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How Does Reading Before Bed Affect My Sleep? 0

How Does Reading Before Bed Affect My Sleep?

I’m frequently asked about reading before bed and it’s a very interesting topic. Before I talk about that though, I wanted to say thank you.

I’m grateful to everyone who has taken my three question sleep survey about the content you’d like to see in these newsletters. If you haven’t had a chance yet, do me a favor and take it here and help me create the content you’d like to read.

Speaking of reading.

I am always excited to talk about the importance of an effective nighttime ritual and how it helps to prepare the body for sleep. This ritual can be composed of any number of small tasks like brushing your teeth, taking a bath or meditating. If you don’t have a ritual, my Power Down Hour makes a great guide. Just divide the last hour before bedtime into three 20-minute sections. The first 20-minute section should be spent taking care of any business than cannot wait until morning. The second should focus on hygiene: brush your teeth, wash your face, maybe a hot bath. During the final

Sleep Apnea Treatment: Zephyr Partners With Medical Billing Service Providers for Dental Sleep Medicine Clinics 0

Sleep Apnea Treatment: Zephyr Partners With Medical Billing Service Providers for Dental Sleep Medicine Clinics

The manufacturer of MATRx plus, an at-home sleep theragnostic system that predicts therapeutic outcomes with a custom-fitted oral appliance, is partnering with two billing service providers in the US – Cross Over Dental Enterprises (CODE) and Pristine Medical Billing to offer out-of-network dental clinics medical billing services for oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The decision comes after the manufacturer, Zephyr, identified medical insurance reimbursement as a common key consideration in a patient’s decision to move forward with testing and treatment of OSA.

“Many of the doctors using our MATRx plus home sleep study/ diagnostic therapy system have asked about medical billing.  As this is outside of our area of expertise, we’re more than happy to bring in the experts. Our partners and advisors tell us that CODE and Pristine are those experts,” Paul Cataford, chief executive officer at Zephyr, says in a statement.

The MATRx plus system is an FDA-approved tablet-based, cloud-connected medical device. The device is also known as “The Simple Sleep Solution,” a platform which is designed to streamline workflow and eliminate oral appliance rework. The

Apple Didn’t Release Its Rumored Smartwatch Sleep-Tracking App. Don’t Lose Sleep Over That 0

Apple Didn’t Release Its Rumored Smartwatch Sleep-Tracking App. Don’t Lose Sleep Over That

There was a rumor circulating that Apple has been working on a new smartwatch sleep tracking app, but so far the company has not released any new apps to tackle the big problem of sleep, reports CNBC.

With a new sleep-tracking app, the technology giant would have followed Fitbit and others. Apple has never been obsessed with being first. Its marketing is always about being better than others. But even better won’t be good enough to solve the sleep crisis.

Bad sleep is a trillion-dollar health-care problem that impacts the mood, well-being and overall health of more than a third of the world’s population. Eighty percent of poor sleep remains undiagnosed and untreated. This is in part due to the cost of diagnosis and not having enough trained experts to deliver adapted treatments.

Disrupted sleep matters, and there is a pressing need for someone, whether Apple or another enterprise, to technologically scale sleep health. But another tracker from Silicon Valley is not likely to be a game changer.

Get the full story at cnbc.com. 

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/09/apple-didnt-release-rumored-smartwatch-sleep-tracking-app-dont-lose-sleep/…

Engineer With Sleep Apnea Who Caused Fatal Hoboken Train Crash Gets His Job Back 0

Engineer With Sleep Apnea Who Caused Fatal Hoboken Train Crash Gets His Job Back

An engineer who blacked out while operating a train, due to undiagnosed sleep apnea, won his arbitration case and will be reinstated as an engineer, as long as he meets medical conditions and continues sleep apnea treatment. He was suspended and subsequently fired after the crash, a decision that he appealed.

The crash occurred as his Pascack Valley Line train was approaching the end of the trip, arriving in Hoboken Terminal. The train sped up to 21 mph, twice the posted speed limit, crashed through a concrete bumper at the end of track five and into the station. Gallagher was found unconscious in the cab of the train and told investigators he had no recollection of the crash.

A pedestrian in the station, Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, of Hoboken, was killed by falling debris from a collapsed canopy.

Get the full story at nj.com.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/09/sleep-apnea-fatal-hoboken-train-crash/…

New Snoring Mouthpieces Review Post On Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Released 0

New Snoring Mouthpieces Review Post On Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Released

The Snoring Mouthpiece Review, which is based in Long Beach, California, has recently published a blog post that offers a simple way to get a good night’s sleep. The article is titled, “A Simple Way To A Good Night’s Sleep.” It explores the various ways of preventing snoring in order to allow a person to sleep tight at night.

“While getting a good night’s sleep is important for good health, unfortunately, it’s not easy to get a good night’s sleep,” says Steve Walker, a spokesperson for The Snoring Mouthpiece Review.

