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Three Ways Bad Sleep Hurts Your Work Performance 0

Three Ways Bad Sleep Hurts Your Work Performance

Bad sleep hurts work performance. You need a good night’s sleep to be at your best. 

This, in a nutshell, is the underlying reason I stress the importance of quality sleep each week: You’re not you when you’re running on less than 7 hours of sleep each night. 

You’re not in this alone. 

Poor sleep impacts millions of Americans — and research suggests the issue is getting worse, not better. 

A recent study found 35.6% of people get less than 7 hours of sleep each night, or the baseline amount for a good night’s sleep. That’s up from 30.9% of people who got inadequate sleep each night in 2010. 

I bring this up because I know, with 2020 just getting started, that many of you have set career goals for the new year. Maybe you’re making a push for a promotion, looking to make more sales than you ever have before, or aiming to land your dream job. I think that’s great, and I fully support setting ambitious professional goals. 

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed many people sacrifice sleep in order

Study: Fatty Tongues Could be Driver of Sleep Apnea 0

Study: Fatty Tongues Could be Driver of Sleep Apnea

A new study links the amount of fat in a person’s tongue to sleep apnea.

When sleep apnea patients lost weight, it was the reduction in tongue fat that lay behind the resulting improvements, researchers said. Larger and fattier tongues are more common among obese patients. But the Pennsylvania team said other people with fatty tongues may also be at risk of the sleep disorder.

The researchers now plan to work out which low-fat diets are particularly good at slimming down the tongue.

“You talk, eat and breathe with your tongue – so why is fat deposited there?” said study author Dr Richard Schwab, of Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia. “It’s not clear why – it could be genetic or environmental – but the less fat there is, the less likely the tongue is to collapse during sleep.”

Get the full story at bbc.com.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/01/study-fatty-tongues-driver-sleep-apnea/…

Sleep Center in Rockville Says Help Is Available for African Americans Suffering from Sleep Apnea 0

Sleep Center in Rockville Says Help Is Available for African Americans Suffering from Sleep Apnea

For African-Americans, sleep specialist Asefa Jejaw Mekonnen says the potential to develop sleep apnea is particularly high, reports the Montgomery County Sentinel.

“Lack of information and lack of access to service are the main reasons,” says Mekonnen, noting that, “We have to increase awareness to the African American community aggressively.”

For people interested in making an appointment with the Sleep Center, they should be prepared to undergo a comprehensive evaluation and physical exam, which includes a look at their airway and any obstructions.

via Sleep Center in Rockville says help is available for African Americans suffering from sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/01/sleep-center-rockville-says-help-available-african-americans-suffering-sleep-apnea/…

Jaw Surgery Improves Quality of Life in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients 0

Jaw Surgery Improves Quality of Life in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients

Surgery that moves the jaws forward can result in significant improvements in long-term quality of life—including functional outcomes and sleep quality—in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed long-term quality of life factors in patients who underwent maxillomandibular advancement (MMA), according to the study in the January issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

The study’s 27 patients underwent follow-up examination for at least 5 years and at an average of nearly 13 years. They answered a questionnaire that asked about sleep quality, daytime function, as well as physical, mental, emotional, and sexual health.

Among the results, 88% of patients said they snored less, 82% said their sleep quality improved, and 77% said they experienced less difficulty remaining awake during the day. Patients also expressed contentment with the surgery: 76% were satisfied maxillomandibular advancement managed their OSA, 71% would undergo MMA again to treat their OSA, and 65% said they would recommend MMA to other OSA patients.

Patients

30-Minute Ask Us Anything: Inspire Medical Systems Inc [On-Demand Webinar] 0

30-Minute Ask Us Anything: Inspire Medical Systems Inc [On-Demand Webinar]

Inspire Medical Systems Inc are the makers of upper airway stimulation therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.

Are you wondering: Which patients are candidates for Inspire?

What is the follow-up and titration process like for Inspire patients?

What does the clinical data say about Inspire?

What is the status of insurance coverage?

Healthcare professionals are invited to watch this Ask Us Anything, which is a recording of the live event (held December 16, 2019) in which health professionals had their questions about Inspire answered live!

Two expert physician panelists answered audience questions. These physicians have worked with hundreds of patients who are intolerant to CPAP and have chosen Inspire to treat their OSA.

Dr. Colin Huntley

Colin Huntley, MD, Jefferson Health, Pennsylvania

 

Dr. Deborah Goss

Deborah Goss, MD, Hackensack Sleep & Pulmonary, New Jersey

This webinar is free for attendees, courtesy of sponsorship by Inspire Medical Systems Inc.

If you have questions, comments, and feedback about Inspire, please send to Erin Anderson: erinanderson[at]inspiresleep.com.

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Watch the Ask Us Anything webinar now!

from Sleep Review …

New Study: Masimo Patient SafetyNet and Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring Investigate Incidence of Desaturation and Bradypnea in Postop Patients 0

New Study: Masimo Patient SafetyNet and Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring Investigate Incidence of Desaturation and Bradypnea in Postop Patients

In a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, researchers at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, Japan, used Masimo Patient SafetyNet and rainbow Acoustic Monitoring (RAM), acoustic respiration rate monitoring with RRa, as a centralized continuous monitoring system to identify the incidence and predictors of desaturation and bradypnea in postoperative patients. They concluding that “use of monitoring systems might provide a safety net for postoperative patients.”

