Common Causes of Sleep Apnea

A good night’s rest is an important part of overall health, and anything that hinders that should be taken seriously and treated promptly. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that if left untreated can lead to dangerous consequences. It is estimated that nearly 22 million Americans currently live with sleep apnea, with nearly 80 percent of those cases being undiagnosed.

Sleep apnea can affect both children and adults. A common risk factor for developing sleep apnea is obesity. Other common causes include:

  • Age – young adults and those of middle age are more likely to develop this disorder.
  • Neck size – a neck circumference of 17 inches or larger leads to an increased risk because there is more soft tissue that can block the airway.
  • Gender – men are four times more likely to have sleep apnea than women, although women are at higher risk during pregnancy and menopause.
  • Other health conditions – those that suffer from hypertension, stroke, diabetes, GERD, hypothyroidism, and heart problems are more likely to develop sleep apnea.
  • Hereditary – roughly 25%-40% of people diagnosed with sleep apnea have a family member that also suffers from the condition. This may be because of similar physical features like a recessed jaw, as well as similar lifestyle habits like diet and exercise.
  • Ethnicity – African-Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders are more at risk of developing sleep apnea than Caucasians.

Treatment for sleep apnea often includes addressing the underlying causes of the disorder. Weight loss, surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids, and treatment of certain dental conditions such as an overbite are common ways to help sleep apnea symptoms.

Certain allergies and other health factors such as a deviated septum may also cause congestion in the airways which makes sleep apnea more common. Treatment of these conditions will often provide relief to sleep apnea sufferers.

Those that smoke, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, or take sedatives are also more likely to develop this condition. Oftentimes cutting back or stopping these behaviors will lead to relief of sleep apnea symptoms.

When other treatments don’t work, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine may be prescribed. This machine has a mask that goes over the mouth or nose and provides continuous airflow to the airways to prevent this harmful sleep disorder.

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Musicians and Artists to Watch in 2018

Now that 2017 has come to a close and the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are less than a month away, one cannot help but wonder which musicians and artists are poised to have a breakout year in 2018. Across all genres, up-and-coming artists are making themselves known in an attempt to reach stardom. Below are just a few of many who could potentially have a big year in the music world.

Daniel Caesar

Much like Chance the Rapper, Daniel Caesar has slowly been rising in the R&B ranks through his DIY mentality and soulful sound. Though he started gaining traction back in 2014, Caesar has been touring relentlessly to spread the word of his classical sound reminiscent of mid-20th century soul. His newest album Freudian was just released back in August of 2017, so expect to see him gain some notoriety in 2018.

CyHi The Prynce

Appearing on four different Kanye West albums, CyHi is perhaps best known for his ghostwriting abilities, much of which were dedicated to G.O.O.D. Music. His latest album No Dope on Sundays features some of the hottest names in rap right now, and is sure to take off in 2018 since its release this past November. ScHoolboy Q, Kanye West, and Travis Scott are just some of the many big names to voice their lyrics on CyHi’s album, so he shouldn’t need much help finding success with the newest of his projects.

Phoebe Bridgers

This Los Angeles-based country-folk singer could fall under a variety of genres, but her perfect blend of folk and pop sound is expected to garner some well deserved attention in the new year. Phoebe Bridgers is the embodiment of emotionalism in an age where that seems to be fading. Her soft voice and deep lyrics bode well with her current fanbase, which could grow exponentially in the next year or two.


Kelela geniusly blends electronic and modern R&B in her latest record Take Me Apart which was released this past October. Combine that with her extensive collaborative efforts with names like Solange, Gorillaz, and Teengirl Fantasy, and Kelela is certain to have a breakout year.

Jaden Smith

A name that almost everyone knows thanks in part to his acting career and his father (Will), Jaden Smith has been active in the music industry for a number of years now, but his latest album SYRE could project his name even more. He was featured on Childish Gambino’s EP Kauai back in 2014 which may have helped music fans all over the world take his sound more seriously, but his latest work is good enough to spawn a whole new generation of admirers. Since its release in November of 2017, Jaden Smith’s debut album is almost guaranteed to generate buzz around the industry in the next 12 months.

5 of the Healthiest Foods to Eat for Breakfast

It’s an age-old saying that millions of people have come to live by: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” While some may argue differently, there’s no denying that a healthy meal to start the day can be exponentially beneficial to one’s health, so long as the foods you eat contribute to that. That being said, below are five of the healthiest foods you can start your day with.

  1. Oatmeal

Something that may have been seen as a dreaded meal when you were younger, oatmeal is actually one of the best products for a healthy breakfast thanks to its beta-glucan, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and folate, all of which are great for heart health and lowering cholesterol. Should the flavor be preventing you from adding this to your diet, oatmeal can be combined with cut fruit or nuts, milk, honey, or a pinch of cinnamon. Be mindful of any additions and their potential unhealthy attributes.

  1. Eggs

Eggs, whether scrambled, sunny side up, or over easy, have been a staple in breakfast foods for as long as the meal has existed. They are a great source of protein, vitamin D, and selenium. They do however, contain a considerable amount of dietary cholesterol, so including them in your breakfasts sparingly is recommended.

  1. Greek Yogurt

Sweetened nonfat yogurt may sound like a healthy breakfast option, but they often contain as much sugar as a bowl of ice cream without any nutritional value. Greek yogurt on the other hand, contains healthy fats, calcium, and protein to help you feel fuller during the early hours of the day, thus preventing you from overeating at a later time. Fruit and nuts can be added to enhance flavor, much like oatmeal.

  1. Berries

Most varieties of berries come with a plethora of health benefits due to their various vitamins and nutrients. Of the most favorable include blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Blueberries specifically are loaded with antioxidants, and are the least caloric berry. Also high in antioxidants, strawberries contain a more-than-sufficient amount of vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber.

Raspberries are found to have ellagitannins, which is thought to have the ability to prevent cancer. Much like blueberries and strawberries, they contain vitamin C and vitamin K; essential for bone growth. Mixing any of these types of berries with your greek yogurt or oatmeal is an added kick to fighting illness.

  1. Flaxseed

Adding just a tablespoon or two of flaxseed is a great way to increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake, as well as heart-healthy fat, fiber, and lignan. This nut-flavored grain is great as an addition to smoothies, cereal, or greek yogurt, with the only precaution being the fact that they are indigestible. Be sure to grind them up beforehand or check that they are well blended if adding them to a smoothie.

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