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I was recently asked to do a sleep apnea podcast with Richard Jacobs on his Future Tech Podcast. I think this podcast is yet another sign that the awareness of sleep apnea and other types of sleep disordered breathing is surging to new levels.

For the longest time, many people have assumed that sleep apnea was a condition that really only affected overweight, older men. As I’ve said on this site (here and here) and on my Sleep Apnea Therapist site (here and here), this definitely isn’t the case. Sleep disordered breathing can affect everyone from young children to fit women in their 20’s and 30’s, and of course older men and women, and everyone in between.

Sleep Apnea Podcast Sarah Hornsby Myofunctional Therapist

I also thought that the specific nature of Richard’s podcast is indicative of the wider interest in sleep and how problems with sleep relate to our overall health. As Richard’s website says, the podcast looks at topics such as “… Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, stem cells, regenerative medicine, Bitcoin and blockchain, and more.”

So this isn’t the type of podcast that’s looking at the way we currently do things. Instead, it’s intently focused on the future.

What’s The Future Of Sleep Medicine?

For me, the future of sleep medicine isn’t about treating symptoms. It isn’t about prescribing a CPAP machine. And it isn’t about just waiting until the symptoms manifest.

It’s about prevention at an early age by monitoring for the symptoms of any oral myofunctional disorders that can affect craniofacial development. As I always say to my patients and students, the adults I treat for sleep disordered breathing were the children who grew up with oral myofunctional disorders. Once their facial structures changed, they were headed down a path that could have been avoided.

If we can assess, diagnose, and treat these oral myofunctional disorders early enough in children and teenagers, we can prevent so many cases of sleep disordered breathing. What that means is we could literally change lives.

Then for those people who have grown up with the type of craniofacial structure that puts them at a higher risk for sleep apnea and other forms of sleep disordered breathing such as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, we can use a multi-disciplinary approach to help address the underlying issues. A team of the right healthcare professionals can make a huge difference!

I’m always hopeful that we’re getting closer and closer to this future.

More and more doctors, surgeons, and dentists are starting to see the importance of the airway and a well-balanced facial structure in sleep medicine. And I’m being asked to train an increasing number of myofunctional therapists. They’re all going to be able to help their patients by helping them understand the root causes of their sleep-related health problems or even better, helping them to avoid these problems in the first place.

How To Access And Share This Sleep Apnea Podcast

I’m really grateful to Richard for helping me educate people about sleep apnea and myofunctional therapy. I hope you enjoy listening to this sleep apnea podcast. I believe that it’s important to try and spread this message as far as possible, so if you can, please share it to your friends and family.

I’ve embedded the podcast episode below, and I’ve also included links to a number of popular ways to access it.

Listen to “A Novel Therapy for Sleep Apnea that Targets the Root Causes—Sarah Hornsby—Faceology” on Spreaker.





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