FusionSleep’s Dr. Durmer Discusses the Dangers of Sleep Disorders on Healthy Explosion BlogTalkRadio
Jeffrey Durmer, MD PhD was recently the featured expert and co-host of Martina Desgouttes’ holistic health show Healthy Explosion on BlogTalkRadio. Dr. Durmer is Chief Medical Officer of FusionHealth®. During the show, Dr. Durmer and Ms. Desgouttes discussed the most common Sleep Disorders and the dangers associated with not getting adequate sleep. According to Dr. Durmer, Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) is the most common Sleep Disorder. SDB is a category of respiratory conditions that come on during sleep. The body’s upper airway muscles relax during sleep. When these muscles relax and vibrate, snoring is produced. When these muscles relax to the point of complete collapse, however, the airway is cutoff and breathing is temporarily suspended. This condition, known as Sleep Apnea, and other conditions caused by Sleep Disorders interrupt the restorative processes of sleep, often resulting in chronic health issues. In this ten minute segment, Dr. Durmer details various Sleep Disorders and the dangers associated with each, specifically with individuals in the transportation industry.
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Key Points About Sleep Disorders from Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, MD PhD:
Sleep Disordered Breathing is the most common Sleep Disorder.
Sleep Apnea creates the “fight or flight” response with surges of adrenaline and cortisol.
These surges activate your blood pressure and release glucose, which produces insulin that is eventually stored in fat cells.
Chronic conditions caused by interrupted sleep include but are not limited to:
- Type II Diabetes
- Increased risk of stroke
Sleep Apnea can occur in children and adults, although it is most common in middle-aged men.
5% of the American population suffers from Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Disorders are genetic and usually affect multiple members of a family.
Sleepiness is a symptom of Sleep Apnea and creates a work hazards in risk-intensive industries like for the transportation. industry.
Data shows Sleep Apnea is extremely prevalent among truck drivers [30% of truckers are diagnosed with Sleep Apnea].
Sleep Apnea is a major topic for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2013. It is likely that new regulations will mandate truckers of a certain body mass be tested for Sleep Apnea.
Increased costs of life and unnecessary burdens of health care are brought on by these treatable Sleep Disorders.
Click to the links below to listen to Dr. Durmer’s other BlogTalkRadio segments.
Dr. Durmer Discussing the Realities of Shift Work Disorder on BlogTalkRadioDr. Durmer Discussing Sleep and Its Role for Health and Wellness on BlogTalkRadioDr. Durmer Discussing When to Seek the Help of a Sleep Specialist on BlogTalkRadio