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Jacksonville is America’s Top Snoring City According To Study 0

Jacksonville is America’s Top Snoring City According To Study

Can you believe this? Jacksonville has more snorers than any other cities in the U.S. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this.

When it comes to snoring, no other U.S. city tops Jacksonville.

That’s according to a recent study by Withings, which makes products that measure health, such as activity-tracking watches, scales and health monitors.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

One thing is for sure. Jacksonville is one noisy city. You might be wondering how the study was able to come up with such conclusion. Here’s how it was done.

Using data from health tracking devices, Withings found the users tracked in Jacksonville snore over five times a night with snore durations reaching one hour, 12 minutes.

By comparison, the national average for snoring was 2.65 times a night.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

Here’s what they found.

Withings also found the Jacksonville people tracked in the study stayed up later than most of the nation, putting the city in the top five for night owls.

(Via: https://news.wjct.org/post/study-finds-jacksonville-nation-s-1-city-snoring-and-top-5-city-night-owls)

While Jacksonville tops the snoring category, it’s not exactly the city where …

Opioids Are Not Sleep Aids—They Can Actually Worsen Sleep 0

Opioids Are Not Sleep Aids—They Can Actually Worsen Sleep

Evidence that taking opioids will help people with chronic pain to sleep better is limited and of poor quality, according to an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and medics from the University of Warwick in partnership with Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland.

Many people suffering from long-term chronic pain use opioids as a sleep aid to take away pain and stop their sleep being disrupted. However, a new study led by the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick with Warwick Medical School suggests that not enough research has been done to assess the benefits and risks of using painkillers for the purpose of improving sleep quality.

Their study, a systematic review of existing research on the effects of opioids on sleep, has been published in Sleep Medicine Reviews.

Sleep disruption is a particularly frequent issue for patients with chronic pain, with a vicious cycle building between bad nights and increased pain. Patients with chronic pain are often empirically prescribed opioids to reduce their pain enough to get a good night’s sleep, but there has been little investigation of whether

10 Tips for Sleeping Well in a Heat Wave 0

10 Tips for Sleeping Well in a Heat Wave

Summertime – it’s here! Bring on the longer days filled with sunshine, busy schedules, staying up late to socialize, vacations and other adventures. Unfortunately, the season of jam-packed schedules and distractions can make it harder to stick to a consistent sleep schedule and hotter temperatures can make sleep elusive and less refreshing. Don’t despair, though! With a few mindful changes, you can find yourself back on track and waking up with the energy you need to take on the season. Follow these tips to help ensure a good night’s sleep during the hottest of summer nights.

Keep the thermostat in the 60s. Do not be tempted to move your thermostat to the 70s to save money during sleep. Good sleep will make you more productive, so don’t trip over dollars to pick up nickels. If you don’t have air conditioning, make sure to use a fan to keep the air circulating.

Take advantage of the cooler mornings to get outside and reset your circadian rhythms. The sunshine can help reduce troubles falling asleep and help  eliminate the urge to stay

4 Surprising Reasons Why You Snore 0

4 Surprising Reasons Why You Snore

Do you ever wonder why you snore? Are you one of those folks who think sheer exhaustion is the reason for snoring? Well, if you are; think again. Sheer exhaustion is not the cause of your snoring.

There are 4 surprising reasons why you snore. One of these surprising reasons is your weight.

No one likes to talk about their waistline, but it is something to remember when trying to cut down on snoring. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Being overweight leads to poor muscle tone and increases the tissue around the neck and throat.” With regular physical activity and a balanced diet, these muscles will become stronger and snoring may begin to decrease.

(Via: https://valleycentral.com/sponsored/spotlight/4-factors-that-contribute-to-snoring-and-simple-steps-for-a-good-nights-sleep)

Another probable cause of your snoring is your alcohol intake. Maybe it’s time to cut down on it.

Having a little too much to drink before bedtime can bring on snoring. Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles, therefore lowering defense against airway obstruction. If you are planning on drinking, consider having your glass of wine a few hours before bed or avoid

Video Games That Value Sleep and Is It Ok For Kids To Take Melatonin? 0

Video Games That Value Sleep and Is It Ok For Kids To Take Melatonin?

With summer nearly here it seems like more fun is in the air.

Summertime means longer night walks, hanging out with friends, and BBQ’s. I find myself acting more like a kid and staying outside until dark and enjoying the summer evenings with my dog.

On my way back from Portugal this week, I had 14 hours to read and found a few fun sleep related articles I want to share with you.

Videogames that value sleep?

I don’t know if you remember it, but not that long ago (2016) there was an augmented reality game called Pokémon Go! My kids were obsessed. It was one of the most popular games in history and then just as suddenly as it appeared it disappeared. Well, Pokémon Fans (or maybe you liked the characters like Pikachu?) there’s a new arrival: Pokémon Sleep!

The New York Times (May 29, 2019) reports that the Pokémon CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, is planning on releasing Pokémon Sleep in 2020. While the details aren’t fully released yet, the executives said the game itself will reward you for good …

Temporary Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide (June 2019) 0

Temporary Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide (June 2019)

Temporary Oral Appliances

Compare 6 temporary oral appliances (also known as transitional, interim, or trial appliances) side-by-side. Click on the thumbnail or 0619 Temporary Oral Appliances to open the guide at a legible size or print it.

