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Quality Sleep, Your Immune System, and the Coronavirus Outbreak 0

Quality Sleep, Your Immune System, and the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak that has devastated China and left the world scrambling for answers has also reinforced the important role sleep plays in building our immune systems.

In a nutshell: Making sure we consistently get a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways we can improve our immunity and defend against viruses and disease. Sleep is a natural immune booster.

This is something we’ve known intrinsically for centuries, with a healthy dose of sleep often being paired with crackers and a warm bowl of soup when we are fighting back against the common cold. Modern research has only continued to highlight how interconnected sleep and the immune system are. We’ll dive into that relationship in just a moment.

But to be clear, I’m not suggesting sleep is a cure-all for coronavirus. That isn’t the case; currently, there is no vaccine for the infection. The coronavirus has, by Feb. 20, killed more than 2,100 people globally. Altogether, nearly 75,000 cases have been confirmed, mostly in China, where the country has ground to a halt as it looks to safeguard …

‘It’s Not Real Sexy’: How Snoring Can Lead to Relationship Problems Beyond the Bedroom 0

‘It’s Not Real Sexy’: How Snoring Can Lead to Relationship Problems Beyond the Bedroom

Studies show higher divorce rates in couples where one person snores, reports WSLS.

“I noticed when I woke up, I was just as tired as when I went to bed,” said Eric Pellant, who has sleep apnea.

“At first it was just, ‘Roll over, roll over,’ you know, because it was keeping me awake,” said Kathy Pellant, Eric’s wife.

The problems stretch beyond the bedroom though.

Get the full story at wsls.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/not-real-sexy-snoring-can-lead-relationship-problems-beyond-bedroom/…

7 Things Your Nutritionist Probably Doesn’t Know About Sleep 0

7 Things Your Nutritionist Probably Doesn’t Know About Sleep

nutrition and sleep

Have you committed to a new healthy eating routine this year? Wondering how sleep can assist in making your healthful dietary choices easier to stick to and more effective? These are some of the most potent sleep and diet connections that even nutritionists often miss.

Sleep can stimulate fat-burning fat

Tip: Sleep naked and in a cool environment

Our bodies contain several different types of fat, and they perform different functions. Certain kinds of fat actually work to burn energy, rather than storing it. White fat stores energy, brown and beige fat actually burn calories, and keep insulin working properly, help regulate blood sugar, and guard against obesity. Studies in mice show that animals with higher amounts of brown fat are leaner, and have better metabolic health. Research involving humans has shown brown fat is linked to lower body mass. On the other hand, a lack of brown fat in mice is associated with higher insulin resistance, higher blood sugar, and diabetes. Scientists have discovered beige fat activates a protein that works to burn calories and generate heat

First Validated Scoring Guidelines for PAT-based Technologies Published 0

First Validated Scoring Guidelines for PAT-based Technologies Published

A new study published online today in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine validates scoring guidelines that better enable physicians and respiratory technologists to review, verify, and interpret Itamar Medical WatchPAT sleep test automated scoring. The COMPASS study also found that the use of those guidelines is reliable and improves agreement between WatchPAT and gold standard polysomnography (PSG)-derived sleep and breathing indices across age and gender subgroups.

“WatchPAT significantly improves workflow by automatically rendering a fully scored report. This report is generated automatically from a unique set of signals, most notably the PAT Signal, which is used to stage sleep and recognize sleep disordered breathing events without requiring any sensors on the face or head to record electroencephalogram or airflow signals,” says Alan Schwartz, MD, principal investigator for the study, in a release. “Sleep physicians are accustomed to using scoring guidelines when interpreting sleep studies. This study takes the same concept a big step further. It provides the first validated scoring guidelines for physicians and technologists using PAT-based technologies. It should help sleep physicians unfamiliar with the PAT signal build

New VA/DoD Guidelines Address Sleep-related Issues in Military Personnel 0

New VA/DoD Guidelines Address Sleep-related Issues in Military Personnel

Recognizing and addressing the widespread problem of sleep disorders in military personnel and veterans, the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense (VA/DoD) jointly have issued new guidelines for assessment and treatment of insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.

“This is a major step for these two organizations in recognizing the importance of appropriately diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in these unique populations,” says sleep medicine physician Vincent Mysliwiec, MD, researcher and retired U.S. Army colonel who helped author the guidelines, in a release.

