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Spring Forward (Daylight Savings Time)


Officially, daylight savings time begins this year on Sunday, March 8 at 2 am when clocks in most of Canada are moved forward by one hour. The phrase ‘spring forward, fall back’ reminds us which way the clocks turn. People in Saskatchewan do not change their clocks. Our ‘snowbird’ citizens who have escaped winter by travelling to Arizona and Hawaii also do not need to change their clocks. This is a good time to think about the importance of sleep and be aware of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. If you are one of the many Canadians suffering from

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New Saskatchewan Research


The Saskatchewan Rural Health Study is a large five year study looking at factors affecting lung health in the rural areas of our province. A total of 39 rural municipalities and 16 towns are participating. The results of a questionnaire about day time sleepiness were published in the August 2014 edition of the Canadian Respiratory Journal. Using the Epworth Sleepiness scale, the researchers found high levels of excessive daytime sleepiness in rural people. It was most common among men over 55 years of age. This is a concern since excessive daytime sleepiness is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive

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COPD and Sleep Apnea: Overlap Syndrome


COPD  (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and sleep apnea are common conditions affecting many Canadians.  COPD does not cause sleep apnea, nor does sleep apnea cause COPD, but the combination of the two is called Overlap Syndrome.  Unfortunately, each condition can make the symptoms of the other worse.  For example, the drops in oxygen levels that occur with sleep apnea are lower and longer when combined with COPD.  People with COPD and sleep apnea have more frequent exacerbations (flare-ups) that can lead to hospitalization. If you have sleep apnea and have smoked, take the lung health test to see if you

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