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ResMed ReSupply Hopes to Increase Long-term Adherence to PAP Therapy 0

ResMed ReSupply Hopes to Increase Long-term Adherence to PAP Therapy

ResMed has launched an automated resupply solution for all US home medical equipment (HME) providers to increase sleep apnea patients’ long-term therapy adherence and improve patient satisfaction.

Patients enrolled in an automated resupply program are 50% less likely to stop PAP (positive airway pressure) therapy within the first year, according to a 2018 study. ResMed ReSupply goes one step further, automating enrollment as patients meet compliance requirements and letting patients choose their preferred contact method—text, email or live call. Patients can also order supplies through a web- or mobile-based patient portal.

HMEs are able to manage all their patients’ resupply needs from a single comprehensive dashboard, where they can identify, prioritize, and assign tasks.

“The new resupply platform is simple and easy to use—everything you need is at your fingertips,” says Kera Tennyson, a PAP location manager at Advanced Medical Solutions, in Ann Arbor, Mich, in a release. “PAP is a lifelong commitment, so it’s important that we help support our patients’ therapy for the long term. ResMed ReSupply helps us do just that.”

“Automating the resupply process is

10 Natural Remedies For Snoring 0

10 Natural Remedies For Snoring

Let’s talk snoring. Are you sleeping with one who snores? Maybe you’re the one who snores. Either way, you have to do something about it. Here are 10 natural remedies for snoring.

The first thing you should do to stop snoring is to change your sleeping position. It’s advisable to sleep on your side.

Sleeping on your back sometimes causes the tongue to move to the back of the throat, which partly blocks airflow through your throat. Sleeping on your side may be all you need to do to allow air to flow easily and reduce or stop your snoring.


If sleeping on your side is challenging, consider sewing a tennis ball to the back of you pajamas. It will stop you from sleeping on your back. While it sounds quite funny, it’s effective.

If you want to stop your boyfriend or husband from snoring loudly, “put a tennis ball in a pocket tee worn backward, which can help train them to sleep on their side,” Shelby Harris, PhysD, director of behavioral sleep medicine at the

As We Age, What Is “Normal” Sleep? Researchers Publish Meta-Analysis as a Reference 0

As We Age, What Is “Normal” Sleep? Researchers Publish Meta-Analysis as a Reference

Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada, have characterized the structure of normal sleep. The findings of the study “Normal Polysomnography Parameters in Healthy Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” have been published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

“Many of us believe that as we age, we lose sleep,” says Mark Boulos, MD, sleep neurologist at Sunnybrook and the study’s lead author, in a release. “What we discovered is that as people get older, their sleep doesn’t change dramatically.”

Brian Murray, MD, head of neurology at Sunnybrook, conceptualized the study. He says, “One very interesting finding is that the percentage of deep and dreaming sleep remains remarkably constant in healthy people over their lifespan.”

The researchers reviewed data from 169 published sleep studies that collectively examined 5,273 healthy adult participants.

“We looked at various sleep parameters, for example, how long it took a person to fall asleep, and the duration of different stages of sleep,” says Boulos. “Using our study data, we were able to determine the impact of age and sex on the various sleep

New Evidence Supports Screening Neurology Patients for Sleep Disorders 0

New Evidence Supports Screening Neurology Patients for Sleep Disorders

Cleveland Clinic researchers study links between seizure frequency and insomnia severity.

People with epilepsy are more likely than the general population to have insomnia and sleep apnea. The daytime sleepiness associated with both of these conditions could potentially aggravate the neurological condition, leading to more seizures throughout the day and night, diminishing the quality of life for people who live with this disorder. So why not screen every neurological patient for sleep disorders and treat them accordingly?

This is a question that the Cleveland Clinic’s director of the Sleep Disorders Center Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS, a neurologist and sleep specialist, will likely ask during her presentation at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting in May.

She will be presenting an abstract that she and a team of researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio wrote, looking at a correlation between the number of seizures per month that people with epilepsy experience and their insomnia severity.

It’s important work that provides evidence that perhaps insomnia symptoms can directly impact seizure control in people with epilepsy and, therefore,

Thinking Of Using A Weighted Blanket? Here’s What You Need To Know. 0

Thinking Of Using A Weighted Blanket? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Have you ever considered using a weighted blanket for sleep? Long used as a sleep aid and anxiety reducer for people with conditions including ASD, ADHD, and sensory processing disorders, weighted blankets have definitely caught the interest of the general public. I’ve had several patients ask me about how they work, and it seems like time to bring that conversation here.

Anxiety is a major problem for sleep. There’s an abundant body of research that demonstrates the anxiety-sleep connection. I see anxiety wreaking havoc with my patients sleep and I hear from many of you how stress, anxiety, and a “wired and tired” mind interfere with your ability to fall asleep and rest soundly at night. Anxiety can intrude on sleep at any age; kids have this sleep issue, as do many adults. It can occur for all kinds of reasons, from environmental and circumstantial stressors to physical and psychological conditions.

