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PAP Therapy Management Mobile Apps Comparison Guide (November 2018) 0

PAP Therapy Management Mobile Apps Comparison Guide (November 2018)

CPAP mobile apps

Compare 5 positive airway pressure therapy (PAP or CPAP) management mobile apps side by side. Click on the thumbnail above or “1118MobileApps” to view the full matrix at a legible size, download it, or print it.

Sleep Review‘s matrix compares features such as distribution platform (Google Play, Apple App Store, Amazon Appstore, Blackberry World), compatible PAP devices, in-app reporting (AHI, total apnea-hypopnea count, central apnea index, total central apnea count, pressure settings/trends, usage hours, mask leaks), in-app alerts notifications (low usage, high leak, no data received, resupply soon), educational resources, HIPAA compliance, and care continuum access.

The apps compared are 3B Medical Inc 3B Luna QR, Breas Medical NiteLog, Drive Devilbiss Healthcare DeVilbiss SmartLink App, Philips Respironics DreamMapper, and myAir for Air10 by ResMed.

A version of this comparison guide is published in the November/December 2018 print issue. If your company is missing, please e-mail sroy[at]medqor.com so you can be considered for the next update.

Information for this guide based on data submitted by device manufacturers. Sleep Review strives for accuracy in all data but cannot be

Moderate or Severe Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Hard-to-Treat Hypertension in African-Americans 0

Moderate or Severe Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Hard-to-Treat Hypertension in African-Americans

African-Americans with moderate or severe sleep apnea are twice as likely to have hard-to-control high blood pressure when their sleep apnea goes untreated, according to a new study funded mainly by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The findings, which researchers say may partially explain why African-Americans suffer hypertension at rates higher than any other group, point to screening and treatment of sleep apnea as another important strategy for keeping uncontrolled high blood pressure at bay.

A common disorder that blocks the upper airways and causes people to stop breathing during sleep, sleep apnea already has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure in whites, but the association in blacks has been largely understudied. This new research demonstrates this link in a large population of African-Americans. The results are published in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

“This is an example of how NHLBI funded research is making important advances to our basic understanding of cardiovascular risk and sleep health,” says Michael Twery, PhD, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders

SoClean to Expand Internationally 0

SoClean to Expand Internationally

SoClean is bringing its automated CPAP cleaner and sanitizer directly to consumers in key international markets. In 2018, the company expanded to Canada and the United Kingdom; soon consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and Australia will be able to purchase the device as well.

SoClean’s device uses ozone technology to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria that can be found in CPAP equipment, including the mask, hose, and reservoir. Its one-touch, fully automated process requires no water.

“Global awareness of sleep apnea is continuing to rise, with 1 billion people1 estimated to be suffering from the condition worldwide today, making the disorder a public health epidemic,” says sleep specialist Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, FCCP, in a release. “The good news is that sleep apnea is highly treatable with CPAP therapy.”

Robert Wilkins, CEO of SoClean, says, “As SoClean has grown in the US market, we’re in the perfect position to expand globally. By doing so, we want to change lives around the world and help educate CPAP patients on the benefits of our industry-leading sanitizing solution.”

Dean Marcarelli, 

How Keto and Paleo Diets Can Affect Your Sleep 0

How Keto and Paleo Diets Can Affect Your Sleep

With the new year approaching, a lot of weight-loss, shape-up and get-healthy plans are getting readied for go-time, January 2. I’m right there with you. I’m enjoying the holiday season and its indulgences, but already thinking about my health and wellness goals for next year.

While a lot of us are still munching on holiday cookies and raising festive toasts, I thought we’d take a look at how some of today’s most popular eating plans affect sleep.

Keto and Paleo—how they work

A lot of today’s go-to diets emphasize protein and fat and minimize carbohydrates. But different eating plans combine these macronutrients in different ways. Before we dive into their impact on sleep, let’s take a quick look at two of the most popular eating plans, and what they entail.

The Ketogenic Diet. A ketogenic diet (or “keto”) focuses on eating fat (and to a lesser extent, protein) while severely limiting carbohydrates. Severely restricting carbohydrates while feeding the body plenty of fat puts the body in a state of ketosis. In ketosis, our bodies begin to aggressively burn fat

Some Hyperactive Kids May Have Sleep Apnea, Not ADHD 0

Some Hyperactive Kids May Have Sleep Apnea, Not ADHD

Although ADHD and sleep apnea may not be commonly thought of as similar conditions, they can be mistaken for each other, reports CTV News.

