Category: snoring and apnea

Drug Combo Shows Promise for Treating Sleep Apnea 0

Drug Combo Shows Promise for Treating Sleep Apnea

In a study of 20 patients, scientists found that a combination of atomoxetine and oxybutynin reduces AHI, reports Science.

The trial turned up one potentially problematic finding: Although the drug combination reduced patients’ AHIs, their number of subconscious arousals—the subtle awakenings that leave patients exhausted—remained high.

from Sleep Review…

Don’t Let Snoring Ruin The Spark 0

Don’t Let Snoring Ruin The Spark

Couples out there can probably relate to the fact that you may love your spouse or partner to the moon and back but they can also bring out the worst in you. It may sound ironic but it is a reality of life. What’s even more annoying is the fact that when you want nothing else but to rest and grab some snooze, your partner’s snoring wakes you up and ruin a good night’s sleep for you. It can be pretty exasperating especially if you lead a busy and stressful life that one of the major things you are looking forward during the day is the time to finally rest and relax and drift off to a deep and uninterrupted sleep.

Almost 45% of snorers are men and a 28% are women according to statistics and this number is based on 60-year-old participants. Many couples fight over snoring and some even go to great lengths as sleeping in separate rooms or even separating for good because the snoring has been too much for the non-snoring partner. What most of them …

Treating Sleep Apnea Greatly Improves Stroke Patients’ Recovery 0

Treating Sleep Apnea Greatly Improves Stroke Patients’ Recovery

A large study has found that commencing treatment for sleep apnea as soon as possible after a stroke or a mini-stroke significantly improves speech impairment and other neurological symptoms as well as walking and other physical functioning.

“We have shown, for the first time in a randomized controlled study, that for individuals who have had a stroke or a TIA—a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke— the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea with CPAP therapy provides significant benefits, even greater than the benefits of tPA [tissue plasminogen activator], the FDA-approved drug treatment for stroke,” says Regenstrief Institute and Roudebush VA Medical Center research scientist Dawn Bravata, MD, in a release. Bravata led the study.

“That’s a substantial clinical effect. The added good news for stroke patients is that CPAP has been used as a sleep apnea therapy for many years, and it has an excellent safety record,” she says.

Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea in Patients with Acute Cerebrovascular Disease” is in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

TIAs produce symptoms similar to

In Young Mice, Hypoxia During Sleep Speeds Tumor Growth 0

In Young Mice, Hypoxia During Sleep Speeds Tumor Growth

Researchers are interested in the potential relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its immediate consequence, intermittent hypoxia, with the appearance of tumors. A new study, led by the lecturer Isaac Almendros, PhD, from the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona Clinic Campus and Institut d’investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer, represents a step forward in our understanding of  of potential effects of obstructive sleep apnea in cancer.

This new study has been conducted on young mice (equivalent ages to those of human teens) and old mice  (corresponding to people aged over 65) and shows how the lack of oxygen during sleep (hypoxia) speeds up tumor growth in the youngest ones only.

The research team has related these results to a differential immune response to intermittent hypoxia in tumor-associated macrophages and regulator lymphocytes. Almendros says in a release, “We should consider the importance of the research conducted on animals aged equally to patients with respiratory chronic diseases, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Our challenge is to identify and prove sleep apnea’s physiopathological consequences and contribute to the

New ATS Guideline: Obese Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Should Have Weight Regularly Assessed and Weight Loss Strategies Incorporated Into Treatment 0

New ATS Guideline: Obese Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Should Have Weight Regularly Assessed and Weight Loss Strategies Incorporated Into Treatment

A new guideline focused on the role of weight management in treating adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been published online by the American Thoracic Society in the Sept 15 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Being overweight or obese is a strong risk factor for OSA, and weight loss can often reduce the severity of OSA.

“This guideline expands the content of previous clinical practice guidelines addressing the care of OSA patients who are overweight or obese by offering specific recommendations for weight loss and discussing the evidence for each recommendation,” says David W. Hudgel, MD, panel chair and a specialist and investigator in sleep-disordered breathing, in a release. “In addition to these scientifically derived recommendations, the guideline reviews and discusses successful methods for practitioners to discuss weight issues and ways to interact with patients who are overweight or obese.”

The 20-member guideline panel—which included sleep, pulmonary, weight management, and behavioral experts, as well as three patients—reviewed scores of studies and rated the strength of study findings, along with the certainty of the panel’s recommendations, using

ResMed AirFit F30 Full Face CPAP Mask 0

ResMed AirFit F30 Full Face CPAP Mask

ResMed revealed its newest full face CPAP mask, AirFit F30, which adds to its AirFit mask portfolio, which is designed to help users reduce facial marks, wear glasses in bed, and curl up closer to their bed partner, according to the company.

