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Sleep Supplements Aren’t a Cure for Bad Sleep Habits 0

Sleep Supplements Aren’t a Cure for Bad Sleep Habits

Some patients may be taking sleeping aids to mask underlying sleep disorders. CNET reports on how sleeping pills can create bigger issues for people who struggle to get quality shuteye.

For example, if someone has undiagnosed sleep apnea and turns to sleep supplements to fix their unrestful nights, it’s not going to help the problem much. Any improvement in sleep quality will only mask the underlying issue, delaying the correct treatment of using a CPAP machine.

People who suffer from sleep apnea aren’t the only example of this either — if you can’t sleep at night because you’re drinking caffeine too late in the day, taking long afternoon naps or staring at screens right before you nod off, it’s better to address the underlying problem rather than relying on a sleep supplement. The caffeine-sleep aid cycle can be vicious and hard to escape.

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You Can No Longer Sign Patients Up for Deferred Interest Medical Credit Cards in California 0

You Can No Longer Sign Patients Up for Deferred Interest Medical Credit Cards in California

Effective this July, sleep subspecialists and dental sleep
medicine practitioners can no longer give patients pre-filled applications or in
any way help patients sign up for CareCredit or similar cards in their offices.

By Lisa Spear

After a number of people came forward with complaints accusing medical offices of predatory practices, a new law in California will go into effect this July to prohibit medical and dental providers from signing patients up for deferred interest credit cards in their practices.

“The most common scenario we hear about is from low-income
people who signed up for far more credit than they could possibly pay off,”
says Jen Flory, a policy advocate at the Western Center on Law & Poverty, a
sponsor of the bill.

Under the new law, patients will still be able to sign up
for these products on their own time. Medical providers can still market these
credit cards, but they will no longer be able to help people sign up at their
practices or to pre-fill out an application for a deferred interest credit card
on behalf of …

The Coronavirus Is Forcing Hospitals to Cancel Surgeries 0

The Coronavirus Is Forcing Hospitals to Cancel Surgeries

Hospitals in hot spots like Seattle and New York are postponing elective surgeries, including those to treat sleep apnea, reports the New York Times.

Surgeries that have been postponed so far include hip and knee replacements, A.C.L. reconstruction and pediatric apnea surgery. “The gray area are the cancer patients,” said Dr. Arooj Simmonds, co-executive medical director of surgical services at Swedish Medical Center, which operates several hospitals in the Seattle area.

Dr. Simmonds said slow-growing cancers, like prostate and cervical cancer, were more likely to be delayed. On Friday, the first day of widespread deferrals, Swedish Medical Center performed about 20 percent as many surgeries as is typical, she said.

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Mother of Child with Sleep Apnea Pleads for People to Take Social Distancing Seriously 0

Mother of Child with Sleep Apnea Pleads for People to Take Social Distancing Seriously

Kaylee Proctor’s 2-year-old has dysphagia and sleep apnea, raising his mother’s fears during the coronavirus pandemic, reports WAFB9.

“He doesn’t look like he has special needs. A lot of people with special needs do not look like they have special needs,” said Proctor.

Like Blaise, thousands of people are suffering from underlying illnesses that have put them at risk for complications from the coronavirus. Despite national and local government directives to practice social distancing, not everyone is following directions.

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Clinically Validated Sleep Wearables Are Coming [Editor’s Message] 0

Clinically Validated Sleep Wearables Are Coming [Editor’s Message]

By Sree Roy

Many patients have smartwatches up their sleeves. Indeed, the wearable technology market is booming in both style and substance; it’s predicted to experience a 11.28% compound annual growth rate through the year 2025, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets, which says preference for sophisticated gadgets and the growing popularity of the Internet of Things are two factors driving segment growth.1 

For now, consumer wearables are only relevant to sleep medicine to the extent that patients need reassurance that scoring a “perfect 100” on their sleep (as deemed by their smart device) isn’t worth stressing over or being aware that they need to remove the device during a sleep study to avoid artifact.

But manufacturers have more up their sleeves, and they are slowly revealing their upgraded capabilities. This year may be when several consumer wearables get US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals for their sleep measurements.

One contender is Withings’ ScanWatch. According to Withings’ website, embedded light sensors will allow the device to interpret “the changing blood color within your vessels to determine oxygen …

Nox Medical Launches Nox A1 Wireless PSG in the United States 0

Nox Medical Launches Nox A1 Wireless PSG in the United States

Sleep device company Nox Medical, the testing and diagnostics branch of Nox Health, has launched its polysomnographic (PSG) system, the Nox A1, in the United States and Canada. The Nox A1 is an ambulatory PSG device that combines that is capable of multiple functions in a single device.

