Category: snoring and apnea

Disrupted Sleep and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease 0

Disrupted Sleep and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

How well your patients sleep could decrease—or raise—their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

“With sleep apnea, your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen at night, and that increases the risk of cognitive impairment and possibly Alzheimer’s disease,” says Howard Fillit, MD, founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. If you think you may have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about a sleep evaluation.

A study presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology suggests that people with sleep apnea may have more tau in an area of the brain that aids memory. Of 288 people age 65 and older, those with sleep apnea had 4.5 percent higher levels of tau in their brains compared to people who didn’t have sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/sleep-habits-alzheimers-disease/…

Why Clinicians May Miss Identifying Patients Who Could Benefit from Positional Sleep Apnea Therapies 0

Why Clinicians May Miss Identifying Patients Who Could Benefit from Positional Sleep Apnea Therapies

Split-night studies that don’t necessarily allow patients the time to change postures and a lack of reliable reimbursement can lead to position-dependent sleep apnea being missed.

Clinicians face several obstacles in identifying positional sleep apnea (POSA), which can hinder their ability to treat the condition.

Positional sleep apnea can affect as many as 49.5% of patients with mild sleep apnea and 19.4% of those with moderate sleep apnea. In people of Asian decent, these numbers are higher with as many as 75% of all obstructive sleep apnea patients having a positional component.1 “Many physicians working in sleep medicine really underappreciate the prevalence overall of positional sleep apnea,” says Samuel Krachman, DO, a pulmonologist and professor of thoracic medicine and surgery at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

Positional sleep apnea refers to sleep-breathing difficulties associated with the supine position, which promotes a downward gravitational pull and causes the muscles in the airways to fall straight back. While there is currently a plethora of devices on the market to help people keep off their backs when

Why Physicians Need to Ask Patients About Sleep 0

Why Physicians Need to Ask Patients About Sleep

Sleep monitoring is not often emphasized as a crucial aspect of patient in medical school, but that doesn’t negate its unchecked prevalence, reports MD Magazine.

“There are 2 screening questions we suggest that you ask,” he explained. “’Do you have any trouble getting to sleep?’ and the second one: ‘How do you feel the next day?’”

Follow-up questions should pertain to: the patient’s timing of sleep; current therapies; lifestyle; duration and frequency of sleep; any medical or psychiatric associations; their history of primary sleep disorders; and their family history of disorders including insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/why-physicians-need-to-ask-patients-about-sleep/…

Australian Researchers Develop ‘Game Changing’ Sleep Apnea Device 0

Australian Researchers Develop ‘Game Changing’ Sleep Apnea Device

Australian researchers are conducting human trials on a device that contains a micro-camera that doctors can use to insert into the nostrils and throat to detect airway blockages, reports 9news.

“That will give us real time analysis of whats happening at every single area of the airway,” Professor Carney said.

The device also has pressure and temperature sensors – data which can be used to determine the severity of the condition.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/australian-researchers-develop-game-changing-sleep-apnea-device/…

Here’s A Simple Cure For Snoring 0

Here’s A Simple Cure For Snoring

There’s a cure for snoring. It’s as simple as wearing an oral device while sleeping. Oral devices or oral appliances can improve the airflow in the mouth by keeping the jaw forward. This, in turn, lessens the chances of snoring.

They push the tongue and jaw forward, which makes the airway larger and improves airflow. This also decreases the chance that tissue will collapse and narrow the airway when you breathe in. Examples include a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) or a tongue retaining device.

(Via:https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw48677)

Oral devices are very simple and easy to wear. It can even be worn while talking and drinking some water. The best part is that they work quite well. It spares the snorer from undergoing surgery.

Opening the airway through surgery is no joke. Wearing a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask is also an alternative but it could be a hassle, considering it requires a machine.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

A CPAP machine uses a hose and mask or nosepiece to

Program Gives Nova Scotians with Sleep Apnea Easier Access to CPAP Machines 0

Program Gives Nova Scotians with Sleep Apnea Easier Access to CPAP Machines

The Lung Association of Nova Scotia has been running its Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program for almost 10 years, reports CTV News Atlantic.

“We collect gently-used sleep apnea machines and we refurbish them with the help of Dalhousie University School of Health Sciences,” explains Donaldson.

“The machines come to us; we dispose, discard any disposal parts on the machine,” says Dalhousie University student Megan Butler. “We clean them, we disinfect them. We use our clean device to sterilize the machines.”

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/04/program-gives-nova-scotians-with-sleep-apnea-easier-access-to-cpap-machines/…

Wasted Days & Sleepless Nights Retreat (October 2019) 0

Wasted Days & Sleepless Nights Retreat (October 2019)

More than 2,000 dentists have learned how to successfully add sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment to their practices through these weekend, hands-on programs. Each session features 16 hours of learning and includes the opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Kent Smith. The Retreat is the perfect way to introduce, educate and engage your staff as partners in making sleep apnea therapy an important part of your practice.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/events/wasted-days-sleepless-nights-retreat-october-2019/…

Wasted Days & Sleepless Nights Retreat (June 2019) 0

Wasted Days & Sleepless Nights Retreat (June 2019)

More than 2,000 dentists have learned how to successfully add sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment to their practices through these weekend, hands-on programs. Each session features 16 hours of learning and includes the opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Kent Smith. The Retreat is the perfect way to introduce, educate and engage your staff as partners in making sleep apnea therapy an important part of your practice.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/events/wasted-days-sleepless-nights-retreat-june-2019/…

Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Apnea in Cardiology Patients 0

Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Apnea in Cardiology Patients

Cardiovascular sleep medicine experts explain:

1. links between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease;
2. theories about the pathophysiology that links sleep apnea and the heart; and
3. real-life examples of sleep physicians working with cardiologists for better patient outcomes.

Presentations to last about 60 minutes, followed by about 15 minutes of audience Q&A. Start time: 11 am PT/12 noon MT/1 pm CT/2 pm ET

The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AAST Continuing Education Credits. Individuals should claim only those credits that he/she actually earned in the educational activity.

All attendees who view at least 60 minutes of the LIVE event will receive a Certificate of Attendance. For AAST members only, Sleep Review will submit the paperwork to AAST to have the 1 CEC automatically added to your transcript.

This webinar is free for attendees, courtesy of sponsorship by ltamar Medical and Cardio + Sleep Solutions by Itamar Medical.

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from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/events/diagnosis-management-sleep-apnea-cardiology-patients/…

The Roundtable (for Dental Sleep Medicine Practitioners) 0

The Roundtable (for Dental Sleep Medicine Practitioners)

Enhance your education and understanding of the dental sleep medicine field even further so that your patients are receiving the most effective care possible. You’ll be able to hear from a wide range of experts regarding sleep apnea therapy, CPAP treatment, marketing/PR, insurance, and other vital fields. When attending this event, you will receive 15 continuing education credits.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/events/roundtable-dental-sleep-medicine-practitioners/…