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What to Know About Sleeping Pills 0

What to Know About Sleeping Pills

Health discusses sleep aids, how they work, and how to take them safely.

One sleepless night does not warrant a sleeping pill prescription, and even those who suffer from acute insomnia may be better off exploring other options. “Sleeping pills are not the only treatment for insomnia, nor are they necessarily required,” Dr. Hilbert says. Additionally, trouble sleeping may be due to other sleep disorders (like sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome), other medical or psychiatric disorders, medications taken for other problems, or poor sleep habits—and it’s important to seek medical help to get a handle on any undiagnosed conditions. “In many cases, treatment of the underlying condition, stopping a medication, or improving sleep habits may be all that is needed,” she says.

from Sleep Review…

4 Questions a Doctor Will Ask During Your Sleep Apnea Screening 0

4 Questions a Doctor Will Ask During Your Sleep Apnea Screening

To increase awareness surrounding the sleep apnea, Kingman P. Strohl, MD, author for Merck Manuals and Professor of Medicine at the Case School of Medicine, offered some insights for preparing for a conversation with your doctor. In a new editorial on, Strohl details questions your doctor is likely to ask during your appointment.

1. What are your sleep habits?

Understanding sleep apnea starts with understanding sleep. Despite spending about one third of our lives asleep, it’s not something most people understand or spend much time thinking about. Be prepared to talk to your doctor about your sleep habits, including how much sleep you get, your bedtime routine, what you do in the hours before you sleep, your caffeine intake, etc. Spend the week or two before your appointment tracking these factors, and use them as a jumping off point for an honest conversation about your sleep habits.

2. Do you have a family history of sleep apnea?

Many of the factors that contribute to sleep apnea tend to run in families, including a narrow throat, thick neck and …

Stanford Researchers Address Shrinking Jaws & Their Linked Sleep Issues 0

Stanford Researchers Address Shrinking Jaws & Their Linked Sleep Issues

The scientific community has largely deemed the underlying abnormality behind obstructive sleep apnea, jaw pain, and the pulling of wisdom teeth as problems that are hereditary and opt to deal with symptoms through medical devices and after-the-fact interventions.

But in a new study, Stanford researchers and colleagues argue that all these issues and more are actually relatively new problems afflicting modern humans and can be traced to a shrinking of our jaws. Moreover, they maintain that this “jaws epidemic” is not primarily genetic in origin, as previously thought, but rather a lifestyle disease. That means the epidemic is largely the result of human practices and akin to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

The study—published in the journal BioScience—marshals the growing evidence from studies conducted around the world surrounding the jaws epidemic, as well as how to address it proactively. Parents and caregivers can take steps to promote proper mouth, jawbone, and facial musculature development in children, the study advises, to help stave off future health burdens and chronic conditions.

“The jaws epidemic is very serious, …

Oventus Signs 2 More Lab-in-Lab Agreements, Both in Canada 0

Oventus Signs 2 More Lab-in-Lab Agreements, Both in Canada

Brisbane, Australia-based oral appliance marketer Oventus Medical Ltd has signed lab-in-lab agreements across 9 sites with two new sleep groups, Tri Hospital Sleep and Ontario Sleep Care, both located in Canada.

Under these agreements, Oventus technology will be offered to patients of the 9 sites.

Chris Hart, M.Phil, BSc, BDSc, founder CEO of Oventus, says in a release, “These businesses have been delivering high quality respiratory care for many years, even decades. Oventus is proud that such well-respected sleep groups in North America have chosen to strengthen their existing sleep offering by adopting our treatment platform. As COVID-19 restrictions start to lift, we expect to see patient flow slowly increasing across our existing sites and the new sites we have been working hard through the recent shutdowns to bring online.”

Tri Hospital Sleep Agreement

Tri Hospital Sleep in Ontario is one of Mississauga’s largest privately-owned providers of diagnostics and treatment for OSA. Under the agreement, lab-in-lab facilities will be implemented in its largest location with 14 beds of sleep diagnostics.

Tri Hospital medical director Mohamad Hussain, MD, says in a …

Sleep Apnea StartUp Racks Up Wins 0

Sleep Apnea StartUp Racks Up Wins

A sleep apnea therapy startup founded by University of Washington master’s degree student Ryan Yousefian has recently racked up several competition wins. Yousefian founded startup ApnoMed in 2017, which is developing oral appliances for sleep apnea.

According to GeekWire, Yousefian’s own obstructive sleep apnea was treated by his father orthodontist and dental sleep medicine practitioner Joseph Yousefian, DMD, MS, DABO, DABDSM, giving him firsthand insight into the sleep disorder and its therapies.

