Are You Suffering From Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea?
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It’s not uncommon to feel tired around the holidays. Between shopping for presents, scheduling family gatherings, and socializing with coworkers at the office Christmas party, we could all use an extra nap this December. But if you notice that you’re feeling exhausted all the time and no amount of sleep seems to re-energize your body, you may be suffering from something far more serious than holiday stress. The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) found that 15 percent of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that leaves a person unable to breathe properly while asleep. An episode of sleep apnea usually lasts between 10 seconds and two minutes, and episodes can happen hundreds of times throughout the night. During these episodes, a sleeping person is deprived of oxygen, suffocating in their sleep until their body is forced to gasp for air. This is why loud snoring is often associated with sleep apnea. Suffering from oxygen deprivation every night leads to some serious health issues that can destroy your internal organs. Patients with undiagnosed sleep apnea often suffer from fatigue, headaches, heartburn, depression, personality
80 percent of nocturnal strokes are connected to sleep apnea. The ASAA estimated 90 percent of sleep apnea cases are not yet diagnosed. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are suffocated in their sleep every night and feel worn out each day without knowing why. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available once your sleep apnea is diagnosed, ranging from lifestyle changes, like losing weight, to surgery, such as septoplasty. Surgery is not the most common solution for sleep apnea. At Texan ENT, Dr. Seth Evans regularly recommends a CPAP breathing mask or an oral appliance to help patients breathe easier at night. However, if you are suffering from a case of sleep apnea that demands surgery to improve, it’s best to see a doctor who can offer you the best treatment options available. Don’t spend another year struggling to keep your eyes open. Give Texan ENT a call at 512.550.0321 and determine if undiagnosed sleep apnea is keeping you up at night.
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30-Minute Cauliflower Soup This hearty soup is a quick, easy, healthy addition to your holiday table. It can also be made vegetarian by substituting chicken broth with vegetable broth.
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1/2 cup heavy cream
1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
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1 leek, chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes. 2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, broth, and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth. 4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.
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