SLEEP APNEA AND VALENTINE’S DAY
How Your Valentine Can Help With Sleep Disorders Sleep Apnea Awareness Day was created in honor of Helen Marie Bousquet, a patient who is believed to have died from undiagnosed sleep apnea, which sadly resulted in respiratory failure. Her son, Brian Evans, began advocating for greater awareness of sleep apnea in her memory. Due to Brian’s efforts in conjunction with the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, April 18 was chosen to commemorate the research that followed Bousquet’s passing and to continue spreading awareness about this lesser known but dangerous sleeping disorder. While April is still several months away, our team here at Greeley Endodontics thought the month of February would be a particularly suitable time to spread even more sleep apnea awareness. Generally speaking, sleep apnea goes undiagnosed for a long time. It can’t be detected during routine doctors’ appointments, and there’s no blood test to find it. In fact, most sufferers don’t know they have any issues because the irregularities usually occur while they’re sleeping. Often, it is the bed partner or a family member who diagnoses sleep problems. Those loved ones you celebrate every Feb. 14 — the same ones who might roll you over in the middle of the night due to your loud snoring — could potentially diagnose a sleeping disorder in its early stages. WHY? VALENTINE’S DAY! YES, WE KNOW IT SOUNDS STRANGE, BUT LET US EXPLAIN.
The most obvious sign of the potential onset of sleep apnea is loud and sudden snoring. Not everyone who snores has the disorder, but nearly everyone who has the disorder snores. Some other noticeable signs are:
Gasping or choking while sleeping
• Being extraordinarily sleepy throughout the day • Sudden awakenings during the night • Insomnia • Frequent headaches • Depression • Excessive weight gain
If your spouse or family member has noticed constant irregularities in your sleep pattern, you should make an appointment with a sleep expert or reach out to Dr. Lowry for more diagnostic information.
SPICY SALMON TARTARE
Inspired by Epicurious
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1 8-ounce boneless, skinless salmon fillet
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/4 teaspoon lime zest 1/4 cup cucumber, seeded and finely diced
1 1/2 teaspoons grapeseed or vegetable oil Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Crackers or chips, for serving
1 1/2 teaspoons jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced 1 1/2 teaspoons shallots, minced 3/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1. Place salmon in freezer for 20 minutes to make slicing easier. 2. Meanwhile, prepare other ingredients for mixing. 3. Thinly slice salmon into sheets and cut sheets into strips and strips into cubes. When finished, you should have 1/8-inch cubes. 4. In a mixing bowl, combine salmon with all other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish with chips or crackers and serve.
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