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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Aug 26th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Ways to Help You Keep Hope Alive Oct 16th, 2020

We all are well aware of how difficult 2020 has been because of the Covid pandemic. Throw on the stress related to recent social injustices and a Presidential Election year, and it’s downright hard not to let things get you down. So here are some ways to help you keep...

Sleep Apnea: Causes, Effects and Treatment Options Jun 27th, 2019

One of the first indications that you may have sleep apnea is if you snore loudly when you sleep. If you stop breathing abruptly and start breathing again during the night, it is a serious indication that you have this disorder. Whether you have obstructive or central can only be...

Sleep Disorders, Sleep Doctors and Sleep Studies Jun 11th, 2019

The quality of sleep can impact our overall health, quality of life and safety. It is quite common to experience sleep disturbance at one time or another in life. The disturbance may be as a result of factors such as stress, long distance travel, life interruption and illness, or technology...

30 Remarkable Health Benefits of Sleep (Backed up by Science) Apr 6th, 2018

Lack of sleep could be taking a serious toll on your mental and physical health. Sleep-deprivation has been linked to everything from chronic health conditions to barely-there libido and strained relationships. Thanks to the body’s amazing ability to bounce back, all hope isn’t lost—even for the most exhausted of you....

Raising Awareness For Sleep Apnea Treatment To Reduce Seizures In Epilepsy Dec 22nd, 2017

Because sleep habits have an affect on so many of our body’s systems, comorbidity or co-occurring disorders are common. One pair of conditions that show evidence of being related are sleep apnea and epilepsy. What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea, also called sleep-disordered breathing or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a...

The Importance Of Sleep As A New Parent Dec 11th, 2017

Half-sleeping while you listen for your baby on the monitor? Praying for just one uninterrupted night of shut-eye? Going through the day feeling like a groggy Mommy-zombie? The hallmark of the hectic cycle of caring for a newborn is neither the numerous diaper changes nor the multiple feedings, but the countless sleepless...

Cold Weather And Your CPAP Nov 22nd, 2017

It’s getting cooler and soon we will be getting colds, the flu, sore throats, sinus infections, dry air, and other winter gifts. PAP humidifiers can help alleviate these ailments. A CPAP device works by blowing pressurized room temperature air through a tube into a facial mask. The air then enters the...

8 of the Best Apps for Insomnia and Sleep Jul 11th, 2017

We talk an awful lot about why it’s important to get enough quality sleep each night, for reasons that range to pleasantly beneficial to physiologically necessary. And most people don’t really need to be sold on the idea; most of us know we don’t get enough sleep and wish we...

Get Better Sleep in the Heat With These Simple Tricks Jul 5th, 2017

There’s no escaping it: summer is here, and it is in full swing. Here in Texas, we’re hitting triple digits and we’re likely to stay there for a while. While you’re probably already keeping an eye on things like UV levels and your water consumption, you may have a little more...

Carrie Fisher and the Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea Jun 27th, 2017

When Carrie Fisher passed away last year, her death left a lot of people shocked and more than a little devastated; she was well loved for her role as the fierce and capable Princess Leia — and later, General Leia — in the Star Wars franchise and, as an outspoken and honest advocate for...

These Are the Long-term Effects of Poor Quality Sleep Jun 20th, 2017

You probably don’t need a sleep doctor to tell you that not getting enough sleep is terrible for you. Chances are, you’ve already felt the effects of a sleepless night the next day, or noticed that a week of tossing and turning leaves you feeling foggy, achy, and just kind...

Hey CPAP Users: Meet the Pillow of Your Dreams Jun 16th, 2017

What’s The Ultimate Pillow? It’s a uniquely shaped pillow made of quality, ventilated memory foam that makes it a whole lot easier to sleep at night, especially if you use a CPAP machine and face mask. If you do, we probably don’t need to tell you how annoying mask leaks...

Men: Here’s How Sleep Deprivation Can Mess with Your Health Jun 13th, 2017

June is all about the guys: with Father’s Day just around the corner, and Men’s Health Week underway, this month is a great time to take a moment and reflect on the lives and health of men. Men face specific challenges when it comes to all aspects of health —...

Are You Getting Quality Sleep? Four Ways to Tell May 30th, 2017

When we talk about sleep, it’s easy to focus on the fact that people simply aren’t getting enough of it. When so many people skimp on a full night’s rest that our collective lack of slumber is considered a public health crisis, it’s tempting for sleep professionals and physicians to remind people...

