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Nightmares Can Plague Adults, Too 0

Nightmares Can Plague Adults, Too

Nightmares often co-exist with other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and others, reports Fox13.

Sometimes a sleep study is needed.

“We are able to assess if there is any coexisting sleep disorders that are provoking these nightmares or that need some intervention to further help these patients,” offered Dr. Nallu.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/nightmares-plague-adults/…

5 Steps to Oral Appliance Therapy [Podcast] 0

5 Steps to Oral Appliance Therapy [Podcast]

You can also search for “The Sleep Review Podcast” on Apple Podcasts and Google Play to listen on-the-go.

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) provides an alternative treatment option for those with upper airway resistance syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The patient’s treatment journey begins with the referring physician, who will have administered a sleep test, and, either due to the patient’s noncompliance with CPAP or the patient’s preference, sends the patient to a dental sleep medicine practitioner for an oral appliance.

The dentist’s job in properly treating a sleep apnea patient with an oral appliance involves a set of processes that are undertaken with the goal of identifying the patient’s specific needs, the condition of their mouth and throat, and their systemic health. Once the patient has been thoroughly evaluated, the appropriate device can be selected and fitted, allowing the patient to begin their treatment and follow-up.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/steps-oral-appliance-therapy/…

EPAP Gets a New Look 0

EPAP Gets a New Look

Expiratory positive airway pressure for sleep apnea goes from humble beginnings to devices with expanded features such as reusability. 

When physician and engineer Rajiv Doshi’s wife complained about his snoring and asked if he could do something about it, he thought about it for a moment.

“Well, maybe that is a reasonable request; maybe I can do something about it,” Doshi recalls thinking. Maybe he could invent a solution.

An adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University, Doshi, MD, thought back to his days in medical school in the ’90s, when he had watched a patient with emphysema do an exercise called pursed lip breathing.

The exercise of breathing in through the nose and slowly breathing out through pursed lips helped that patient create backpressure to keep the airways open.

When that memory floated back to him, he knew he could invent a device to create that same backpressure to keep his airways open during the night, and hopefully prevent his snoring. It worked.

After months of developing and testing a homemade anti-snoring device made from an

Can We Treat Cancer With Circadian Rhythms? 0

Can We Treat Cancer With Circadian Rhythms?

As I talked about in my previous article of this series on sleep and cancer, our circadian clocks oversee many processes that are critical for healthy cell function. In our daily circadian cycles, or rhythms, our bodies are equipped with a master regulator that keeps our cells functioning properly. When those cycles are thrown off course—by poor sleep or other factors—those key cellular functions can also go awry.

If the timing of circadian clocks can throw the body into cancer, could circadian clocks be used to treat cancer? That’s a question that scientists are investigating.

When to treat disease

Research into the power of circadian timing as a factor in disease treatment stretches back decades, to our earliest understanding of circadian biology. The scientist who pioneered chronobiology and coined the term “circadian rhythms” – Dr. Franz Halberg – studied the daily bio rhythms of disease and healing and investigated how to time medications and treatments in order to deliver the greatest benefit and the least harm. (Halberg personally oversaw his wife’s cancer treatment, and she lived well beyond initial

Garmin’s Plan to Take on Apple, Fitbit and Others in the Wearables Space 0

Garmin’s Plan to Take on Apple, Fitbit and Others in the Wearables Space

The company is pursuing its own clinical trials with the University of Kansas to prove out healthcare capabilities in conditions like sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation detection, reports MedCity News.

Following larger trends in the space, Garmin has increasingly started to shift its wearables business towards the health and wellness space, especially for use in biomedical research and clinical trials.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/garmins-apple-fitbit-wearables/…

Website Sells Refurbished CPAPs and Other Sleep Devices 0

Website Sells Refurbished CPAPs and Other Sleep Devices

The concept of the new sleep devices and supplies website Repap.com grew out of Jim Boyle’s firsthand experience while treating sleep apnea patients with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. “The experience for patients was completely frustrating, a hassle, getting the runaround with many delays for a much needed therapy,” he says.

Repap.com, which specializes in pre-owned, reconditioned CPAPs, bilevels, and accessories, aims to keep a “low-cost approach to eliminate the obstacles as a treatment provider for millions of sleep apnea sufferers nationwide,” says Boyle.