Mysliwiec, a professor of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is also lead author of a synopsis of the guidelines written for the March 2020 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Military service is an established risk factor for sleep disorders, which are considerably more prevalent in military personnel and veterans than in the general US population. These populations also have high rates of traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health disorders, which combined with insomnia and/or sleep

Stages of Sleep – How Each Stage is Important to Your Health 0

Stages of Sleep – How Each Stage is Important to Your Health

The human body goes through five stages of sleep when we lay down to rest, and interference with the sleep cycle can cause tiredness and irritability the following day. Science has discovered…

from https://www.better-sleep-better-life.com/stages-of-sleep.html

ResMed Becomes New Shareholder in Neuromodulation for Sleep Apnea Therapy Development Company 0

ResMed Becomes New Shareholder in Neuromodulation for Sleep Apnea Therapy Development Company

Nyxoah SA, a Belgium-based healthtech company developing neuromodulation-based therapeutic solutions for sleep-disordered breathing, has raised €25 million in a private financing round. Completion of the financing round is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur later this month.

ResMed Inc joined as a new shareholder.

Under the lead of Robert Taub, Nyxoah executive chairman, Cochlear Ltd and several historical shareholders completed the €25 million financing round.

The proceeds will enable Nyxoah to further advance in developing long-term clinical evidence on the Genio system, prepare for the investigational device exemption pivotal trial in the United States, and accelerate the ongoing market access and commercialization activities in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Olivier Taelman, CEO of Nyxoah, says, “We have an innovative approach to treating OSA. Having ResMed, the global leader in sleep apnea, support this significant funding round along with our existing shareholders will help Nyxoah to further accelerate its development.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/resmed-becomes-new-shareholder-neuromodulation-sleep-apnea-therapy-development-company/…

This Happens When Snoring Indicates Sleep Apnea 0

This Happens When Snoring Indicates Sleep Apnea

Physicians explain how snoring can sound when a person is experiencing sleep apnea.

“There are basically two types of snores,” said David Swanson, supervisor at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s sleep clinic and a respiratory therapist. “One is just a rhythmic type of snore, and usually the volume level stays about the same.”

With that, you typically won’t snore, or the sound softens if you move from your back to side.

“The other type of snoring, which about 75% of people who snore will have, is obstructive sleep apnea along with that snore. That’s more like a crescendo-type snore where the volume gets louder and louder, then all of the sudden you don’t hear anything for a while because the airway is closed.” That scenario sounds like a loud snort.

“It’s important to keep track of symptoms in addition to the snoring,” said Dr. Michael Cruz, with Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat and an ENT physician. Interrupted breathing could last 10 seconds or longer, Cruz added.

Get the full story at staradvertiser.com.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/02/snoring-sleep-apnea/…

Want to Make More Money? Get More Sleep 0

Want to Make More Money? Get More Sleep

Looking to make more money? Try getting more sleep.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking: “if I’m laying in bed, how am I being productive — and earning more?”

Of course, you can’t sleep the day away. But plenty of research in the last few years shows prioritizing a good night’s sleep, rather than working late into the night and only getting a few hours of rest, is a great move for your career. And it turns out, it doesn’t even take that much sleep to have a profound impact.

A Good Night’s Sleep Boosts Wages

One study, from two researchers at UC San Diego, drove this point home. The key finding was that participants who reported a “one-hour increase in long-run average sleep” increased their wages by 16%, which was the “equivalent to more than one year of schooling.”

That’s pretty remarkable: simply working your way up to about 8-9 hours of sleep each night provided the same career boost as the time it takes for many people to complete a Master’s program — and it costs …

Wearable Patch Uses Machine Learning to Detect Sleep Apnea 0

Wearable Patch Uses Machine Learning to Detect Sleep Apnea

A new device could make it easier to monitor sleep apnea at home.

The device, described in a study published 20 January in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, uses a unique combination of bioimpedance (a measurement of electrical signals passing through the body) and machine learning algorithms.

In the latest advance, a group of researchers at imec and Ghent University, who had previously developed a device that measures bioimpedance, sought to explore whether the technique could also be used to monitor the breathing patterns of people with sleep apnea. Their device, called Robin, applies a small current to the body at a known frequency, and measures the resulting voltage at a different location after it passes through the body. As it turns out, Robin can be used to fairly accurately monitor a wearer’s breathing.

“When a patient breathes, air enters the lungs and the chest expands, resulting in impedance changes in the chest,” explains Tom Van Steenkiste, a researcher involved in the study. “By measuring bioimpedance on the chest… respiration can be estimated.”

The team then