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Can Anti-Snoring Gadgets Save You? 0

Can Anti-Snoring Gadgets Save You?

If there is one thing that you used to take for granted before but want so badly now, it is probably sleeping. Young ones are often told to take naps by their parents but they detest it so much because of their hyperactive hormones and naturally inquisitive nature yet as you grow up and grow old, you realize that sleep is one of those things that can help you go on with life despite the challenges that come your way.

Unfortunately, getting that eight hours of sleep is easier said than done. Not only is your growing list of obligations stopping you from snoozing when needed but conditions like sleep apnea is a major factor too for your chronic sleep deprivation. Not only that, sleep apnea in itself is a deadly condition that can endanger your life in your slumber as you basically stop breathing multiple times while you are asleep.

For years, the public just ignored the dangers of sleep apnea, thinking that it is just one of those things you have to learn to live with. However, …

Headline: Summer Solstice And Sleep – Blood Test For Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Teens, Nighttime Screen Exposure And Depression 0

Headline: Summer Solstice And Sleep – Blood Test For Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Teens, Nighttime Screen Exposure And Depression

The Summer Solstice and Sleep:

The summer solstice is when the earth is tilted most toward the sun, more technically it is when the planets rotational axis is tilted the most toward the star it orbits (our Sun). It usually occurs in June (this year it’s June 21st). The actual summer solstice day, is the longest, in terms of daylight, of the year, except in the North and South Pole where there is continuous daylight, which can last for days or months.

It is all about light exposure. When the Earth is farthest from the sun, we get the least light. This effects sleep because light directly effects the production of Melatonin. More light means less Melatonin, less light, more Melatonin. This can also have an effect on depression as well, also known as the winter blues. In fact, we often see people waking up earlier due to sunlight exposure in the bedrooms. This will have an effect on your biological circadian rhythm

What to do?

1) Wear an eye mask to bed this week, keep the light out

CPAP Machines Could Decrease Heart Failure Risk 0

CPAP Machines Could Decrease Heart Failure Risk

People with sleep apnea, especially those over 60, could decrease their risk of heart failure by using CPAP masks at night to help with breathing, according to new research, reports Medical Xpress.

The study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, explored the connection between heart failure and sleep apnea, a condition that goes beyond plain snoring. It’s when a person pauses in breathing five to 30 times or more per hour while sleeping.

Previous studies have tied sleep apnea to heart attacks and strokes, but researchers of the new study focused on the possible link between sleep apnea and heart failure, when the heart isn’t pumping as well as it should be, causing the body to receive less oxygen.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/06/cpap-machines-heart-failure-risk/…

Sleeping With Shleep 0

Sleeping With Shleep

Sleep or better yet the lack of it is fast becoming a global problem these days. More often than not, you’d struggle to get that forty winks because of numerous distractions to your environment. You don’t even have to go far to do something about your sleeping problems because traditional remedies included counting sheep. However, we have long since upgraded ourselves with the help of technology. Why do things manually when you are not even guaranteed of successful results if there are tech innovations that are designed to make our lives easier and at the same put an end to many of the problems we face today. It is not a futile effort too as we all know now that a lot of people are struggling to get a good night’s sleep because of the myriad of distractions that are littered in the online and real world.

Some of these innovations are actually kind of interesting and amusing to the general public because they have some of the weirdest ideas but at times they do work. It may not work …

New Tech Freshens the CPAP Cleaners’ Market 0

New Tech Freshens the CPAP Cleaners’ Market

With the launch of a new ultraviolet light-based disinfecting device, Sleep Review takes a look at the pros and cons of ozone versus UV light versus plain water and soap, as well as the impact of travel CPAPs on the device cleaners market.

As CPAP technology continues to advance, so does that of accessories like CPAP cleaners. Cleaners help patients keep their devices free of bacteria and other buildup, and some find the convenience of cleaner devices to be an integral part of their therapy experience. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of ozone versus ultraviolet (UV) light versus soap and water to clean CPAPs, as well as the impact of the increase of travel CPAPs on the CPAP cleaners market.

UV Light, Ozone, or Soap and Water?

3B Medical recently launched the Lumin, which uses UV light to disinfect CPAP masks, water chambers, and hoses. Incorporating UV is a new technology in the CPAP cleaners market, though it has been previously utilized for other types of medical disinfection. Alex Lucio, CEO of 3B Medical,

More Medical Devices Are Connecting Patients to Their Data. Now What? 0

More Medical Devices Are Connecting Patients to Their Data. Now What?