AirFit F30’s sits below the nasal bridge, preventing top-of-the-nose red marks and irritation. ResMed states that this also means it can reduce feelings of claustrophobia for some full face wearers.

AirFit F30 also features ResMed’s latest QuietAir vent, so it’s quieter than ambient noise in the bedroom. It features magnetic clips to make the mask easier to put on and take off as well as a one-size-fits-all headgear.


In a ResMed Clinical Study of 21 Australian patients comparing ResMed AirFit F30 and Phillips Respironics Amara View conducted April-May 2018, 80% of users said AirFit F30 was easier to use. In a ResMed Fitting Study of 75 US patients comparing ResMed AirFit F30 and Phillips Respironics Amara View conducted April-May 2018, 66% of users said AirFit F30 had a more stable fit and better seal. With regard to

Sleep Tight With Good Pillows 0

Sleep Tight With Good Pillows

Sleep has become more of a luxury as the days pass by. It is quite common now to keep on losing sleep each night or sleep at different hours of the day, not necessarily at night. Modern life has tweaked our sleeping habits a lot and it is taking its toll on our body. It is seldom for the average adult to sleep well through the night because there is a myriad of distractions asking for your attention. Smartphones and other smart gadgets are too addicting since you can do a lot of things with it that you end up wide awake until the wee hours of the morning without feeling sleepy at all.

Not getting enough sleep is doing our body a lot of harm than you can ever think of. It affects you physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. People who always lose sleep or don’t get to sleep at night loses focus, easily get into accidents, perform poorly at school or at work, irritable and moody, and may be suffering from many other health conditions that are predisposed by …

Prostate Problems Linked with Sleep Disorders and Depression 0

Prostate Problems Linked with Sleep Disorders and Depression

Men who suffer from urological problems such as erectile dysfunction, urinary tract and bladder problems, or infertility issues often also suffer from depression and sleep disorders. Physicians should therefore be aware of these risks so that they can refer their patients to relevant specialists and provide comprehensive and timely care of male patients. This is according to Arman Walia, MD, of the University of California Irvine in the US, in a study in the Springer Nature-branded IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal.

As part of the study, 124 patients visiting a Men’s Health clinic in the US completed three urological questionnaires. These asked whether they had prostate issues or suffered from erectile disfunction, and whether these were age-related. They also filled in four other questionnaires about their general health and sleeping habits, including whether they suffered from insomnia, sleepiness, or sleep apnea. Walia and his team evaluated these questionnaires together with information about the participants’ medical history and specific laboratory test results. The men involved in the study were on average 54 years old.

Overall, the study identified associations between

Poor Sleep Efficiency Linked to Lower Cognitive Functioning in People with Diabetes 0

Poor Sleep Efficiency Linked to Lower Cognitive Functioning in People with Diabetes

A study published in the journal Acta Diabetologica reports that people with diabetes and prediabetes who have lower sleep efficiency—a measure of how much time in bed is actually spent sleeping—have poorer cognitive function than those with better sleep efficiency.

“The cognitive effects of poor sleep quality are worse for this population, which we know is already at risk for developing cognitive impairment as a result of having diabetes,” says Sirimon Reutrakul, MD, associate professor of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and corresponding author on the paper, in a release.

In previous studies, diabetes has been linked to cognitive impairment and an increased risk for dementia. Other studies have found that sleep disturbances, which are common in people with diabetes, are also linked to cognitive impairment.

Researchers led by Reutrakul investigated the relationship between sleep and cognitive function in patients with abnormal glucose tolerance—patients with impaired glucose tolerance indicative of prediabetes, as well as patients with clinically diagnosed diabetes.

A total of 162 participants were involved in the study: 81 with

Sleep Apnea Prevalent, Undiagnosed in African-American Community 0

Sleep Apnea Prevalent, Undiagnosed in African-American Community

A new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital determined the prevalence of sleep apnea among 852 African-American men and women living in Jackson, Miss, and participating in the Jackson Heart Sleep Study. Researchers explored sleep apnea predictors and estimated the proportion of undiagnosed cases. They found a high prevalence of sleep apnea among this large sample of African-American men and women, and the majority—95%—were undiagnosed and untreated. Results are published on Sept 5 in the journal SLEEP.

“We discovered that only 5% of individuals with moderate or severe sleep apnea had been diagnosed. In other words, over 95%  of this sample experience nightly stresses associated with periods when breathing stops and oxygen levels fall. Untreated sleep apnea can increase risk for hypertension-related diseases such as stroke, a condition disproportionately common in African-Americans,” says Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, associate epidemiologist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and lead author of the study, in a release. “We also learned that asking about habitual snoring and measuring neck size (a risk factor for