He adds, “There will be some nights when your sleep is good and there will be some nights when your sleep is bad. If you’re a snorer, you probably have more nights of bad sleep. If you’re hardly getting any good night’s sleep, you’re going to get sick. And, if your partner says you snore, accept it and decide to do something about it. Don’t even attempt to deny it because the sooner you deal with your snoring, the better it is for your health and your relationship. Keep in …

How To Get Quality Sleep On An Airplane 0

How To Get Quality Sleep On An Airplane

Here’s How to Get Quality Sleep on an Airplane

It’s no easy task to doze off during a flight. We can find ourselves surrounded by crying children, loud adults, the hustle and bustle of the service cart, small-bladdered seatmates, unexpected turbulence and static-filled announcements from the cockpit. If we manage to sleep well or at all on a plane, it feels like we’ve won some sort of contest.  As you know, I travel quite often, so I am no stranger to the sleep-related pitfalls of air travel.  

This subject was in the news lately. There was an article in Bustle which had some excellent tips for sleeping during a flight. I’ve written about this subject before, so I decided to create a comprehensive list of tips for seizing some sky-high shut-eye. 

Dress Comfortably

Choose comfortable clothes over stylish ones. Loose clothing is generally better than tight, but everyone will have their own preferences. Natural fabrics are a plus but wool might be scratchy. It’s smart to dress in layers. If it’s too cold, you have insulation. If it’s too warm,

Zany Ways To Stop Snoring 0

Zany Ways To Stop Snoring

You’ll do anything to stop snoring. Who wouldn’t? If you’re losing sleep with your partner’s snoring or vice versa, the two of you would really have to do something about it. If not, both of you are going to go nuts. Unless you’re Iron Man who can function pretty well without sleep, then you’re okay. But then, Iron Man is dead. In retrospect, he probably needed his sleep as well.

Snoring is one of the common reasons why people can’t sleep. It gets in the way for both the snorer and the non snorer.

Snoring is a buzz kill, a sleep robber and maybe an indicator of serious health issues, including the obstructive sleep apnea that can lead to heart disease.

(Via: https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/odd-but-effective-ways-stop-snoring/UilcBeHzvPGy7dY1X3fJeN/)

There are a lot of Americans who snore. As a matter of fact, millions of Americans snore.

Some 90 million American adults snore, according to sleepfoundation.org, and many could find relief with general health solutions.

The Mayo Clinic recommends getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night if you snore, for example, or losing weight since overweight

Sleep Apnea in Children May Cause ADHD-Like Symptoms 0

Sleep Apnea in Children May Cause ADHD-Like Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that around nine-point-four percent of children between two and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.  Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may also be a sign of asleep apnea in children.

Studies show that around 25% of children diagnosed with ADHD may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the American Sleep Apnea Association explained. Experts say that learning difficulties and behavior issues may be a side effect of “chronic, fragmented sleep.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/09/sleep-apnea-children-adhd-symptoms/…

Screen Patients With Psoriasis for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Researchers Say 0

Screen Patients With Psoriasis for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Researchers Say

Previous research has noted that many patients with psoriasis have sleep disorders that include OSA, making this sleep disorder one of particular concern for the patient with psoriasis.

In a study presented at the British Association of Dermatologists’ 99th Annual Meeting in Liverpool, United Kingdom, in July 2019, researchers from St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, reported on a study conducted in patients with both psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in which they found that there was a high prevalence of OSA among these patients.

The researchers recruited 38 patients with HS and 39 patients with psoriasis to complete 3 validated screening questionnaires for OSA, and patients also had their neck circumference, waist circumference, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, lipid profile, insulin level, and C-reactive protein level recorded. Overall, the majority of patients (82% in the psoriasis group and 76% in the HS group) had obesity or overweight as measured by BMI. The mean Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score among the patients with psoriasis was 4.8.

The researchers found that 50% of the HS patients and 34%

Developing Your Webside Manner [Editor’s Message] 0

Developing Your Webside Manner [Editor’s Message]

Telemedicine encounters differ from being in the same room with patients —in surprising ways.

The need for an unexpected veterinary appointment for our family dog could not have come at a worse time. Our 8-year-old Tibetan terrier mix had just gotten bit by a neighbor’s dog who had momentarily gotten loose and apparently wanted justice for the many times our dog barked at him during our daily walks.

Though the internet was full of cautionary tales of dogs who seemed OK after a bite but later succumbed to their internal injuries, I didn’t know if I could find the time or energy to drive our dog to his vet. At 8 months pregnant, I’d already been struggling to make up the work hours that I’d been using to take care of my own healthcare appointments, not to mention my frustration over their associated costs (such as a $10/hour parking lot).

I texted the vet with a brief summary, and he replied: “Have you downloaded my airVet app? We can chat real-time with video if you want me