Category: snoring and apnea

Sleep Deficiency, Not Sleepiness, May Increase the Likelihood of a Car Crash 0

Sleep Deficiency, Not Sleepiness, May Increase the Likelihood of a Car Crash

Researchers in the United States determine the differences between sleep deficiency and sleepiness on the risk of a car crash, reports Medical News Bulletin.

Many people suffer from sleep deficiency, defined as an insufficient amount of sleep.  Possible causes for sleep deficiency include a habitually short sleep duration and sleep apnea. A symptom of sleep deficiency is excessive sleepiness, which in turn has been identified as a leading car crash risk. Only half of those who suffer from sleep apnea experience daytime sleepiness.

Are sleep deficient people more at risk of a car crash even without showing excessive sleepiness?
Researchers in the United States investigated whether sleep deficient people were more at risk of having a car crash, even if they did not show excessive sleepiness. The study involved questioning participants from the larger Sleep Heart Health Study (SHHS) from the American National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/sleep-deficiency-sleepiness-increase-likelihood-car-crash/…

Animal-Based Products Worsen Sleep Apnea, Says New Study 0

Animal-Based Products Worsen Sleep Apnea, Says New Study

A new study has revealed that processed meat and animal-based products worsen OSA, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, according to Live Kindly.

According to the UK National Health Service (NHS) website, “[OSA] is a relatively common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.” It adds, “this may lead to regularly interrupted sleep, which can have a big impact on quality of life and increases the risk of developing certain conditions.”

After monitoring the dietary habits of more than 100 OSA sufferers, researchers discovered that those who consumed high-fat diets, with high processed meatand dairy consumption, had far worse symptoms than those with low-fat diets, who consumed less processed meat and dairy.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/animal-based-products-sleep-apnea-study/…

Patients with Prediabetes with OSA Could Lower Their Resting Heart Rates by Using CPAP 0

Patients with Prediabetes with OSA Could Lower Their Resting Heart Rates by Using CPAP

Patients with prediabetes who also have obstructive sleep apnea may improve their resting heart rate by using CPAP, reports News Medical.

People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels higher than normal but below Type 2 diabetes levels. People with OSA experience times during sleep when air is obstructed from flowing normally into the lungs. CPAP is considered the “gold standard” treatment for OSA.

According to Sushmita Pamidi, MD, lead study author and a sleep physician-scientist at McGill University, previous studies have found that OSA is associated with increased sympathetic activity, which activates our “fight or flight” response. This response, in turn, raises our heart rate.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/patients-prediabetes-osa-lower-resting-heart-rates-cpap/…

Sleep Apnea In Children 0

Sleep Apnea In Children

Adults often assume that all children are healthy because they are still young, right? Well, you got wrong because kids can get sick too. It does not mean that their bodies are still young they’re also in great shape all the time. Kids can get sick too and they may also be guilty of some very unhealthy practices like most adults do. Blame it on the changing times and role models that do not really emulate healthy living, kids these days are more prone to different diseases because of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. And if you think that sleep is the least of their worries, then you are also mistaken because kids also experience various sleep issues like everyone else.

The truth is that kids need to sleep the most, unlike most adults who can survive despite their changing sleeping patterns. They need it to fuel their growing bodies since they undergo rapid growth and development until they reach maturity. It is such a shame, though, for kids that have sleep apnea because their growth may be stunted and they …

Armodafinil Does Not Appear to Improve Driving in Those with Sleep Apnea 0

Armodafinil Does Not Appear to Improve Driving in Those with Sleep Apnea

The researchers found that armodafinil did not improve the driving performance of those with OSA after six months of use, the study’s primary outcome, reports Medical Xpress.

Nor did those taking the drug report less daytime sleepiness than those receiving a placebo, as measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire.

In the study, 113 participants (ages 18 to 70) were randomly assigned to either receive 150 mg of armodafinil daily or a placebo. Participants had moderate to severe OSA, were moderately obese and did not use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or an oral appliance that advances their lower jaw. Both therapies treat OSA by preventing the pauses in breathing that occur in OSA when the back of the throat collapses.

