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How much sleep does a person need to have adequate functioning?

The range of normal is 5 to 10 hours.  Some people who are short sleepers only need 5 hours and they wake up refreshed and have optimal functioning during the daytime.  Others need 10 hours to accomplish that.  Sleep deprivation is almost like putting in a deposit or a withdrawal from a bank. If you […]

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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The main symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness that occur during the daytime, snoring, frequent arousals throughout the night, choking, gasping episodes, and actually it can cause insomnia.  About one third of patients with sleep apnea present with insomnia.

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Why is sleep apnea so dangerous?

When the brain is asleep there is less nerve stimulation to the muscles that keep your airway open, muscles relax and your airway can narrow or collapse. Your brain protects you by waking you from the sleep state by the release of hormones. However these hormones can cause high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, hardening […]

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Dr. Alpert Assists in First Successful Lung Transplant

I was involved with one of the first successful lung transplants in North America.  I had a patient with Paraquat poisoning.  He was a landscape gardener and he was exposed to Paraquat which is no longer available, but its an herbicide.  He had over exposure to it, it went into his blood stream and then […]

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