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How Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight 0

How Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

People these days struggle with a lot of things. If there are two things they struggle on the most, it has to be about sleep and weight. People can obsess over these two things a lot because it is almost next to impossible to get quality sleep and maintain your ideal weight when the world is full of temptations that are meant to lure us into the easy life. Sad to say, though, that the easy and carefree life we thrive in does not necessarily help promote healthy living. Eating fast food, staying up all night and fidgeting with your smart devices, not exercising, all these things add up over time and result in weight problems. Now don’t be surprised why obesity is a major problem in the world when we do so little in ensuring our bodies are healthy and cared for every single day.

You don’t really have to starve yourself or spend long hours in the gym when simply sleeping better can actually help you shed off that excess weight. It may not be fast but it …

A 6-Minute Walk Test Can Predict Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea 0

A 6-Minute Walk Test Can Predict Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The six-minute walk test is often used to assess a patient’s physical capabilities and risks for cardiovascular disease, according to Bel Marra Health.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is a frequent obstruction in the upper airways, causing a person to temporarily stop breathing in their sleep. It’s the most common form of sleep breathing disorder, affecting nine percent of men and four percent of women. If the issue is left untreated, it can cause cardiovascular, cerebral, and metabolic conditions to develop due to the lack of oxygen caused when the patient stops breathing.

In recent years, there has been a vast increase in the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, as the incidence of obesity continues to rise. The two conditions, unfortunately, create an environment the other requires to develop, thus resulting in a medical catch-22.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/05/6-minute-walk-test-predict-severity-obstructive-sleep-apnea/…

Understanding Insomnia: Jack Edinger, PhD 0

Understanding Insomnia: Jack Edinger, PhD

Pioneering researcher Jack Edinger, PhD, is honored for his service discerning the nature, classification, and management of a common sleep disorder characterized by a lack of ability to fall or stay asleep.

Edinger Will Harner

Edinger and Will Harnar review a sleep study at National Jewish Health in Denver.

It started as a typical midweek morning when the message from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) arrived in the inbox of Jack Edinger, PhD. The AASM told the pioneering insomnia researcher that he had won the 2018 Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award.

“I was in my Wednesday clinic, getting ready to see my patients, and when I opened up my email, I almost fell out of my chair!” Edinger, a professor and insomnia specialist at National Jewish Health (NJH) in Denver, tells Sleep Review in a phone interview. “It’s overwhelming, really. When you look at the list of people who were given this award before me, it’s really humbling.”

Edinger—whose lifetime of research includes an early randomized controlled trial on cognitive behavioral therapy for

Bernoulli and Virtua Health Win BI&T’s Best Research Paper of 2017 for Sleep Apnea Surveillance Paper 0

Bernoulli and Virtua Health Win BI&T’s Best Research Paper of 2017 for Sleep Apnea Surveillance Paper

Bernoulli is honored that the editorial board from Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology (BI&T), the peer-reviewed journal for Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), has awarded a writing team from Bernoulli and Virtua Health with Best Research Paper of 2017 for their publication: “Continuous Surveillance of Sleep Apnea Patients in a Medical-Surgical Unit.” The research paper was published in the May/June 2017 issue of BI&T. According to the BI&T editorial board, “This paper is an important contribution to the literature on safe and effective methods for detecting opioid-induced respiratory depression.”

Bernoulli CEO Janet Dillione says in a release, “We celebrate this award with Virtua Health. Together, we’re working hard to help educate hospitals and healthcare providers on not only the dangers of opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD), but also the real opportunity to mitigate that risk using Bernoulli’s real-time clinical surveillance as this research shows. We are proud to be helping healthcare providers improve patient safety. Nothing is more important than that.”

The authors of the research were Dana Supe, MD, MBA, DABSM, program director for

Should You Drink Alcohol Before Bed, Effective Bedtime Rituals, Cannabanoids, Lyme Disease And Sleep 0

Should You Drink Alcohol Before Bed, Effective Bedtime Rituals, Cannabanoids, Lyme Disease And Sleep

Happy Sunday! I know all of you in the United States are probably celebrating Mother’s Day today and I am as well. Hopefully you had a chance to see my Mother’s Day gift guide, with all the reviews and discounts available for you (or your Mom) on some great products I choose just for all the sleepless mothers out there.

I spent a lot of time reading this week and discovered a few studies I think you may find interesting. I’m covering three different key topics: cannabinoids, alcohol and sleep, and Lyme disease and sleep. Plus, I’ll be telling you about one of my favorite nighttime rituals.