The global lead for behavior change at Philips HealthTech explains why he thinks connected care should be designed to help people reach their health goals.

As connected care technologies progress, so too does the amount of readily accessible data. CPAP devices alone can now alert patients to their nightly apnea-hypopnea index, mask seal, hours used, and other parameters via a few clicks on a smartphone.

But it’s not enough to simply connect people with their data—it has has to be done in a meaningful way, said Mark Aloia, PhD, the global lead for behavior change at Philips HealthTech and a psychologist at National Jewish Health, in a conversation with Sleep Review at SLEEP 2018. “There are really two reasons to connect people with their data: to encourage them or with the intention of changing their behavior.” As his position title implies, Aloia has many insights on the subject of behavior change.

“When you connect people with their data, you have to understand how people receive data and how they make change in their lives,” he continued. “I’d

RespireRx Takes Step to Advance Dronabinol Obstructive Sleep Apnea Program with Letter of Intent for Co-Development and Supply Agreement 0

RespireRx Takes Step to Advance Dronabinol Obstructive Sleep Apnea Program with Letter of Intent for Co-Development and Supply Agreement

On June 13, 2018, RespireRx Pharmaceuticals Inc entered into a letter of intent with Noramco Inc, a producer of controlled substances bulk APIs for the pharmaceutical industry, pursuant to which the parties have entered into a 90-day period during which they will negotiate a definitive agreement regarding the RespireRx’s development of dronabinol.

Subject to successful completion of due diligence and execution of a definitive agreement, RespireRx and Noramco will cooperate in the co-development of both a first-generation gel capsule of dronabinol in sesame oil and a second-generation modified formulation of dronabinol with enhanced pharmaceutical properties.

Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid, also known as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol or Δ9-THC and is approved and marketed by other companies both as a branded product and in generic formulations for anorexia associated with AIDS and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. It is theRespireRx’s intention to develop its own branded dronabinol for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The letter sets out the principal terms of an intended agreement that would address: the company’s agreement to purchase dronabinol exclusively from Noramco Inc and/or its affiliates at

8 Hours sleep a day? Forget about it – check out these strange sleeping habits! 0

8 Hours sleep a day? Forget about it – check out these strange sleeping habits!

Bizarre_Sleeping_Habits_of_Famous_People_IG (1)We all know that we are supposed to get a solid eight hours sleep per day – this is a tried and tested fact that has become a globally accepted standard. Is sleep as black and white as we think however? Is obtaining eight hours of uninterrupted bliss as vital as scientists and researchers lead […]

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from The Sleeping Blog https://letsleepingblogslie.net/8-hours-sleep-a-day-forget-about-it-check-out-these-strange-sleeping-habits/…

Alaska Fishermen Suffer High Rate of Health Problems 0

Alaska Fishermen Suffer High Rate of Health Problems

Alaska salmon fishermen have a significantly higher rate of health problems than the general population. This is according to a new study conducted by the University of Washington School of Public Health in partnership with Alaska Sea Grant. The health issues include noise-induced hearing loss, upper extremity disorders, and fatigue possibly associated with sleep apnea.

The study began in early 2015 when Torie Baker, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent in Cordova, and members of Cordova District Fishermen United invited 600 salmon gillnet permit holders to answer health questions before and during the fishing season. Debra Cherry, MD, MS, a physician and injury prevention and treatment researcher with the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology, led the effort.

The peer-reviewed study was published in April 2018 in the Journal of Agromedicine.

Evidence of noise-induced hearing loss in the study is striking. About 80% of physical exam participants had hearing loss, compared to the 15% norm for Americans. In addition to engine noise while fishing, most fishermen reported exposure to noise during off-season activities, such as snowmachining, hunting, and construction

Fatigue with HIV Could Have Reversible Cause 0

Fatigue with HIV Could Have Reversible Cause

A new collaboration between pulmonary and infectious disease specialists finds that many of the cases of fatigue and difficulty sleeping that are common in persons with HIV infection could be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, reports MD Magazine.

“First I think that this problem has gone overlooked because for many years HIV docs were focused on getting people on effective therapy to keep them alive, rather than focusing on a quality of life issue like fatigue,” Owens said. “Second, it is hard sometimes to collaborate outside your area of expertise.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/06/fatigue-with-hiv-could-have-reversible-cause/…