Articles on Sleep

Somnus: Our Most Powerful Sleep Formula

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

SleepingSomnus contains a variety of natural precursors that activate a pathway in the brain which promotes smooth muscle relaxation quickly.

With the addition of 5-HTP, Somnus supports healthy Serotonin levels which also aid in overall quality of mood, relaxation, and sleep.

This natural combination of effects will help you reduce anxiousness, tension and fear while also helping you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake up feeling more rested.

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Finding a Better a CPAP

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Resmed CPAPSleep apnea is a very common condition.  I used to diagnose it occasionally in my practice, in retrospect missing many cases.  Now I specifically look for it in anyone who has impaired sleep, obesity, loud snoring, difficulty breathing through the nose, witnessed episodes of stopping breathing while asleep, restless leg syndrome, daytime drowsiness, chronic fatigue, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, or car accidents, since fatigue is a major cause of accidents.  Reportedly 20% of men and 5% of women have some degree of sleep apnea.

Treatment includes weight loss.  For those with less severe sleep apnea, a dental appliance to move the jaw forward or prevent the tongue from slipping backward in the throat may be effective.  For those with more severe sleep apnea, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is necessary.  However, the CPAP machines are often ponderous and uncomfortable, and many people won’t wear them or pull them off in the middle of the night.

Now comes a new device.  Called the Resmed nasal pillows system, it consists of two short soft plastic prongs that fit into the nostrils, with soft pillows around them, held in place by a band that goes over the top of the head.  It connects to the air supply system, a small device that is easy to carry on trips.

If you are interested or know someone who should be, call our office for more information: 949-600-5100.

Allan Sosin MD

Impaired Sleep Lowers Testosterone

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Man Not Sleeping WellSleep deprivation is epidemic in modern society, and indeed is the most frequent symptom we see in our practice. There is now evidence that impaired sleep lowers testosterone production. (JAMA, June 1, 2011, pp 2173-2174.)

Ten healthy young men spent 11 days in the laboratory getting 10 hours of sleep, followed by eight nights of sleep restricted to 5 hours nightly. By the end of the study, daytime testosterone levels decreased by 10-15%. Cortisol levels were not affected.

In men, testosterone levels generally decline by 1-2% per year. Low levels affect sexual desire and behavior, and indicate reduced fertility. Nearly half of the inability to conceive occurs subsequent to male reproductive defects. Testosterone deficiency also leads to reduced muscle mass and strength, weight gain, lower bone density, and impaired vigor and well-being. (more…)