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This past week while scrolling through social media sites, like we all do from time to time, I noticed a trend. It seemed just about every other post was a friend or family member complaining of having a cold. It doesn’t come as a surprise with school starting in the Valley (classrooms are like little petri dishes full of germs), and the monsoons kicking up dust and rapidly changing the weather. Sleep is crucial when it comes to...

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The lazy days of summer are about to end if they haven’t already. Kids are heading back to school which means busy schedules of homework, sports, and after school activities. If your kids are like most others, they have likely been staying up late and sleeping in through much of their summer break. Getting them back into a regular and healthy sleep routine may prove to be challenging.   Studies have shown that when children do...

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Snoring is the sound that occurs during sleep when a person breathes in and there is some sort of blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth. When the air passage opens and closes it causes a vibration of the tissues in the throat resulting in snoring. How loud the snore is depends on how much air passes through and how fast the tissue is vibrating. Everyone snores to some extent, but when is it a cause for concern for your...

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June 20, 2017 (Phoenix, Arizona) Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report was released this week revealing sleep apnea, along with a cocktail of various drugs, as a cause of her death. It was also noted that Fisher suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease. While Fisher’s drug use has been the focus of news reports, the dangers of sleep apnea should not be discounted. A study published in the Journal of Sleep in August 2016 revealed that...

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Whether you sleep in your bed at home, in a sleeping bag while you are camping, or in a hotel on vacation, the hot summer nights can make it hard for your body to sleep.  And that unrelenting heat makes sleeping at night especially difficult for pregnant women, women going through menopause, the elderly and those who experience night sweats. “Our bodies cool down naturally when it’s time for us to go to sleep,” says Lauri Leadley,...

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Is it possible to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by checking someone’s eyes? Yes, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO),  there are ocular signs that an Ophthalmologist can see which could point to a patient having OSA. OSA is a potentially dangerous health disorder in which the sufferers breathing stops periodically throughout the night. These breathing lapses can last upwards of 10 seconds and can happen...

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It’s a fact that modern life is busy. Between hectic work and family schedules, adopting a healthy sleep routine can be extremely difficult. However, too many late nights and early mornings can have a negative impact on your physical and emotional health. According to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, there are over 100 different types of sleep disorders ranging from difficulty sleeping at night to problems with...

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Sleep paralysis is a sleep disorder that can be quite unsettling for the sufferer. It causes a person to pass between consciousness and sleep with the inability to speak or move. The sufferer may feel as though someone is in the room with them which leads to fear and panic and feeling as though they are choking and cannot breathe. Sleep paralysis can occur either shortly before falling asleep or during awakening. If it occurs as you...

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10 Sleep Myths Debunked

Posted By on Jun 26, 2017

Modern sleep research didn’t really begin until the middle of the 20th century with the discovery of REM sleep in the 1950s.  So, it is no wonder there are so many misconceptions and myths surrounding it. Before REM sleep was discovered, sleep was regarded in the scientific world as a “passive process,” with little being done to study it. Therefore, with the lack of available pragmatic evidence, sleep has been surrounded by many...

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    Carrie Fisher’s Autopsy Reveals Sleep Apnea as a Cause of Death What Women Need to Know About the Dangers of Sleep Apnea   (Phoenix, AZ) June 20, 2017 – Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report was released this week revealing sleep apnea, along with a cocktail of various drugs, as a cause of her death. It was also noted that Fisher suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease. While Fisher’s drug use has been the focus of...

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Steve N.

San Diego, CA

"I was especially impressed with Andrew the Respiratory Therapist who reviewed my study with me and answered my questions. Andrew thoroughly explained everything about the Cpap machine-from start to finish. I never felt rushed and was assured I could contact him with any additional questions or needs. Andrew told me he would follow up with a call in a week and he did. I believe this center performed the study appropriately and the added benefit of having Andrew teach me about the machine and what to expect was a bonus."

Candace M.

Scottsdale, AZ

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Gina C. Phoenix, Arizona


"I recommend them highly!! I took my 2 year old daughter for a sleep study and was very impressed. Our sleep technician was amazing with her, very patient and kind. The DVD we brought to watch while getting her hooked up got stuck in the TV and they vowed to return it. We got a call the next day checking on our daughter and saying how sweet she was, they mentioned the DVD. Several days later, we received the DVD plus a new copy of the Lion King with a nice note. They are very good at what they do and if they can make a 2 year old feel at ease, they can probably do the same with anyone!!"

Anthea S.

Tempe, AZ