Get the full story at www.medicalxpress.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/armodafinil-not-improve-driving-sleep-apnea/…

American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference to Include Presentation on “Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics to Investigate the Molecular Changes in Rat Atria during Obstructive Sleep Apnea” 0

American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference to Include Presentation on “Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics to Investigate the Molecular Changes in Rat Atria during Obstructive Sleep Apnea”

Devika Channaveerappa, a Clarkson University graduate student from Bangalore, India will travel to San Diego in June to present her work in the 66th American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) annual international conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. Her travel will be supported by an ASMS travel award.

Channaveerappa is a PhD candidate who works in the biochemistry and proteomics group under the supervision of Costel Darie, an associate professor in chemistry and biomolecular sciences department.

She will present her project “Mass Spectrometry based Proteomics to Investigate the Molecular Changes in Rat Atria during Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with atrial diseases, including atrial enlargement, fibrosis, and arrhythmias. The specific molecular mechanisms of OSA-induced cardiac changes are not known.

“By collaborating with Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica, a novel OSA model was developed which closely recapitulates the occurrence of OSA in humans. Atria of the control rats and rats induced with OSA are excised and proteomics is conducted on the atrial tissues to identify differentially expressed proteins. Relative comparison of proteins and their associated

Sleep Apnea Predisposes The Elderly To Alzheimer’s Disease 0

Sleep Apnea Predisposes The Elderly To Alzheimer’s Disease

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages although many can actually be seen in early childhood especially if the condition is caused by a congenital anomaly in the airway structure. Parents who are observant enough to their child’s sleeping habit can notice this early on and have them checked by a doctor but if left unattended, they will grow up with an undiagnosed sleep apnea that unknowingly impacts their health in a negative way over the years.  Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea although not all snorers have sleep apnea. It’s true we get annoyed at the loud snoring people to make but we lose sight of the danger their lives may be in because of a possible untreated disorder that literally endangers their lives and also compromises their health in the years to come.

It is common to see older people who snore in their sleep. The elderly already suffer from poor sleeping patterns and it is worsened by sleep apnea. And when left untreated, it can also predispose them to Alzheimer’s disease. Not only are …

Local Vietnam Vet with Parkinsons, Sleep Apnea Says Long Wait for CPAP Machine Is Unacceptable 0

Local Vietnam Vet with Parkinsons, Sleep Apnea Says Long Wait for CPAP Machine Is Unacceptable

The VA blames staffing shortage for delayed sleep therapy orders, reports The Denver Channel.

In an emailed statement, the VA said, “ECHCS currently provides CPAP-related services to nearly 10,000 veterans, and we are working to order CPAPS for about 5.5 percent, or 552 of these Veterans.”

Get the full story at thedenverchannel.com

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/local-vietnam-vet-parkinsons-sleep-apnea-says-long-wait-cpap-machine-unacceptable/…

Snorers Suffer from Nerve and Muscle Damage in Palate 0

Snorers Suffer from Nerve and Muscle Damage in Palate

People who snore may have extensive tissue damage in the nerves and muscles of the soft palate. This can in turn create problems with swallowing and contribute to development of sleep apnea, according to a new dissertation at Umeå University, Sweden, which also finds that treatment strategies aimed at early intervention to stop snoring might have beneficial effects in healing or preventing development of sleep apnea.

The reason why some develop sleep apnea is still unclear. Factors that are considered important are obesity, a small throat, neurological diseases, and hormonal disorders. But even those without that background have sleep apnea. The thesis shows that tissue damage in the soft palate also is an important factor that contributes to the development of sleep apnea and disturbances in swallowing function.

“The nerve and muscles injuries seem to contribute to the collapse of the upper airway during sleep. Most likely, the damage results from the recurrent snoring vibrations the tissues are exposed to,” says Farhan Shah, PhD student at the department of integrative medical biology at Umeå University, in a release.

In his

How Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight 0

How Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

People these days struggle with a lot of things. If there are two things they struggle on the most, it has to be about sleep and weight. People can obsess over these two things a lot because it is almost next to impossible to get quality sleep and maintain your ideal weight when the world is full of temptations that are meant to lure us into the easy life. Sad to say, though, that the easy and carefree life we thrive in does not necessarily help promote healthy living. Eating fast food, staying up all night and fidgeting with your smart devices, not exercising, all these things add up over time and result in weight problems. Now don’t be surprised why obesity is a major problem in the world when we do so little in ensuring our bodies are healthy and cared for every single day.

You don’t really have to starve yourself or spend long hours in the gym when simply sleeping better can actually help you shed off that excess weight. It may not be fast but it …