Category: snoring and apnea

4 Surprising Reasons Why You Snore 0

4 Surprising Reasons Why You Snore

Do you ever wonder why you snore? Are you one of those folks who think sheer exhaustion is the reason for snoring? Well, if you are; think again. Sheer exhaustion is not the cause of your snoring.

There are 4 surprising reasons why you snore. One of these surprising reasons is your weight.

No one likes to talk about their waistline, but it is something to remember when trying to cut down on snoring. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Being overweight leads to poor muscle tone and increases the tissue around the neck and throat.” With regular physical activity and a balanced diet, these muscles will become stronger and snoring may begin to decrease.


Another probable cause of your snoring is your alcohol intake. Maybe it’s time to cut down on it.

Having a little too much to drink before bedtime can bring on snoring. Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles, therefore lowering defense against airway obstruction. If you are planning on drinking, consider having your glass of wine a few hours before bed or avoid

Temporary Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide (June 2019) 0

Temporary Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide (June 2019)

Temporary Oral Appliances

Compare 6 temporary oral appliances (also known as transitional, interim, or trial appliances) side-by-side. Click on the thumbnail or 0619 Temporary Oral Appliances to open the guide at a legible size or print it.

The guide compares features such as FDA status, how it works, time to fit, fitting description, adjustment description, materials, efficacy data, predictive value data, warranty, estimated useful life, payer reimbursement status, and research supporting the appliance for the following devices: Airway Management myTAP, Advanced Brain Monitoring Inc Apnea Guard, Glidewell Laboratories Silent Nite sl, BlueSom BluePro, Healthy Start/Ortho-Tain Snore-Cure, SomnoMed Inc SomnoDent ALPHA.

Also, see our Custom Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Comparison Guide.

A version of this comparison guide published in Sleep Review‘s June/July 2019 issue. Information based on data submitted by oral appliance marketers. Sleep Review strives for accuracy but cannot be held responsible for claims made by marketers. All temporary oral appliances may not be included. E-mail sroy[at] to be considered for the next update.

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William Shatner Is SoClean Spokesperson and Ambassador 0

William Shatner Is SoClean Spokesperson and Ambassador

Actor and comedian William Shatner—a CPAP user and SoClean customer himself—will serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for SoClean’s automated CPAP cleaner and sanitizer.

Dean Marcarelli, CMO of SoClean, says in a release, “When identifying a celebrity spokesperson, it was important to us to partner with someone whose CPAP experience had really improved as a result of the SoClean. Mr Shatner is an ideal SoClean spokesperson and ambassador because he can speak authentically about his enthusiasm for the SoClean, helping us reach more CPAP users around the world.”

The first television advertisements featuring Shatner will air this month, helping SoClean advance its mission to improve the lives of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Additionally, Shatner’s presence will be seen across SoClean’s YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram platforms.

“After I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 10 years ago, my CPAP machine changed my life,” Shatner says. “But I never really understood how important it was to clean it every day to prevent germs and bacteria. That’s why I love my SoClean—it makes it simple to keep the CPAP sanitized.”

Itamar WatchPAT One Fully Disposable Home Sleep Test 0

Itamar WatchPAT One Fully Disposable Home Sleep Test

Sleep diagnostics company Itamar Medical Ltd has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for WatchPAT One, the latest device using its WatchPAT technology—and the first fully disposable home sleep apnea test (HSAT). WatchPAT One incorporates the technology and comfort features of WatchPAT 300, which received 510(k) clearance in August 2018 and was launched in March 2019.s

“WatchPAT One is ideally suited for clinics and practices that recognize the value of HSAT but have limited resources, infrastructure, or capital to invest in acquiring or managing our reusable WatchPAT products,” says Gilad Glick, president and CEO of Itamar Medical, in a release. “WatchPAT One offers patients and physicians the same simplicity, accuracy, and reliability as WatchPAT 300, without the need for return shipping, downloading, cleaning, or preparation for the next study. We expect the availability of a disposable WatchPAT system will improve patient access by increasing the number physicians able to offer our cutting-edge technology to their patients. Additionally, as a disposable HSAT, WatchPAT One may have particular utility in the inpatient setting, where transmission of infection

Nurses Have an Increased Risk of Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation 0

Nurses Have an Increased Risk of Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation

Researchers have identified chronic insomnia in nearly one-third of hospital nursing staff.

According to preliminary results of a new study, there is a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of common sleep disorders among medical center nurses.

