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Terpenes: They are Not Just in Marijuana and They Can Help with Sleep 0

Terpenes: They are Not Just in Marijuana and They Can Help with Sleep

If you’ve used any kind of botanical therapy for sleep or other health issues—taken an herbal supplement, used aromatherapy or essential oils—you’ve almost certainly benefitted from terpenes. These tiny molecules are found in many plants, fruits and flowers, including lavender, citrus, and hops. They’re also found in abundance in cannabis.

The cannabis plant has been used for centuries as a sleep aid. Terpenes are one of the primary reasons why cannabis can be so effective at helping ease sleep problems, including insomnia. Cannabis has been shown to lengthen sleep time, increase time spent in deep sleep and shorten the time it takes to fall asleep.

What are terpenes?

Tiny and powerful, terpenes are highly active, aromatic molecules that are responsible for both taste and aroma in plants and fruits. Botanicals used in aromatherapy (including the aromatherapy and essential oils that elevate sleep) are potent in terpenes. When you inhale lavender and feel tension slip away from your body and mind, that’s terpenes at work. As scientific study has shown, terpenes have a pretty broad range of medicinal effects:

Why Women May Be Undertreated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

Why Women May Be Undertreated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been considered a predominantly male disease. While more women have been diagnosed with OSA in recent years, the numbers remain disproportionate, with 3-to-5 times more men than women receiving an OSA diagnosis. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Yale School of Medicine set out to understand this disparity and its causes. They found that a high proportion of women experienced sleep apnea during dream sleep, which is associated with adverse outcomes including cardiovascular disease. Their findings have implications for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of OSA among women and men and are published in the journal SLEEP.

“Over the years, I’ve felt strongly that sleep apnea may be an exemplar of a chronic disease that may manifest differently in men and women, from how it presents to its underlying physiology, with implications for how it should be treated,” says senior author Susan Redline, MD, MPH, a senior physician in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at the Brigham, in a release. “Here, we begin to

Treating Mild Sleep Apnea Results in Higher Vitality Scores 0

Treating Mild Sleep Apnea Results in Higher Vitality Scores

CPAP can improve energy levels and vitality in people who experience mild sleep apnea—that is, those with an apnea-hypopnea index between 5 and 15 events per hour—according to a new study.

This is the finding from a new study of over 200 patients, published in the journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, led by Imperial College London.

The research was conducted at 11 National Health Service (NHS) sleep centers across the United Kingdom, including the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Although previous trials have found a CPAP machine to improve symptoms of moderate to severe cases, the researchers say the significance of this study is it is the first large trial to find that mild cases of OSA can also be treated with this technology.

Lead author Mary Morrell, PhD, professor of Sleep and Respiratory Physiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial, says in a release, “We are seeing increasing cases of sleep apnea, and in a wide range of patients. Although the condition was previously thought to mainly affect overweight men, we now know

Solutions for Combined Sleep Woes 0

Solutions for Combined Sleep Woes

A new study shows treating insomnia first can lead to 50% better outcomes for people who have both concurrent insomnia and sleep apnea, reports Flinders University.

The ‘double whammy’ of co-occurring insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a complex problem best managed with non-drug targeted psych interventions, the Flinders UIniversity study has found.

By following simple new guidelines, people with the concurrent conditions reported great improvement to both their sleep, and their health – with about 50% improvement in global insomnia severity and night-time insomnia after six months.

‘Co-Morbid Insomnia and Sleep Apnoea’ (or ‘COMISA’) is a little studied and debilitating disorder which can improve with diagnosis and treatment, including the insomnia as a separate condition. Up to 80% of OSA can be undiagnosed.

from Sleep Review…

Investigational Nerve Stimulator for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Surgical Technique Description and Case Study Report Published 0

Investigational Nerve Stimulator for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Surgical Technique Description and Case Study Report Published

Data demonstrating the benefits and safety of Nyxoah SA’s Genio hypoglossal nerve stimulation system implantation technique for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been published in Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology.

The Genio system, which has received CE mark approval in Europe and is investigational in the United States, offers bilateral stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve branches, which the company states may lead to potentially greater airway opening than implants that comprise a cuff electrode wrapped around the hypoglossal nerve.

This study describes the surgical implantation of the Genio nerve stimulator, which involves one incision in the chin area and no internal battery.

The recently completed clinical study (the BLAST OSA study) also provides evidence as to the acceptable safety profile and the therapeutic benefits of the Genio system.

