Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better Podcast

You may have experienced forgetting things once in a while, but for some people, it's a common occurrence. Some of you are in a constant state of brain fog, struggling to think clearly. In this episode, Kathy and will talk about various reasons that can lead to sleep deprivation, and ultimately, to memory problems and brain fog. 

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Show Notes

Dr. Ronald Harper: Podcast on OSA and brain damage
The importance of REM sleep
The 3 benefits of sleep
     1. Growth hormone, wound healing, immune system
     2. Memory enhancement
     3. Stress management
How sleep deprivation alters your sense of how impaired you are
APO E4: The common gene for Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.
3 ways our brains are damaged 
     1. Modern society
     2. Toxins and inflammation: Leaky gut and brain
     3. Small jaws and upper airway
Eat Dirt:Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It. By Dr. Josh Axe
Glamour magazine article
Medications that can trigger obstructive sleep apnea 
What You Can Do Right Now To Prevent Losing Your Mind
      1. Don’t eat late
     2. Good nasal breathing: Un-stuff Your Stuffy Nose e-book
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An example video of the soft palate flopping back into the nose during mid-nasal exhalation. This can prevent CPAP or dental appliance use. It can also present as central apneas since there's no airflow through the nose and mouth, and no movement of the abdomen and chest.

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Drug induced sleep endoscopy showing epiglottic obstruction with inhalation. Significantly improved with jaw thrust.

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This is a short video of an endoscopic exam performed in the office. Initially, it’s with the patient sitting up after topical nasal decongestion and anesthesia. You can see the right and left nasal anatomy, and the Mueller’s maneuver in the middle of the video. Near the end, the patient is lying flat on her back, and you can see that the space behind the tongue base and epiglottis is much more narrow.

At the very end, I have the patient thrust her lower jaw forward, which pulls the tongue base forward significantly, allowing you to see the voice box more clearly. This is one maneuver I do to determine if a patient is potentially a good candidate for a mandibular advancement device. 

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