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Seema Khosla

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Sleep Health The Importance of Prioritizing and Personalizing It—Seema Khosla, MD—Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep

FutureTech Podcast

“We all have this badge of honor…that we’re going to stay up all night…and we’ll sleep when we’re dead, and it took a really long time for me to figure out that that’s completely wrong and backward and scary and dangerous,” says Dr. Seema Khosla, who now serves as the Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep. She began her career as a pulmonology resident rather unaware of the critical importance of sleep, as she worked herself to the bone and felt her own sense of honor in doing so. But throughout her career, Dr. Khosla has come to not only realize how detrimental it can be to not get enough quality sleep, but also how connected quality sleep is to pulmonary issues. Among the most common, for example, is sleep apnea, but she discusses that the issues are so much more varied than that, and as such must be addressed on an individual basis. It’s never a one-size-fits-all approach at her clinic; it’s about tailoring treatments to each individual’s unique needs. Dr. Khosla’s insight makes for a compelling conversation that touches on what it’s like to monitor sleep studies, why many people want to avoid them, to begin with, how society, the media, and institutions are experiencing a shift in their attitude towards the importance of sleep, novel ways of treating sleep apnea that do not include CPAP machines, and an exciting prospective feature of upcoming Fitbit products that would further simplify the ability to track sleep and identify the problems you might not even know you have.  Interested in learning more? Press play and reach out with questions by calling 701-356-3000


8 Mar 2019

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A Pulmonologist’s Perspective on Sleep - Seema Khosla, MD—Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep

Finding Genius Podcast

It might not be the first thing you associate with pulmonology, but the study of the lungs actually has quite a bit to do with the study of sleep. Dr. Seema Khosla didn’t really make this association either until she slowly began learning about the importance of sleep and the critical role it plays in our health. “It was something that I never really thought about when I was a resident,” she recalls, mentioning a time when she thought going days without sleep and pushing through it was more like wearing a badge of honor than engaging in a dangerous and detrimental way of living.  She now serves as the medical director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep, where she sees patients who are suffering from a variety of sleep conditions ranging from insomnia, to narcolepsy, to sleep apnea, to REM sleep behavior disorder—a disorder that causes people to act out their dreams. She discusses pulmonary-related sleep issues, including poorly-controlled asthma, emphysema, and other chronic medical conditions that can cause insomnia and fragmented sleep. She provides a glimpse into the fascinating world of sleep studies, where real-time changes in oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood are correlated with real-time brain wave changes, indicating disruption from certain sleep stages. Dr. Khosla also touches more broadly on how people’s attitude toward sleep seems to be changing for the better, effective options for the treatment of sleep apnea that do not involve CPAP machines, and why so many people are initially resistant to the idea of seeking help from sleep doctors. Lastly, she discusses her takeaway from a recent conversation she had with a Fitbit representative regarding plans to further implement sleep tracking technology in their products. Tune in for all the details and get in contact by calling 701-356-3000 


8 Mar 2019

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