Lead author Richard Lewis, MBBS, FRACS, head & neck surgeon, says in a release, “Unlike other commercially available devices for OSA, which involve multiple incision sites, the Genio system only requires a minimal surgical procedure, with one incision site beneath the chin. The results from the BLAST OSA study have

How To Fall Asleep Fast With A Warm Bath Tonight 0

How To Fall Asleep Fast With A Warm Bath Tonight

Almost everyone asks me how to fall asleep fast and they are often not surprised when I tell them a warm bath is a good option but they are often surprised by how it works … it’s not only for the reasons you may think.

I think it’s pretty clear that the shower reigns supreme as the preferred method of daily personal hygiene. According to a survey by Angie’s List, 90% of people choose the shower over the bath. It makes sense. We live in a fast-paced society, and we’re constantly on the go. So we’re bound to select the most convenient option. 

However, I would argue that a warm bath is a better choice. You may even save more time overall. 

Baths help you sleep, including helping to fall asleep faster and if you get more sleep, you’ll be more productive and if you’re more productive, you’ll get things done faster. I know for some of you it seems impossible, but it’s totally possible to incorporate warm baths into a busy life. Baths boast other benefits as well.

How Does Sleep Deprivation Affect The Body? 0

How Does Sleep Deprivation Affect The Body?

Is something, or are some things keeping you up? Maybe you’ve had a lot of coffee than you normally do, or maybe you are having insomnia for some reason. If you are not getting the recommended hours of sleep a day, you won’t just feel tired, cranky, and moody the next day. Sleep deprivation has other effects too.


Sleep is an important part of everyday life. It is just as important as eating. The body won’t last for too long if left without sleep. In other words, it is crucial. But it isn’t just the hours of sleep that you get that should be paid attention to. It’s also the quality of it. Other than making the brain hazy, sleep deprivation can adversely affect other parts of the body as well.


The brain is a part of a bigger system called the Central Nervous System. Brain cells travel and function within it. A deprivation in sleep can cause fatigue in the brain.

During sleep, pathways form between nerve cells (neurons) in your brain that help you remember new

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Your Sleep this Holiday Season? 0

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Your Sleep this Holiday Season?

Always consult your doctor before undertaking a new diet or fasting routine. This is not medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your physician or nutritionist.

I’m currently conducting a sleep course online and there’s one thing people are asking me about A LOT: intermittent fasting. I’m not surprised. Fasting has become extremely popular as a tool for weight loss, anti-aging and longevity, and for its benefits to mental and physical health.

I’ve talked about intermittent fasting and its relationship to sleep before. Since then, there’s been some new information introduced about the ways fasting may benefit sleep. I’m guessing you might be as intrigued by this form of time-restricted eating as my students.

We’re heading right into the holidays, when healthful dietary choices can be tough, with  all of those constant temptations. Eating routines—the timing of our meals throughout the day and night—also can get turned upside down, with parties, long, festive meals that stretch late into the evening, and the constant supply of snacks and treats that accompany the holiday season.

How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Diabetes Risk 0

How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Diabetes Risk

Some believe diabetes is primarily a body weight issue, but studies have shown that more so than weight, the severity of the sleeping disorder can elevate someone with sleep apnea’s risk of developing diabetes, reports CBS 13 WJZ.

“One of the things the body does when we don’t get good sleep is release stress hormones during the day. When you don’t sleep well, and when morning comes and we have to get up and function, our body releases all of these catecholamines, or stress hormones, to keep us awake,” Xenakis says. “

from Sleep Review…

Venture Capital Invests in Non-surgical Neurostimulator for Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

Venture Capital Invests in Non-surgical Neurostimulator for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

UAVenture Capital Fund (UAVC), a venture capital fund dedicated to the commercialization of University of Arizona discoveries, products, technologies, and services, has invested in StimAire Inc. StimAire is developing a wireless, wearable, non-surgical, targeted neurostimulator for obstrutive sleep apnea (OSA). Its design includes a wearable and a tiny injectable device. The total market opportunity for StimAire’s neural stimulation includes treatments for OSA, bladder control, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and central and peripheral pain.

Abhay Sanan, MD, a neurosurgeon with the Center for Neurosciences and clinical assistant professor in both the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Arizona is the company’s chief medical officer.

Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, chief of the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonology, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, is the principal investigator of the company’s human clinical studies.

Tarek Makansi PhD, president and chief technology officer of StimAire, says in a release, “As a serial entrepreneur, I’m thrilled to be part of the UAVC funding that is making a pivotal advancement in our startup economy. StimAire will now develop therapies that can