Category: snoring and apnea

‘It’s Not Real Sexy’: How Snoring Can Lead to Relationship Problems Beyond the Bedroom 0

‘It’s Not Real Sexy’: How Snoring Can Lead to Relationship Problems Beyond the Bedroom

Studies show higher divorce rates in couples where one person snores, reports WSLS.

“I noticed when I woke up, I was just as tired as when I went to bed,” said Eric Pellant, who has sleep apnea.

“At first it was just, ‘Roll over, roll over,’ you know, because it was keeping me awake,” said Kathy Pellant, Eric’s wife.

The problems stretch beyond the bedroom though.

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First Validated Scoring Guidelines for PAT-based Technologies Published 0

First Validated Scoring Guidelines for PAT-based Technologies Published

A new study published online today in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine validates scoring guidelines that better enable physicians and respiratory technologists to review, verify, and interpret Itamar Medical WatchPAT sleep test automated scoring. The COMPASS study also found that the use of those guidelines is reliable and improves agreement between WatchPAT and gold standard polysomnography (PSG)-derived sleep and breathing indices across age and gender subgroups.

“WatchPAT significantly improves workflow by automatically rendering a fully scored report. This report is generated automatically from a unique set of signals, most notably the PAT Signal, which is used to stage sleep and recognize sleep disordered breathing events without requiring any sensors on the face or head to record electroencephalogram or airflow signals,” says Alan Schwartz, MD, principal investigator for the study, in a release. “Sleep physicians are accustomed to using scoring guidelines when interpreting sleep studies. This study takes the same concept a big step further. It provides the first validated scoring guidelines for physicians and technologists using PAT-based technologies. It should help sleep physicians unfamiliar with the PAT signal build

New VA/DoD Guidelines Address Sleep-related Issues in Military Personnel 0

New VA/DoD Guidelines Address Sleep-related Issues in Military Personnel

Recognizing and addressing the widespread problem of sleep disorders in military personnel and veterans, the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense (VA/DoD) jointly have issued new guidelines for assessment and treatment of insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.

“This is a major step for these two organizations in recognizing the importance of appropriately diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in these unique populations,” says sleep medicine physician Vincent Mysliwiec, MD, researcher and retired U.S. Army colonel who helped author the guidelines, in a release.

Mysliwiec, a professor of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is also lead author of a synopsis of the guidelines written for the March 2020 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Military service is an established risk factor for sleep disorders, which are considerably more prevalent in military personnel and veterans than in the general US population. These populations also have high rates of traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health disorders, which combined with insomnia and/or sleep

ResMed Becomes New Shareholder in Neuromodulation for Sleep Apnea Therapy Development Company 0

ResMed Becomes New Shareholder in Neuromodulation for Sleep Apnea Therapy Development Company

Nyxoah SA, a Belgium-based healthtech company developing neuromodulation-based therapeutic solutions for sleep-disordered breathing, has raised €25 million in a private financing round. Completion of the financing round is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur later this month.

ResMed Inc joined as a new shareholder.

Under the lead of Robert Taub, Nyxoah executive chairman, Cochlear Ltd and several historical shareholders completed the €25 million financing round.

The proceeds will enable Nyxoah to further advance in developing long-term clinical evidence on the Genio system, prepare for the investigational device exemption pivotal trial in the United States, and accelerate the ongoing market access and commercialization activities in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Olivier Taelman, CEO of Nyxoah, says, “We have an innovative approach to treating OSA. Having ResMed, the global leader in sleep apnea, support this significant funding round along with our existing shareholders will help Nyxoah to further accelerate its development.”

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This Happens When Snoring Indicates Sleep Apnea 0

This Happens When Snoring Indicates Sleep Apnea

Physicians explain how snoring can sound when a person is experiencing sleep apnea.

“There are basically two types of snores,” said David Swanson, supervisor at Providence Holy Family Hospital’s sleep clinic and a respiratory therapist. “One is just a rhythmic type of snore, and usually the volume level stays about the same.”

With that, you typically won’t snore, or the sound softens if you move from your back to side.

“The other type of snoring, which about 75% of people who snore will have, is obstructive sleep apnea along with that snore. That’s more like a crescendo-type snore where the volume gets louder and louder, then all of the sudden you don’t hear anything for a while because the airway is closed.” That scenario sounds like a loud snort.

