Airway is Life with Dr Meghna Dassani

Airway is Life with Dr Meghna Dassani

Sleep is extremely important for our body. In fact, the work of sleep is almost more important than the work we do when we are awake.

Without sleep, we lose our ability to learn, our ability to remember, our ability to work, to move, to digest. Today, where people mainly work from home, sleep cycles have been disrupted, leading to serious health problems.

I spoke with Dr. Meghna Dassani, a sleep expert, to learn more about her journey and passion for helping patients solve their sleep problems.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work?

I am an internationally trained dentist practicing in Houston, Texas. I received my initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India where I graduated in 1996 and operated a successful practice there for 6 years before moving to the United States. I graduated in 2005 from the Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University (BU), where I was actively involved in research projects and enjoyed working in the communities surrounding the dental school.

I have practiced in Houston, Texas for 15 years. I have a passion to provide patients with the highest quality care that will benefit their overall health. The screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children is an integral part of my practice. My vision and goal for myself and my team is to help patients with sleep breathing disorders get the treatment they need to live healthier, happier lives. I have spent years introducing my dental patients to sleep medicine and solving their problems through a combination of screening, referral and treatment. I regularly work with multidisciplinary teams to open the airways of my patients, so that they can rest in a satisfactory and quality way. I even teach other dentists how to add sleeping pills to their practices.

I am passionate about how people know the importance of sleep. I want to connect people to the care they need so they can open those airways. My goal is for people to understand the importance of sleep and sleepy breathing and share what it means with their friends and family. The airways are life, and together we can save the lives of the people we love.

What were the biggest challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

I moved to the United States when I was 27. Starting from scratch to develop my practice while learning about the culture here has taught me valuable lessons. Not having a family came with its own challenges and learning to wear the different hats of being a mom, wife, practice owner, businesswoman while pursuing my dream, my why. I surrounded myself with my tribe, people and a support system who believed in me, trusted me and helped me achieve my goals. And sheer stubbornness didn’t hurt either.

My recent Amazon Best Seller book “Airway Is Life” certainly sounds like the end of the day.

What inspired you to write your best-selling book Airway is Life?

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I am passionate about how people know the importance of sleep. I want to connect people to the care they need so they can open those airways. My goal is for people to understand the importance of sleep and sleepy breathing and share what it means with their friends and family. The airways are life, and together we can save the lives of the people we love.

Why is sleep so important?

Without the work of sleep, we lose ourselves.

Sleep changes the hormones produced and the reaction of different cells. Without this part of your daily cycle, your hormones will go haywire (even worse than in teens), your organs will not function properly, and you will get very sick very quickly. During sleep, the brain “cleans” the brain and moves new information to permanent storage. Waves of electricity pass through the brain, and when this happens, new memories are moved to the appropriate parts of the brain. Facts, motor skills, things you saw that you need to recognize later, and social interactions are all moved to places where you can find them later.

If you don’t sleep well enough, and especially if you sleep NREM, you can’t learn new things and you are stuck. Sleep stores new knowledge for easy recall, helps the brain learn new muscle skills.

Lack of healthy sleep predisposes us to a myriad of health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and more. In children we tend to see more behavior problems, bedwetting, ADHD and more in sleep deprived children.

How can individuals / employees improve their sleep problems?

Step 1: start making your home sleep-friendly

Start with small changes you can make around the house. Make sure your family’s bedrooms encourage sleep. Try to limit caffeine and blue light at night. Try to go to bed early enough to give yourself plenty of time to sleep. If you have teenagers, do what you can to help them get enough sleep while respecting their circadian rhythms.

Step 2: Get seen and get tested

If you, your partner, or any of your children are showing signs of trouble breathing while sleeping, the first step is to get yourself seen and tested.

These are great places to start your journey to healthy sleep.

What advice would you give to people looking to improve their lifestyle?

Establish a sleep routine as part of healthy eating and exercise.

How can people follow your journey?

On IG @healthysleeprevolution or my website www.MeghnaDassani.com



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