Spring Clean Your Way to Better Sleep May 23rd, 2017

Believe it or not, spring is almost over. It seems just yesterday we were all navigating the zombie-like fog of everyone’s least favorite springtime tradition: Daylight Saving Time. For a lot of people, another springtime ritual gives even DST a run for it’s money: we’re talking about spring cleaning. Love it,...

New Moms Want More Sleep: 7 Ways to Sleep with a Newborn May 16th, 2017

Earlier this year, a “groundbreaking” study enjoyed a good bit of popularity on social media and other corners of the internet, in part because it confirmed what so many of us already knew: moms are more sleep deprived than dads. It was tempting to poke fun at the findings, which noted...

Manage Sleep Apnea on the Go: Travelling with your CPAP May 11th, 2017

The summer season is almost here! And that means that travel season is in full swing, ready or not. If you’re treating your sleep apnea with a CPAP machine, or soon will be, you may have some questions. Fortunately, we’ve got answers. As a bonus, we’ve assembled a FREE printable CPAP...

The One Test Everyone with Diabetes Should Know About May 5th, 2017

Does Sleep Loss Cause Diabetes? It’s no secret that insufficient sleep makes us cranky and wreaks havoc on our ability to focus and function. But sleep deprivation’s more insidious side effects include physical risks that are far more serious. There’s certainly no dearth of sobering study results that point to...

How Would a Doctor Fix Our Health Care System? Apr 18th, 2017

The state of health care and insurance in our country has been a hot topic in recent months. Politicians have tried and failed to fix it – perhaps because they have no real experience with it themselves. As the director of a locally recognized sleep center, board certified in Sleep Medicine...

Dr. Raj Kakar of Dallas Sleep Among D Magazine’s Best Doctors of 2017 Apr 14th, 2017

Our very own Dr. Raj Kakar, M.D., M.P.H., is honored to have been voted one of Collin County’s Best Doctors in Sleep Medicine for D Magazine’s annual list in 2017. His inclusion on this year’s list of trusted physicians marks the seventh consecutive year his commitment to sleep health in north...

Our Sad News Apr 11th, 2017

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of our medical assistant Kamren Morgan on April 8, 2017. She was a valued member of our family here at Dallas Sleep and she will be missed by all of us. A funeral has not yet been...

5 Good Reasons for Getting Rid of Daylight Saving Time Mar 16th, 2017

We’re halfway through the first week of Daylight Saving Time, or DST. If you’re like me and many others, you’re still having trouble getting up in the morning. And who could blame you? Not only has your sleep and wake schedule been abruptly shifted by one hour, you are now...

Ask A DME: What’s The Best Way To Clean CPAP Equipment? Mar 10th, 2017

Note: This content is syndicated and originally appeared on the Blue Mountain Sleep Shop blog and is reprinted here with permission. For a lot of patients, the process of transitioning to a “new normal” with CPAP therapy is equal parts relief (I finally know why I’m so tired! And there’s a solution!)...

Parents: Do You Know These 6 Signs of Childhood Sleep Disorders? Mar 2nd, 2017

There’s a lot you can say about the state of America’s health. We have a stubborn love affair with bacon and binge watching. It’s fair to say that we work too much and sleep too little, even when we know the risks of sleep deprivation, stress, and saturated fats. It’s equally fair...

We Need To Talk About Opioid-Induced Sleep Apnea Feb 20th, 2017

There is no denying that narcotic medications have allowed for much-needed relief for patients in debilitating pain. But there can also be no denying that there is a dark side to the skyrocketing rate of prescribed narcotics like hydrocodone, oxycontin, and fentanyl, especially when they’re consumed over a long period...

3 Keys to Successful CPAP Treatment Feb 7th, 2017

People often mention they have heard about friends or others who have had difficulty with CPAP treatment for sleep apnea. Similarly, some biased dentists will often quote unsubstantiated statistics on the lack of successful CPAP treatment. Unfortunately, these types of stories sometimes give CPAP an unwarranted bad reputation. Dental professionals...

The Case For Later School Start Times For Teens Feb 1st, 2017

If you have a teenager, you’ve likely noticed that they tend to sleep half the day away when Saturday rolls around. Maybe you’re not surprised — teens aren’t particularly well known for their early bedtimes, either. And when the alarm begins to screech at 6:00 on Monday morning, it probably seems...

