Category: snoring and apnea

Study: Risk For Cancer Rises with Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

Study: Risk For Cancer Rises with Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A report from Healio reviews new research that shows how cancer rates can increase with sleep apnea severity.

In a large cohort study of 33,000 participants, severity of obstructive sleep apnea was independently associated with incident cancer, according to data scheduled for presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.

“Chronic hypoxemia and fragmented sleep are mechanisms by which obstructive sleep apnea is proposed to contribute to cancer development,” Tetyana Kendzerska, MD, PhDassociate scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and assistant professor in the division of respirology at University of Ottawa, Canada, said in a press release. “However, epidemiological evidence linking OSA and cancer is still inconclusive.”

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The Guardian Reviews Under-Mattress Withings Sleep Analyzer 0

The Guardian Reviews Under-Mattress Withings Sleep Analyzer

Withings Sleep Analyzer records sleep and heart rate, and promises to monitor for sleep apnea, according to a report from The Guardian.

The mat is 637mm long, 190mm wide and only 5mm thick, so easily slides between your mattress and base (including slatted bases), positioned around where your chest lies. It tracks your breathing, heart rate and movement with a pneumatic sensor, and your snoring and sleep apnea with a sound sensor. It then syncs the data via wifi to your Withings account and the accompanying Health Mate app when you get up.

Set up is simple using Health Mate on iOS or Android. Put the mat in place, plug it in, find the mat via Bluetooth in the app and then wait for it to inflate and calibrate. The process takes about five minutes.

The tracking is automatic, so all you have to do is get into bed and sleep as you usually would, which is the beauty of the Sleep Analyzer system. You can completely forget about it and just pick up your data when you need it.

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation 0

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

By the American Heart Association

Most people are familiar with the obvious consequences of sleep deprivation—the heavy eyelids, short attention spans, and excessive yawning after a poor night’s sleep.

But there are more consequences of meager sleep than people realize. Research shows skimping on sleep is linked to numerous health problems, including stroke, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s like with diet, every cell in the body benefits from food in some way,” said Michael Grandner, director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. “Sleep is similar in that way. The whole body (benefits).”

Just one night of sleep deprivation can lead to accumulation in the brain of the beta amyloid protein, a key component in risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 2018 study. Researchers found signs of the protein in the hippocampus, which plays a major role in forming new memories and is one of the first areas affected by Alzheimer’s.

There also is evidence that lack of sleep contributes to excess body weight. One st

Tatch Raises $4.25M to Create Patch to Diagnose Sleep Apnea 0

Tatch Raises $4.25M to Create Patch to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

CEO Amir Reuveny told Built In that the company is in talks with the FDA to obtain clearance and that the device should be out by 2021.

It comes in the form of a patch that fits on the user’s torso and is worn over several nights, measuring things like respiratory effort, oxygen levels, heart rate and movement. This data is then sent over to a sleep professional who can help interpret the data, make a possible diagnosis and offer treatment options.

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Nyxoah Gets FDA OK to Begin Study on Its Implanted Neurostimulator for Sleep Apnea 0

Nyxoah Gets FDA OK to Begin Study on Its Implanted Neurostimulator for Sleep Apnea

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nyxoah SA’s Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to allow Nyxoah to commence its pivotal DREAM study of its Genio system to support its approval in the United States. Nyxoah will initiate the DREAM study in the coming months.

“We are delighted with the FDA approval of our IDE application. This is a significant milestone for Nyxoah that allows us to bring forth our plans for the US introduction of the Genio system and further increase our global footprint alongside our existing presence in Europe and Australia,” says Olivier Taelman, CEO of Nyxoah, in a release. “This major step will allow us to give the first US patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) access to Genio therapy under the DREAM study and to provide US physicians with the opportunity to build expertise with our solution. We are excited to partner with the selected DREAM study centers in the US and internationally.”

[RELATED: Therapy Update: Implanted Neurostimulators for Sleep Apnea]

The DREAM study is a prospective multicenter trial that will enroll 134 …

Nox Launches Nox T3s Home Sleep Test 0

Nox Launches Nox T3s Home Sleep Test

Nox Medical, the sleep medical device branch of Nox Health, has launched a new home sleep testing device: the Nox T3s, based on the Nox T3 device that launched in 2009.

