Our Series on: Sleep Apnea (Apnoea) Dental Devices/ Snoring devices City of London
It is amazing how every week brings on more articles and research about the importance of sleep and effects of sleep apnea (apnoea) on our over all well being.
At Boston House we work with Dr Aditi Desai the President of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, who is highly regarded in the field. She is particularly in liasing with GMPs and sleep medicine physicians to construct, sleep apnea (apnoea) and sleep snoring dental devices.
Dr Aditi works as part of a multidisciplinary team and accepts referrals and self referrers from across the Greater London with particular emphasis on The City of London, Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Bank / Monument and Bishopsgate areas.
Below is a synopsis of an article published in the Guardian Newspaper 6th of October 2017.
the full link is as follows: www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/06/western-society-is-chronically-sleep-deprived-the-importance-of-the-bodys-clock?CMP=share_btn_link
‘Western society is chronically sleep deprived’: the importance of the body’s clock
The 2017 Nobel prize for medicine was awarded for the discovery of how our circadian rhythms are controlled. But what light does it shed on the cycle of life?
Tiny ‘clocks’ tick within almost every cell type in our body, and there is growing evidence that decoupling from our natural cycle can have long-term health consequences.
Modern lifestyles may no longer be constrained by sunrise and sunset, but light remains one of the most powerful influences on our behaviour and wellbeing. This realisation has fuelled a “sleep hygiene” movement, whose proponents point out that bright lights before bedtime and spending the whole day in a dimly lit office can dampen the natural circadian cycle, leaving people in a continual mental twilight – dozy in the morning, and too alert to fall asleep promptly at night.
There is growing evidence that this decoupling from the natural circadian cycle can have long-term health consequences much more far-reaching than tiredness.
“Virtually everything in our body, from the secretion of hormones, to the preparation of digestive enzymes in the gut, to changes in blood pressure, are influenced in major ways by knowing what time of day these things will be needed,” said Clifford Saper, a professor of neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. “The most common misconception is that people think that they do not have to follow the rules of biology, and can just eat, drink, sleep, play, or work whenever they want.”
“Jet lag is so awful because you’re not simply shifted, but the whole circadian network is not aligned to each other,” said Prof Russell Foster, chair of circadian neuroscience at the University of Oxford. “If you were completely aligned but just five hours shifted you wouldn’t feel so crappy.”
It is also helps explain the extensive range of health risks experienced by shift workers, who are more likely to suffer from heart disease, dementia, diabetes and some cancers. “They’re having to override their entire biology,”
Obesity is also more common among those with irregular sleep patterns. Saper’s team has found that animals that don’t get enough sleep, but keep their circadian pattern, do not gain weight. But when they are placed on a 20-hour light-dark cycle, they eat more impulsively and develop glucose intolerance.
“I would suggest that for humans, staying up late, watching video screens with high levels of blue light and eating high fat foods, is potentially a major cause of obesity and diabetes,”
Evidence is also emerging that our risk of acute illness rises and falls with a predictable regularity. People are 49% more likely to suffer a stroke between 6am and 12 noon than at any other time of the day and a similar pattern is true for heart attacks. This is linked to a circadian rise in blood pressure in the early morning, which happens even if you’re lying in bed not doing anything.
As the impact of scientific advance slowly trickles down, the medical profession and society at large are waking up to the power of the biological clock.