Cannabinoids and Sleep Apnea

As a sleep doctor, I’m rigorous about understanding the influence of all supplements and compounds that may help (or hurt) people’s sleep. Of course, cannabinoids and CBD (CBD is not marijuana, read my article here) are in the news daily now. I wrote a detailed article called Understanding CBD: The calming and sleep promoting benefits of cannabidiol, if you haven’t read it, you owe it to yourself …

Tech Solutions To Your Sleep Woes 0

Tech Solutions To Your Sleep Woes

Sleeping is fundamental to life. We can’t survive for long if we don’t sleep. And simply sleeping a few hours each day is not enough because our body needs more. We are not just even thinking about sleep length here, sleep quality is also a major issue along with the time at which you sleep. Simply sleeping during the day won’t do your health justice as it should be nighttime sleeping that is ideal for our good health. There are certain things that happen to your body that only takes place at night and you might miss out on if you don’t observe daily. Just remember that it is what nature designed for all of us. People back then had no issue about this because they did not have technology to mess up with their sleep.

They automatically drift off to dreamland at night and do what they go to do in life during the day.

Much has changed since then. We now have various technologies that we have virtually changed human lifestyle. You can now choose whether you want …

Sleep May Be Key in Slowing Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease 0

Sleep May Be Key in Slowing Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Kathy Richards, PhD, RN, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Nursing, was encouraged by the National Institute on Aging to apply for funding to look into the role of sleep in preventing brain damage.

Early in her career, Richards conducted clinical trials involving exercise and social activity to improve sleep in persons with Alzheimer’s disease who lived in nursing homes. Finding it difficult to measure their sleep accurately, Richards used polysomnography (PSG).

“We conducted more than 200 home and nursing home polysomnography studies in people with Alzheimer’s disease,” Richards says in a release. “I was surprised to find that over 60% of them had rather severe obstructive sleep apnea [OSA] and began to wonder if the sleep apnea came before or after the Alzheimer’s disease, and if identifying and treating apnea early in the trajectory of memory loss might help people to retain their memory.”

Other researchers also began to wonder about this, and several recent studies have demonstrated a link between reduced sleep quality and poorer cognitive performance. In 2011, Richards received a $2.3

What Mom Really Wants More Of This Year For Mother’s Day, Sleep 0

What Mom Really Wants More Of This Year For Mother’s Day, Sleep

Almost every mom I talk to wants one thing, a little more sleep!

This year, I decided to see if I could help you with a few gift ideas for mom.

Everyone, especially moms, love their coffees, teas, and other warm drinks. One of my favorites is Mushroom Coffee, a delicious cup has less caffeine than coffee and the benefits that come with mushrooms. While it sounds a little odd, it is delicious!

Want to be a real hero? Make your mom this homemade warm bedtime drink that will soothe her soul and warm her heart (and hands).

Recipe
One large cup of hot water
Dissolve one tablespoon of raw honey (it will help her sleep) in the water
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the hot water
Allow to steep for 60 seconds, deliver, and watch her enjoy

I often make this for my wife and myself before bed. It is a wonderful ritual and it helps you relax and drift to sleep. Nighttime rituals help you and your body prepare to sleep. They are a good …

Woman Shares How Bariatric Surgery Helped Her Become a Marathoner 0

Woman Shares How Bariatric Surgery Helped Her Become a Marathoner

Shirley Bearden, a Mercy nurse, once had trouble walking even short distances because of her weight. After losing 160 pounds, now she runs marathons.

“To go from being short of breath after walking to my mailbox to running 26.2 miles in a marathon is amazing,” says Bearden, 62, who lives in Fort Smith, Ark, in a release. “I cried so hard after I finished my first half marathon and first marathon because they are accomplishments I never saw in my future before bariatric surgery.”

In 2010, Bearden had a body mass index (BMI) of 48. A BMI of 19-24 is considered healthy, while anything from 40-54 is deemed extremely obese.

If being labeled “morbidly obese” wasn’t enough of a red flag, other medical conditions were. “I ended up in the hospital,” says Bearden, a former insulin-dependent diabetic with high blood pressure and sleep apnea. “I didn’t know the asthma was weight-related.”

Up to that point, Bearden declined her doctor’s recommendation to have bariatric surgery. “I’d think, ‘It’s just weight. I can lose it,’” she says.

Bearden’s health continued to deteriorate.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals to Highlight Breadth of Research in Narcolepsy and Excessive Sleepiness in Obstructive Sleep Apnea at SLEEP 2018 0

Jazz Pharmaceuticals to Highlight Breadth of Research in Narcolepsy and Excessive Sleepiness in Obstructive Sleep Apnea at SLEEP 2018

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc will present 20 abstracts spanning the company’s sleep portfolio at SLEEP 2018.

“Jazz continues to invest in its pipeline and portfolio to deliver therapeutic options for the sleep community, and the breadth of data we are presenting at SLEEP is a testament to our substantial commitment to sleep medicine,” says Jed Black, MD, senior vice president, sleep and CNS medicine at Jazz Pharmaceuticals and adjunct professor, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, in a release. “We are particularly enthusiastic about our investigational medicine solriamfetol, which, if approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, will offer patients a new and robust treatment option, and the first new chemical entity for the treatment of excessive sleepiness in narcolepsy and OSA in the US in nearly 10 years.”

On March 2, 2018, Jazz announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for filing with standard review the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) seeking marketing approval for solriamfetol (JZP-110), an investigational medicine for the treatment of excessive sleepiness in adult patients with narcolepsy