Struggling to stick to your New Year’s resolutions? A good night’s sleep can help with that!

It’s February! How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you’re struggling to stick with your resolutions, you’re not alone! According to U.S. News, roughly 80% of resolutions fail by mid-February. So how can we be part of the 20% that stick to their resolutions? The answer may be hidden in your sleep! We live such busy lives we don’t often think about how well we slept the night before or how refreshed we feel when we wake up in the morning. What we don’t realize is that sleep quality affects our bodies in many ways which then affect our overall lifestyles. 1. Sleep affects your appetite/diet & metabolism You might ask, “what does sleep have to do with my appetite”? The answer: It helps your body regulate your hunger & appetite. During sleep, your body produces hormones called leptin (suppresses appetite) and ghrelin (promotes feeling of hunger). Studies show that sleep deprivation result in lower leptin levels. This leads to increased appetite and hunger, and can result in binge-eating. According to Van Cauter et. al. (2008), lack of sleep also has a negative effect on glucose/carbohydrate metabolism. It makes it difficult for the body to break it down. Those experiencing increased hunger and appetite are more inclined to eat carbohydrate-rich food and increase consumption which often lead to weight gain or obesity (Sharma & Kavuru, 2010). https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/funnies-cartoon.asp?id=99 2. Good sleep means healthy immune system Studies have shown that sleep supports immune system functions therefore, long-term sleep deprivation will have a negative effect on your immune system. In a study by Cohen et. al., it was found that those who have poor sleep quality, and...
Spring is here! And so is… Allergy Season?

Spring is here! And so is… Allergy Season?

It’s the first day of Spring! Can you believe it? We’ve had a very interesting winter here in BC and we’re ready for warmer temperatures and what? Oh yes, sunshine! With warmer temperatures and blooming flora and fauna, there will be an increase in pollen floating around. Yes, Spring is also the dreaded allergy season for many! During this time of year, we hear many patients saying that they have difficulty using their CPAP machines due to nasal congestion. Here are some helpful tips straight from our lovely staff to help you survive allergy season: Check and clean out/replace your filters (both CPAP and mask, if applicable) Machines are equipped with filters to make sure that pollen and dust are filtered out of the air that is produced by your CPAP. Clean filters helps avoid respiratory infections caused by dirt in the air. Wash your mask: Make sure to clean your mask on a regular basis to avoid dirt and buildup If you don’t have time to soak your mask, you can use wipes for a quick clean! Wipe your machine: Dust can accumulate on your CPAP. Wipe your machine regularly to remove dust buildup Adjust tube temperature & humidity (as needed): Patients suffering from allergies can adjust their tube temperature and humidity to get more moisture. Dryness can make allergies worse and make the CPAP uncomfortable to use.   Refer to your machine’s user manual for instructions or go to the following links: http://bit.ly/2mGzawj   (Philips Respironics Machines) http://bit.ly/2nBAwgQ (ResMed Machines) Keep your nasal passage clear by using  Decongestants  Neti Pots  Nasal Sprays  Nasal Steroids: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000404.htm *Make sure to consult...