Category: snoring and apnea

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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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 …

The Risk of Sleep Apnea Misclassification in Single Night Portable Sleep Studies 0

The Risk of Sleep Apnea Misclassification in Single Night Portable Sleep Studies

Patients who undergo a single night of portable sleep monitoring are at risk of having their sleep apnea disease severity misclassified, according to study results published in CHEST.

The study enrolled 10,340 adults with sleep apnea who were referred to a diagnostic testing facility for a sleep study. An at-home sleep apnea test was performed by a self-applied type 3 monitor, which was used for 3 consecutive nights. The monitor assessed oxyhemoglobin saturation, oro-nasal airflow, and chest excursion.

Researchers determined the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) for each night and computed a reference AHI using data from all 3 nights. In addition, the researchers identified the presence and severity of sleep apnea based on 4 thresholds of individual AHI and the reference AHI values: <5.0 (normal), 5.0 to 14.9 (mild), 15.0 to 29.9 (moderate), and ≥30.0 (severe).

The researchers concluded that portable monitoring across multiple nights “clearly provides an alternative for more diagnosing sleep apnea that is accessible for all health care professionals.”

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In South Australia, New Drug Trials to Treat Sleep Apnea 0

In South Australia, New Drug Trials to Treat Sleep Apnea

South Australians with obstructive sleep apnea are invited to take part in a clinical trial to develop the first ever medication to treat the sleep disorder.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is commonly treated with a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) but researchers at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health (AISH) at Flinders University are trialling a new drug therapy which aims to open up the airways and improve sufferers’ sleep.

Professor Danny Eckert is leading two trials in SA which originated after a recent discovery with collaborators in Boston, USA.

“The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnoea is increasing in Australia, with sufferers also at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke,” says AISH director Professor Eckert, from the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute.

“The aim of the first study is to determine the effects of a combination of drug therapies (collectively called AD173) on sleep efficiency in people with OSA.

Read more on Flinders’ blog.

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Signifier Medical Technologies Wins Design Award for Snoozeal 0

Signifier Medical Technologies Wins Design Award for Snoozeal

Signifier Medical Technologies Ltd, formerly known as Snoozeal, has won the iF DESIGN AWARD for Design Excellence, in the product category, for Snoozeal, a medical device designed for muscle toning for patients with sleep apnea and snoring that has CE approval in Europe and is working on FDA approval in the United States.

Anshul Sama, BMedSci, BMBS, FRCS (Gen Surg), FRCS (OTOL), says in a release, “Our team is thrilled to have been awarded such a prestigious honor from iF International Forum Design. Snoozeal is a result of a devoted effort by many highly skilled professionals from sleep medicine, maxillofacial surgery, product development, medical engineering, software engineering, and regulatory that led to an easy-to-use, effective product that will be readily available to all and workable through a phone app. We are looking forward to bringing Snoozeal to market and helping more people improve their quality of sleep with this easy-to-use and effective solution.”

Organized by iF International Forum Design GmbH, the iF Design Award contest started in Germany in 1953. Design submissions are subject to comprehensive evaluation for design, innovativeness, …

Why I Opened a Home Sleep Test-Only Private Practice 0

Why I Opened a Home Sleep Test-Only Private Practice

Vikas Jain, MD, FAASM, finds that HST can lower barriers to entry not only for patients, but for sleep specialists as well.

By Lisa Spear | Photography by Terry Cockerham

Gone are the days when opening a private sleep medicine practice meant investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in sleep study equipment.

As the sleep medicine landscape evolves, more physicians are forgoing polysomnogram (PSG), often considered the gold standard in sleep disorder diagnosis, in favor of home sleep tests (HST). This is in part because many patients are reluctant to do a polysomnogram, since it requires them to sleep overnight in an unfamiliar place with electrodes attached to their skin as they are watched via video. Not to mention, insurance companies are often reluctant to cover PSGs, which may create an additional obstacle to patients getting the appropriate diagnoses and care.

In some parts of the country, health care systems have even closed their PSG labs, due to the frequency of home sleep test use. Board-certified sleep medicine specialist Vikas Jain, MD, FAASM, FAAFP, CCSH, CPE, has witnessed this transition …

Two Patients Implanted with Hypoglossal Neurostimulator Developed for Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

Two Patients Implanted with Hypoglossal Neurostimulator Developed for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Nyxoah SA announced the successful first two implantations of its Genio system in the Benelux region of Europe.

The procedures were performed at the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) in Belgium and were led by internationally ENT surgeon Olivier Vanderveken, MD, PhD.

Vanderveken says in a release, “I am excited to have led the very first implantations of this unique therapy in Benelux. OSA is a very serious condition which, if left untreated, can lead to severe co-morbidities and even death. There are many patients in need of alternative therapeutic solutions to the conventional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and my team at UZA is a leader in this field. The Genio system is minimally invasive, involving just one incision in the chin area, and doesn’t require tunneling, long leads or an internal battery. Moreover, thanks to its unique design and features, the Genio system offers bilateral stimulation of the hypoglossal nerve branches, which may lead to a potentially greater airway opening. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Nyxoah to bring this much needed innovation to more …