Eat This, Not That! / Dr. Sharona Dayan Unexpected Health Problems After 50: Sleep Disordered Breathing July 9, 2019

Sleep disorder, insomnia. Young blonde woman lying on the bed awake

“As women enter menopause and estrogen levels drop off they may experience unexpected symptoms like fatigue, daytime sleepiness, unexplained weight gain, chronic neck and shoulder pain and grinding of the teeth,” says Dr. Sharona Dayan, DDS, DMSc, a board certified periodontist. “These are all signs and symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing, SDO.”

Here’s what happens when you have SDO: “Estrogen keeps the muscles of the airway tight and as the levels drop off the muscles become looser and the tongue can fall back into the throat blocking oxygen flow. The brain then has an immediate microarousal and signals the body to correct the oxygen situation. These microarousals may not be long enough to wake the person up, but just long enough to go from deep restorative sleep to light unrefreshed sleep.”

You then grind your teeth because it’s your “body’s compensation to open the airway and increase blood flow…that delivers oxygen to the brain.” You might also sleep on your side (causing a stiff neck or shoulder) or undergo chronic stress (from lack of sleep) without even knowing why.

Recommendation: “If a person turns 50 and begins to notice these symptoms it’s time to get the sleep and airway checked out by an airway-focused dentist who can address tongue posturing and tongue space for a multitude of health benefits,” says Dr. Dayan.

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Eat This, Not That! / Dr. Sharona Dayan 70 Things You Should Never Do For Your Health July 3, 2019

70 Things You Should Never Do For Your Health

No one likes being told what not to do. But some rules, when followed, aren’t restrictions at all–they are, in fact, easy and effective ways to stay free. Free from illness. Free from pain. Free from debilitating anxiety, hearing loss, a brain injury or a gruesome cancer.

Sometimes you have to stop doing things in order to do the things you want to do.

With that in mind, we asked the country’s top doctors and specialists to name the #1 things you should never do for your health, and we collected them into this essential list. Read on to discover what not to do. Address them, and then you can be free to just…do you.


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