ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT The Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea
If you have a bed partner who snores, you’ve likely experienced a few sleepless nights. Maybe you’ve even been forced to seek refuge on the couch. Lack of sleep can certainly have a negative impact on your health, but did you know your partner’s snoring may also be harming their health, too? Unusually loud or erratic snoring, the kind that keeps you up at night, is a common symptom of undiagnosed sleep apnea. Far more than just loud snoring, sleep apnea causes severe oxygen deprivation, and this disorder can wreak havoc on your body. Research shows major health risks increase in patients with undiagnosed sleep apnea. TYPE 2 DIABETES The International Diabetes Federation reports a strong connection between sleep apnea and Type 2 diabetes. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea experience increased in glucose and chronic fatigue, which can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Undiagnosed sleep apnea can also make it much harder for patients to safely control their diabetes. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART DISEASE If your airways are obstructed during sleep, your body struggles to take in enough oxygen. This causes extra
strain on your veins. High blood pressure and heart disease are common in patients with undiagnosed sleep apnea, and the American Heart Association warns that individuals with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer a heart attack. INCREASED RISK OF STROKE Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and some researchers suspect sleep apnea may be to blame. The American Stroke Association found individuals with undiagnosed sleep apnea are three times more likely to suffer from a stroke than patients who don’t have or are properly treating their sleep apnea. Snoring isn’t the only sign of sleep apnea. Other common symptoms include morning headaches, dry mouth or sore throat, mood swings, trouble concentrating, and feeling exhausted even after a full night of sleep. If you suspect sleep apnea might be harming your loved
one’s health, don’t ignore it. Dr. Butchert’s Ez Sleep System can help address the causes of sleep apnea. Call 715-257-4335 to get your sleep, and your health, back.
REFRIED BEAN POBLANOS WITH CHEESE
HAVE A LAUGH!
This vegetarian meal comes together in less than 15 minutes. It’s the perfect way to avoid takeout on a busy weeknight.
1/2 cup picante sauce
4 medium poblano chilies, halved and seeded 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans 1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwaveable cooked long-grain rice
1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded reduced- fat 4-cheese Mexican blend
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
DIRECTIONS 1. Place chili halves, cut sides up, on a round microwave-safe plate. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 3 minutes. 2. While chilies cook, combine beans, rice, and picante sauce in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spoon bean mixture into chili halves. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 2 minutes. 3. Uncover chilies, sprinkle each half with 2 tablespoons cheese, and microwave on high 1–2 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
Recipe courtesy of CookingLight.com
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