Pillow Talk: The Different Types of Pillows You Need Jan 24th, 2017

Go walk down the bedding aisle in Target and you’ll find there are as many different types of pillows as there are people who sleep on them! Knowing which one to use can help you sleep better, but that’s only half the battle. Obviously, I recommend The Ultimate Pillow because of its revolutionary...

Sleep and Eye Disorders: What You Should Know Jan 17th, 2017

More and more research is highlighting the connection our sleep health has on our eye and vision health. Here’s what you need to know about sleep and eye disorders. There are several eye disorders that have been studied by scientists and found to have an association with common sleep disorders, particularly sleep...

How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress? Jan 10th, 2017

It’s funny: just a few years ago, the bedding industry was recommending mattress replacement every 10 years. Now, you can see advertisements by the mattress companies recommending that you replace your mattress every 8 years. Where do they come up with this number? Who decides how often to replace a mattress is best?...

New Year’s Resolutions: Know the Effects of Sleep on Learning Jan 4th, 2017

All week long, we’ll be talking about how you can keep your New Year’s resolutions in 2017 by fostering healthy sleep habits. Don’t forget to catch up on what you missed! Today we’re talking about the effects of sleep on learning new things. Next to shedding weight and committing to healthier food...

New Year’s Resolutions: Get More Sleep, Lose More Weight Jan 2nd, 2017

The last few days of 2016 are flying by, and that means that its time to turn our attention to the upcoming new year. For lots of us, that means making a New Year’s Resolution (or two, or ten). But when the excitement wanes, motivation can quickly follow, and before you...

Why you can’t sleep in cold weather – and how to fix it Dec 22nd, 2016

Cold weather can bring insomnia with it — these winter sleep tips will have you sleeping and feeling better in no time. Yesterday marked the first day of winter, an occasion that’s typically met with very little fanfare. After all, either you’re from somewhere that’s already been buried under snow...

5 Facts About Sleep Health Every Veteran Should Know Nov 11th, 2016

Each year on November 11th, we celebrate Veterans Day — a day set aside to honor, celebrate, and express our gratitude for the men and women who place country above self daily. But as the day is winding down and many of us settle in for a good night’s rest,...

Airing Surpasses Initial Fundraising Goal to Develop World’s First Maskless, Hoseless Jun 16th, 2015

Airing Surpasses Initial Fundraising Goal to Develop World’s First Maskless, Hoseless, Cordless Micro-CPAP Airing LLC quickly reaches its crowdfunding goal of $100,000 for its disposable micro-CPAP device. Within two hours of its the launch of today’s Indiegogo campaign, it had already surpassed its funding goal. And 16 hours into the...

Sleep is Likely A Missing Piece in the Alzheimer’s Disease Puzzle Jun 4th, 2015

Sleep & Alzheimer’s Dementia — Scientists at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have found compelling evidence that poor sleep—particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories—is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s...

Good Morning Texas Show with Dr Kakar and PA Angie May 12th, 2015

We’re excited that Dr Kakar and our PA, Angie Prosise, came on Good Morning Texas today! Please see the link below to see the segment. They were asked great questions about sleep apnea and snoring. Check it out! http://www.wfaa.com/videos/entertainment/television/programs/good-morning-texas/2015/05/12/27176091/

The Silent Killer Mar 18th, 2015

It is said that Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a silent killer because it causes damage to your eyes, kidneys, heart, and brain, and in most cases this occurs without any symptoms. Elevated blood pressure is many times discovered during a routine medical office visit. Well, there is another silent...

We’re excited to enroll patients in the EXPRESS Research Study. Dec 23rd, 2014

If you have a child age 7 to 16, with narcolepsy with cataplexy, please see the link below for more information. Learn More

Drowsy When Driving Nov 7th, 2014

November marks that special time in most of the U.S. when we “fall back” one hour for Daylight Savings Time. It’s always nice to get an extra hour of sleep. It’s such a good feeling. But, as we change our clocks and get adjusted to our new time, we have...

Children First Jul 31st, 2014

For my first blog post, I was considering various topics and having some difficulty deciding which topic would be best for my inaugural blog post. Finally, I remembered “I believe the children are our future. Lift them up and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they...

Dallas Sleep Launches New Website May 14th, 2014

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