The system’s wireless design allows patients to move freely while undergoing testing and even enables the device to be used for at-home testing as needed. In addition to its dual in-lab and at-home functionality, the Nox A1 can perform Level I, Level II, and Level III sleep studies.

“We take great pride in not only the comfort, but the efficiency of our devices,” says Pétur Már Halldórsson, CEO of Nox Medical, in a release. “Unlike traditional PSG systems, the Nox A1’s wireless hookup design eliminates the discomfort and inconvenience of being tethered to the bed. Plus, with minimal cables and straps, it is suitable for diverse patient population.

“The Nox A1’s benefits extend to sleep technicians as well, who can easily review the sleep study data in real time using the Noxturnal …

AG Industries Launches Pediatric Full Face CPAP Mask 0

AG Industries Launches Pediatric Full Face CPAP Mask

AG Industries launches its newest pediatric CPAP mask, the Nonny full face mask, which adds to the company’s line of pediatric CPAP products.

“With sleep apnea and other sleep disorders on the rise, physicians and caregivers have an increased need for CPAP solutions, especially for their pediatric patients,” says John Smits, president at AG Industries, in a release. “The Nonny full face mask, along with its popular counterpart, the Nonny nasal mask, offers advanced pediatric CPAP technology that provides children with a better night’s sleep, helping them breathe easier with improved compliance.”

The Nonny full face mask includes a 3D mask cushion, forehead support, and an air vent that the company says minimizes noise and enables efficient CO2 washout. The mask comes in a variety of sizes with two additional extension straps.

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Sleep Positions to Help with Neck and Back Pain 0

Sleep Positions to Help with Neck and Back Pain

A person’s sleep position can contribute to a number of health problems, ranging from aches and pains to sleep apnea. Yahoo News reports that the “log roller” position could help elevate back and neck pain.

“Everyone sleeps differently but if you subconsciously fall into the incorrect sleeping position, neck, back and other muscle problems may become exacerbated,” explains Oliver Elliot, sleep expert at Nectar Sleep.

Being able to adapt your body to sleep in a new position could actually be the secret to improving your sleep, or you could also try modifying your favorite sleep position to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

In order to pull off the log roller, the sleeper must rest on their side with their legs extended straight and has their arms in place. “With your arms neatly at your side – in line with your body – the log roller can be great for easing back and neck pain as you keep both in proper alignment,” Elliot explains.

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Coronavirus Update for Our Patients 0

Coronavirus Update for Our Patients

At Sleep Dallas, the health and well-being of our patients and team members has always been of utmost importance. We understand the concerns and uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our community as the situation evolves and more information is provided.

We want to inform all of our patients that we are continuing to see patients at this time and reassure you that we are taking all the necessary precautions recommended by the CDC and local health agencies in the area. In a small, controlled environment such as our offices, it is easy to quickly and swiftly implement new emerging protocols as those recommendations become available. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We will keep you updated on any changes and continue to provide a safe, healthy and relaxing environment.

We do request that any patients with symptoms associated with COVID 19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.) or who have been in close contact recently with anyone with these symptoms to please notify us so that we

Dentists Make a Difference in Pediatric Sleep Apnea Cases 0

Dentists Make a Difference in Pediatric Sleep Apnea Cases

Early intervention can mitigate problems such as bedwetting, and dental sleep medicine practitioners are in the perfect place to screen children and treat those referred by physicians with oral appliances.

By Yoona Ha

Diana Batoon, a mother of two from Scottsdale, Ariz, wanted to help her children beat sleep apnea. As a general dentist who’s practiced for over 24 years, Batoon’s experience with following her children’s treatment journey inspired her to learn more about what contributes to upper airway collapse during sleep.

“It was a wakeup call for me when a pulmonologist recommended antidepressants as the treatment option for my 5-year-old son; I didn’t want to start medicating a child at such a young age,” says Batoon, DMD, who practices at Bonita Dental. “Turns out, when we address the breathing habits of the child using behavioral interventions combined with appliance therapy, we could greatly improve the quality of sleep.”

Seeing how her child’s sleep patterns, comorbidities such as eczema, and even performance in school drastically improved, Batoon was inspired to incorporate dental sleep medicine into her practice. Turns out, Batoon …