“Many sleep apnea sufferers can’t even afford the deductibles for a CPAP machine, let alone to fix it when it breaks down out of warranty. Sleep apnea care became more expensive and less caring.”

Repap.com’s sleep specialists are a team of experienced respiratory therapists and sleep techs who repair, replace, clean, refinish, and recalibrate parts in each machine.

Repap.com offers CPAP machines as low as $99, with flexible PayPal payment plans from a valid prescription. Warranties are available on used and new machines.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/website-sells-refurbished-cpaps/…

Float Tanks And Sleep: Is 45 Minutes In A Float Tank Equivalent To 5 Hours Of Sleep? 0

Float Tanks And Sleep: Is 45 Minutes In A Float Tank Equivalent To 5 Hours Of Sleep?

It has been a busy week for me, how about you?

This week I was in NYC working with Serovital Advanced, they have a very interesting anti-aging supplement which increases growth hormone (aka the fountain of youth) and seems to subsequently improve some sleep parameters.

I woke up on Thursday to get my flight back to LA and it was 3 degrees! I was certainly happy to get back to LA where it was warm (sorry if you suffered through the Polar Vortex). I had the good fortune of being on one of my favorite daytime shows, Home & Family. We filmed a piece on sleep and the Microbiome and talked about foods that are good for sleep (The show airs Monday at 10:00am PST- check your local listings it’s on the Hallmark Channel). I was able to tell the group about my favorite nighttime snack NightFood. Here is a cool secret- they now have ice cream- try it, it is nothing short of delicious.

I also filmed with world renowned neurologist David Perlmutter (author of …

Overcoming The Cons Of Snoring 0

Overcoming The Cons Of Snoring

People may laugh at snoring and think of it as a laughing matter but the truth is snoring can kill you. Doctors can emphasize enough that snoring is often associated with sleep apnea. It is a serious but underrated medical condition that leads you breathless in your sleep. People often focus on the loud snoring sound of sleep apnea sufferers since snoring is one of its main symptoms but if you think about it, the breathing gaps are scary in itself. Imagine not being able to breathe in your slumber. Your brain always has to make that painful decision whether to let you breathe in your sleep and it leads to oxygen imbalances that can prove disastrous over time and it is a danger faced by all habitual snorers once they close their eyes for the night.

Aside from the medical dangers of snoring and sleep apnea, it can also put a strain on relationships especially if only one of the couple is snoring. It will drive the non-snoring partner insane especially that they constantly lose sleep at night …

Sleep Apnea Creates Gaps in Life Memories: Study 0

Sleep Apnea Creates Gaps in Life Memories: Study

People with sleep apnea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, new research has shown.

People with OSA are known to suffer memory problems and also have higher rates of depression but it is not well understood how these issues are connected with the development of the disease.

The new study led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, examined how the condition affected autobiographical memory and found people with untreated OSA had problems recalling specific details about their lives.

Lead investigator Dr Melinda Jackson said the research built on the known links between depression and memory.

“We know that overly general autobiographical memories – where people don’t remember many specific details of life events – are associated with the development of persistent depression,” Jackson said.

“Our study suggests sleep apnea may impair the brain’s capacity to either encode or consolidate certain types of life memories, which makes it hard for people to recall details from the past.

“OSA is increasingly common, affecting up to 30% of elderly people and around one

How to Choose and Use a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea 0

How to Choose and Use a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea

Consumer Reports offers a guide to finding the right CPAP machine for those struggling with this sometimes challenging therapy for sleep apnea.

A gradual introduction to CPAP works best for many people. Start by using your CPAP for 20 to 30 minutes before bed.

If you find that the mask that felt right during your fitting is uncomfortable after a few nights, or that it’s difficult to adjust, contact your sleep medicine doctor or the medical equipment provider. You may need advice on adjusting or a different style of mask.

If you wear a full mask, have your sleep medicine specialist or sleep technician check its fit. For mouth-breathing, ask whether a chin strap can be added to your nasal mask or nasal pillow devices to hold your mouth shut during sleep.

Most newer CPAP machines come with a built-in humidifier—you can adjust the level of humidification so that it might ease nasal congestion. If that doesn’t help, talk to your doctor.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/choose-cpap-machine-sleep-apnea/…