Star Sleep & Wellness Blog

The Vicious Cycle: How Sleep Apnea & Weight Gain Are Linked

April 16, 2024

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overweight woman experiencing fatigue

When talking about sleep apnea, it’s not uncommon for the topic of weight gain to come up. Those who are overweight or obese are at a much higher risk of developing an airway obstruction while sleeping, but could the lack of rest cause an individual to put on additional pounds? Not knowing the root cause can be disheartening; however, this vicious cycle doesn’t have to continue. Read on to learn how treatment from a qualified professional can help you take back your overall health once and for all.


Does Napping Make Sleep Disorders Worse?

March 15, 2024

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man sitting up in bed at night

When 2 o’clock rolls around, most people feel a little tired. Especially on the weekend, when you don’t have work, it’s awfully tempting to lie down on the couch and take a nap. But then, on Sunday night when you have yet another bad sleep, you wonder how you’re going to face a whole week already behind in rest.

An infrequent nap here and there shouldn’t completely derail your sleep schedule, but if you are consistently napping while facing a sleep disorder, you are actively sabotaging your nightly rest.


Is Sleep Apnea Causing My Nightmares?

February 15, 2024

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Woman waking up to a nightmare

It isn’t unusual for the average person to have an occasional nightmare. Most of us know what it feels like to wake up in the night feeling panicked, only to discover that you are perfectly safe in bed. However, have you noticed this occurring more often recently? This might be due to sleep apnea. Continue reading to learn about the connection between sleep apnea and dreams, the impact of nightmares, and what you can do about them.


Test Prep: How to Get Ready for a Sleep Study

January 11, 2024

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For some people, the idea of a sleep study doesn’t sound all that exciting. However, for both the doctors that conduct them and the patients that receive them, they’re the beginning of a brand-new era of restfulness.

Sleep studies allow doctors to determine what kind of issues could be affecting a patient, aiding them in designing effective treatment plans. If you have one coming up, here’s how you should get ready for it.


How Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Relationships

December 16, 2023

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Man snoring in bed, woman covering ears with pillow

It goes without saying that sleep apnea can take a serious toll on your overall health as well as your quality of life. However, it is worth noting that the disorder doesn’t just affect you; it may also be causing issues for your partner. Consequently, if the problem isn’t treated quickly, your relationship might suffer. Here’s what you need to know about sleep apnea and how it can affect your love life.


4 Must-Know Tips for Traveling Comfortably with Sleep Apnea

November 4, 2023

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a person walking at an airport

If you have sleep apnea, you might be feeling a little reluctant to take that trip you’ve been thinking about—but you shouldn’t shy away from travel due to your condition! With careful planning and consideration, it’s absolutely possible to still have a restful and enjoyable adventure. Whether you’re heading on a road trip, flying across time zones, or off for a weekend of camping in the great outdoors, sleep apnea doesn’t have to prevent you from getting a great and relaxing night of rest. Here are some useful tips you should keep in mind.


Can Untreated Sleep Apnea Have Fatal Consequences?

October 5, 2023

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a man covering his face while trying to sleep

Every night, countless people miss out on innumerable hours of sleep because of sleep apnea. What’s worse is that an even larger number of sleep apnea cases out there remain completely undiagnosed. This means that quite a few people out in the world are walking, driving, and loafing around with daytime fatigue and sleepiness. But did you know that if left unresolved, sleep apnea can lead to some very serious, potentially even fatal, consequences? Continue reading to learn more about this condition and some of the risks it carries, along with how it can be treated with the help of your sleep dentist.


How Secondhand Smoke Increases the Risk of Sleep Apnea in Children

September 3, 2023

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a child pushing away a hand holding a cigarette

If you’re a smoker, it’s easy to fixate on how your habit affects your body while being completely oblivious to how it affects those around you. Secondhand smoke has all sorts of negative side effects; not only is it smelly and harsh, but there has been research indicating that it can even lead to harmful health effects—which is very unfortunate given that in most instances, those who are exposed to secondhand smoke don’t have a say in the matter, like children! But among all of the issues that can result from frequent exposure to secondhand smoke, did you know that a heightened risk of obstructive sleep apnea in children is also a possibility? Continue reading below to learn a little more about how your smoking habit could end up causing your little one to struggle to get a good night’s rest.


Debunking 4 Popular Myths about Sleep Apnea

August 4, 2023

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a person struggling to remain asleep at night

Obstructive sleep apnea, also called OSA, is one of the most widespread types of sleep apnea, affecting an estimated 22 million Americans—and what’s worse is that several million more cases remain completely undiagnosed! The condition is characterized by blockage that occurs in a patient’s airway during sleep, which causes them to wake up and normalize their breathing at the cost of deep sleep. Part of why this condition is so prevalent is due to various misconceptions and misunderstandings about how it influences a person’s sleep. Here are a few myths about sleep apnea that have made their way around that you certainly don’t want to be fooled into believing.


Welcome to Star Sleep & Wellness in Irving!

July 6, 2023

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Most people struggle to sleep every once in a while, but what if it’s becoming a more frequent problem? Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining good health and well-being throughout your life. Good sleep improves your brain performance and reduces your risk of many diseases and disorders.

We are happy to announce that we recently opened our doors at Star Sleep & Wellness in Irving! We are eager to help patients who struggle to get the sleep they need to thrive throughout the day. We can help patients with a wide range of popular sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, and nocturia. Here are some things that you should know about our practice and why we stand out.