“For more than 10 years, the Nox T3 has led the industry in home sleep testing,” says Pétur Már Halldórsson, CEO of Nox Medical, in a release. “Like the Nox T3 before it, the Nox T3s is designed to be reliable, ergonomic, and streamlined, with modern enhancements to help it fit seamlessly into an efficient workflow. The Nox T3s combines smart technology and simplicity in a single device that will change how specialists test, analyze, and treat patients.”

Available in some markets (not including the United States), Nox T3s features Nox Medical’s newest innovation, the Nox BodySleep analysis, which allows physicians to assess patients’ sleep time in a home environment. The Nox BodySleep analysis, available within the Noxturnal software, uses an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to analyze respiratory and actigraphy factors for more accurate apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) estimation.

“For many physicians, the inability to accurately measure sleep in patients’ …

Increased Exercise Linked with Lower Sleep Apnea Risk 0

Increased Exercise Linked with Lower Sleep Apnea Risk

A new study found that increased physical activity is associated with a lower risk of obstructive sleep apnea. The large study, published online as an accepted paper in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM), focuses on the relationship between sleep apnea and levels of physical activity in the general community.

Researchers reviewed lifestyle, medical, socio-demographic, and sleep health data collected from more than 155,000 adults participating in the Ontario Health Study. Based on the physical activity of participants with and without sleep apnea, the investigators determined that a modest increase in physical activity, including walking, is associated with a 10 percent reduction in the risk of developing sleep apnea.

“Our results highlight the importance of physical activity as a preventive measure against developing sleep apnea,” says senior author Lyle Palmer, PhD, who is professor of genetic epidemiology at the University of Adelaide in Australia, in a release. “One surprising finding was that not only vigorous physical activity but also just walking alone was associated with a decreased risk of sleep apnea.”

The authors found that adding 20 minutes to …

William C. Dement, MD, PhD, Father of Sleep Medicine, Dies 0

William C. Dement, MD, PhD, Father of Sleep Medicine, Dies

William “Bill” C. Dement, MD, PhD, the “Father of Sleep Medicine,” died in the early morning hours of June 17, with his family at his side.

Born in 1928 in Wenatchee, Wash, Dement laid the foundation for the entire field of sleep medicine with his discoveries and leaving a legacy that includes the several professional sleep organizations that he founded.

He made an early groundbreaking discovery while at the University of Chicago, where he studied eye movements during sleep and later related eye movement patterns to dream content. “The brainwaves were active during the REM periods, and I was the first one to record and study this continuously all night long,” Dement said in a 2016 interview.

After leaving Chicago for New York, Dement was recruited by Stanford University in California, where he spent the rest of his career. “We opened the world’s first sleep disorders center at Stanford in the summer of 1970, thinking that if we advertise a little bit there will be patients with insomnia,” he said in the 2016 interview. “But mainly sleepy patients came …

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Can Become a New Normal for Sleep Apnea Patients 0

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Can Become a New Normal for Sleep Apnea Patients

A recent study shows that even after the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness is often still a significant problem—but neither patients nor clinicians acknowledge its severity.

By Lisa Spear

Excessive daytime sleepiness, a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), can creep slowly into a person’s life over years or months. This symptom may appear so gradually that it can start to feel normal or even go unnoticed by patients who forget what life was like before the drowsiness began.

Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), or hypersomnolence, is a condition that can take a toll on patients’ quality of life, with estimates suggesting it affects between 12% and 20% of the general population.1  If a patient is not aware of their EDS, they might not realize the importance of seeking medical attention.

“They get used to living with it,” says Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences at University of Arizona Health Sciences.

“It becomes a new baseline, but it should not be,” he says. “There should be a better knowledge, …

Sleep Divorce: Carson Daly Says He and HIs Wife Might Never Sleep Together Again 0

Sleep Divorce: Carson Daly Says He and HIs Wife Might Never Sleep Together Again

Carson Daly and his wife, Siri Daly, have been sleeping in separate bedrooms since the fall — and “it’s the best thing,” reported TODAY.

The TODAY co-host, 46, and his wife, 39, who’s also a TODAY Food contributor, began sleeping apart while Siri was pregnant with their fourth child, Goldie, born on March 26.

“We’re both pretty good-sized humans, and it just wasn’t really working when she was in her third trimester, and I also have sleep apnea, which is very sexy for the ladies out there, I’m sure,” Carson joked to the magazine. “She couldn’t get comfortable, so we were like a commercial you would see, kicking each other and just not sleeping.”

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