Sleep apnea, a medical condition that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted while they sleep, made headlines this summer when the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office announced that the disorder was a contributing factor in actor and writer Carrie Fisher's death.
Apnea is one of a number of disorders that rob sufferers of recuperative sleep and, left untreated, can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, obesity and diabetes. Some patients find success in upper airway stimulating device.
University of Florida Health has become the first health system in the region to offer a new Food and Drug Administration-approved upper airway stimulation device to help patients suffering from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
According to research, choosing a Mediterranean diet in addition to physical activity could help to ease certain sleep apnea symptoms. The study examined the effect a Mediterranean diet could have on sleep apnea symptoms in obese