“It’s important to keep track of symptoms in addition to the snoring,” said Dr. Michael Cruz, with Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat and an ENT physician. Interrupted breathing could last 10 seconds or longer, Cruz added.

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Wearable Patch Uses Machine Learning to Detect Sleep Apnea 0

Wearable Patch Uses Machine Learning to Detect Sleep Apnea

A new device could make it easier to monitor sleep apnea at home.

The device, described in a study published 20 January in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, uses a unique combination of bioimpedance (a measurement of electrical signals passing through the body) and machine learning algorithms.

In the latest advance, a group of researchers at imec and Ghent University, who had previously developed a device that measures bioimpedance, sought to explore whether the technique could also be used to monitor the breathing patterns of people with sleep apnea. Their device, called Robin, applies a small current to the body at a known frequency, and measures the resulting voltage at a different location after it passes through the body. As it turns out, Robin can be used to fairly accurately monitor a wearer’s breathing.

“When a patient breathes, air enters the lungs and the chest expands, resulting in impedance changes in the chest,” explains Tom Van Steenkiste, a researcher involved in the study. “By measuring bioimpedance on the chest… respiration can be estimated.”

The team then

How Sleep Protects the Brain 0

How Sleep Protects the Brain

Scientists say we need shut-eye to keep the brain healthy and guard against cognitive decline. Brain & Life explains why and how to get adequate rest.

How well we sleep impacts how we think and feel, as well as our alertness, memory, and concentration. “Sleep quality and quantity are directly related to the health of the brain,” says Beth A. Malow, MD, MS, FAAN, professor of neurology and director of the sleep disorders division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Several studies have demonstrated an association between sleep disturbances such as insomnia, fragmented sleep, sleep apnea, and even excessive napping and an increased risk of cognitive decline over time, says Brendan P. Lucey, MD, assistant professor of neurology and director of the sleep medicine section at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Derron’s Weight Loss Journey 0

Derron’s Weight Loss Journey

Derron Golden once weighed 360 pounds. As a result, he suffered from severe obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, back pain, shortness of breath upon exertion, and type 2 diabetes, reports Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Derron began increasing his exercise, going to the gym and playing basketball multiple times a week. His sleep apnea and back pain improved and he even stopped taking medication for diabetes.

And then came the marathon, which he completed last April in under six hours, an achievement he’s very proud of. Although he won’t be running the race in 2020 because he “doesn’t want to endure that pain again,” Derron has other healthy plans for the future.

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Sunset Healthcare Launches Zoey CPAP Cleaner 0

Sunset Healthcare Launches Zoey CPAP Cleaner

Sunset Healthcare Solutions releases Zoey, a new CPAP cleaner. It is sold to patients exclusively through homecare durable medical equipment (DME) providers.

“Zoey marks our investment in manufacturing and developing Sunset products for the coming generation of sleep apnea patients,” says Greg Wood, Sunset’s chief business development officer, in a release. “This is just the start of it.”

The Zoey CPAP Cleaner uses activated oxygen to clean CPAP masks, headgear, and tubing. It has a screen-free interface using colored lights to guide users when operating. Zoey’s branding was developed to bring character into the provider space and to reflect Sunset’s personality. “We want to provide a simple to use CPAP equipment maintenance option for use in the patient household, as well as something offered exclusively to providers,” says Wood. “We believe Zoey is an extension of our commitment to a positive business and consumer experience.”

Zoey is currently available for DME purchase. Sunset will have Zoey units at Medtrade Spring (booth #427) from March 4-5.

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AASM: 4 Tips to Stop the Snore, Save the Romance 0

AASM: 4 Tips to Stop the Snore, Save the Romance

Roses, candy, and a candlelit dinner are romantic gestures that many of us partake in for Valentine’s Day. In addition to these gifts, consider a lifestyle change that will benefit both you and your partner: gain control of your snoring.

“While snoring is disruptive to bed partners and can cause frustration in a relationship, it can also be an indicator of a serious health problem,” says Kelly A. Carden, MD, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), in a release. “Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that involves the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep. When sleep apnea is untreated, it can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other health problems.”

The AASM recommends the following tips for occasional snorers:

  • Weight loss: Weight gain can make snoring worse and may even lead to obstructive sleep apnea. Shedding pounds can help reduce or eliminate snoring for some people, and weight loss should be a top priority if you are overweight or obese.
  • Positional