Some time ago, I began working with the company Remzy to develop a weighted blanked designed to help everybody feel more calm, more able to relax in comfort,

Building a Foundation for a Successful Dental Sleep Practice 0

Building a Foundation for a Successful Dental Sleep Practice

A Diplomate shares his management, marketing, and networking advice.

There are many models that dentists can follow to integrate dental sleep medicine into their practices. My journey into dental sleep medicine is probably not much different than others, but I hope by sharing some of my experiences, other dentists will be better able obtain the personal and professional achievement that dental sleep medicine can bring.

I have reaped health benefits; I no longer spend the entire day contorting my neck and back doing crowns, implants, and other general dentistry procedures. My staff and my family benefit from the additional revenue the services bring to the practice. And of course, patients receive much-needed treatment for a medical disorder—and the potential to lead more fulfilling lives.

Target Market: Current Patients

An early decision to make is who your target market will be. Will you focus on existing patients? Should you design a social media program that will attract new patients? Or maybe you will decide to develop the model I chose, which is to focus on

Insomnia Has Been Genetically Identified And How To Sleep During Your Menstrual Cycle 0

Insomnia Has Been Genetically Identified And How To Sleep During Your Menstrual Cycle

This week was filled with interesting research that I think can be very valuable for all of us. There were three sleep studies that I think you will enjoy and get great benefit from reading.

Looking at this first study, I thought it was fascinating that in patients who were above 60 and diagnosed with insomnia, 21% of them had to increase their blood pressure medications.

Unfortunately, we do not know which medications were being used.

Researchers think there may be a few reasons why this could be occurring. First is that when you use a pharmaceutical for sleep, many of them decrease your drive to breathe. This is called respiratory drive and it can be compromised when taking certain sleeping pills like Valium, Restoril, Xanax, etc. This can lead to sleep apnea, and undiagnosed sleep apnea can lead to an elevation in blood pressure. There was also discussion that some of …

7 Common Causes Of Snoring 0

7 Common Causes Of Snoring

Snoring is a big turn off. It can drive anybody nuts. The last thing you need at the end of a busy day is to hear someone snore. That’s not going to get you any sleep at all.

If you’re the one who snores, chances are, you won’t get any sleep as well. Snorers are likely to wake to their own snores.

Snorers with severe sleep apnea often find themselves waking up gasping for air. People with milder cases of sleep apnea may only wake themselves up just a bit, not enough to remember in the morning but enough to severely disrupt the much-needed sleep cycle.


Since snoring can affect anybody’s sleeping pattern, it makes a lot sense to know the common causes of it. Here are 7 common causes of snoring.

Your mouth anatomy could be the cause of your snoring.

Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the back of their throats that may narrow their airways. Likewise, if the triangular piece

Obese Sleep Apnea Patients May Live Longer With CPAP 0

Obese Sleep Apnea Patients May Live Longer With CPAP

Obese people with sleep apnea may live longer when they use a CPAP machine to help keep their airways open while they sleep, a recent study suggests.

After following obese patients with sleep apnea for about 11 years, researchers found those who used the nighttime breathing aid were 42 percent less likely than those who didn’t use the devices to die of any cause.

Apnea that isn’t properly treated has been linked with excessive daytime sleepiness, heart attacks, heart failure and an increased risk of premature death.

“In patients with sleep apnea, there is a poor oxygenation of the body during sleep,” said lead study author Dr. Quentin Lisan of the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center in France.

“This has several consequences, including increased risk of cardiovascular diseases,” Lisan said by email. “PAP therapy allows a better oxygenation of the body during sleep, hence lowering the risk of these associated conditions, which in turn might decrease mortality.”

from Sleep Review…

Treating Excess of One Hormone Shows Promise for Decreasing the Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

Treating Excess of One Hormone Shows Promise for Decreasing the Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A new study finds that treating the overproduction of one hormone may be a way to help a subset of the millions of Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, reports the University of California-San Francisco.

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that treating a condition in the adrenal glands causing an excess of aldosterone, a hormone that maintains electrolyte balance and blood pressure, may be an effective way to help people reduce the risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

UCSF endocrine surgeons Insoo Suh, MD, and Quan-Yang Duh, MD, didn’t set out to study sleep apnea. Suh and Duh specialize in the treatment of primary aldosteronism, a disease in which one or both of the adrenal glands overproduce the hormone aldosterone, and were looking into the question of whether this hormone plays a role in obesity. Obesity is a major factor in obstructive sleep apnea, which meant that many of the surgeons’ patients were living with that condition as well.

from Sleep Review…