Although ADHD and sleep apnea may not be commonly thought of as similar conditions, they can be mistaken for each other. Dr. Indra Narang, the director of sleep medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, says sleep apnea can cause children to appear distracted and excitable.

A 2012 study by Finnish researchers found that approximately 10 per cent of European children between the ages of six and eight have sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/12/hyperactive-kids-sleep-apnea/…

End Snoring Now 0

End Snoring Now

When we were young, many of us are probably guilty of making fun of our father, old uncles, and grandfather who snores so loudly it has already become an inside joke in your family. We always associated snoring with males but it does not mean that no women snore because there are a lot of women who are just as guilty as most men when it comes to snoring in their sleep. In a way, we are all in the same boat but it should not comfort us knowing both sexes are at risk of suffering from the dangers of snoring.

Add to that the fact that we are more predisposed to snoring, which is the most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea, because of our poor and sedentary lifestyle, vices like smoking and drinking, and the rising occurrence of obesity that makes you at higher risk for a list of other conditions worsened by snoring. Sleep deprivation is a growing concern because it not only affects productivity but likewise endangers you to certain accidents like fall and road accidents.

It …

How Much Change in the FOSQ-10 in Clinically Meaningful? 0

How Much Change in the FOSQ-10 in Clinically Meaningful?

A 10-item version of the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire is analyzed.

For years, the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire (FOSQ) has served as an important tool for patients to report on how daytime sleepiness has affected their ability to carry out daily tasks that healthy sleepers usually don’t think twice about such as driving, eating, or even talking to someone on the phone.

In the past, clinicians and researchers didn’t have clear guidelines to determine the minimal important distance for the FOSQ-10. However, a recent study explained just how the tool could be used to expand a providers’ understanding of their patients.

This recent breakthrough was made possible by the push among clinicians, researchers, and patients themselves to pay more attention to patients’ firsthand reports of their symptoms and how it affects the quality of their lives. In fact, in 2018, the FDA put out a digital tool that aims to make it even easier for patients to provide more data, like symptoms or medication use.

Terri Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, ATSF, dean of the University

Sleeping Well in the Age of Stress 0

Sleeping Well in the Age of Stress

Read the full article here: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/features/better-sleep-health-habit It’s 3:00 a.m. and you’re wide awake. In six hours you’re going to give the biggest presentation of your career. That is, after you get your kids out of bed, dressed, and off to school. Oh, right. You have to drop your husband at the airport. What else? You […]

The post Sleeping Well in the Age of Stress appeared first on The Sleeping Blog.

from The Sleeping Blog https://letsleepingblogslie.net/sleeping-well-in-the-age-of-stress/…

Holiday Sleep Secrets From The Sleep Doctor 0

Holiday Sleep Secrets From The Sleep Doctor

Sleep Hygiene for the Holidays™


Watch out for the Egg Nog Nightcap
If you’re drinking eggnog with alcohol, spiced rum, or any other fun alcoholic holiday beverage, it may make you fall asleep quickly, but it also prevents you from reaching deep sleep. To help, drink one glass of water for every glass of holiday cheer. Drinking water will slow down your drinking and prevent you from getting dehydrated.  Dehydration is the reason you get a hangover!
Extra Tip: Drink coconut water before bed to replace minerals that alcohol flushes out of your system.

Wean the Holiday Bean
While there are some great holiday coffees to try (think pumpkin spice latte and gingerbread mocha), the sleep you get after drinking caffeine is poor quality sleep. To prevent this I recommend caffeine fading. Drink higher caffeine beverages in the morning and choose lower caffeine drinks in the midafternoon. Ideally, switch completely to water by 2:00 or 3:00 pm. While many of my patients tell me they can drink an espresso and go to bed, they find they sleep much better …

SoClean Ranks 54th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500 0

SoClean Ranks 54th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500

SoClean, a CPAP sanitizing device company, has been named by Deloitte as one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. SoClean ranked as number 54 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and grew revenues by 2,805%. This ranking considers the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America.

“We are honored to be recognized by Deloitte for the remarkable growth we have achieved in recent years as we serve a robust and continuously growing number of CPAP patients in the US and Europe,” says Robert Wilkins, CEO of SoClean, in a release. “I am proud of the continuous dedication of our team, and I want to thank our loyal customers who continue to use our products and services. SoClean remains dedicated to raising public awareness of sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders, which often go undiagnosed and untreated.”

SoClean has adapted a process using activated oxygen—ozone—that has been shown to destroy up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in the mask, hose, and reservoir of CPAP equipment.

“SoClean believes CPAP cleaning should be simple