Results show that 49% of participating nurses at an academic medical center averaged less than 7 hours of sleep per night, and the overall average nightly sleep time was 6.6 hours. Symptoms consistent with chronic insomnia were identified in 31% of nurses, and excessive daytime sleepiness was found in 4.5% of them. Twenty-seven percent of nurses used medications to help them sleep, and 13% reported using medications to stay awake. Symptoms indicative of shift work disorder were present in 31% of nurses. About 18.5% of nurses also had a moderate-to-severe risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

“We were surprised by the number of nurses potentially suffering from common sleep disorders, most notably, chronic insomnia and shift work disorder,” said lead author Francis Christian, MD, a second-year fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

The American Academy of

Study Links Sleep-disordered Breathing to Age Acceleration 0

Study Links Sleep-disordered Breathing to Age Acceleration

Increasing severity of sleep-disordered breathing and sleep disruption are associated with epigenetic age acceleration, according to preliminary results of a new study.

Results show that each standard deviation increase in the apnea-hypopnea index, a measure of sleep-disordered breathing severity, was associated with the equivalent of 215 days of biological age acceleration. Similarly, each standard deviation increase in the arousal index, a measure of sleep disruption, was associated with the equivalent of 321 days of age acceleration.

“People’s biological age might not be the same as their chronological age,” said lead author Xiaoyu Li, ScD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. “Individuals whose biological age is higher than their chronological age exhibit age acceleration or fast aging. In our study, we found that more severe sleep-disordered breathing is associated with epigenetic age acceleration. Our data provide biological evidence supporting adverse physiological and health effects

Snoring Remedies That Actually Work 0

Snoring Remedies That Actually Work

We all want a good night’s sleep. That’s why we all look forward to sleeping when we get home from work. It’s the ultimate break from all the chaos and stress of the day. We all need to get a good night’s sleep to be able to rejuvenate. Unfortunately, there’s a major road block to getting a good night’s sleep and that is snoring.

According to The National Sleep Foundation, frequent snoring affects more than 100 million people in the U.S. Even more people experience infrequent snoring and may suffer from poor quality sleep. It will affect both the snorers and their partners, and may cause disrupted sleep for your entire family. It explains the high interest in quick fixes by snorers.


We snore because the airflow in our nose and mouth is restricted. It is blocked by the tissues surrounding both our nose and mouth.

Snoring is caused by restricted airflow in the mouth and nose. When it is blocked by your esophageal and nasal tissues, air will cause an increased likelihood of vibration, which will

University of Arizona Physician Wins AASM Grant to Study Sleep Apnea and Heart Health 0

University of Arizona Physician Wins AASM Grant to Study Sleep Apnea and Heart Health

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition that has been associated with increased mortality, especially in individuals who have cardiac arrhythmia. A University of Arizona physician-scientist has received a grant to try to find out why.

Salma Patel, MD, MPH, an assistant professor and sleep medicine specialist in the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has won a $100,000 Career Development Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for her project, “Cardiorespiratory Interactions during Noninvasive Ventilation,” which will analyze the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded Sleep Heart Health Study and Banner Health databases to understand the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and death.

Patel will review baseline markers of ventricular repolarization — the heart’s return to a resting state — in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. She will evaluate the markers’ impact on the mortality of sleep apneas/hypopneas (periods of no breathing/abnormally slow or shallow breathing) and methods used by patients who have breathing problems during sleep, such as continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, devices.

Patel notes, “There is uncertainty over how to

Study Links Irregular Sleep Patterns to Metabolic Disorders 0

Study Links Irregular Sleep Patterns to Metabolic Disorders

A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule — and getting different amounts of sleep each night — can put a person at higher risk for obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, high blood sugar and other metabolic disorders. In fact, for every hour of variability in time to bed and time asleep, a person may have up to a 27% greater chance of experiencing a metabolic abnormality.

The results of the study, which was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, appeared in the journal Diabetes Care.

“Many previous studies have shown the link between insufficient sleep and higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders,” said study author Tianyi Huang, ScD, epidemiologist of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. “But we didn’t know much about the impact of irregular sleep, high day-to-day variability in sleep duration and timing. Our research shows that, even after considering the amount of sleep a person gets and other lifestyle

Smoking Related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Severity 0

Smoking Related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Severity

About half of newly diagnosed patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a severe form of the disease, which was affected by smoking status, according to a study published in Advances in Respiratory Medicine.

This retrospective analysis of 5353 patients with suspected OSA was designed to assess the incidence of new OSA diagnoses in those presenting with sleep disorder symptoms, the relationship between smoking and OSA severity, and the prevalence of cardiovascular comorbidities in ever-smokers compared with never-smokers within this population. Polysomnography was used to diagnose OSA.

Study investigators concluded, “Smoking was related [to] OSA severity and more pronounced abnormalities during sleep and increased daytime sleepiness. Our findings on the impact of smoking status on the course of OSA and OSA cardiovascular comorbidities need to be confirmed in large population prospective studies.”

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