The guide compares features such as FDA status, how it works, time to fit, fitting description, adjustment description, materials, efficacy data, predictive value data, warranty, estimated useful life, payer reimbursement status, and research supporting the appliance for the following devices: Airway Management myTAP, Advanced Brain Monitoring Inc Apnea Guard, Glidewell Laboratories Silent Nite sl, BlueSom BluePro, Healthy Start/Ortho-Tain Snore-Cure, SomnoMed Inc SomnoDent ALPHA.

Also, see our Custom Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide.

A version of this comparison guide published in Sleep Review‘s June/July 2019 issue. Information based on data submitted by oral appliance marketers. Sleep Review strives for accuracy but cannot be held responsible for claims made by marketers. All temporary oral appliances may not be included. E-mail sroy[at]medqor.com to be considered for the next update.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/06/temporary-oral-appliances/…

William Shatner Is SoClean Spokesperson and Ambassador 0

William Shatner Is SoClean Spokesperson and Ambassador

Actor and comedian William Shatner—a CPAP user and SoClean customer himself—will serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for SoClean’s automated CPAP cleaner and sanitizer.

Dean Marcarelli, CMO of SoClean, says in a release, “When identifying a celebrity spokesperson, it was important to us to partner with someone whose CPAP experience had really improved as a result of the SoClean. Mr Shatner is an ideal SoClean spokesperson and ambassador because he can speak authentically about his enthusiasm for the SoClean, helping us reach more CPAP users around the world.”

The first television advertisements featuring Shatner will air this month, helping SoClean advance its mission to improve the lives of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Additionally, Shatner’s presence will be seen across SoClean’s YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram platforms.

“After I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 10 years ago, my CPAP machine changed my life,” Shatner says. “But I never really understood how important it was to clean it every day to prevent germs and bacteria. That’s why I love my SoClean—it makes it simple to keep the CPAP sanitized.”

Itamar WatchPAT One Fully Disposable Home Sleep Test 0

Itamar WatchPAT One Fully Disposable Home Sleep Test

Sleep diagnostics company Itamar Medical Ltd has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for WatchPAT One, the latest device using its WatchPAT technology—and the first fully disposable home sleep apnea test (HSAT). WatchPAT One incorporates the technology and comfort features of WatchPAT 300, which received 510(k) clearance in August 2018 and was launched in March 2019.s

“WatchPAT One is ideally suited for clinics and practices that recognize the value of HSAT but have limited resources, infrastructure, or capital to invest in acquiring or managing our reusable WatchPAT products,” says Gilad Glick, president and CEO of Itamar Medical, in a release. “WatchPAT One offers patients and physicians the same simplicity, accuracy, and reliability as WatchPAT 300, without the need for return shipping, downloading, cleaning, or preparation for the next study. We expect the availability of a disposable WatchPAT system will improve patient access by increasing the number physicians able to offer our cutting-edge technology to their patients. Additionally, as a disposable HSAT, WatchPAT One may have particular utility in the inpatient setting, where transmission of infection

Nurses Have an Increased Risk of Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation 0

Nurses Have an Increased Risk of Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation

Researchers have identified chronic insomnia in nearly one-third of hospital nursing staff.

According to preliminary results of a new study, there is a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of common sleep disorders among medical center nurses.

Results show that 49% of participating nurses at an academic medical center averaged less than 7 hours of sleep per night, and the overall average nightly sleep time was 6.6 hours. Symptoms consistent with chronic insomnia were identified in 31% of nurses, and excessive daytime sleepiness was found in 4.5% of them. Twenty-seven percent of nurses used medications to help them sleep, and 13% reported using medications to stay awake. Symptoms indicative of shift work disorder were present in 31% of nurses. About 18.5% of nurses also had a moderate-to-severe risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

“We were surprised by the number of nurses potentially suffering from common sleep disorders, most notably, chronic insomnia and shift work disorder,” said lead author Francis Christian, MD, a second-year fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

The American Academy of

Study Links Sleep-disordered Breathing to Age Acceleration 0

Study Links Sleep-disordered Breathing to Age Acceleration

Increasing severity of sleep-disordered breathing and sleep disruption are associated with epigenetic age acceleration, according to preliminary results of a new study.

Results show that each standard deviation increase in the apnea-hypopnea index, a measure of sleep-disordered breathing severity, was associated with the equivalent of 215 days of biological age acceleration. Similarly, each standard deviation increase in the arousal index, a measure of sleep disruption, was associated with the equivalent of 321 days of age acceleration.

“People’s biological age might not be the same as their chronological age,” said lead author Xiaoyu Li, ScD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. “Individuals whose biological age is higher than their chronological age exhibit age acceleration or fast aging. In our study, we found that more severe sleep-disordered breathing is associated with epigenetic age acceleration. Our data provide biological evidence supporting adverse physiological and health effects