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Depression or Exhaustion?

Quite frankly I was surprised that in this day and age, screening for depression was not already taking place consistently. What I KNOW is not taking place consistently is primary care screening for sleep disorders. Without this knowledge how can you accurately determine whether a patient has depression or exhaustion? We are left with a chicken-egg scenario.

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Julia Worrall
Snoring...It hurts ME more than it hurts YOU!

I am stunned by the number of articles out there recommending a 'Nighttime divorce' if your partner snores. Several article tout the benefits of sleeping separately from a snoring spouse so as to decrease your own fragmented sleep, a condition called 'Second-hand Sleep'. While I agree that sleep is crucially important for overall health and wellness, my concern is that in order to avoid having to listen to your spouses snoring, you are leaving them in a room by themselves to slowly suffocate.

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Julia Worrall
Alzheimer's & Sleep

The Alzheimer’s Association states that although there are risk factors for Alzheimer’s that we cannot control such as aging, ethnicity and genetics, there are others that we may be able to affect through lifestyle changes and effective management of ‘other health conditions.’

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Julia Worrall
Don’t be in the Dark about Heart Health!

The medical model as it exists today, has put into motion a system of evaluating symptoms with the purpose of prescribing medications. We no longer ask WHY a patient has this particular symptom. We have gotten so good with our ‘standards of care’ that we focus only on medication compliance and lifestyle modifications.

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Julia Worrall
We are Failing our Sleep Apnea Patients!

CPAP is referred to as Gold Standard Therapy for Sleep Apnea. However, the facts simply don’t support this statement. Over 30% of patients referred for a Sleep Study don’t get tested; 50% of these patients citing the reason, “I don’t want to use CPAP!”. For those that do attend, most patients requiring therapy are prescribed CPAP; approximately 50% don’t comply and remain unmanaged. If you do the math, one can only conclude that we are failing our Sleep Apnea patients!

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Julia Worrall
“The evidence is limited compared to CPAP” - Really!

In a recent episode of “The Social”, CTV Program, a physician discussed “Everything you need to know about Sleep Disorders”. When a caller explained that they were having difficulty with CPAP, the physician recommended that she persevere, that she have her CPAP checked out or perhaps that she try a new mask. Then she went on to say, in a very dismissive tone of voice, “Some people try dental appliances that help, but the evidence is limited compared to CPAP”.

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