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What is Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome & Its Role in Disordered Sleep

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) is the often misunderstood sleep problem that you may be dealing with, particularly if you are one of those people that wake up in the middle of the night and have interrupted sleep or daytime sleepiness and brain fog.

In this episode, Betty gives insight into what UARS is, how it differs from OSA, and the importance of getting this problem resolved sooner rather than later.

Surprisingly, correcting this issue allows for your weight-loss to become easier, as well as allows your blood pressure, headaches, IBS, and other things to all get better.

Listen now for more insight into what may be fracturing your sleep!

Key Topics/Takeaways:

  • What is UARS?
  • How does UARS differ from obstructive sleep apnea?
  • Stages of sleep
  • How do you know if you have upper airway resistance syndrome
  • How to get rid of UARS
  • How sleeps problems affect your health and what happens if the problem is not resolved

Memorable Quotes:

“People that have upper airway resistance syndrome will suffer with metabolic disorders; i.e., leads to weight gain and metabolic changes like insulin resistance and risk for diabetes, and cardiovascular consequences. So it actually causes strain on the heart.” (3:31)

“Women are more likely to be diagnosed with upper airway resistance syndrome because of our structural smallness. We are smaller in size and stature. The other things that can lead to this is placement of the jaw and how your teeth align and the alignment of the palette.” (4:28)

“So the important thing to know here is that this is not gonna be the person that’s sputtering and wheezing, and sounds like a freight train. They may not be making noise at all. Like I said, it often gets missed because no one says anything about their breathing problems or what’s really going on.” (12:24)

“Obviously, the sleep study is very important. But one of the other ways you can look at it is a cone beam scan. So a cone beam scan is a scan of your head. Many sophisticated dentists, particularly the ones that do this kind of work, have one in their office.” (17:36)

“This is not just a, I wanna sleep better – It’s a quality of life. And then long term cardiovascular consequences. So, if this is going on, you’ve gotta get it fixed.” (21:20)

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