Sleep Apnea Boston MA

When the British author Anthony Burgess wrote, “Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone,” he struck a sympathetic chord with fellow snorers. But sawing logs is more than just a social faux pas if you’re one of the 12 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Sleep HealthCenters Affiliated with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
(781) 306-9760 x121
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
<1 month to 18 years old

Sleep Disorders Center affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
(781) 306-9760
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
16 +

Sleep HealthCenters Associated with Brigham and Women's Hospital
(671) 783-1441 x159
1505 Commonwealth Avenue
Brighton, MA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary, in accordance with specific managed car
Ages Seen
16+
Insurance
Insurance: Most plans
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep HealthCenter affiliated with Faulkner Hospital
(617) 983-4650
1153 Centre Street
Boston, MA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary, in accordance with specific managed car
Ages Seen
16+
Insurance
Insurance: Most plans
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Neurocare Center for Sleep Neurocare Inc.
(617) 796-7766
70 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
Ages Seen
12-adult

Center for Sleep Medicine Tufts - New England Medical Center
(617) 636-7689
750 Washington Street
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
Infants and Above

Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders Childrens Hospital Boston
(781) 216-2570
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
Ages Seen
Newborn-21 years

Sleep HealthCenters affiliated with Hallmark Health
(781) 306-9760
200 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary, in accordance with specific managed car
Ages Seen
16 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most plans
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep HealthCenter At Milton Hospital Milton Hospital
(617) 313-1256
199 Reedsdale Road
Milton, MA
Ages Seen
16+

Boston Sleep Care Center
(781) 647-7246
85 First Avenue
Waltham, MA
Ages Seen
18

Sleep Apnea

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By Leslie Petrovski

When the British author Anthony Burgess wrote, “Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone,” he struck a sympathetic chord with fellow snorers. But sawing logs is more than just a social faux pas if you’re one of the 12 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
If you suffer from OSA, you may not even be consciously aware of your many—up to 300 per night—“apnea” episodes. During those episodes, OSA sufferers actually stop breathing for a minute or more. Apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the rear of the throat relax and cut off airflow. OSA is linked to heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure, but given the number of effective therapies, the condition is nothing to lose sleep over. Conventional treatment usually begins with the continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP), a device that blows air into the nose through a face mask. When used correctly, the CPAP typically reduces apnea episodes, but not everyone can tolerate the noise and the discomfort of sleeping with the machine.

John Dye, ND, chairman of the Department of Mind-Body Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, looks at the problem differently. “We treat the whole person to reduce the symptoms,” Dye explains. Dye looks for root causes, focusing on such areas as diet, inflammation, possible allergies, and cardiovascular profile.

To take a holistic approach to the problem, start by taking a hard look at your lifestyle choices: Stop smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and lose weight if you’re carrying a few too many pounds. And don’t sleep on your back. All of these factors can worsen OSA.
Still not sleeping soundly? Try Dye’s regimen:

• Improve your diet by adding more fiber, eating colorful and nutrient-dense foods, and cutting back on red meat and sugar.

• Take 2 to 3 grams per day of krill oil capsules, a possible cholesterol fighter derived from tiny Antarctic crustaceans.

• Add anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric (Curcuma longa) and ginger (Zingiber officinale)—1,500 to 2,000 mg of each daily.

• Try 400 mg of vitamin E once or twice a day, plus 500 mg vitamin C two to three times a day.

• Practice playing the didgeridoo. In a study in the British Medical Journal, researchers discovered that daily practice on this indigenous Australian wind instrument reduces apnea, daytime sleepiness, and sleep disturbance for bed partners.

Author: Leslie Petrovski

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