Category: snoring and apnea

Apolipoprotein Levels, Insulin Resistance Influence Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

Apolipoprotein Levels, Insulin Resistance Influence Obstructive Sleep Apnea

In a cohort of adults assessed for sleep issues, those in the highest quartile of apolipoprotein B to apolipoprotein A-I ratio were at the greatest risk for obstructive sleep apnea and insulin resistance, according to findings published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases.

“The ApoB/ApoA-I ratio is positively associated with the risk of prediabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and CVD,” Jian Guan MD, PhD, of the department of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital in Shanghai, and colleagues wrote.

“Considering that [obstructive sleep apnea] may promote dyslipidemia, we hypothesized a positive association between severity of [obstructive sleep apnea] and the ApoB/ApoA-I.”

from Sleep Review…

Humidifier: A Great Gift Even For A Snorer 0

Humidifier: A Great Gift Even For A Snorer

Humidifiers are very popular nowadays. They’re everywhere. Who wouldn’t appreciate a humidifier? A humidifier brings a breath of fresh air into a room. It gives it a spa-like ambience.

A humidifier does more than just provide a spa-like ambience to a room. It’s actually pretty useful to have a humidifier especially during the winter season.

Humidifiers are getting quite popular these days, but before buying a humidifier you must ask yourself will I benefit from using a humidifier? A humidifier is an electronic device that is used to add moisture in the room. Humidifiers generally become a necessity during the winter season, when there are lower levels of humidity in the air and the heating systems dry out the air.


If you’re thinking of a gift for a friend or a family member, a humidifier is a very practical choice. The recipient will surely love it. It’s a practical gift because of the many uses of this particular electronic device.

Other than just adding moisture in the air, humidifiers have several other benefits too.


3D Facial Photography as a Screener for Sleep Apnea 0

3D Facial Photography as a Screener for Sleep Apnea

Three-dimensional facial photography can provide a simple and highly accurate method of predicting the presence of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study led by The University of Western Australia (UWA).

The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, builds on previous work identifying that the structure of the face, head, and neck played a key role in diagnosing sleep apnea.

Professor Peter Eastwood, director of the Centre for Sleep Science, and his research team ran overnight sleep studies while Syed Zulqarnain Gilani, PhD, from UWA’s School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, analyzed the 3D faces.

“What we found was that we could predict the presence of obstructive sleep apnea with 91% accuracy when craniofacial measurements from 3D photography were combined into a single predictive algorithm,” Gilani says in a release.

The study recruited 400 middle-aged men and women who took part in sleep studies at UWA’s Centre for Sleep Science and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital while their faces were analyzed from 3D photographs. Participants were also recruited from Western Australia’s Raine Study.

The study suggests

Glidewell Dental Oasys Hinge Appliance (PDAC Approved) 0

Glidewell Dental Oasys Hinge Appliance (PDAC Approved)

Glidewell Dental has released a new mandibular advancement device, the Oasys Hinge Appliance. This oral sleep appliance is Medicare and PDAC (Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding) cleared under code E0486 to treat patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

“Snoring is a warning sign that should not be ignored,” says Randy Clare, director of brand and product management at Glidewell Dental, in a release. “An estimated 50% of US adults snore and 30 percent of people are habitual snorers. In addition, adults over the age of 65 are at an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea, which can be very serious if left untreated. Two common symptoms of OSA include loud, chronic snoring and daytime sleepiness.”

The Oasys Hinge Appliance is designed to gently shift the lower jaw forward during sleep, which activates the airway muscles and ligaments to prevent the airway from collapsing. The device is custom-made for each patient. It’s micro-adjustable (0.25 mm increments), with up to 10 mm of advancement based on the patient’s needs. The telescope-style hinge allows for natural jaw movement and can

Karl Doghramji, MD: Defining Insomnia 0

Karl Doghramji, MD: Defining Insomnia

In an interview with MD Magazine, Karl Doghramji, MD, a professor at Thomas Jefferson University, explained the technical definition of insomnia, and how that definition has helped shape the clinical understanding of its comorbidities.

