past, a significant number of these children have a treatable sleep-breathing problem, which goes undiagnosed. I was alerted to watch this video about a mother’s excruciatingly painful journey to help her son, Connor, who was labeled with a condition called oppositional defiant disorder.
In this episode I'm honored to have as our guest Ms. Valerie Deegan, Connor’s mother. We’re going to talk about what she had to go through to get her son treated appropriately without medications.
Resources mentioned in this Podcast:
Tue, 1 July 2014
Podcast #001 Show Notes
Welcome to the relaunching of my Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better podcast. In this episode, I will reveal:
1. Why only humans have sleep apnea
2. How you can choke and die
3. 5 simple things you can do to sleep better tonight.
Download the PDF of the slides here.
Download the MP3 file here.
Acronym for obstructive sleep apnea: MOOSE
4 Evolutionary / Anatomic Changes:
2. Anterior Migration of the Foramen Magnum
3. Laryngeal descent and loss of epiglottic and soft palate lockup
4. Vertical descent of the larynx.
As a result of complex speech and language development, only humans can choke and die.
3 Dental Concepts
1. Transition to soft, processed foods lead to dental crowding and malocclusion
2. Eating soft vs. hard foods and aggravate dental crowding
3. Bottle-feeding can cause dental crowding and crooked teeth.
Changes in our eating and infant feeding habits created more dental crowding and more narrow airways.
All these concepts are described in more detail in my book, Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired.
Facial profiling. Younger people have more triangular jaws and flatter faces.
If our brains get bigger and our jaws get smaller, what will we look like in 50,000 years?
Sleep-breathing continuum. All chronic health conditions can be directly or indirectly connected to poor breathing and poor sleep.
Conventional treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea:
3. Dental appliances
2. Oral exercises
6. Tongue nerve stimulation / pacemaker
7. Functional dental appliances.
5 Practical Tips to Sleep Better Today
1. Avoid eating or drinking alcohol late
2. Improve nasal breathing
3. Adjust head position to improve the airway
4. Avoid migraine triggers
5. Practice relaxation / deep breathing techniques.
Reader Question: Dry mouth after starting CPAP. What to do?
Sleep Tip of the Day: How blue light can ruin your sleep and what you can do about it.
Resources mentioned in podcast:
Dr. Brian Palmer's website
Dr. Weston Price: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
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Download the PDF of the slides.