Monthly Archives: October 2016

61 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Sleep

Here’s a post from MattressInsider. Author Jonathan Prichard was kind enough to allow us to use his article in its entirety.

It’s no secret…

Many of us have poor sleep habits.

In fact:

As I type this sentence, my clock says it’s 1:27am here in Colorado.   I’ve gotta be up in 6 hours! Yikes! 🙂

Over the past month, my research team here at has been digging up some really interesting sleep facts that I thought we’d share with you.

Like this one:

Martha Stewart only gets 4 hours asleep in an average night.

and this one…

Kids will spend 40% of their childhood asleep.

OSA, Headaches and Snoring are Linked

Obstructive sleep apnoea is related to snoring. Can be OSA linked to headaches too?

The common pain syndrome seen in clinical practice is headache. Almost everyone has experienced a headache. The intensity of pain may vary but pain is pain and can sometimes be debilitating. Only parts of the head structure are sensitive to pain.  The brain tissue cannot feel pain but the veins, arteries, muscles, sinus and nasal cavities, and skull coating do. The three types of headache are muscle contraction headache and blood vessel headache. The first one is the throbbing-kind of headache while the second one feels like a tight band around the skull (tension headache).… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea and Stuttering

In last week’s blog post, we presented that sleep apnoea has been linked to brain damage and stuttering.  Now, which comes first?  Sleep apnoea? Brain damage? Stuttering?

It is a fact that breathing problems during sleep decrease the oxygen flow to the brain. Of all the organs in the human body, the brain is the most sensitive to lack of oxygen. A reduction in the saturation level of oxygen causes hypoxia to the brain. Recurring decreased oxygen level to the brain triggers an increase of free radicals due to biochemical reaction. When the brain lacks oxygen for more than 30 minutes, neurons die.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea and Brain Damage

A study done by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) scientists indicated that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is linked to cognitive deficiencies. Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the research indicated that OSA patients show a loss of gray matter in areas of the brain that control breathing and speech.  The interruptions in breathing that diminish the brain’s oxygen supply are a major factor that could cause brain damage.

Dr. Ronald Harper said that sleep apnoea has been linked to comorbidities such as heart diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, and obesity to name a few. This study supported the theory that the brain wiring of patients with sleep apnoea is not normal and thus adversely affects the brain regions that control the airway muscles.  … Read More...