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Episode Info: “I mean, the last thing I want to do is surgery for sleep apnea when that's not the main thing that might be causing it. It might be a red herring, and that's part of why being board certified in sleep medicine is helpful to have enough knowledge not to be dangerous. Just enough knowledge to identify these things. Certainly that we can work on them before thinking about procedures or if we're going to go down that path.” – Dr. Eric Kezirian   In today’s episode, Dr. Shah and Dr. Eric Kezirian share a life-changing talk about one of the most underrated subjects surrounding health – sleep. We spend ample time and energy looking into diet and exercise, but this third pillar – sleep – is critical to our overall health. A recent Forbes article suggested that 40% of Americans are sleeping less than 6 hours a night, and even children are now more sleep-deprived than ever. There has even been a movement suggesting that people can thrive on less than 5 hours of sleep nightly, but is this really true? Dr. Kezirian, a certified Otolaryngologist (nose and throat doctor), debunks some myths about sleep, reveals the real causes of sleep apnea, and how to optimize your sleep for greater health and peak performance. Drs. Kezirian and Shah uncover how – without adequate sleep, your entire body stops working as it should. Hormones that control detoxification of the brain and bodily tissues, regulate energy levels, your metabolism, and even hunger signals are all thrown out of whack. Sleep affects our mood, job performance, and athletic ability. If you’re looking for a possible culprit that may be contributing to you being overweight, listless, lacking energy, feeling apathetic or unmotivated, or you simply lack a zest for life, it is possible that you aren’t getting the quality sleep your body and mind so desperately need. Tune into this podcast to learn how to fix your most pressing sleep challenges, and dream easy tonight.   Highlights: What are the symptoms of poor sleep? Why you should test for obstructive sleep apnea and what it is. How you can possibly avoid surgery and fix sleep issues with lifestyle choices and sleep hygiene. How soft tissue surgery to correct sleep apnea has evolved. Do you suffer from mild sleep apnea? Many people do and are not aware. Are sleep disorders more common in men or women? Why how you breathe at night is just as important as how you breathe when you’re conscious during the day. How medications may be contributing to your sleep issues. Which medications are most helpful in addressing sleep issues. Are home sleep tests better or are sleep lab tests more revealing of your true sleep patterns? How to return to sleep basics and practice good sleep hygiene to restore your health and performance. How to reverse insomnia with a multidimensional approach. How alcohol consumption affects your sleep. How to avoid sleep devices that are being marketed without any proof that they work. Why balanced dopamine levels c...
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