Patient SafetyNet is a supplemental remote monitoring, patient surveillance, and clinician notification system that works in conjunction with Masimo and third-party bedside monitoring devices to display near real-time data at central stations. RAM with RRa uses an acoustic transducer positioned on the patient’s neck to provide noninvasive continuous respiration monitoring.

Hypothesizing that postoperative desaturation and bradypnea might occur even in non-ICU patients without serious complications, and in patients who did not undergo major surgery, Drs Masashi Ishikawa and Atsuhiro Sakamoto set up a centralized postoperative monitoring system in the general ward to investigate how common these events are for such patients (and what might predict them). They analyzed demographic

Medical Malpractice Insurer: Inadequate Pre-Op Assessments Create Risks for Anesthesiologists 0

Medical Malpractice Insurer: Inadequate Pre-Op Assessments Create Risks for Anesthesiologists

When reviewers identified inadequate histories and physicals, 67% of those patients were found to have at least one comorbidity—such as obstructive sleep apnea.

A new study by The Doctors Company shows that inadequate pre-operation patient assessments are a major factor in medical malpractice suits against anesthesiologists.

The study, by the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, analyzes new trends in claims involving anesthesia care, includes a case study of a patient with multiple comorbidities, and provides risk mitigation strategies.

In their analysis of closed malpractice cases against anesthesiologists, physician reviewers found that the top three factors leading to patient injury were:

  • Deficiencies in patient assessments, including history and physicals.
  • Patient monitoring.
  • Communication among providers.

When physician reviewers identified inadequate histories and physicals, 67% of those patients were found to have at least one comorbidity—such as obesity and obstructive sleep apnea.

“This study reveals limited opportunities to conduct pre-op assessments, which could identify comorbidities and issues with the patient’s family medical history in advance of surgery,” says Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM, study co-author and vice president of patient safety and risk

At a California Hospital, Children Diagnosed via Home Sleep Tests Have Better Outcomes Than Those Who Wait for PSG Approval 0

At a California Hospital, Children Diagnosed via Home Sleep Tests Have Better Outcomes Than Those Who Wait for PSG Approval

UC Davis uses the Nox T3 to speed the route to sleep-disordered breathing therapy for children with complex medical issues.

When a baby came into the neonatal intensive care unit at UC Davis Medical Center with a plethora of complex medical issues, including severe snoring and trouble breathing throughout the night, the clinicians there knew they needed to conduct a sleep study.

To treat the child as fast as possible, physicians decided against prescribing a polysomnogram (PSG), often considered the gold standard in screening for sleep disorders, and opted for a home sleep study instead. By ordering the home sleep test, in this case the Nox T3 system (FDA approved for patients greater than 2-years-old), the providers were able to diagnose the baby with severe obstructive sleep apnea within 24 hours, instead of waiting potentially weeks to get the child’s health insurance company to approve a PSG.

“Sleep-disordered breathing can make underlying medical issues worse, so that explains the importance of diagnosing it early on in any children,” says Kiran Nandalike, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist at UC

5 More Flexible, Achievable, Totally Worth-it Sleep Goals for the New Year 0

5 More Flexible, Achievable, Totally Worth-it Sleep Goals for the New Year

Love them or hate them, it’s that time of year: resolution time or what I like to call it REST-O-LUTION time. I like the spirit of renewal, reflection, and progress that comes with the new year, and gets embodied in resolutions. I always make a few, and I encourage my patients to think about the turn of a calendar year as a time to renew and improve their commitment to healthy sleep.

Here are my suggestions for how to make worthwhile REST-O-LUTIONS that will stick. Each of these goals is manageable, realistic, and will deliver a big return for your sleep and your waking life.

Address the sleep issue you’ve been ignoring

Everyone has one. That part of your sleep routine that isn’t working, but hasn’t yet gotten the attention it deserves. (Even sleep doctors have them! Mine continues to be getting enough high-quality rest on a plane with my crazy travel schedule.) Maybe you haven’t dealt with your sleep issue because you’re busy and distracted, or maybe you think it’s not a serious enough problem to warrant your attention.

Man Dubbed Britain’s Biggest Snorer Lucky to Be Alive After Breathing Stopped 62 Times in an Hour 0

Man Dubbed Britain’s Biggest Snorer Lucky to Be Alive After Breathing Stopped 62 Times in an Hour

Mike Crowther, star of a new TV show “Britain’s Biggest Snorers,” would sometimes stop breathing for more than a minute, reports WalesOnline.

Following a series of visits to London’s Harley Street clinic, he was assigned a CPAP machine to tackle his severe obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure” and pushes air in to keep airwaves open. Incredibly, he is now snore-free.

“I am 100 per cent better,” he said.

Get the full story at walesonline.co.uk

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2020/01/man-dubbed-britains-biggest-snorer-lucky-alive-breathing-stopped-62-times-hour/…