ApnoMed’s recent honors include:

from Sleep Review…

Gene Therapy Improves OSA in Mice 0

Gene Therapy Improves OSA in Mice

Floppy, untoned muscles in a person’s tongue and airway can block airflow and result in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Now, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have shown in mice that they can treat the sleep disorder and keep the airway open by using gene therapy to stimulate the nerve that contracts muscles in the tongue.

The researchers say their findings, published online on July 16, 2020, by the American Journal for Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, ultimately may be translated into therapy for people at greatest risk of death from OSA’s impact, such as those with conditions like stroke or severe atherosclerotic heart disease.

“The tongue muscles that are partly responsible for obstructive sleep apnea have a direct line via a nerve to the area of the brain that controls them,” says senior author Vsevolod Polotsky, MD, PhD, director of sleep basic research and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a release. “Knowing this, we looked for a way to use this pathway in two directions: first, to travel to the control area with …

ATS: How to Safely Reopen Your Sleep and Pulmonary Services 0

ATS: How to Safely Reopen Your Sleep and Pulmonary Services

An American Thoracic Society-led international task force has released a guidance document to help guide clinicians on restoring elective in-person pulmonary and sleep services as COVID-19 incidence decreases in their communities. 

In March, the CDC advised healthcare facilities to cancel elective surgeries and services, a broad range of procedures that included things like sleep lab testing and pulmonary function tests. In addition, the ATS’s Proficiency Standards for PFT Committee recommended PFT be limited to essential tests and the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine recommended suspension of all non-emergency PFT

Then in May, CDC issued a recommendation to resume many of these elective services and published a framework for healthcare systems providing “non-COVID-19” care, including elective procedures.

Now, a task force of clinicians, including members of ATS or the Association of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Division Directors (APCCSD), developed a consensus approach on how and when to restart these services. The guidance, outlined below, covers elective services in outpatient pulmonary and sleep medicine clinics, pulmonary function testing laboratories, bronchoscopy and procedural suites, polysomnography laboratories, …

3 Reasons Why You’re Still Tired After 7-9 Hours of Sleep 0

3 Reasons Why You’re Still Tired After 7-9 Hours of Sleep

This week we’re going to be diving into a question I get nearly daily, and one you may be asking yourself: why am I still tired after a full night of sleep?

Chances are you’ve heard the standard advice: get seven to eight hours of sleep per night for optimal health. It’s bad enough that for some of us that’s hard to achieve. First of all, most of us don’t know where to start–something as simple as a sleep calculator and taking my chronotype quiz can be helpful.

But something that’s frustrating? Making every effort to get those seven to eight hours of sleep and still waking up exhausted and relying on caffeine to combat daytime sleepiness.

I’ll explain why the seven to eight hours of sleep guidelines doesn’t work for everyone; the reasons behind why you’re always tired, and some natural sleep remedies to boost your energy.

Where Do Sleep Guidelines Come From?

The first thing we need to tackle is the 7-9 hours of sleep. Chances are someone’s recommended this to you, whether it’s your primary care physician, …

The 10 Best Mattresses for Back Pain, According to the Sleep Doctor 0

The 10 Best Mattresses for Back Pain, According to the Sleep Doctor

Your choice of mattress matters more than you think.

People with acute and chronic back pain often experience worse quality sleep than those who report being pain free. That means if you suffer from back pain, then it’s a safe bet you likely also struggle with getting a good night’s sleep. Back pain robs you of your time to rest up and recharge, and it too often makes what should be the pleasant thought of turning in for the night a stressful one.

Often, your mattress is not addressing your sleep needs and supporting your spine’s natural curve the way it needs. In this case, it’s best to ditch the old bed and start from scratch. A new mattress can help you achieve better rest, and they come in many varieties. There are plenty of other variables aside from mattress type to consider before investing in one, such as your personal sleeping preferences and your particular kind of back pain. In fact, it’s easy to feel a little intimidated by all the choices you have to make when shopping for …

AASM Instills Kannan Ramar as President 0

AASM Instills Kannan Ramar as President

Kannan Ramar, MBBS, MD, became the 35th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) board of directors. Ramar assumed the role during the virtual AASM annual membership meeting. He will serve a one-year term as president of the AASM.

Ramar will lead an organization with a combined membership of 11,000 individual members and accredited member sleep centers. Individual members of the AASM community include physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals who provide care for patients who have sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic insomnia.

“During my term as president, the AASM will continue implementing our strategic plan, which we introduced to our members in January,” Ramar says in a release. “We are focused on raising awareness that sleep is essential to health, advocating to improve patient care, expanding the sleep team workforce, and positively influencing technology innovation to improve patient access to high quality, safe, and efficient sleep care.”

A member of the AASM since 2006, Ramar is a sleep medicine physician at the Center for Sleep Medicine and a professor of medicine in …