And finally, what’s interesting about the new nosologic classification of insomnia is that we no longer look at insomnia being a primary or secondary phenomenon. We now look at as being a problem or disorder which coexists with other disorders, or is comorbid with other disorders. So we’re used to saying insomnia occurred because of this problem, because of that problem. Now, we say in some it’s comorbid with depression, or gastroesophageal reflux, or with sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review…

More Cancer Cases Seen Among Women with Sleep Apnea Than in Men and in People Without OSA 0

More Cancer Cases Seen Among Women with Sleep Apnea Than in Men and in People Without OSA

Women with severe sleep apnea appear to be at an elevated risk of getting cancer, a study shows. No causal relationship is demonstrated, but the link between nocturnal hypoxia in women and higher cancer risk is still clear.

“It’s reasonable to assume that sleep apnea is a risk factor for cancer, or that both conditions have common risk factors, such as overweight. On the other hand, it is less likely that cancer leads to sleep apnea,” says Ludger Grote, adjunct professor and chief physician in sleep medicine, and the last author of the current study, in a release.

The research, published in the European Respiratory Journal, is based on analyses of registry data, collected in the European database ESADA, on a total of some 20,000 adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). About 2% of them also had a cancer diagnosis.

As expected, advanced age was associated with elevated cancer risk, but adjusting the data for age, gender, body mass index (BMI), smoking, and alcohol consumption nevertheless showed a possible link between intermittent hypoxia at night and higher cancer

Sleep Is A Serious Matter 0

Sleep Is A Serious Matter

Sleep. We take it for granted. Well, we shouldn’t. We can’t survive on just a few hours of sleep. Even if we try to, our health is going to suffer. We all need to get some good sleep, not just for one night but for every single night of our life. In other words, we all need to get quality sleep regularly.

Sleep is a natural physiological state of the body where our brain is inactive, muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. Sleep is an essential part of our routine and it helps the body ‘regenerate and rejuvenate’. We spend one third of our life in sleep and we never bother about it.

Sleep is important as our body undergoes a lot of changes during that time. It allows the body to rest, relieves tiredness, and most importantly restores our cognitive (thinking) ability. During sleep there is active hormone production, which is essential for good metabolism and maintaining homeostasis or body balance. In addition, there is a decrease in the heart rate, heart function and drop in blood pressure.

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Snoring: Causes And Complications Of It 0

Snoring: Causes And Complications Of It

Is snoring a problem of yours? If it’s not, then you’re pretty lucky. As a matter of fact, even your partner is pretty lucky if you don’t snore at all.

If snoring is a problem of yours, you’re not the only one suffering from it. You and a million adults are suffering from it as well

Nearly half of adults habitually snore when they sleep.

For some, it’s not a problem. For others, it may affect the quality of their bed partner’s rest. It can also be associated with sleep apnea, a condition affecting a person’s ability to breathe and the quality of their sleep.


While you shouldn’t really worry about light snoring, it’s the heavy snoring that you should be worried about. It’s a sign that you might have a serious health condition. You really shouldn’t ignore it.

“It could be suggestive of something more going on,” said Dr. Neerav Goyal, director of head and neck surgery at Penn State Health.


The vibrating nasal tissue is what causes the snoring sound. The more …

The Life of a Person Who Wakes Up Really, Really Early 0

The Life of a Person Who Wakes Up Really, Really Early

“Extreme larks” get up naturally when some people have hardly gone to bed, reports The Atlantic.

There are some limits to this study. Since Ptáček and Jones ran their study at a sleep clinic, most of the patients had sleep apnea. Ptáček said he found that the presence or absence of sleep apnea does not affect whether someone will be a lark or a night owl, but Abbott and other experts I asked were not so sure that the data are perfectly generalizable to the general population.

from Sleep Review…

Inspire Medical Systems Launches New Brand Identity and Website 0

Inspire Medical Systems Launches New Brand Identity and Website

Inspire Medical Systems Inc, a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and minimally invasive solutions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), recently revealed its new brand identity and launched a new website.

“While our name and focus on patient outcomes remain the same, our brand identity and website,, have evolved to ensure prospective patients can easily learn about our innovative sleep apnea treatment,” says Tim Herbert, president and CEO of Inspire Medical Systems, in a release. “Our updated website improves patient education by encouraging website visitors to learn more about Inspire therapy and connect with an Inspire trained medical professional.”

Martin Abrams, vice president of marketing and customer experience, says, “Our focus is on building meaningful and emotional connections. When people struggling with CPAP visit our website, they will find answers to their questions and be able to connect with a medical professional to learn more about our innovative treatment option.”

A new advertising campaign called, “A Button,” also launched in conjunction with the new website. This campaign, which will feature TV,